For a second time, Charlevoix-Emmet Intermediate School District received the honor of accreditation by the nation’s strictest accreditation agency, AdvancED.
This five-year accreditation, effective 2016-2021, is the second time the service agency has received this prestigious accreditation. In 2001, Char-Em ISD became the fifth of 56 ISDs in Michigan and one of only 10 nationwide to be accredited.
“Accreditation provides Char-Em ISD with a nationally-recognized mark of quality for our agency,” said ISD Superintendent Jeff Crouse. “It demonstrates to our community our commitment to excellence, our openness to external review and feedback, and our desire to be the best we can be on behalf of the students, families, school districts, and communities that we serve in Charlevoix, Emmet and northern Antrim counties.”
The AdvancED Accreditation Process provides a national protocol for education service agencies committed to systemic, systematic, and sustainable continuous improvement. The voluntary process supports, enhances, and stimulates growth and improvement throughout the agency.
The accreditation process involves the ongoing components of meeting high quality standards, implementing a continuous process of improvement, and quality assurance by internal and external review.
The path to accreditation began in mid-April when a five-person AdvancED team spent four days visiting ISD employees, local district staff and administrators, community business leaders, parents and even students.
During their visit, the AdvancED team examined the ISD’s systems and processes in relation to five standards: Purpose and Direction, Governance and Leadership, Teaching and Assessing for Learning, Resources and Support Systems, and Using Results for Continuous Improvement.
In the written feedback report, the ISD was recognized as having “policies and practices (that) promote effective teaching and learning throughout the local districts.”
“This is a big deal to get this feedback,” said Crouse. “Our mission is to serve our local schools and our vision is to be indispensable. What this tells me is that our board of education and staff are providing outstanding service in all aspects of their jobs.”
During interviews with stakeholders from local school districts, the AdvancED report cited that “the critical role the Char-Em ISD plays in service delivery to approximately 9,000 students cannot be overstated.”
The report went on to commend the ISD for being innovative and bringing together community partners to do what’s best for students.
AdvancED said the review showed a theme about the ISD—one of service, creativity and innovation.
Char-Em ISD accomplishes its mission in a number of ways, namely by creating and promoting economies of scale through things like cooperative purchasing, sharing services such as technology and business services, and special education services; sharing current and credible research, best practices, and innovation through initiatives like professional learning; and providing oversight and liaison roles through programs like Career and Technical Education, Early College, special education, and much more.
Char-Em ISD is also taking an active role in helping member districts understand, comply, and implement the standards required under the complex state accreditation system.
The ISD is also building and sustaining local partnerships and sharing credible research on the importance of early childhood care and education.
In addition, by working with work development boards, business and industry, Char-Em ISD helps promote growing economies and stable communities.