NEASC Accreditation relies on a voluntary, peer review process which engages thousands of educators in school visits each year. NEASC volunteers are an outstanding asset to the process of accreditation. These well-trained peer reviewers (NEASC "Visitors") put their best efforts forth when they visit schools to observe teaching and learning, meet with members of the learning community, and validate the findings from the school's self-reflection. Participating on a NEASC Accreditation Visiting Team is a unique, immersive experience frequently referred to by volunteers as the best professional development they've had as an educator.
Many have said that NEASC visits are the best professional development experiences and this is not an exaggeration. The opportunity to reflect and the ideas team members enjoy sharing, as well as the invaluable discussions on education are incredible. You truly feel like you have become part of a global community dedicated to learning.
Once a school becomes a Candidate for Accreditation or is a fully Accredited Member School it is a very important aspect of the accreditation process — and a NEASC policy — that the school head encourage academic staff and leadership to qualify to serve as an NEASC volunteer and to allow them to serve on Visiting Teams/Committees when invited.
The experience garnered from these visits will be extremely helpful not only to the individual volunteers, but to their school as well, as it enhances a school's preparation for their own pathway to NEASC Accreditation.
Peer-review is a unique opportunity for schools to receive a detailed, objective evaluation/validation from trusted, highly qualified, and thoroughly trained colleagues in the educational community. If you work at a NEASC Member or Candidate school and would like to serve on a NEASC-CIS Visiting Committee, please send us an email expressing your interest to firstname.lastname@example.org and include the following information:
- full name
- school name
- position at your school
- preferred email address
- phone number