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Thursday, December 15, 2011

Post-faculty meeting NEAS&C activity

After the faculty meeting today, Mike explained that we are officially moving into the self-study phase of our review process. To this end, he introduced our NEAS&C activity for the afternoon.

We distributed the standards booklets, and introduced the 4 Themes 4 ED (see image on left). This was one of the activities from the Connecticut Association of Schools' (CAS) NEAS&C workshop we attended last week. 

Grouped according to standards committees, the faculty identified which theme(s) were association with which standards indicators. Then we passed around the mic to share out which indicators addressed the theme of personalization (there is an audio record of that).

We introduced the NCHSNEASC13 blog as a vehicle for continuing the conversation between meetings. We have a limited number of face-to-face meetings left this year, but we hope to use the blog to share anecdotes about our teaching and learning experiences with students to help our colleagues better understand what we do in our daily practice that addresses the NEAS&C standards. Mike posted an example in the last blog entry.

We aslo discussed plans to start collecting evidence after the winter break. It is important to start this process soon so that we have a full year's evidence when the visiting committee arrives.

Next up: January 19th faculty meeting with our NEAS&C Director,  Janet Allison.
After that: The community survey
Handout: NEAS&C First Newsletter
Resource: NEAS&C website

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  1. Some suggestions for future NEASC work:
    (1) It would be helpful for us to examine the indicators for repetition so that we don't double-collect evidence. For example, several indicators in different standards deal with formative assessment.
    (2) When we had the math Tri-State visit, someone created a wiki (we could use a Google spreadsheet) in which teachers listed examples of the types of evidence that would belong in each indicator. This would help us figure out the repetitions mentioned in my first suggestion.

  2. That's a great comment, Jenn! I was just talking to Tom about this and he showed me how he organized digital evidence collection for Tri-State science. We are planning to meet next week and flesh out our conversation. The spreadsheeet was a discussion point. We are fortunate to have had two recent Tri-State visits, so much of the structural work is already in place. It is just a question of adapting it! BTW, Thanks for being the first faculty member to comment on the blog! :-)ML