What is CAS? “CAS is at the heart of the IB Diploma Programme. It is one of the three essential elements in ever student’s Diploma Programme. It involves students in a range of activities alongside their academic studies throughout the Diploma Programme …CAS enables students to enhance their personal and interpersonal development through experiential learning.” -Creativity, Action, Service Guide (2008)
CAS: Creativity, Action, Service What constitutes Creativity ? Arts and other experiences that involve creativity What is Action ? Physical exertion contributing to a healthy lifestyle “breaking a sweat”
CAS: Creativity, Action, Service What is Service ? Students must have consequential responsibilities, this is more than just volunteering Must have a learning benefit for the student
CAS Learning Outcomes (LOs) 1. Increased awareness of own strengths and areas for growth 2. Undertaken new challenges 3. Planned and initiated new activities 4. Worked collaboratively with others 5. Shown perseverance and commitment in their activities 6. Engaged in issues of global importance 7. Considered the ethical implications of their actions 8. Developed new skills
4 Criteria of a CAS Activity 1. Real purposeful activities, with significant outcomes. 2. Personal challenge- tasks must extend the student 3. Thoughtful consideration: planning, reviewing progress and reporting 4. Reflection on outcomes and personal learning
Is it CAS? Areas of exclusion 1. Just volunteering- must have a learning benefit. 2. Activities for pay 3. Political activities which are divisive 4. A course for a grade 5. Religious activity involving only your own religion 6. A family responsibility 7. Other activities deemed inappropriate by the CAS team
IB Requirements Duration of the CAS program- Involvement must be continuous for 18 months Students should participate about 3-4 hours a week Students must document their activities and provide evidence that they have achieved the learning outcomes. Documentation frequency and length is based on depth and extent of involvement in the activity or project
Things to consider when choosing an activity… Activities should: Include a measureable goal Include opportunities to learn new skills Last for at least 6 weeks (8 weeks for projects). Documented and verifiable More than volunteering- you must have a plan.
Responsibilities of the Student 1. Self review at the beginning of his/her CAS experience to set personal CAS goals. 2. Plan, do, reflect
Responsibilities of the Student 4. Communicate with Academic coach (CAS advisor) and CAS coordinators regularly 5. Take part in a range of activities, including at least one PROJECT 2 components of CAS Last at least 8 weeks Involve collaboration, planning, and initiation.
Responsibilities of the Student 6. Always keep records of the activities/achievements he/she is involved with. STPETEIB.Managebac.com
Documentation Requirements: Proposal A thorough description of the activity planned An explanation of how the students plans to work directly with the learner outcomes selected for the activity/project Clearly define at least one measurable goal
Documentation Requirements Reflections/reporting progress. Must occur at least once a month Narrative explanation of the student’s involvement with the activity during the month Questions that should be addressed: What did I plan to do? What did I actually do? What did I learn during my involvement? What is the value of this activity? Supportive evidence Photos, videos, hour logs from service site, documents created during planning
Documentation Requirements Concluding an activity: Final reflection What was the result of the activity? Was the measurable goal met? Why or why not? CAS questions Very important! Address each of the LOs listed for the activity/project, provide examples of how these learning outcomes were met.
Consequences To be “in compliance” with CAS students must: Have 2 components of CAS running at all times. Most report progress for each activity open each month.
Consequences First out of compliance : CAS coordinator lead detention in computer lab. Second out of compliance: academic referral, detention in IB office. Third out of compliance : second referral and parent conference
Parent Responsibilities Monitor student’s CAS Hold them accountable for keeping up with CAS throughout the 18 th months, especially during breaks Discuss student’s CAS especially the global importance and ethical consideration LOs. Help students to see the bigger picture of their actions. Communicate with academic coach and/or CAS coordinator when there are questions/concerns