Thursday, October 25, 2012

Being on an Accreditation Team

On Sunday afternoon I drove up to Maine to participate as a member of a NEASC accreditation team at Berwick Academy. These teams spend 3 days at a school interviewing everyone, reading the school's self-study, and then writing a report. It's always a lot of work and late nights, but you get a lot out of it. Seeing how another school runs inevitably makes you ask yourself how you might improve your own practice, or you might come away with some ideas to share with others.

At Berwick the technology support center (both academic and repairs) was built into the library building. It was great to see close alignment of tech and library. This is something we're working on here at BB&N. Another neat thing was that they had local university students on work-study helping out. Seems like we might also have that opportunity here? Berwick also has a cool program they call the "Innovation Center" to which students apply. You can check it out on their website.

Being on an accreditation team is good experience. Everyone should do this every few years, kind of like jury duty.

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