2How Does Accreditation Help us Run a Successful American School?
3What is Accreditation? Accreditation Defined: A process to evaluate and recognize an institution for meeting peer developed standards established for the purpose of promoting quality education.
4How does inspection differ from accreditation? Government inspections (KHDA) measure the school against other schools based on the schools progress and attainment.NEASC/CIS accreditation inspections measure the school against the school’s own standards and their mission statement.
5Accreditation Helps Schools Prepare for DSIB DSIB InspectionsCIS/NEASC AccreditationStudents’ Progress and Attainment in Key SubjectsPersonal and social developmentTeaching, learning and assessmentCurriculum Support School Culture and Partnerships for LearningGovernance and LeadershipOverall PerformanceMission and School Vision DrivenTeaching & LearningGovernance & LeadershipFaculty & Support StaffAccess to Teaching & LearningSchool Culture & Partnerships for LearningOperational Systems
6Our Mission community service and environmental responsibility. American Academy in Al Mizhar is committed to meeting the needs of families with an international outlook who have chosen an American education.By offering a co-educational early childhood program for dual language learners leading to a single gender college preparatory school for girls, our mission is to promote intellectual curiosity, independent and critical thinking, communication and problem solving skills, a lifelong passion for learning, and an exposure to and a respect for cultural diversity. By expecting academic excellence, we inspire personal growth and develop intrinsically motivated global citizens who are committed to being leaders incommunity service and environmental responsibility.Spring 2012
7Accreditation: Purpose and Value The Value of Accreditation
8The Purpose of Dual Accreditation: To be measured against both American and International standards.
9Accreditation Value Value to the School : Value to the Student: Access to greater opportunities for higher educationImproved educational quality and consistencyValue of external validation and the need for assessments and improvementsOpportunity to engage with school more directlyThe opportunity for self-assessmentImproved intra-school contact and understandingAn evaluation by peersA plan for the futureConfirmation of the school’s needs The award of accreditation itself
11SELF STUDY Is school specific Is staff driven Requires parental and community inputRequires reflection, discussion, consensus and back-upTells the story of how and how well the school meets CIS/NEASC standards for good schooling
12VISITING COMMITTEE Reads the self study Spends four days watching the school in actionMeets and discusses the self study with members of the school’s communityProvides objective assessment of the conclusions of the self studyDetermines the degree to which the school meets the standardsDevelops the final report which includes perceptions, commendations and recommendationsMakes a recommendation about accreditation to CIS/NEASC
13FOLLOW UPPrioritize the recommendations found in the Visiting Committee ReportIdentify the responsible people and develop action planEstablish a timelineDevelop strategies, adopt and adapt them, and assess the resultsPrepare appropriate reports:Two Year ReportSpecial Progress ReportsFive Year ReportCelebrate the accomplishments
15So…. How did accreditation help us become a better school?
16AAM – After Accreditation Links with Parents and the CommunityLiving the MissionEmpowerment of Staff
17Empowerment of StaffIncreased staff morale - the accreditation process fostered staff unity, collegiality and rapport, thereby giving all school staff a feeling of ownership in the school’s successes.Improved instruction - recommendations led to positive changes in areas such as curriculum and assessment.Greater staff teamwork and collegiality - accreditation led to the formation of “Professional Learning Communities.”