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Where are the Teachers?

By Earl Grier, School Director of Commonwealth Connections Academy Creating an organizational structure and finding work areas for teachers are always questions to be answered when establishing a cyber charter school. Allowing teachers to work from home, establishing satellite centers, and housing everyone in a central location are but three options. Virtual school directors find that helping to create a sense of community for staff is often as important as creating one for students and parents. By housing the staff in one location, as we do at Commonwealth Connections Academy, you are able to provide teachers with the opportunity to share ideas, supplement each other’s experience and expertise, and have an atmosphere of collegiality. Teachers working in a common setting have commented on their improved effectiveness as a result of working in direct proximity to their peers and the school director. Parents have also noted the increased availability, professionalism and responsiveness when teachers are working in a common setting.