Dear AST Family and Friends,
I have spent most of the week at Korea Kent Foreign School. My visit included both a ton of work and tremendous opportunity. I have walked through the accreditation process on the side of the visiting team and I now better understand their process. This will help us to prepare for our accreditation visit next year. I have seen a school similar in size to AST that was forged differently. This grants ideas that I can bring back to improve our school. I have built new relationships with an overseas school that can turn into partnerships. One specific example is that the Principal and I have already begun the discussion of what a student exchange opportunity might look like.
When looking at WASC accreditation, there are two items that are more significant than any other:
1. Is the school focused on learning?
2. Does the school prepare global citizens?
When I returned to AST with these questions as my key focus from the last week, I smiled about what is going on at our school right now.
Today, is our AST International Carnival. This tradition vividly illustrates our diverse and global-minded community. It allows us to share a day together as a larger community sharing food, playing games, and competing in a friendly way. This is a special time to be on campus.
Next week, we are hitting two more big global issues with the 30-Hour Famine and our guest speaker and project wrap-ups on Human Trafficking. AST is providing opportunities for students to explore some of these very real global issues and make connections to their own lives and communities. This week, with the history presentations from the 6th and 7th grade students and the middle school drama monologues and duologues, we see the tremendous commitment to high quality educational experiences and a desire to address that with real topics.
Have a great next week,