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MNSAA Accreditation

January 2014

New School Training

The Whole Learning School

Sarah W. Mueller

Executive Director


Candidate Application

  • The Whole Learning School Provided

  • Statement “Why Seeking Accreditation?”

  • Statement of governing authority’s support

  • Projected timeframe (Spring 2015)

  • Programs seeking accreditation (Grades 3-12)

  • Signed by school & governing authority

  • Payment of application fee


Candidate Application

  • Essential Standards Readiness

  • Mission & Philosophy statements

  • Curriculum Standards

  • Assessment of Student Learning

  • Health & Safety Requirements

  • Personnel

  • Governance

  • Financial Sustainability


Achieving NEW Accreditation

  • A Model for The Whole Learning School

  • Year 1 – Develop Self Study

    • Profile & Narrations

  • Year 2 - SSP and Visit

    • Define visionary plan for future

    • Host onsite visit

  • Year 3-7 – Implement Plan

    • File Annual Progress Reports

    • Maintain Strategic Plan as living document


Accreditation Status

  • Conditions on Accreditation May Apply

  • Public Statement

  • Provisional Conditions

    • One or more essential compliance components

    • Additional accountability required

    • Timelines and support provided

  • Provisional Conditions

    • Deficiency detracts from total

    • Failed to meet requirements

    • Violated policy


Steps to Accreditation

  • Outline to Walk Through Process

  • Set up for Renewing schools

  • TWLS already completed Steps 1-2

  • Next Up

    • Develop Self-Study

    • Communicate

    • Plan


Standards & Indicators

  • HANDBOOK– Section B

    • 1: Mission & Philosophy

    • 2: Teaching & Learning

    • 3: Climate for Learning

    • 4: Communications & Relations

    • 5: Personnel

    • 6: Leadership & Governance

    • 7: School Strategic Plan


MNSAA’s Quality Standards

  • Take a LOOK at the Standards

    • MNSAA has 7 quality standards

    • Each standard is comprised of several criteria

    • Each criteria requires a ReflectiveNarration

    • Narration supported byPerformanceIndicators


Essential Performance Indicators

  • Italicized Means Required!

    • Written Mission & Philosophy statements;

    • Written Curriculum Standards;

    • Subject Area Philosophies

    • Written Process of Curriculum Evaluation;

    • Philosophy of Assessment

    • Policy Handbooks;

    • Faculty & Student Handbooks;

    • Annual State-of-the School Report;

    • Etc.

  • Legal Requirement noted LR


School Self-Study Report

  • HANDBOOK– Section C

    • The School Profile

    • Reflective Standard Narrations

    • The School Strategic Plan


The School Self-Study Report

  • Getting Organized

  • Understand the Self-Study Requirements

    • (Profile, Standards Narrations, School Strategic Plan)

  • Establish a Steering Team (See Handbook C-1)

  • Develop Sub-Committees(See Handbook C-1)

  • Community-wide Ownership


Part 1: The School Profile


Part 1: The School Profile

  • Tells your school’s story

  • (Who you are; Who you serve; What’s been happening?)

  • Opens self-study report

  • Summary statement (3-5 pages)

  • History highlights

  • Demographic Study

    • Overview of students, families, and community served

  • Stakeholder perceptions**

    • Surveyprovides documented evidence

  • Student enrollment trends


Part 1: The School Profile

  • Stakeholder Satisfaction Survey

  • Consider inexpensive electronic survey

  • Connect stakeholders to MNSAA standards

  • Invite honesty, but do not open door to inappropriate responses

  • Summarize data gathered in The Profile


Part 1: The School Profile

  • School Profile Template

  • Available under School Resources on website

  • Template not required, but components are

  • Consider it an outline for posting your findings

  • Take a look!

  • Download from MNSAA website: www.mnsaa.org


Part 2: Standard Narrations


Part 2: Standards Narrations

  • Demonstrates readiness for accreditation

  • The heart of your school’sself-study

  • Defines what is currently happening at your school

    • Honesty matters! May find not all criteria are in place at your school

    • Equally important to find areas notin compliance


Part 2: Standards Narrations

  • Quality of the Reflective Narrations

  • Do NOT merely restate the standard

  • Sets the stage for the onsite team

  • Professional document crafted by well-trained and highly skilled educators

  • Published!

  • Quality evaluated by team


Part 2: Standards Narrations

  • Identifying Strengths & Challenges

  • Use findings to build summary for each standard

  • Process =

    • Subcommittee writes draft

    • Whole group reviews and adds ideas

    • Identify key strengths & challenges

  • CHALLENGES – Become the focus of the school improvement plan


Part 2: Standards Narrations

  • Self-Study Narrations Template

  • MNSAA requires use of template

  • Personalize the template for your school

  • Available under School Resources on website


Part 2: Standards Narrations

  • Don’t Forget Standard 7!

  • Not completed until after strategic plan written

  • Can be forgotten

  • Set a reminder to return to this before publishing

  • Essential component of the Self-Study


Indicators of Compliance

  • Onsite team looks for supporting evidence for each narration.

  • Ask the questions:

    • “How do we comply?”

    • “How can we provide evidence?”

  • MNSAA requirements & ideas

  • Team observations & interviews


Part 3: School Strategic Plan


Part 3: School Strategic Plan

  • Summarizes challenges identified

  • A roadmap for school improvement

  • Provide strategic direction + a plan of action

  • Needs to be a collaborative process

  • Key component of Annual Progress Report

  • Maintained as a “Living Document”


Part 3: School Strategic Plan

  • MNSAA SSP Quality Expectations

  • Valid – Reflective of current needs of school

  • Connected – To self-study report

  • Supported – By wide body of stakeholders

  • Visionary – Not a checklist

  • Reasonable – Timeline manageable

  • Focused – On your students!


Part 3: School Strategic Plan

  • Specific Framework Required!

  • Objectives – Where the school wants to be

  • Strategies – How the school plans to get there

  • Action Steps – What specifically the school is going to do


SAMPLE

  • Objective: The school will provide a safe learning facility.

  • Strategy 1:A crisis management plan will be developed.

  • Action Steps:

    • A taskforce will be established.

    • The task force will review state guidelines and resources.

    • The task force will interface with local authorities.

    • Draft a crisis management plan for consideration.

    • Seek approval from board.

    • Implement crisis management plan.

    • Evaluate and adjust as needed.

  • Strategy 2:Explore extended day program.

  • Action Steps:

    • Survey families for need.

    • Determine space for program.

    • Research state laws.

    • Etc. – Continue to add action steps to reach goal.


Part 3: School Strategic Plan

  • MNSAA Template Required!

  • Complete on electronic template

  • Download from MNSAA website

  • Word table - Able to revise

  • Ability to report progress to MNSAA

  • Take a look!


Part 3: School Strategic Plan

Samples Available

Take a look at the Sample on the MNSAA Template!

Be sure to checkout our website for more resources: www.mnsaa.org


Part 3: School Strategic Plan

  • INVOLVE STAKEHOLDERS!

    • Communicate Self-Study Findings

    • Solicit Input

    • Build Buy-In

    • Finalize with full school community


The Onsite Visit

  • HANDBOOK – Section D

    • Guidelines & Responsibilities

    • The Onsite Visiting Team

    • The Team Report Template


The Onsite Visit

  • Purpose of the Onsite Team Visit

  • To Validate

  • To Evaluate

  • Quality Expectations of MNSAA

  • Provide Objective Outside Feedback

  • Bottom Line


The Onsite Visit

  • Thinking Ahead of the Visit

  • Budget considerations

  • Facility considerations

  • Technology considerations

  • Interview considerations

  • Team meet and greet

  • Organize your indicators

  • Clear your calendar

  • Advise stakeholders


The Onsite Visit

  • The Team Report

  • The Team will determine:

    • Sufficient Indication of Compliance

    • Compliance with Concerns

    • Insufficient Indication of Compliance

  • Recommendations for Improvement

  • Commendations for Excellence

  • Take a look!


The Onsite Visit

  • The School Responds

  • Visit closure

  • Communicate findings with stakeholders

  • Written response to recommendations

  • Template provided

  • Submit revised SSP


The Appendix

  • HANDBOOK – Section E

    • Sample Timeline for Process

    • Curriculum Standards Requirement

    • SSP Sample

    • Fee Structure


MNSAA Accreditation

January 2014

New School Training

The Whole Learning School

Sarah W. Mueller

Executive Director


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