Serving on an accreditation team is one of the most powerful professional development experiences you can have in your career as an educator. It's also an important responsibility and a service to your peer schools within the NJAIS membership.
During a visit, team members spend 3.5 intense days to:
Evaluate the school's programs and practices through the lens of the school's Mission Statement.
Determine the congruence between the school's Self-Study report and what the Visiting Team observes during its days on campus viewing the school in full operation.
Assess a school's alignment with NJAIS Standards for Accreditation.
Develop commendations and recommendations to guide the school's continuous improvement.
The Visiting Team includes experienced faculty members and administrators, including a business manager, from other independent schools with which the school undertaking accreditation does not compete or overlap. Team members are selected to represent different academic and co-curricular disciplines, grade levels, and administrative expertise. All team members are required to sign a confidentiality and conflict of interest statement.
The size of each Visiting Team is determined by the following general guidelines:
501+ or multiple campuses
Qualifications for Visiting Team members include an ability to uphold confidentiality, think analytically, work well with others, write clearly and quickly, and have a sense of humor.
If you are interested in serving on a Visiting Team, please let your Head of School know of your interest and encourage him or her to contact Lisa Campisi, Director of Accreditation, (email@example.com) to recommend you.