NCEA’s services and projects are founded on six pillars. These are:

  1. Identification of the essential outcomes for the desired future. 
  2. Data collection using multiple measures and pictures of the learner.
  3. Action planning, development and implementation. This includes the beliefs and commitments involved in this pillar.
  4. The Accountability Pillar – Quality assurance, checks and balances, performance reports and audits. Accreditation and program evaluation are integral parts of this pillar.
  5. Resources and Mentorship Pillar
  6. Collaboration and giving back to the community at large, including research studies, experiences and relevant projects. Leadership development is an integral part of this pillar.


PILLAR I - The Desired Future Outcomes Pillar

Skills, Attitudes and Knowledge pertaining to the child’s and/or student’s:

  1. Spiritual Development Outcomes
  2. Intellectual and Academic Development Outcomes
  3. Physical Development Outcomes
  4. Social and emotional Development Outcomes
  5. Aesthetic Development Outcomes
  6. Career Development Outcomes.


PILLAR II - Data collection Pillar

Identifying the learner’s strengths, interests, background, experiences and growth areas, underlies the data collection pillar. Using a variety of instruments, tools and multi-dimensional assessments, the learner’s current level and standard of achievement, is identified. It becomes an integral part of the learner’s portfolio and the maintenance and improvement goals.

Data include:

  1. self-assessment
  2. criterion-referenced assessment
  3. family and peer views
  4. expert and standard-based assessments
  5. teacher-based assessment
  6. demonstration of learning projects and activities and
  7. national and international assessments, where available

PILLAR III - Action planning pillar

Development and implementation of the action plan involves identification of:
  1. The beliefs and commitments – Children are capable of learning and demonstrating the learning when they are ready and when the instructional methodology matches the learning style.
  2. A clearly identified goal – For example: “The student will successfully complete graduation requirements by June 30,2014”.
  3. The objectives for the goal. For example: ”The student will be able to demonstrate knowledge, skills and attitudes pertaining to the graduation level”.
  4. The strategies for successfully completing the goal. For example: “Exemplars (models) will be made available to the learner”;  “Qualified retired and current educators will be available to explain, clarify tasks, tutor and guide the learner”; “computer and web-based resources will be available to the learner”……
  5. Standards for this goal. For example: “The learner will achieve at least 80% on the cumulative marks for English 12, Science 12 (it may be Biology 12, Physics 12, Chemistry 12 etc.), Mathematics 12, Social Studies 11, French 12 etc.
  6. The measure for this goal. For example: “Government final examination, State-wide examination”…
  7. Person/persons responsible.
  8. Timeline.
  9. Evidence of attainment.

PILLAR IV- The accountability Pillar

Quality assurance through checks and balances and experts’ views and reflection are integral parts of this pillar. NCEA’s services in this area include:
  1. Client satisfaction surveys – stakeholder surveys
  2. Administrator (superintendent, director, principal, vice-principal, teacher and support staff) performance reports
  3. Trustee Performance review report
  4. School Accreditation – Internal and External components
  5. Program Evaluation
  6. Annual Report
  7. Degree Quality Board’s approval for specific programs of study
  8. Financial Audits


PILLAR V – Resources and Mentorship Pillar

In today’s economy, resources for implementing the desired outcomes and action plans are scarce. NCEA’s network of experts and volunteers is extensive. Many of these experts act as mentors and/or assist in finding appropriate mentors to effect the desired outcomes and improvements. 


PILLAR VI- Collaboration and Teamwork Pillar

Achieving goals and successful implementation of action plans require teamwork, focus and networking with community and national and international organizations. NCEA facilitates collaboration with other agencies and organizations that share our mission and  vision.

Leadership development is an integral part of the collaboration and Teamwork pillar. Training, leadership development programs and studies underlie the major focus of this pillar.