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1 American Community School at Beirut
Creativity, Action, Service Advisory Session

2 CAS Creativity, action, service (CAS) is at the heart of the Diploma Program Each candidate must meet the CAS requirement in addition to the other mandatory components for the award of the diploma

3 Aims of CAS The CAS program aims to develop students who are:
reflective thinkers – they understand their own strengths and limitations, identify goals and devise strategies for personal growth willing to accept new challenges and new roles aware of themselves as members of communities with responsibilities towards each other and the environment active participants in sustained collaborative projects balanced – they enjoy and find significance in a range of activities involving intellectual, physical, creative and emotional experiences

4 Creativity, Action, Service
The three strands of CAS are: Creativity: arts, and other experiences that involve creative thinking. Action: physical exertion contributing to a healthy lifestyle, complementing academic work elsewhere in the Diploma Program. Service: an unpaid and voluntary exchange that has a learning benefit for the student. The rights, dignity and autonomy of all those involved are respected.

5 Learning Outcomes The CAS completion decision for the school in relation to each student is, simply, “Have the eight learning outcomes been achieved?” Outcome 1: increase your awareness of your strengths and areas for growth Outcome 2: undertaken new challenges Outcome 3: planned and initiated activities Outcome 4: worked collaboratively with others. At least one project must involve collaboration and integrate at least two of creativity, action and service and be of significant duration.

6 Learning Outcomes Outcome 5: shown perseverance and commitment on your activities Outcome 6: engaged with issues of global importance You are required to act on at least one issue of global significance. (for example, environmental concerns, poverty, human rights, elderly, etc). Outcome 7: considered the ethical implications of your actions Evidence of thinking about ethical issues can be shown in various ways, including journal entries and conversations with CAS advisors. Outcome 8: developed new skills

7 Learning Outcomes All eight outcomes must be present for a student to complete the CAS requirement. Some may be demonstrated many times, in a variety of activities, but completion requires only that there is some evidence for every outcome.

8 Balanced CAS Program A balanced CAS program includes:
a reasonable balance of creative, active and service activities at least one project that involves collaboration and combines two of the three areas of creativity, action and service A non-balanced CAS program suffers from: Excess of action activities, no service or no creativity Excess of creativity, no service Excess of service, no creativity or action No project

9 Range and diversity of activities
Not any activity is a CAS activity!!! For an activity to be considered CAS-worthy, it must fulfill ALL FOUR of these requirements: real, purposeful activities, with significant outcomes personal challenge – tasks must extend the student and be achievable in scope thoughtful consideration, such as planning, reviewing progress, reporting reflection on outcomes and personal learning

10 Examples of Creativity activities
In-school activities: MUN Debate & Forensics Alef Be Art workshop Chess: joining the chess club and take it a step further (organizing a tournament, inviting a skilled player to come to ACS, etc.) Film club at ACS: joining the club, organizing events, writing critiques about a film in Alef Be, etc. Contemporary Dance Current Affairs Think Tank (should stretch it) Technical Theater First aid workshop: those interested should contact me so that I organize it. Yoga

11 Examples of Creativity activities
Out of School Yoga Dance: oriental, Zumba (creativity and action), Hip Hop (also C and A), etc. Photography (should also organize a show for the pictures taken) First aid at Red Cross, at LAU Learning a new instrument

12 Examples of Action activities
In-school activities: Joining a sport team Out of school activities: Joining organized hiking trips Joining a Gym Joining a fitness dance class (Zumba, Hip Hop)

13 Examples of Service activities
In-School: Sister School Give a child a smile Adopt an Orphan Cheerios Special Olympics (can be also a project) Out of School: Nasma Center Rifaq El-Darb (can be a project) Dar El Aytam (can be a project)

14 ACS CS hours and CAS IB students should get their school CS hours from their CAS service activities. IB students should report their service hours to Ms. Shatah to be counted towards the school required service hours. Any IB student not fulfilling their school CS hours will be not considered as having completed their CAS program.

15 Personal Projects Students should be involved in at least one project that: involves teamwork integrates two or more of creativity, action and service, and is of significant duration Projects are opportunities to engage “with issues of global importance” such as poverty, human rights, elderly, etc.

16 Examples of CAS Projects
Coaching athletic teams at underprivileged schools (UNRWA schools, Palestinian camps, orphanages, etc.) Art workshops for small kids at Dar El Aytam Painting murals in public places or in underprivileged schools Entertaining elderly people and organizing events for them Children Cancer club (planning committee) Sister school (only if you are part of the planning committee)

17 Examples of CAS Projects
Go Green club Global Issues Network Special Olympics Starting or training MUN clubs at other schools Planting trees in Lebanon (you need to do all the planning and contacting organizations, recruiting students, etc.)

18 More on CAS project Can be part of a school activity as long as there is evidence that you (the group) have initiated, planned, and carried on activities: Sister school Adopt an Orphan Special Olympics Global Issues Network Etc.

19 Final note on CAS projects
Collaboration: with IB or non-IB students Sustainability is required Commitment is crucial especially when dealing with kids or elderly

20 Activities that are NOT CAS
School activities that are not CAS: Teddy bear club Helping out in the carnival Recycling at ACS Ushering events at ACS Any “STAND ALONE” activity. Ex: Participating in one day CS field trip

21 Final note on CAS activities
Activities should not replicate other parts of the student’s Diploma Program work. This excludes routine practices performed by the IB Music students. Activities should not be isolated, sporadic, and should emphasize quality not quantity. Activities should not be crammed into mini-vacations as CAS cannot be a series of short-term activities. However, all activities do not need to last 18 months. The focus should be on showing that your CAS experience was an ongoing and significant

22 CAS Documentation All CAS documentation is done using the software ManageBac Documentation may take many forms: Journals Videos Photos Websites Etc. Its extent should match the significance of the particular activity to the student.

23 Reflections For each activity, a set of outcomes, from the eight CAS learning outcomes, should be identified. The reflections should address the identified learning outcomes. Descriptive reflections that do not address the identified learning outcomes are not appropriate. Each reflection needs to specifically and ultimately answer these questions: What did I learn from the activity? Which of the 8 learning outcomes did this activity help me to accomplish and how did it help to me reach this learning goal?

24 Frequency of reflections
Depends on the activity and varies from one person to another. Whenever there is something interesting going on, you should reflect. Activities that require no more than one reflection per month: routine activities like the Gym. Learning a new instrument for beginners. Sports: once every other week to reflect on development of skills. Also, before and after a tournament. RULE: ANY ACTIVITY NOT REFLECTED UPON FOR A MONTH WILL BE CLOSED

25 Evidence of participation
As part of CAS documentation, the students should provide evidence of participation such as: a certificate of participation in a workshop, a membership in a Gym, pictures of the event, etc. Evidence of participation does not replace reflection and vice versa

26 Common problems with CAS documentation
Not logging your activities on ManageBac: activities that are not on ManageBac are not acknowledged. No documentation: an activity that has not been reflected upon at least once per month will be closed. Reflections not addressing the learning outcomes: descriptive reflections are not appropriate. Should reflect on the growth within you. Don’t glorify yourself! Learning outcomes that are ticked but not reflected upon should be removed Not providing evidence of participation: pictures, membership, certificate of participation, newspaper articles, etc.

27 Evaluation of CAS The school’s final decision on completion is based on meeting the following CAS requirements: Requirement one: Students must plan and complete a series of CAS activities that are: real, purposeful activities, with significant outcomes. Activities should be challenging tasks that extend the student and be achievable in scope. CAS activities should have a written plan, a progress review and a reflection on the outcome. Requirement two: Students must exhibit that they have accomplished the 8 learning outcomes in the CAS guide during the 18-month CAS commitment. Requirement three: Students must demonstrate a reasonable balance of creative, active, and service activities.

28 CAS Evaluation Requirement four: Students must provide proof of their CAS work. They should use the CAS program “ManageBac”. Requirement five: Students must reflect on EACH of their CAS activities using the CAS program “ManageBac”. Requirement six: Students must complete at least one project that involves collaboration and integrates at least two of creativity, action and service, and is of significant duration.

29 CAS Evaluation Requirement seven: Students must demonstrate an 18-month commitment to CAS and must show evidence that some activities were NOT stand-alone, but that some activities were significantly involved over a period of time. CAS cannot just be a series of one-time projects. CAS cannot be completed in a short time span, then not worked on at all for long spans of time. Requirement eight: Students must meet with their CAS advisors regularly as scheduled at the beginning of the year to evaluate progress and to submit forms.

30 Meeting with the CAS Advisor
Meet with the CAS advisor periodically. All meetings are scheduled on the IB internal Calendars and reminders will be sent out. You can always ask for a meeting to get guidance.

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