INAUGURAL TIMES AT EAGLE TECH: School revisits its first year

Editor’s Note: This is the first of a two-part series on Eagle Tech Academy. For part two, see Wednesday’s edition of The Post and Mail.COLUMBIA CITY — After a two-year process, which included planning and the welcoming of its first students last fall the staff of Eagle Tech Academy is now close to saying farewell to its inaugural year and preparing for another first – hosting a sophomore and freshman class – in 2012-13.Principal Brady Mullett and his staff recently gave a “Celebrate Success!” presentation to the Whitley County Consolidated School Board of School Trustees, one in a series of presentations focusing and reporting on the ongoing schools.Mullett said one of the major focuses this year was incorporating the academy’s own version of academic “three R’s”: Rigor, Relevance and Relationships. “Those are permeated in every single capacity of Eagle Tech Academy,” Mullett said. “In our instruction, in our culture and simple the way we interact with our students.”Mullett said students spent the year engaging in real-world scenarios, partnering with local business and industry as well as making post-secondary decisions.He also spoke about how learning is shared between both facilitators and students, causing students to take a larger role in their learning. “The teachers help the students find their own pathway to the knowledge; not to be the sole proprietor of that information, but to guide them to finding the information they need,” said Mullett.He said courses are being implemented for the sophomore class and are based on guidelines formed by state standards. Some general classes such as chemistry, Spanish and geometry have been added, but the school will again incorporate integrated class. Other classes include world studies, scientific research and analysis and an engineering class in a partnership with 80/20.Positions have been posted as Eagle Tech wants to expand its staff for next year, and new members will go through special professional development training and be assigned a mentor from the current staff.“We’ve had a very successful first year and we’re looking forward to many more to come,” Mullett finished.___For a more in depth look at this story, see the March 27 issue of The Post and Mail. Don't have a subscription? Call (260) 244-5153 or subscribe to our e-edition. For breaking news, sports updates and additional coverage, bookmark the homepage and find us on facebook.