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  1. The Road to Continuous Improvement A Review of the District Accreditation Process through AdvancED

  2. What is District Accreditation? A national protocol for school systems committed to systemic, systematic, and sustainable continuous improvement

  3. Pillars of Accreditation Districts must: • Meet Quality Standards • Engage in Continuous Improvement • Demonstrate Quality Assurance

  4. AdvancED Accreditation Standards The district provides evidence of meeting the Standards for Quality Systems • Vision and Purpose • Governance and Leadership • Teaching and Learning • Documenting and Using Results • Resources and Support Systems • Stakeholder Communications and Relationships • Commitment to Continuous Improvement

  5. Continuous Improvement The district has the responsibility and flexibility to identify and implement systemic processes of continuous improvement • One process is used by the system and schools • Promotes continuity, coherence, alignment, and collaborative planning • All schools and departments work to achieve district vision and goals • Encourages customized planning at the school level

  6. Benefits of District Accreditation 1. Mark of Quality 2. Meet and exceed local, state, national requirements 3. Coherence and continuity 4. Resources and peer support 5. Professional opportunities 6. Benefits for students

  7. AdvancED Accreditation Process Phase 1 Phase 2 Phase 3 • Submit Letter of Interest • Host Readiness Visit • Submit Letter of Commitment • Complete and submit Standard Assessment Report • Prepare artifacts for review • Prepare for interviews Host Quality Assurance Review

  8. Quality Assurance Review • Three-day process • Team of approximately 24 educators • Team Activities: • Artifact Review • Focus Group Interviews • Students, Teachers, School Leadership Team, School Improvement Team, Parents and School Community stakeholders, District Community Stakeholders, Superintendent, Board, Central Office Administrators • School Visits

  9. Preparing for the Interview • Interview • Sample interview questions

  10. Sample Interview Question

  11. Sample Interview Question

  12. Interview Probe Protocol

  13. Next Steps • Share information with your staff, parents, and students • Continue preparation • Quality Assurance Review Team Visit April 19-22

  14. Quality begins on the inside. . . and then works its way out.Bob Moawad, Chairman & CEO, Edge Learning Institute