Annual Report 2010-11 - Page 26

Number of Teachers During the 2010-2011 school year, the faculty included 73 teachers, 26 of whom were full-time and 47 of whom were part-time. Number of Teacher Aides The school had 14 classroom aides and 8 tutors during the 2010-2011 school year. Average Class Size The average class size at Carlos Rosario during the 2010-2011 academic year was 20 students. Qualifications and Assignments of School Staff The school recruits experienced teachers who have graduate degrees in a field related to their assignment, such as ESL, applied linguistics, or adult education. Multilingual capability is common among administrators and faculty alike. To maintain a high standard of teacher quality, the school has certification requirements for all full-time faculty members. These are based on requirements set for ESL teachers in Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, DC. They are also based on standards set by the Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) Association. The school requires all full-time teachers to take six courses (total of 18 credits) in adult education, linguistics, and ESL. These courses must be completed within a two-year period after their contract of employment begins, and, upon completion of the necessary courses, teachers must comply with a re-credentialing requirement in order to remain up to date in their areas of expertise. Re-credentialing must be completed within five years and is based on a point system. Teachers can earn these points by taking credit courses or by participating in approved professional development activities (such as presenting at a conference, mentoring a new teacher, or participating in an action-research project). The school continuously strives for excellence and retains only highly qualified teachers, although the school is not required to comply with the No Child Left Behind legislation because it is a non-degree granting adult education institution. Carlos Rosario is also fortunate to have several longterm members of its staff still working with the school. The CEO and Founder was the Principal of the former Carlos Rosario Adult Education Center and has served the school for 39 years. The Pr