Glossary of Key Terms

The Glossary of Terms gives school review teams easy access to definitions of key terms and concepts in the standards, benchmarks, and rubrics.  The Glossary helps ensure that all stakeholders are sharing a common understanding to keep interpretations, discussions, and action plans clear.

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Term Main definition
Data Team
Group of individuals, comfortable and skilled in working with data, who help identify, prepare, and interpret data for use by faculty working together, leadership teams, and the entire staff
Depreciation Costs
There are two costs for a fixed asset: purchase price or book value and the adjusted or depreciated cost. The purchase price is the amount of the original equipment cost. This is used as the dollar value of the equipment. However, it is necessary to adjust this value to indicate the amount that could actually be realized if the equipment was to be sold. This is the depreciated or adjusted value. The depreciation cost must be listed as a separate item on the company?s financial statements. The method of calculation should be provided in the notes to the financial statement. If the method used is changed, this must be clearly noted, as it has a significant impact on the financial statements
Development
The strategic process by which schools identify, cultivate, solicit, recognize, and steward prospects and donors to establish and nurture relationships and to raise resources. It requires staff to build a culture of philanthropy, which begins in the admissions office, while educating your donors and prospects about the benefits, value, and distinct nature of your school. Fundraising is a function of development, and development is a function of advancement.
Digital Citizenship
Refers to the responsibility to exercise moral and ethical use of technology in all its forms
Discernment (Faith & Spirituality)
The ability to distinguish whether a given idea or impulse, or activity builds a relationship with God or detracts from one. It may be an act of the virtue of prudence, or a special gift of grace. (CD)
Dispositions
Life skills, attitudes and behaviors that will be used well beyond formal schooling
Educational Foundation
An Educational Foundation is an independent, non-profit organization established to receive and allocate resources that will serve to enhance targeted educational programs.
Effective Tuition
Effective tuition is tuition minus aid received. Typically the aid included in the calculation is only aid offered by the school itself, and does not consider aid families might receive from external sources unless that aid is administered by the school and can be consistently budgeted. Effective tuition can be calculated and used as an aggregate or on a per-child basis.
Environmental Stewardship
Refers to the responsible use and protection of the natural environment through conservation and sustainable practices.
Evaluator
One who makes judgments on the basis of expressed criteria.
Extra-Curricular Activity
School sponsored activities not aligned with the curriculum intended to enhance students? creative, aesthetic, social/emotional, physical and spiritual capabilities.
Faculty Performance

Measure of a teacher's effectiveness in the classroom based on predetermined, shared criteria.

Faculty/Staff Assessment
In this usage of the term it refers to evaluation of faculty members/teachers and staff members. The assessment process has several critical elements that include goal setting and agreed upon formative and summative processes. Typically, these processes will include formal observations and summative evaluation.
Financial Package
Financial package is the total amount of financial aid offered to a student by all sources. Often it is composed of funds from one or more of the following sources: tuition assistance from the school, scholarships and grants (from multiple sources including the school), loans, and sponsorships.
Financial Plan
In general a financial plan is a series of steps and/or defined strategies aligned with mission defined goals used by school leadership, which are designed to accomplish a financial goal or set of conditions, e.g. balanced budget, elimination of debt, retirement preparedness, etc

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