Accreditation for Growth at the QSI International School of Shenzhen THIS MORNING’S UPDATES • What is Accreditation? --- MSA? --- The MSA Planning Team? • QSI Shenzhen School Improvement Plan • MSA Standards • MSA Validation Team Visit • Where to find Information What is Accreditation? • “A Quality Seal” • Verifies the educational program of the school and provides additional validity to school diplomas, transcripts, etc. • Provides accountability between the accredited school and the community it serves. • The U.S. Department of Education describes MSA as “a reliable authority as to the quality of education”. What is MSA? • Middle States Association of Colleges & Schools • Established in 1887 – Based in Philadelphia • Non-profit organization which provides accredited status to schools. • Recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as one of the six regional accreditation organizations • QSI Shenzhen has maintained its accreditation through MSA since December of 2006. Accreditation for Growth (AFG) (our accreditation protocol) • Demands that the school create a vision of a preferred future and put the systems in place to realize this future. • Requires a culture of continuous school improvement planning and reflection. • Focuses on the output of student performance rather than the inputs of facilities, programs, and services. • Requires that the school creates a multi-year school improvement plan which is developed by the community. MSA Planning Team • A group of community members who volunteer to drive the school’s improvement efforts and as well as maintain the school’s accreditation through MSA. • Currently made up of 14 teachers and administrators which represent all QSI Shenzhen campuses. • Recent responsibilities of the team. • Developing the Student Performance goals for the 2014-2021 accreditation cycle. • Overseeing the development of the Action Plans which will help the school reach its goals by 2021. • Surveying the school community regarding the 12 MSA Standards and making improvements based upon the results. • Developing the final report for the MSA visiting team. Who is on the MSA Planning Team? Main Campus Eric Anfinson Alfred Armstrong Cheri Carpenter Greg Sedmak Secondonary Scott Carpenter Jenny Sedmak Past Members Paul Freemont Cliff Geis-Poage Jason Hall Mark Hemphill Antonio Morales Lariska Muurling Administration Scott D’Alterio Lisa Kipfer Melissa Klopfer Matt Matterson J.C. Sanders Nanshan Lori D’Alterio Johanna Means Kathy Thompson Student Performance Objectives Writing Environmental Awareness Students will demonstrate improved writing skills. Students will demonstrate improved Environmental Awareness. Measuring Progress Towards Student Performance Objectives Writing • • Environmental Awareness MAP Language Usage Assessment • CHEAKS survey Writing prompt. • Community Service Hours • Environmental Club Membership (twice per year) 12 MSA Standards Research-based best practices for schools which must be implemented by accredited schools. Standard 1: Philosophy & Mission Standard 7: Health & Safety Standard 2: Governance & Leadership Standard 8: Educational Program Standard 3: School Improvement Planning Standard 9: Assessment & Evidence of Student Learning Standard 4: Finances Standard 10: Student Services Standard 5: Facilities Standard 11: Student Life & Activities Standard 6: School Climate & Organization Standard 12: Information Resources and Technology MSA Validation Team Visit May 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th (Monday – Thursday) • WHO: A group of 5 educational leaders sent by MSA from international schools throughout the world. • WHAT: A comprehensive review of the school’s proficiency in the 12 MSA Standards A review of the school’s planning efforts over the course of the previous accreditation cycle. Observations of classrooms & interviews of parents, students, and school staff. • WHERE: All QSI Shenzhen campuses • WHY: To make a recommendation to MSA regarding our reaccreditation. (reaccreditation would be granted in December) MSA Validation Team Visit May 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th (Monday – Thursday) POSSIBLE INTERVIEW QUESTIONS FOR PARENTS • What do you know about the school’s strategic plan? • How did parents participate in the development of the strategic plan? • What are your children’s attitudes about school? • How is the communication between the school and you? • Do you feel comfortable coming into the school? Speaking with the administration? • What are the greatest strengths of the school? The weaknesses? • If you could change anything, what would it be? • Why did you select this school for your child? • How would you describe the atmosphere of the school? Want Information About Accreditation? • Check the weekly director’s newsletter for MSA-related updates. • Visit the MSA section of the school website. http://qsishekou.org/academics/msa-committee/ • Ask one of the Planning Team representatives from your child’s building. • E-mail Jenny & Alfred email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org • Volunteer as a member of the MSA Planning Team.