NEASC Visitor Training Workshop
By Jim Elvin Minj, Performing Arts Teacher, Learning Leader Arts
I recently participated in a two-day NEASC Visitor Training Workshop (Part 1) held at the International School of Hyderabad, facilitated by Darlene Fisher, the International Accreditation Leader (IAL) at NEASC. This workshop gave me the chance to delve deeper into the skills required for conducting accreditation visits on behalf of NEASC as well as enhance my teaching methodologies aligning with the best practices and ACE Learning Principles from NEASC.
The sessions covered various topics, including observing for learning impacts, interview skills, evaluating the 4Cs, and report writing. The primary focus of the training was on ACE Learning, a paradigm that enables schools to attain NEASC Accreditation while emphasising effective learning and teaching in a contemporary context. NEASC’s ten ACE Learning Principles provide a framework for in-depth discussions about effective learning.
In the training I learnt about ACE Learning and how it introduces a transformative approach to accreditation, aiming to reshape schools and accreditation into instruments for systemic change. It challenges traditional educational language and encourages schools to become learning communities guided by a clear vision of learning in our times. ACE urges reflection on learner impacts rather than outputs, aiming to transform schools into "interactive museums of learning opportunities."
Part 2 of the NEASC training represents the subsequent phase in qualifying as an approved NEASC Accreditation Visitor. Successful completion involves writing a report based on Part 1, with NEASC-CIE selecting Accreditation Visitors based on an overall assessment of understanding NEASC Accreditation, including Foundation Standards, the ACE Pathway, and the Standard Pathway, as well as the ability to articulate one's approach to conducting a school visit in clear, correct written English.
This professional development experience was enriching, and I am confident that the acquired skills will significantly enhance my pedagogical approach, empowering me to inspire young learners and make learning enjoyable. I extend my sincere gratitude to the school for providing me with this invaluable opportunity for growth and learning.