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MSA “Q and A”

Written by Kili Lay. Posted in Kili Lay

After the all staff meeting on Tuesday, April 10, several questions arose.
Read them, and responses, here.

  • How do individual teachers need to prepare for the visit?

There is nothing out of the ordinary that you need to do. As the visit comes closer, there may be some specific tasks that need your help to come to completion and you will be asked for help, if needed.

  • What work still needs to be done by the end of the year, and from which individuals? (for example committee chairs…)

The Self Study report needs to be completed. There are many sections and people with inside knowledge of a particular section have been asked for help (ex. Nurse will help provide vaccination data, Admissions will provide enrollment trends). Kili is collating this report, as the Internal Coordinator.

The Student Performance Objectives (one part of the Self Study) need to be finalized and sent to MSA for “technical review” later this month. Input will likely be sought from ES Reading Committee members, ES Writing Committee members, ETLs, SALs, the MSHS Language Arts Team, the MSHS World Languages Team, the MSHS Math Team.

Action Plans (another part of the Self Study) to carry out the SPO’s need to be created, likely by the same groups involved in the above work. These last two sections are work that needs heavy input from teachers.

MSA Big Ideas from April 10, 2012

Written by Kili Lay. Posted in Kili Lay

The three big ideas I hoped to impart on Tuesday, April 10 at the all staff meeting can be stated as the following:

First: The Middle States Association for Accreditation provides us with an external validation of what we do as a school. It helps hold us accountable to our mission statement and our vision of our preferred future to guide school improvement.

Second: Schools choose an accreditation protocol based on different factors. We have chosen “Accreditation for Growth” (AFG) and that means we commit to strategic planning, student performance improvement, and wide community involvement. Other protocols include Excellence by Design (ExBD), focusing on strategic planning and continuous review, and Renewing the Vision, focusing on a clear vision of the school’s preferred future.

Third: The AFG protocol for our self study focuses on three things –

  1. a culture of planning and a planning ethic
  2. student performance objectives, results, and growth towards school goals
  3. the 12 MSA standards

Revisiting our MSA S.P.O’s

Written by Kili Lay. Posted in Kili Lay

For the years of 2006 to 2012, we have committed ourselves to deepening BFIS students’ civic responsibility through service learning and increasing their technology competency K-12. Specifically, our Student Performance Objectives (SPO’s) can be stated as:

By the year 2012, 100% of Grade K-12 students will demonstrate responsible citizenship as measured by annually contributing 20 hours of service learning to school, the community, or the world at large and by a 35 percentage point improvement in the BFIS Service Learning Perception Survey.

By the year 2012, 100% of Grade K-12 students will exhibit technology competency as demonstrated by meeting the grade level Benjamin Franklin International School (BFIS) performance checklist.

Looking forward, our new focus will be in the areas of language literacy and numeracy: reading, writing and mathematics.

MSA. It matters.

Written by Kili Lay. Posted in Kili Lay

Every now and again, people ask me why MSA is relevant to them as an individual classroom teacher or non-teaching member of staff. I believe it is important for everyone — our teachers, staff, parents, students, board members, administrators — to care about our commitment to MSA because it represents the promises we’ve made to each other. By choosing to be an accredited school, we commit to meeting the 12 MSA standards that span from facilities, educational program to student services. We commit to improving student performance in key areas that matter to our community members. We commit to strategic planning and fostering a planning ethic in all we do. And finally, we commit to embracing all of our community stakeholders in the growth and improvement of our school. This is the kind of school we are, this is the kind of school where you work, send your children, and support. MSA. It matters.