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Copy of The Road to Trivium Academy

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Transcript of Copy of The Road to Trivium Academy

The Beginning
In December of 2013, Chrissi, Marsha, and Sheryl met with other teachers and administrators to brainstorm, and lay the foundation for what would become Trivium Academy.

These three educators have worked in the education field for over 50 years combined and have enjoyed various roles such as teacher, curriculum writer, teacher trainer, educational presenter, consultant, and school district coordinator.
Getting Started
Portico Education Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, was created for the sole purpose of sponsoring Trivium Academy.

The Portico Board of Directors consists of:
Chrissi Cawthon
Robin Bellerby
Robert McKenzie
JoAnn Whitman
Marci Roe
Application
In November 2014, the application for Generation 20 charter schools was released. We were very pleased to deliver five copies of our 285 page application to TEA on January 8, 2015. The application contains information necessary to run a successful school:

Educational Plan
Assessment and Evaluation
Community
Facilities
Students
Faculty and Staff
School/Governing Board
Financial Information
26 Application Attachments
Mission and Vision
Interview
After we submitted the application in January, we had
to wait until April to learn that our application had
received an incredibly high score by five reviewers which meant that we were invited to an interview in May with members of TEA and SBOE to defend
our proposal. The interview went well,
and the panel was favorably impressed.
Commissioner and SBOE Approval
In June 2015, we learned that the TEA Commissioner had approved the charter for Trivium Academy. In July, we returned to Austin for the State Board of Education meeting where the SBOE was voting whether or not to accept the commissioner's list of awarded charters. A rejection from the SBOE would have meant the end of the road. Thankfully, Trivium was one of the five charters accepted by the SBOE.
Zero Year Planning
With final approval of our charter for Trivium Academy, we have been working since August to get the school ready to open. Following is a list of some of the many things we have been doing and will continue to do until Trivium Academy opens:
Securing a location
Writing policies (financial, board, student, and teacher)
Marketing and fundraising
Holding parent meetings and informal community nights
Writing grant applications
Accepting student applications and organizing enrollment
Writing curriculum
Hiring teachers
Building a website - TriviumAcademyTX.com
Leveraging social media
Follow us on Facebook - Trivium Academy
Follow us on Twitter - @Trivium_Academy
Trivium Academy
Opening
August 17, 2016
Trivium Academy
Home of the Knights
Within our application lies the mission and vision for
Trivium Academy.


This is a small part of the
sample scope and sequence for
3rd, 7th, and 10th grade Humanities
that was included in the application.

It was created using the
backward design method from
Wiggins and McTighe's (2005)
Understanding by Design
.
Why?
The idea for our charter school grew out of a desire to make positive change in education. We had three main areas of concern:

Focus on test prep
Teaching to the middle
Lack of time for students to pursue their own interests and develop their passions
Our boundary includes: Lewisville ISD (east of I-35),
Plano ISD, Little Elm ISD, Frisco ISD, Prosper ISD, McKinney ISD, Allen ISD, and Lovejoy ISD.










Our location is two miles west of the Dallas North Tollway from the Park Blvd exit. This campus is located in Lewisville ISD close to the Plano ISD border at
2205 E Hebron Pkwy, Carrollton, TX 75010.

Boundary and Location
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