Resources for Schools and Accreditation Teams

Resources for Schools

A Self-Assessment Guide for Schools Seeking Accreditation, “The Guidelines”

This document is designed to guide schools through the CEASD Accreditation process. The document includes an explanation of how CEASD standards, the planning process and the school improvement plans interact to achieve effective school improvement. Schools should follow each part of “The Guidelines” as they progress through their self-study and prepare for a site visit from CEASD.

Strengthening Viability Through Accreditation

This PowerPoint is designed to describe the ways in which accreditation strengthens schools. It includes a discussion of the components of viability for a school for the deaf as well as the way in which the standards support those components.

Is Accreditation the Right Fit for You?

This PowerPoint describes the types of accreditation, the pre-accreditation work that must be done to prepare, and timelines for readiness.

Accreditation by CEASD: Training for Schools

This power point describes the CEASD Accreditation process and may be used by schools to train their staff in the process. The schools steering committee should reveiw this power point in conjunction with A Self-Assessment Guide for Schools Seeking Accreditation, “The Guidelines” prior to beginning the self-study for CEASD accreditation.

Tips for Successful Joint Visits between CEASD and a Regional Accreditation Association

This document describes the process involved in the accreditation visit when it will be a joint visit between CEASD and the regional accreditation body. For further information on joint visits and a copy of the letter sent to the Regional Office when a joint visit will occur, contact the National Office. For a copy of the document “Matching the CEASD Standards and the Advanced Standards” contact the National Office.

Template for Schools Writing the Self-Study

This document includes the template for schools to fill out when writing their self-study. The template includes directions on information that should be included in the self-study.

Resources for Chairpersons and Site Visit Teams

A Self-Assessment Guide for Schools Seeking Accreditation, “The Guidelines”

This document is designed to guide schools through the CEASD Accreditation process. The document includes an explanation of how CEASD standards, the planning process and the school improvement plans interact to achieve effective school improvement. Schools should follow each part of “The Guidelines” as they progress through their self-study and prepare for a site visit from CEASD.

Accreditation, Viability, & Continuous Improvement

This PowerPoint defines the CEASD Accreditation for Growth Protocol. It explains accreditation as continuous growth and explores other regional accreditation bodies.Team members and chairpersons may want to reveiw this power point prior to serving on a team for an overview of the entire accreditation process. April 2012 and August 2016.

Becoming an Accreditation Site Team Visitor or Chair

Serving on a Site Team is a great service to your colleagues, a fantastic learning experience, and a big responsiblity. Learn more through this PowerPoint.

Serving on a Visiting Team

This document describes the qualification of visiting team members, reviews the CEASD School Improvement Protocol for Accreditation, describes the role of the visiting team, and reviews logistics of the visit.

The Accreditation Experience: Steps for Team Success Opening Team Meeting

This PowerPoint may be used at the opening training meeting for teams the first day of a visit. It describes the accreditation process including what accreditation means and how it is successfully implemented. The power point defines the roles of team members and chairpersons and gives tips on how to write the final report.

CEASD Parent Community Meeting

This PowerPoint may be used during the meeting with parents and community members. It provides information on CEASD accreditation and should precede the question and answer session.

Tips for a Successful Joint Visit between CEASD and a Regional Accrediting Association 

This document describes the process involved in the accreditation visit when it is a joint visit between CEASD and the regional accrediting body.

Standard 1-12 Focus Questions
This document contains questions for each of the twelve standards. Team members may use these questions in interviews with the staff and stakeholders and/or develop additional questions based on the school’s self-study and observations of the program.

Accreditation Exit Conference

This PowerPoint is used for the final exit conference with the school undergoing accreditation. The team’s major commendations and recommendations will be included in the PowerPoint and shared with the CEO/Superintendent of the school and the staff in an exit meeting.

Report on the Accreditation Site Visit for the _____School for the Deaf

This document is the template for the final report. Each team member writes a section of the report. Generally, team members cover three Standards each. The final report is compiled by the team chairperson and sent to the CEO/Superintendent of the School for a check of facts. The report is then filed with the CEASD National Office.