TUBA CITY - The teachers, staff, students and parents of Tuba City Primary School have a lot to celebrate and be proud of. On Jan. 22-23, a group of teachers came to visit the Primary School as a part of a Quality Assurance Review (QAR) Team to witness and report how the school is performing for Navajo Nation North Central Accreditation (NCA). Just recently, Navajo Nation NCA has begun using a new model to evaluate schools.
The QAR is an accreditation process for schools to obtain accreditation for a five-year term. This new process is ongoing as schools continue to conduct periodic self-assessments, meet/exceed AdvancED quality standards, implement and monitor a continuous improvement process, identify and employ quality assurance methods and benefits from professional learning.
The review team was led by Delores "Dee" McKerry, Navajo Nation NCA State Director and the following teachers: Cheryl Dennison, Team Chair, Fort Wingate Elementary School; Roberta Gorman, Little Singer Community School; Eileen Russell, Hunters Point Boarding School; Rose Nofchissey, Window Rock Elementary School and Marlita Haviland, Shonto Preparatory School. For two days, the team visited the school site, visited K-3 classrooms in action, interviewed teachers, students, other district personnel and then reviewed data gathered to support TC Primary School's School Improvement Plan goals.
Ms. Andrea Ferrero and Ms. Catrina Herbert currently hold NCA co-chairperson positions. They organized and drove collaboration among staff for the evaluation of the school and the pillars of success. They brought together school data to create an NCA report depicting the school's growth and development.
The QAR Review Team findings for Tuba City Primary School strengths:
1. K-3 teachers working together.
2. Positive school community atmosphere
3. Data driven
4. Friendly teachers
5. Dedication to continued improvement
6. Changing to reflect trends in education and data within the school.
7. K-3 curriculum alignment
8. K-3 Highly Qualified Teachers
9. Standards based curriculum
10. Teacher retention
11. Staff training/collaboration
The QAR Review Team findings for Tuba City Primary School suggestions:
1. Continued interventions
2. Increase a more significant means of communication
Not only has Tuba City Primary School been NCA accredited, but they are also the first school to be accredited in the Tuba City Unified School District and the first in the Navajo Nation using the new model. Besides being NN-NCA accredited, the Tuba City Primary School has also made AYP requirements and is an AZ Learns Performing School.
For more information on the Tuba City Primary School, call (928) 283-1020.