The faculty and staff of Anderson Mill Elementary School took a break from back to school preparations last week to celebrate the school’s successful IB Evaluation.
They were joined by Superintendent Dr. Steve Flores, and members of his Executive Leadership Team, including Dr. Daniel Presley, Dr. Lora Darden, Robbin Gesch and Laura Segers.
As an International Baccalaureate World School, Anderson Mill participates in an extensive evaluation process every five years. The evaluation includes a yearlong self-study and culminates in an on-site visit from an IB evaluation team. Based on the self-study and the observations and findings of the IB visiting team, an official report is created that includes three major categories, commendations (practices that are exemplary), recommendations (ideas that will strengthen the program) and matters to be addressed (practices that are not in compliance with or are below IB standards and must be corrected). Friday’s celebration highlighted the commendations received and the absence of matters to be addressed included in the report.
A few of the commendations that were shared at the celebration included:
- AME has built a stimulating learning environment based on understanding and respect throughout the school community.
- Anderson Mill has clearly developed a culture of respect and understanding that is articulated by students. They have a sense of pride and respect for themselves and others and for their school. Conversations with parents indicate that this is evidenced at home in family discussions and interactions.
- Students are generally actively responsible for their own learning.
- Conversations with students confirmed that they are aware of their development according to the IB learner profile attributes. Students shared that everything that they did at school was rooted in IB learner profile development and parents discussed how their children referenced and demonstrated the learner profile attributes at home.
- Anderson Mill provides a wealth of support services for students (interventions, special education, talented and gifted) and for their families to ensure success at Anderson Mill. This support has created a sense of inclusiveness and family at the school.
- Anderson Mill has encouraged students to learn about their own cultures as well as the cultures of others, and to share their learning with their peers. A variety of timely and provocative topics have allowed students to explore how belief systems and values have commonalities and differences.
- The school has developed a wide variety of programs that access community people and resources to enrich and supplement learning at school.
The real celebration, of course, was the knowledge that the AME scholars’ are growing and developing into internationally minded citizens who have the skills to think, create and lead.