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ACS of Beirut Honored by Middle States Association Award
By Kim Maialetti 03-Dec-14
The Middle States Association Commissions on Elementary and Secondary Schools (MSA-CESS) recognized The American Community School of Beirut in Lebanon for Programs of Distinction in Early Childhood Education and World Languages-Arabic. The newly introduced Middle States Programs of Distinction initiative provides external validation of an accredited school’s accomplishments in specific areas of expertise and enables schools to take accreditation to the next level. “Our Programs of Distinction award recognizes high-achieving schools for their ongoing accomplishments in specific areas,” said Henry G. Cram, Ed.D., president of MSA-CESS. “These programs are models for other academic programs throughout the world.” The Programs of Distinction review process helps already accredited schools identify strengths and areas for growth and provides inspiration and recommendations for attaining a high-quality program. MSA-accredited schools are eligible to apply for Program of Distinction recognition for outstanding programs in 21st Century Skills, Global Literacies, World Languages, Visual Arts, Music, Early Childhood Education, Service Learning, School Counseling and STEM Education. The Early Childhood Education award recognizes schools that demonstrate their dedication to early childhood education through a rich, child-centered philosophy and best practices focusing an exploration, questioning, creativity and social-emotional development as well as literacy and numeracy. The World Languages award recognizes schools that demonstrate their commitment to language education through a well-articulated, learner-appropriate program that facilitates cultural agility as well as the acquisition of languages at a high level. “The American Community School of Beirut sets high expectations for ourselves and our students,” said Head of School Hamilton Clark. “This recognition by MSA affirms that we are meeting and exceeding those expectations with world class programs that further our mission of empowering students to become creative problem solvers who live well balanced lives and serve Lebanon and the world community with understanding and compassion.” The Middle States Association is a worldwide leader in accreditation and school improvement. For over 125 years, MSA-CESS has been helping school leaders establish and reach their goals, develop strategic plans, promote staff development and advance student achievement. With more than 2,700 MSA-CESS accredited schools in nearly 90 countries, the organization is proud of its continuing legacy and its ongoing innovations to meet the challenges of the 21st century and improve educational opportunities for all children.
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