Noti-Directiva October 2018
As most of our community members know, we have just completed the AdvancED reaccreditation process for our school. AdvancED is the largest community of education professionals in the world. It is a non-profit, non-partisan organization that conducts rigorous, on-site reviews of a variety of educational institutions and systems to ensure that all learners realize their full potential. While their expertise is grounded in more than a hundred years of work in school accreditation, AdvancED is far from a typical accrediting agency. Their goal isn’t to certify that educational institutions are good enough. Rather, their commitment is to help schools continuously improve.
Colegio Granadino is part of a very large network of quality, accredited schools. AdvancED is a partner with 36,000 educational institutions—employing more than four million educators and enrolling more than 20 million students—across the United States and 70 other nations. AdvancED was formed through a 2006 merger of the Pre-K-12 divisions of the North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement (NCA CASI) and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Council on Accreditation and School Improvement (SACS CASI)—and expanded through the addition of the Northwest Accreditation Commission (NWAC) in 2012.
Although we will receive our full reaccreditation report in December, the review team left us with some important insights into our continuous improvement journey. First and foremost, the review team recognized several areas of strength in our school. Strategic Planning, vision for the future, sense of community, positive change, and caring school environment were all areas that received high recognition. The review team was impressed with our school, and the members stated they would be proud to have their own children as students in our community.
The review team also recommended several areas for improvement, but fortunately, all of the areas that were mentioned appear as current goals for our strategic plan. It will be important for us to carefully analyze the changes we have made, and use our action plans to collect data for the next three years. We will need to use this data in order to make judgements about program effectiveness and refine as necessary to assure student success. Once we receive the full reaccreditation report, we will share more details about specific recommendations.
I thank all of the community members who participated in the process. It was a very informative week for our school, and I am glad that the review team has validated the relevance of our Strategic Plan. I am very excited about the future of our school, and I am proud to be the leader of Colegio Granadino. I am looking forward to the next five years and celebrating our future successes.