Once a family has joined co-op, they are expected to
· Attend the mandatory orientation and teacher training meetings in late July/ early August
· Keep account current, which includes paying fees, rents, and other costs on time, and also includes submitting reimbursement receipts in a timely fashion
· Buy and follow all the approved curriculum for each class for each child
· The adult member must attend co-op for the full day* as a teacher or other assigned responsibility. Responsibilities are assigned by the board (based on request, skills and need).
· The adult member must fulfill facility maintenance duties as assigned (including background check or other as required by facility)
* If the member’s only child is a high school student, and that student is not electing to take all offered high school classes, then that member is only required to teach or take other assignments for the hours the student is on campus. All other requirements remain the same.
In order to lighten the academic burden on parents by supporting the core subject work they do at home, Denton Classical Co-op only provides select core classes, which are informed by the classical model of education as laid out in The Well Trained Mind by Susan Wise-Bauer
The main focus for all Denton Classical Co-op classes is hands-on learning. Teachers are encouraged not to lecture. Reading picture books, having class discussions, doing experiments, playing games, doing projects, singing, playing, drawing, coloring, etc., are encouraged. Although class subjects are academically focused, the co-op day should be fun and engaging. Each class should be a fun time for the children to make friendships while learning together.
Each class will have a lead teacher, and many will also have an assistant. These teachers will both be present during class time. The lead teacher will be responsible for preparing and teaching. The assistant will help in whatever ways needed by the lead teacher as well as act as the back-up when the lead teacher has to miss a class. A teacher may be asked to lead teach a subject to multiple age groups, modifying it according to grade level. Collaboration among the teachers of each subject is encouraged. They can share resources and offer suggestions. An approved syllabus for each class will be prepared in advance. If you are the lead teacher, you may enrich or supplement the syllabus with approval from the board.
Classes are 55 minutes long. It is vital that each class end on time and start within 5 minutes of the appointed time. Teachers are not required to “catch up” a child who arrives late.
Curriculum will be chosen by the board and will be either recommended by or consistent with the resources found in the Well Trained Mind or other classical education resource. You are welcome to supplement your instruction with other material from these sources if you would like. Curriculum, syllabi and lesson plans will be approved by the board.
Being on time is extremely important for all classes to run effectively. All teachers are asked to arrive 20-30 minutes prior to assembly to set up their classrooms and supplies. All teachers are encouraged to take care of their own children's needs prior to class time in order avoid interruptions in class.
Children with special needs (as determined by the parent and the board) may need more assistance than other children. If necessary, the parent and the board may work together to assign a regular assistant (usually the parent) to these children. It is the responsibility of the parent to arrange for a substitute assistant when the regular assistant is teaching or absent. If a child is determined to need an assistant, then the child may only attend co-op when the assistant is present.