International Certification Process
The International Certification programme takes approximately 12-15 months, during which time a school will develop a definition of Global Citizenship, complete Professional Development activities around internationalism, and undertake six projects to develop whole-school commitment to international and intercultural learning. CIS representatives will visit the school twice: once to help schools develop plans for their projects, and once to evaluate the outcomes of all six projects and determine whether to grant International Certification. Schools that achieve International Certification will submit ongoing reports demonstrating their sustained commitment to the process, and will complete re-certification every five years.
STAGE A – DEFINING GLOBAL CITIZENSHIP
Schools form the International Certification Group that will manage the International Certification process. In this stage, the ICG will collectively reflect on the given Reflection Questions, and develop their unique definition of global citizenship for their school community.
STAGE B – PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT & PLANNING
International Certification includes an intercultural assessment that will measure the intercultural perspectives of the International Certification Group. This exercise includes an individual online survey followed by a group debrief meeting to discuss the collective results. While learning about intercultural perspectives, the ICG will also begin discussing the International Certification continuum and planning for the International Certification projects.
STAGE C – SCHOOL PROJECT DEVELOPMENT
The school will complete the six required projects, analyse the impact of each project and sustain communication with the broader community of other schools undertaking International Certification.
- Project 1: School Guiding Statements
- Project 2: Environmental Sustainability
- Project 3: Teacher Professional Development
- Project 4: Service Learning
- Project 5: Student Global Citizenship Learning
- Project 6: School Co-Curricular Activities
STAGE D – PROJECT PRESENTATIONS
The school will present the projects to their school community and the CIS evaluators and reflect on the growth of the school and staff during the International Certification programme.
STAGE E – CERTIFICATION ACHIEVEMENT
Schools that successfully complete all certification requirements will achieve CIS International Certification.
STAGE F – SUSTAINED COMMITMENT
A sustained commitment to the development of global citizens is required by all schools that achieve International Certification: ongoing reports will be submitted, and the re-certification process will be repeated every five years.