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School Effectiveness

In order to maximize student learning and to promote professional growth for staff in AISA schools, it is essential that the school functions in an effective manner, providing a stable and supportive environment and a sound and viable school organization that ensures sustainability in the years ahead – even through the frequent changes in leadership that tend to characterize AISA schools.

AISA has, thus, developed a School Effectiveness Framework (SEF) to provide some definition as to what is meant by school effectiveness in AISA schools. The purpose of this AISA SEF is to establish a common understanding of school effectiveness in the AISA region and to suggest good practices, structures and resources that will support learning in AISA schools.

A key component of school effectiveness is how a school defines learning and builds a coherent curriculum aligned with the guiding statements of the school to ensure mission integrity. When all components of school decision making and procedures connect back to student learning we build a stronger evidence based learning culture. This handbook should assist you to think about school effectiveness in your own context by considering how learning is defined, and how this definition is used as a scaffold to support the different elements of your school.

AISA School Effectiveness Framework 01Sep17 FINALThis SEF handbook focuses on a range of topics including:

  • governance,
  • strategic planning,
  • financial and viability planning,
  • emergency planning,
  • accreditation and school improvement programs,
  • child protection,
  • community service,
  • measurement and assessment of school effectiveness,
  • personnel practices, facilities management, and community engagement.

The SEF handbook is intended for school leaders, board members, administrators and teacher leaders at all levels of international school organizations.