REACH 101/201 Accreditation Training

January 11, 2016 9:00 AM–January 12, 2016 3:30 PM

What is the purpose of Accreditation 101/201? Accreditation 101/201 is designed to provide assistance to schools (EE, EE-5, EE-6, EE-8, or EE-12) who are on Candidate Status for ACSI accreditation, and schools who are considering accreditation through ACSI and for schools renewing their accreditation through the new REACH 2.0 protocol.  

What subjects or items will be covered during the training class? Accreditation 101/201 will thoroughly review the ACSI Standards of Accreditation for the new REACH 2.0, as well as give direction into developing your school's self-study, curriculum guides (including scope and sequence, objectives, biblical integration), and board policy manual. Sample timelines will be made available to help school stay "on task" as they move through the accreditation process. The ACSI certification process will also be discussed.  

Which training course should I attend?  All new and candidate schools should attend the Monday and Tuesday class (Accreditation 101/201).  All renewing accredited schools should attend the 201 only class.

How long does it last each day?  Each session/day will last approximately 5-6 hours with an hour break for lunch (on your own).

Who should attend these meetings? Each school is highly recommended to send at least TWO representatives to the training sessions.  Schools who are interested in pursuing ACSI accreditation in the future would also find these meetings to be informative.   

Who will be leading the training program? The ACSI Florida regional office staff will be teaching the different components of  Accreditation 101/201.  

How do I register my school for Accreditation 101/201? Please fill out the registration form and fax/email it to the Florida Regional Office. If paying by credit card, please fax the registration form to the Florida Regional Office at 727-734-3666.


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