Strategic Plan 2019-2024 - Escuela Americana

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Strategic PLAN 2019-2024


Our thriving school community was founded 74 years ago by people who believed in education and the process of nurturing and caring for students as they developed over time. Over the past 74 years, we are proud that our school’s foundation has remained strong and continues to grow and change as the world around us evolves at a fast pace. This Strategic Plan is grounded in the belief that EA must continually evaluate itself and ensure that we are offering the premier academic program and overall experience that learners need each year. We believe that we are preparing our students to lead the way globally, as thinkers and creators. Our process for the development of this plan included information from all constituents in our community, leaders in our community and Board members. As we reviewed the information with our Independent School Management (ISM) consultant, common themes and goals developed within our planning process and a plan for the next 5 years at EA was developed. We must develop a plan that integrates tradition with the changes in education that our students deserve and need to be successful globally. This thoughtful plan includes every aspect of our school and a way to measure our success. We must always be on a path of continued excellence and be open to change to offer the best academic program and educational experience in El Salvador. We are excited to share with you the Escuela Americana Strategic Plan 2019-2024.

Dr. Polly Parker General Director

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OUR MISSION

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INTEGRITY RESPONSIBILITY KINDNESS COURAGE 5


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WHOLE CHILD

Definition

The ideal EA whole child is an individual who, guided by our core values and a clear sense of self and well-being, seeks to become a responsible member of society and an active global citizen. The EA whole child will continually strive to improve, be reflective and inquisitive, be accepting and respectful of others, and be genuinely inclined to serve his or her community. The EA whole child is equipped with communication, collaboration, critical thinking, problem solving, information literacy, adaptability skills, and a high level of self-efficacy; the whole child is committed to achieve his or her full potential.

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GROWTH AND D E V E LO P M E N T

W O R L D C L AS S S E RV I C E

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E D U C AT I N G G LO B A L CITIZENS THROUGH I N N OVAT I O N

D E V E LO P I N G M AS T E R T E AC H E R S THROUGH PROFESSIONAL D E V E LO P M E N T

BUILDING A S U S TA I N A B L E CAMPUS

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The EA Board of Directors represents and guards the school’s mission. They are charged with celebrating, honoring and understanding Escuela Americana’s past, fortifying its present, and ensuring that its future is mission-driven.

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GROWTH AND D E V E LO P M E N T The EA Board of Directors is committed to a strategic planning focus. The Strategic Plan will be updated annually, and renewed every 3 to 5 years. The Board commits to remain highly supportive of the school’s administration. OBJECTIVES

1. 1. Establish a Board profile to ensure its excellence in the election of future Board members, selecting those who will best support the achievement of goals. 1. 2. Ensure Board excellence through a strong board-appointed committee structure. 1. 3. Build a culture of philanthropy by becoming an organization that utilizes fundraising as a tool to enhance Escuela Americana’s program. 1. 4. Strengthen the Board to become effective at fundraising in order to deepen the strategic capacity.

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W O R L D C L AS S S E RV I C E OBJECTIVES

2. 1. Appoint a committee to carefully examine client experience and service. 2. 2. Help parents understand how the various divisions – Academic, Finance & Operations, Advancement, Executive Leadership, and Board – support our community. 2. 3. Create a comprehensive strategy for client engagement which continually reinforces excellence in parent and student support, leading to an exceptional and engaged community that understands and appreciates our brand. 2. 4. Keep our alumni connected to our school in meaningful ways. 2. 5. Create programs where alumni return to invest in our current students. 2. 6. Create a graduate tracking program to help understand the effectiveness of our education. 2. 7. Establish a wellness program for all students, families, alumni and staff. 2. 8. Redesign the English Extension Program.

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Research has continually shown that children succeed academically, socially and emotionally to become well-rounded and balanced individuals if their parents are involved in their education and school activities. When parents are involved, students have shown increased motivation and better self-esteem. At EA we believe that teacher-family partnerships promote development and learning.

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The STEAM LAB provides students with an interactive learning opportunity which brings together hands-on and virtual learning in a differentiated environment. Students are responsible for making decisions about their learning which empower and motivate them to learn and grow in an innovative environment.

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E D U C AT I N G G LO B A L CITIZENS THROUGH I N N OVAT I O N OBJECTIVES

3. 1. Develop innovative programs to enhance our distinctive curriculum. Consider fine arts, engineering, public-speaking, life-skills, environmental sustainability, additional languages, and others that promote critical-thinking, life-long learning, and a project-based curriculum*. 3. 2. Enhance our programs to offer stronger social and emotional development for every student, supportive of the concept of developing world leaders and global citizens for tomorrow. 3. 3. Implement a comprehensive Visual and Performing Arts Program considering spaces necessary to support it. 3. 4. Create a 3-year-old Program.

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3. 5. Develop and implement a Standards-Based Grading* and Mastery Transcripts System to enhance and improve the student experience, and to more effectively communicate to parents each student’s individual journey.

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D E V E LO P I N G M AS T E R T E AC H E R S THROUGH PROFESSIONAL D E V E LO P M E N T OBJECTIVES

4. 1. Build a culture of professional development to continually train and support our teachers and students. 4. 2. Build enduring morale, so that we remain an employer of the first choice in El Salvador. 4. 3. Develop a strategy to become an innovative learning community*, focused upon caring faculty, highly satisfied and engaged students, with a growth mindset focus. 4. 4. Become a community of enthusiastic learners, valuing success and mistakes alike, instilling in our students a joy and passion for lifelong learning. 4. 5. Develop a Teachers Training Academy, serving all educators in El Salvador.

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Through professional development, teachers acquire the skills to help students learn how to think, problem solve and develop a growth mindset.

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The FabLab, fabrication lab or maker space, is a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) building, a certification system that qualifies the most used green buildings in the world, being a symbol of the achievement of sustainability. With this, EA seeks to save up to 30% in energy, 50% in water consumption, natural resources, reduce waste by up to 90% and 35% in CO2 emissions. This not only boosts innovation, but provides more healthy and comfortable spaces to work and learn.

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BUILDING A S U S TA I N A B L E CA M P U S

OBJECTIVES

5. 1. Enhance facilities in an ecologically minded manner, reducing the impact on the environment while creating a sustainable campus. 5. 2. Design and create a Wellness Center to enhance our campus and programs. 5. 3. Create student programs for sustainability to provide them opportunities for real-world learning and facilities improvement.

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KEY TERMS Project-Based Curriculum “A teaching method in which students learn and acquire skills for an extended period of time through researching and solving essential questions.” (NAIS) The project-based curriculum is a student-centered pedagogy that involves a dynamic classroom approach in which it is believed that students acquire a deeper knowledge through active exploration of real-world challenges and problems.

Standards Based Grading In education, the term standards-based refers to systems of instruction, assessment, grading, and academic reporting. They are based on students demonstrating understanding or mastery of the knowledge and skills they are expected to learn as they progress through their education.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS 2019-2020 Carlos Moreno Felipe Castro Sara Gasteazoro de Menéndez Ana Cristina Quiñónez Ana María Viaud Licea Cecilia de Kahn José Mayorga-Rivas Vanessa Rubio Ana Cristina de Tamayo Alejandro Mondini Alexia de Chamorro Rodrigo Cruz Carlos Palacios Brad Doebel

Innovative Learning Community Innovative education’s objective is to develop critical thinking, metacognition (awareness and understanding of one’s own thought processes), and collaboration skills in students. It emphasizes learning by creating hands-on projects, and experiential learning.

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ACCREDITATIONS AND MEMBERSHIPS

Calle y Colonia La Mascota Final Calle 3, San Salvador, El Salvador (503) 2528-8300 www.amschool.edu.sv