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Prior to the Virtual Workshops, participants are expected to complete the online course: Introduction to the Commission on Independent Schools 20/20 Standards. This course will be completed asynchronously and takes about two hours.

This online course introduces participants to the principles and practices of NEASC Accreditation. Mission-based, peer-reviewed accreditation depends on accreditors both understanding the intent of the Standards and applying that understanding to school realities. The surest measure of effective NEASC Accreditation is the understanding, skills, and confidence you bring to the process as either a Visiting Committee member or a Self-Study Steering Committee member.

This course will help you “think like an accreditor” as you evaluate the programs, practices, and approaches at your own school. The perspective you gain through this exercise will build a foundation for the workshop following this course. In this course, you will learn more on the following topics:

  1. What is the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Commission on Independent Schools? 
  2. Guide to the 20/20 Standards 
  3. Foundation Standards and Indicators 
  4. Program Standards and Indicators 
  5. Guide to Assessing the Standards 

The course consists of five sections, which you can work through at your own pace.  We appreciate your  completion of the survey given at the end of the course. As you proceed through the course, please make note of which sections and/or Reflective Questions are most or least helpful to you.  The more specific your feedback, the more helpful to us as we fine tune this course.

Click HERE to access the course. You will be asked to enter your email address and a password (must be 7 characters long and have no spaces.) 

Visiting Team Workshops (virtual)

Signing up for a Visiting Team workshop is a first step to participating on an Accreditation Visiting Team. 

Self-Study Workshops (virtual)

CIS has developed Self-Study workshops to help schools preparing to host Accreditation Visiting Teams. 

Visiting Committee Chair and Assistant Chair Workshops (virtual)

Attending a Chair/Assistant Chair Workshop is an important step in preparing to lead an Accreditation Team. 


2020 NEASC Annual Conference and Showcase — a virtual event
Engaged by Learning
December 1-3, 2020


NEASC Virtual Global Forum

Conversations for Educators Around the World

We have created the "NEASC Virtual Global Forum", an ongoing webinar series, as a space where educators can connect, have pressing questions addressed by their peers and experts in the field, and where colleagues can share their stories and insights.