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Every week, GSD produces a newsletter that goes home with students! In each edition, you will find upcoming events, resources and important school-related information. Check it out online as well! If you have questions about the content of the newsletter, contact Katherine Kennedy at 912-486-0923 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
GSD Earns SACS CASI Accreditation
Principal Leslie Jackson announced that the Georgia School for the Deaf earned accreditation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Council on Accreditation and School Improvement (SACS CASI), an accreditation division of AdvancED. This action was taken at the AdvancED Accreditation Commission meeting held in Tempe, Arizona on June 26, 2014.
SACS CASI provides nationally-recognized accreditation, the purpose of which is continuous school improvement focused on increasing student performance. To earn accreditation, schools must meet SACS CASI’s high standards, be evaluated by a team of professionals from outside the school and implement a continuous process of school improvement.
“Accreditation demonstrates to our students, parents and community that we are focused on raising student achievement, providing a safe and enriching learning environment, and maintaining an efficient and effective operation staffed by highly qualified educators,” stated Principal Leslie Jackson. “GSD is proud to have received full accreditation as recognition for our efforts to accomplish the GSD mission: All GSD students will graduate with a positive Deaf identity as bilinguals in American Sign Language and written English, and will be prepared to make successful life choices.”
GSD was rated on 5 standards with 33 indicators. The evaluation team evaluates the degree to which the school meets each indicator on a scale of 1 to 4. GSD’s average indicator score was a 3.75.
The evaluators also provide Powerful Practices for each school as well as Required Actions. GSD had 21 Powerful Practices noted, and only 2 required actions.
SACS CASI accreditation is recognized across state lines, which not only eases the transfer process as students move from accredited school to accredited school but also assures parents that the school is meeting nationally accepted standards for quality and successful professional practice.
Dr. Mark Elgart, President/CEO of AdvancED, the parent organization of SACS CASI, stated, “SACS CASI Accreditation is a rigorous process that focuses the entire school on the primary goal of creating lifelong learners. Georgia School for the Deaf is to be commended for engaging in this process and demonstrating a commitment to continuous improvement.”
Parents and interested community members can learn more about accreditation at www.advanc-ed.org. GSD families can learn more about how accreditation benefits their students by clicking here.
About AdvancED and SACS CASI
Dedicated to advancing excellence in education through accreditation, research and professional services, AdvancED is the world’s largest education community, serving and engaging 30,000 public and private schools and school systems in more than 70 countries and serving over 16 million students. AdvancED is the parent organization of the North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement (NCA CASI), Northwest Accreditation Commission (NWAC) and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Council on Accreditation and School Improvement (SACS CASI).
SACS CASI is a non-governmental, voluntary agency that accredits nearly 13,000 public and non-public institutions throughout the world.
August 29, 2014 — As the 2014-2015 academic year begins, teachers, school leaders, parents and students should be aware that they can access free, interactive digital textbooks through the Georgia Department of Education’s website.
“As we implement the new standards, we know teachers and parents need high-quality resources,” State School Superintendent Dr. John Barge said. “We developed these textbooks and other resources for middle and high school virtual school courses, and the students who have used them have been very successful. Much of their success can be attributed to these exceptional resources in the hands of our teachers.”
The textbooks, which can be accessed by visiting www.gavirtuallearning.org/Resources, are currently available for middle and high school courses. They cover an array of content areas in Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies, CTAE Electives, and several World Languages (Spanish, German, French, Latin, Chinese and Japanese). Textbooks available range from courses such as Coordinate Algebra, Analytic Geometry, and Biology to electives such as Web Design, Agriculture, and Healthcare Science.
Many of the textbooks feature supplemental or interactive content, including study guides, discussion questions, games, audio recordings, and quizzes. When learning about function families in a Coordinate Algebra textbook, students can hover over vocabulary words to view their definitions. In a Fundamentals of Web Design CTAE course, students can take interactive quizzes as they learn HTML.
These resources are aligned to the Common Core Georgia Performance Standards and are free for use by schools, districts, or individuals. To access the textbooks and a list of subjects available, visit www.gavirtuallearning.org/Resources, then visit the “click here” link under the “shared” heading. Visit www.gavirtuallearning.org to access more online-learning resources from the Georgia Department of Education.
Regional Parent Meetings (RPMs) are gatherings for parents of students from AASD, GAB and GSD, held around the state that are easily accessible to the majority of our parents.
RPMs will take place in two different sessions — fall and spring — with at least 10 meetings in each session.
They are times to teach, inform, support, listen to, connect with, and provide resources for our State School parents.
Our Parent Engagement Team – Kathy Kennedy, Parent Involvement Coordinator for GSD; Patti Lombardi, Parent Mentor for the State Schools; and Sonya Milam, Parent Involvement Coordinator for GAB – will host the RPMs. At least two members of this team will facilitate each meeting.