The American Schools Association of Central America, Colombia, Caribbean & Mexico is a service organization with a special relationship to three regional associations:
- The Association of American School of Central America (AASCA)
- The Association of Colombian-Caribbean American Schools (ACCAS)
- The Association of American Schools of Mexico (ASOMEX)
MISSION ACTIVITIES AND SERVICES
The American Schools Association of Central America, Colombia, Caribbean and Mexico works together with more than sixty schools in order to:
Explore ways to achieve better understanding through international education;
Improve the quality of teaching and learning in member schools;
Provide an avenue for communication and cooperation among member institutions and,
Facilitate cooperation with national, state, local, and non-governmental state, local, and non-governmental agencies in the field of international education.
Success for all Students
EDUCATIONAL CLEARINGHOUSE AND CONSULTING SERVICES
The Executive Director of the Association works with tax-exempt educational organizations to provide information to member schools of regional associations. The Association also conducts surveys among members to provide statistical information requested.
TRI-A PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
The Tri-Association provides professional development opportunities to teachers, administrators and other specialized staff from the three regional associations with which the Tri-Association has a special relationship. The kind of activities designed are determined by needs assessments. The program helps overseas school personnel keep abreast of developments in the field of education.
Since 1989, The American Association of Central America, Colombia-Caribbean and Mexico has provided work-shops and conferences to its members. At these events American School staff are introduced to developments in educational philosophy, methods, and techniques. The Association works with various universities which provide Doctoral degree programs, Master degree programs and certification programs to overseas staff members.
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT FOR SPANISH AS NATIVE LANGUAGE TEACHERS
The following is an example of local professional development that Spanish teachers and the Deputy Head recently engaged in. (Foreign hire teachers who speak Spanish have a full range of local university opportunities in which to engage for professional development.)
Ten of our native Spanish language teachers and the Deputy Head attended a special workshop for Teachers of Spanish as a Native Language offered by the Universidad APEC, on Friday, November 11th and Saturday, November 12. The workshop title was “La Enseñanza del Español como Lengua Materna a Través de Entornos Virtuales: ¿Realidad o Utopía?” and was presented by International and National presenters under the direction of Dr. Manuel Núñez, Director of the Spanish Department and the Spanish Teaching Improvement Project.
In addition, three Spanish teachers, Elias Abreu, Ligia Puelo and Juan Carlos Compres will attend the American Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Language (ACTFL) Conference in Denver and be trained to administer speaking and writing assessments in Spanish. They will be reporting back to their curriculum review committee and to the Academic Technology Director on the state of the profession in regard to the 21st century benchmarks and approaches being implemented in language programs in the United States and the implications of this technology integration for the Spanish program at CMS.
For more information about the Tri-Association go to www.tri-association.org .