CSA is Hiring!

Calling all learners and parents! CSA is continuing to grow and needs to add facilitators for the upcoming 2024-25 school year. Our hiring event, Star Search, is THIS Wednesday, April 17th, from 8-5, where facilitator candidates will have a panel discussion with CSA stakeholders, facilitate a short demo lesson for learners, and be observed by staff and parents. If you are interested in being a part of identifying our new facilitators for next year, please contact Director Coryell at christa.coryell@coloradoskiesacademy.org.

Hiring Process

Star Search

CSA is always on the lookout for high-quality applicants with a growth mindset and the ability to “think outside the box” when creating project-based experiences for learners. In Colorado, spring is the busiest hiring season, yet CSA always accepts applications throughout the school year for great additions to the CSA team.

Facilitators (Teachers)

After applying, the first step toward a full-time facilitator position is being invited to one of our Star Search hiring events held throughout the school year. Star Search is a full-day, interactive job interview involving multiple stakeholders (facilitators, learners, and parents/guardians). Typically, eight to ten candidates are invited to a Star Search event following the initial screening process.

The day’s focus:

  • Receive an orientation on our history, philosophy, and culture.
  • Mingle with staff.
  • Teach a 45-minute class appropriate to their content background. Following the lesson, learners (students), and staff complete feedback forms.
  • Informally interview with staff, learners, and parents/guardians.

About the Star Search Process

During the Star Search, the candidate goes through a half-day process that includes teaching a lesson, learning more about Colorado SKIES Academy’s vision and philosophy, and being interviewed by a panel consisting of facilitators, learners, and parents/guardians. We ensure staff members are qualified based on background, training, and preparation. All facilitators are required to participate in a state-approved teacher preparation program. Sometimes, potential employees substitute in our schools to gain exposure to teaching in a project-based environment. Many employment opportunities arise from substitute experiences, student-teaching opportunities, and college internships.

We strive to ensure that a candidate’s educational philosophy and skills align with our instructional approach and mission. The Star Search process allows us to find the best fit for our learners and the CSA community.

Star Search General Schedule:

8:00 – 8:30 AM: Check-in and Coffee
Check-in and receive your schedule for the day. Share a cup of coffee or tea and mingle with CSA staff members, parents/guardians, and learners. Find out more about CSA in a relaxed, informal setting from the experts – our CSA community!

8:30 – 9:15 AM: Welcome and Introduction
The CSA administrative team shares videos and other information about Colorado SKIES’ history and vision for its learners. Each administrator will share their “why” for being a part of the CSA team. Candidates are able to learn firsthand the philosophy of CSA’s administrative team and how it connects to the mission and vision of project-based learning with an aerospace focus.

9:15 – 9:30 AM: Campus Tour

The candidates tour the campus, observing the unique design elements of the classrooms and getting a deeper, firsthand understanding of the Colorado SKIES Academy culture.

9:30 – 10:15 AM, 10:30 AM – 11:15 AM
Candidates Rotate Through 2 Phases

  1. Demo Lesson Facilitation: The candidate is assigned to a class within their comfort zone to showcase their abilities to facilitate a lesson.
  2. TED “like” Talk: The candidate talks about their “why” choosing a career in education.

*11:15 – 12:30 PM: Tour of Wings Over the Rockies Exploration of Flight hangar and Lunch
Lunch is provided and extended to allow for current CSA community members to interact with candidates.

12:30 – 2:30 PM: Candidates Rotate Through 2 Phases

  1. Project Creation/Design
    Each group will be assigned a mentor facilitator who will guide them through the process of creating their own project ideas. These ideas will revolve around their individual expertise (credential) and show how the project will flow from start to finish.
  2. Panel Interview 

Cafe table conversations with learners, parents/guardians, staff, and CSA stakeholders ask purposeful questions prompting a conversation to give the candidate a broader perspective of what’s expected of an incoming employee.

2:30 – 2:45 PM: Break

2:45 – 3:30 PM: Project Share-Out
Each group will share with all staff their project creation and field questions on the process of developing their project.

3:30 – 4:00 PM: End of Day Briefing
Candidates are asked for feedback on how effective the morning has been and whether they feel Colorado SKIES Academy is a good fit for them.

4:00 – 4:30 PM: Debrief
Led by CSA leadership, a roundtable of staff who have participated throughout the day engage in a rich discussion, with feedback from learners and parents/guardians regarding whether certain candidates are a good fit.

Colorado SKIES Academy
Colorado SKIES Academy is a free public charter school authorized by the Cherry Creek School District, open to students throughout the Arapahoe County and Douglas County areas. This STEAM middle school serving grades 6-8 is located at Centennial Airport next to Wings Over the Rockies Exploration of Flight.
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