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1 Accreditation Visitations Accreditation is… Accreditation is not…

2 Accreditation Accreditation is a means for a school to determine their compliance with a set of standards and benchmarks, determining strengths and opportunities for growth based on evidence. Survey results are only one piece of evidence. Then a plan is formulated for improvement.

3 Accreditation Accreditation is not about “wordsmithing” or creating fancy documents. Accreditation work should be honest and professional.

4 Accreditation Accreditation is a means to obtain an accurate picture of where a school is and where it wants to be. The action plan is the road map of how to get there. Done well, the process will show the school where it needs to improve. The school staff determine which areas they want to document for accreditation purposes and write the action plan on those areas.

5 Continuous Improvement Process for Accreditation (CIPA) Steering Committee – Guides the process; educates the staff; administers the survey; oversees the writing of the action plan (Co-chairs; Chair of each Domain) Domain Committees: – Mission and Catholic Identity – Governance and Leadership – Academic Excellence – Operational Vitality

6 CIPA Work is completed online: Login to see the school ARCA and forms. Level of Compliance

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9 The importance of the Continuous Improvement Process for Accreditation is the discussions that the stakeholders have as they determine the school’s level of compliance. This should be a vehicle to put everyone on the same page. The general terms are defined by the diocese and the school, evidence is gathered and determinations are made. An action plan emerges.

10 Sample Action Plan Goal 1 Angel Gabriel Catholic School faculty will use Catholic intellectual tradition to help students think critically about the world around them. Eighth graders will demonstrate an improved understanding of Catholic intellectual tradition and seventh graders will demonstrate an improved ability to debate by the spring of 2020 (2.5)

11 Sample Action Plan Goal 2 Angel Gabriel Catholic School will update our facilities management and technology plans so that we have an integrated set of planning documents that will enable the school to better use our resources. Through implementation of a new integrated plan, there will be a cost savings of 2% by 2018 and the ability to add $20,000 to upgrade technology in (12.1)

12 Two-day Visitation Validate Benchmarks and Action Plans Review the school’s ratings and evidence Validate the work that has been completed, making suggestions and recommendations for improvement Electronic – login on website to view prior to visit and to work during visit:

13 Visitation Team Chairperson and two team members (more if larger school) Chairperson from outside the diocese; Team members may be from within the diocese Each team member reviews a different Domain

14 During the Visitation Team members review the Domain Committee Reports, Benchmark Ratings, Evidence, and Comments. Observations and interviews are some of the first-hand evidence used to validate the benchmark ratings and action plans. A team can always ask for more or specific evidence.

15 During the Visitation Meet with Pastor, Administration, Staff, Parents, and Students; Sample Questions Pastor How are you involved with the students, staff, and administrators (5.5)? Do you see Catholic identity, scripture, Catholic Tradition, and Catholic social teachings integrated into all subject areas (2.4, 2.5, 2.7)? How do you see the staff as role models for the students (3.4)?

16 During the Visitation Observe each classroom for 10 to 20 minutes to validate level of compliance with specific benchmarks: Mission statement visible 1.4 Catholic Culture visible 2.6 Role Model 3.4 / supports faith life 4.5 Instruction allows students to become evaluators, problem solvers, decision makers 7.3 Instruction prepares students to be excellent users of technology 7.4 Instruction addresses affective dimensions 7.5 Instruction engages and motivates all students 7.6

17 Reviewing the Action Plan Is the goal specific and measurable? Will the evidence demonstrate success of the goal? Are a timeline, person responsible, and resources listed for the steps? Taken as a whole do the steps lead toward success of the goal?

18 Completing the Report The visitation report is the team’s response on each benchmark and a form that is uploaded on the Forms tab regarding the action plan and general comments.

19 Completing the Report Each team member presents their Domain to the team Discussion on any benchmarks where the team member does not agree with the school Comments are made on all “disagree” marks; Comments may be made on “agree” marks Team makes any comments or recommendations for the action plan and any general comments not covered else where

20 Questions If this is the first visitation training you have attended, please me. We need trained visitors in each diocese. Mary Camp, FCC Associate for Accreditation office – ; cell –


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