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Join a NEASC Accreditation Visiting Team -
a unique, immersive professional development experience!

Accreditation is peer review

Thank you for your interest in volunteering!

Accreditation is a voluntary, peer review process which engages thousands of professional educators in school visits each year. Peer evaluators are trained to function as “critical friends” who provide commendations and recommendations to assist an institution’s growth and improvement process.

CPS's Visiting Team Members are an outstanding asset to the process of accreditation. These well-trained peer reviewers put their best efforts forth when they visit our schools to observe teaching and learning, meet with members of the learning community, and validate the findings from the school's self-reflection. Specific resources to prepare volunteers for their role as an evaluator on an Accreditation Visiting Team can be found on the relevant CPS Commitee websites, but listed here are a few common resources you may find helpful.
 

Required Qualifications for Visiting Team Members

In order to serve as an Accreditation Visiting Team Member for CPS, teachers and administrators must:

  • hold current certification as a teacher or administrator in one of the six New England states
  • be currently employed as a teacher or administrator in a CPS member school
  • have at least two years experience
  • have some understanding of the Standards for Accreditation
  • understand that collaboration and writing are involved
  • have the recommendation and approval of the school head
    MPORTANT: NEASC is notified of prospective volunteers via the Annual Information Report (AIR). If you would like to participate, make sure to ask your school head to add you to the Evaluator List on the AIR.
  • understand that the visit takes place over several days (usually from Sunday morning through Wednesday afternoon), requires team members to stay in a hotel with other team members (provided by the hosting school), and involves work with the team in the evening as well as throughout the day at the school

Where can I find resources or training for Visiting Team Members?

Online materials:

Team members visiting elementary, middle, and/or high schools, go to cpss.neasc.org > Resources > Visiting Team Resources

Team members visiting Career/Technical School or Centers, please visit ctci.neasc.org > Resources > Visiting Team Resources

Please note that a NEASC username/password may be required to access some materials.
 

Workshops:

Go to the CPS Events page for a list of upcoming training workshops. 

The best part of participating on a NEASC Visiting Team was the opportunity to be welcomed into a professional team of educators from across New England and offered the chance to get to know a learning community behind the scenes. It was a valuable opportunity to reflect on my own practice and the ways I may use best practices within my own school community.

— Visiting Team Member, Committee on Public Secondary Schools