It is hard to believe that we are closing this chapter of the 2018-19 school year. I want to take this opportunity to thank you for sharing your children with us. It has been a pleasure to serve in the capacity of the Universal American School Superintendent this year. We have some amazing students, talented staff and committed parents. This is a recipe for success!
What an incredibly dynamic year it has been. We underwent the self-study process of the NEASC/CIS accreditation process and we have received both positive feedback and also some areas we need to address. We are excited to proceed with the next phase of the accreditation cycle (Internal Reflection). This is an 18-month process that will culminate with a team visit in the fall of 2020. If you have not already filled out our survey, you may click on the link and complete this process: https://survey.cois.org/s3/Parent-2018-19-The-Universal-American-School-Kuwait . Your feedback is very important to us as we will use it to make plans for school improvement.
We introduced a variety of new teaching staff to our system this year and provided mentorship to assist them in the transition. In the area of curriculum, we created several training modules that are geared to help teachers, parents and students better understand the MAP results and be able to understand how to use these results to drive instructional decisions. We are in the beginning stages of maximizing the way in which we use data to drive decisions. This will be a focus as we go forward.
Our principals engaged in on-going professional development and dialogue by each taking turns to present a professional article to the group during our regularly scheduled meetings. Topics about leadership, emotional intelligence and the change process were presented (just to name a few). The teacher’s professional development program addressed topics such as student engagement and autonomy. Examples of these include the KG students leading parent conferences, the elementary school learning about character education, middle school project based learning presentations and high schools’ many performances including but not limited to drama and speech. There is a plethora of examples of student learning and involvement but the best way to view what is going on at UAS is by exploring the videos on our website www. uas.edu.kw.
As we wind down to the last week of our school year I am in hopes that you have had a holy Ramadan season with family and friends. I also wish you a relaxing summer vacation. We all look forward to welcoming you back to school September 2, 2019.
JoAn F. Canning, Superintendent