Tala Qudah highlights her experience of CIS International Accreditation and being a CIS Evaluator and the impact on her school, their community, and for her personally.
As a membership organization offering school accreditation internationally, we have a significant role to play as we guide and support schools to foster inclusion across diverse communities.
A stronger parent voice has emerged in education. Dr Sandra Webster suggests it is part of the global move towards democratisation and decentralisation. So, our attention to developing an effective partnership is even more important.
A student-led initiative at the International School of Basel faced resistance and overcame scepticism to establish an impactful committee dedicated to tackling discrimination.
Part three of a blog series to unpack well-being in international education welcomes student voice and perspective as a mini-case study to shine a light on what’s truly important when it comes to their well-being.
Young children’s voices matter. By extension, the voice of those who work closely with young learners matters too. Their pedagogical insights are rich in considerations for what constitutes the foundation for lifelong learning. Hear these voices from the field.
We're eager to share new CIS research and continua of thinking and practice to advance the understanding and application of global citizenship and intercultural learning. Learn more and find opportunities to explore further.
What does well-being in education really mean? How can we give it a mandate and support it in our school communities? The purpose of this post, the first in a series, is to move the well-being conversation forward and share some practical resources and stimuli. Let’s start at cloud level by looking at concepts and theory.
The CIS definition of global citizenship is often cited in research and continues to be one of our most visited web pages since its publication in 2009. Yet, in 2020, rising voices on social injustice compelled us to take a closer look.
We’re always looking for ways to use data to help solve challenges facing our membership community. And our work to foster greater inclusion across our global community via diversity, equity and anti-racism (I-DEA) continues at pace. One way we are linking these two priorities is to share our data analysis expertise via strategic partnerships, most recently to determine diversity baseline data in international schools, collecting data on gender, nationality, and ethnicity of board members, heads of schools, leadership teams, and teachers.
The cyclical nature of school accreditation and curriculum evaluations can be challenging for schools to coordinate when working with multiple organizations. That’s where our partnerships with the IB and other accreditation agencies help schools to manage that their evaluation cycles more efficiently and effectively. Here’s how it works.
What constitutes effective leadership and ‘leadership by presence’ when uncertainty and crisis management continues to be the order of the day? The unpredictable nature of the pandemic and the lack of previous knowledge have truly tested the mettle of international school leaders. Sudha Govindswamy asked some leaders from CIS member schools to share their approaches and strategies.
From guiding statements to student learning, what’s your school’s ‘golden thread’? Is it linear or complex and messy? How does it guide your school? Simon Camby presents key questions for you to reflect on as you think about your school.
Peer evaluation is at the core of the CIS International Accreditation experience—educators lead, strengthen and shape international education together. Our new Director of School Evaluation & Development Services, Simon Camby, explored how peer evaluation training works from the inside.
Does your board undergo regular health checks or evaluation? We explore the benefits, why your board might need it, and how do you go about conducting one in this post from CIS Affiliated Consultant Michael Iannini and his colleague Paul Smith.
Six months ago, educators from different parts of the world signed and made their voices heard through a petition. They strongly recommended all accreditation agencies and organizations that accredit and evaluate international school quality worldwide to ensure the explicit inclusion of anti-racism and anti-discrimination principles against all forms discrimination in their accreditation standards.
CIS International Accreditation standards are continually reviewed to ensure their relevance to our school community’s needs. In recent years, we worked to embed new protocol requirements on inclusion, diversity, and equity and have now strengthened them further around anti-racism. Learn more from Chris Durbin, Direction of International Accreditation at CIS.
There’s a lot to reflect upon from the past extraordinary year. Carole Denny takes a moment to acknowledge the accomplishments of our community, some lessons we've learned from virtual school visits, and inspiring moments that have motivated us through it all.
Reflections from two foundational learning and listening exercises as we explore our implicit biases and consider “What if we centred equity in accreditation?”
Leo Thompson starts his post with the bold claim: High-quality learning and teaching (HQLT) is both context and culture dependent and cannot be defined and measured in absolute, universal terms. He unpacks his claim in this post and offers guidance to help school leaders and educators to approach the challenge it presents.