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Expert on accreditation leads school seminar March 27

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The assistant director of the Kansas office of a national school accrediting group will discuss "Measuring and Reporting Student Achievement" Friday, March 27 in Coralville during a day-long seminar sponsored by the Institute for School Executives (ISE) at the University of Iowa College of Education.

Jean Ann Petz, assistant director of the Kansas North Central Association, will lead the workshop at the Best Western Westfield Inn, Interstate 80 and Highway 965, in Coralville.

The seminar begins with registration at 8 a.m. The first session begins at 9 a.m. and the concluding session wraps up at 3:30 p.m.

The seminar is open to the public but requires a $40 registration fee for members of ISE and NCA and a $75 fee for non-members.

For the past five years Petz has worked for the North Central Association, where her duties include training for the 500 NCA schools in Kansas, as well as completing assessments and final accreditation assessments. She also works as the school improvement coordinator for the El Dorado, Kan. public schools.

The workshop will focus on a step-by-step process of implementing a quality school improvement process.

Topics include building an effective school profile, analyzing data to assess school strengths and needs, developing target goals that address the needs of the student, selecting appropriate interventions and strategies, measuring growth in targeted areas, and writing a school improvement action plan for schools.

The session is approved for Department of Education Renewal Units (DERU). For more information, contact the Institute for School Executives at (319) 335-5350.