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Volume 3


September 27, 2011

Inspire fellow educators. Create educational connections.
Accelerate continuous improvement efforts.

Experience all of this and more by attending one of our 2011 AdvancED Florida Fall Conferences as we focus on hosting Quality Assurance Reveiw (QAR) visits in 2012-2013 and beyond. Join us as we assemble forward thinking members of the education community from all over the state. We will discuss both new and innovative ways to drive excellence in schools and school systems.

West Palm Beach, FL  
October 10, 2011, 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., QAR Training for Schools
October 11, 2011, 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., QAR Training for Systems
Cost:  $125.00 per person/per day (lunch provided)

Tallahassee, FL 
October 24, 2011, 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., QAR Training for Schools
October 25, 2011, 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., QAR Training for Systems
Cost:  $125.00 per person/per day (lunch provided)

Orlando, FL 
November 14, 2011,  8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., QAR Training for Schools
November 15, 2011,  8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., QAR Training for Systems
Cost:  $125.00 per person/per day (lunch provided)

Click here for more information and to register online to attend any of the AdvancED Florida Fall Conferences.  Please note that these conferences are for QAR visits beginning in 2012-2013.  

Quick Links
New AdvancED Standards Unveiled

Just as schools and districts are subject to a rigorous process of review and continuous improvement, so are AdvancED Standards.  In order to comply with the AdvancED policy that requires the AdvancED Standards to be reviewed every five years, a Standards Committee began meeting in the fall of 2009 to review the current Standards, which have been in place since 2007.  This review allowed the Committee to look at current education quality and research, as well as the knowledge gained from everyday application by accredited schools and districts.  As a result of this review, the AdvancED Standards have been rewritten.  The new version includes five Standards: 
1. Purpose and Direction
2. Governance and Leadership
3. Teaching and Assessing for Learning
4. Resources and Support Systems
5. Using Results for Continuous Improvement

The new Standards will be implemented for the 2012-13 school year, but now are posted for viewing on both of the Accreditation Resources and Tools Web pages for schools and school systems.  Please contact our office if you need assistance with accessing these Web pages or if you have questions.

NWAC to Join AdvancED

The Northwest Accreditation Commission (NWAC) and AdvancED jointly approved a resolution for the NWAC to become an accreditation division of AdvancED.  The Northwest Accreditation Commission, established in 1917, is one of the six regional accrediting bodies in the United States and serves schools, systems, and education providers in seven states including Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, and Washington.  NWAC also accredits schools internationally.  By joining together, AdvancED and NWAC will expand their capacity and resources to deliver accreditation and school improvement services throughout the network and provide added support to schools committed to continuous improvement.  With the addition of NWAC, AdvancED now serves nearly 30,000 public and private schools and districts in over 70 countries. 

AdvancED Goes Green
AdvancED is going green. We paved the way for this initiative by introducing online access to conference materials for the 2011 AdvancED International Summit in Chicago, IL.  AdvancED made the handouts, documents, and presentation materials available to registered participants online for download.  In an effort to continue our leadership and innovation in this area, our office will be making conference and training materials available online for download as well.  Registered event attendees will find information on downloading materials in future event registration details.  Going green also will provide our attendees access to a variety of training materials quickly and easily, even after a scheduled event, for additional value. 

AdvancED, the home of NCA CASI and SACS CASI, is dedicated to
advancing excellence in education worldwide.

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