AISB CBE Standards

I. Students understand that effective community-based engagement emerges from deep understandings and knowledge of a community, its strengths and its needs.

Students will know that:

  • Assumptions may impact their understanding of communities.
  • Issues of social justice and equity impact community-based engagement.
  • Malian culture impacts our community-based engagement.

Students will be able to:

  • Use a variety of methods to authenticate community needs.
  • Identify reciprocal community partnerships.
  • Examine preconceptions and assumptions.
  • Develop the capacity to view the world and issues from multiple perspectives.

Students will be:

  • Compassionate
  • Resilient
  • Knowledgeable about Mali, and other places and cultures

II. Students know that effective community-based engagement emerges from relationships based in mutual understanding, benefit, and respect.

Students will know:

  • Social and civic issues related to their community-based engagement project.
  • How to identify and develop specific skills needed to serve a community.


Students will be able to:

  • Identify and analyse different points of view of all involved
  • Demonstrate an understanding of diverse cultures and worldviews
  • Identify reciprocal community partnerships
  • Promote sustainability in the partnership

Students will be:

  • Empathetic, demonstrating respect and care.
  • Collaborators with a variety of partners.
  • Respectful of, and value diversity.
  • Safe risk takers.

III. Students understand that effective community-based engagement requires ongoing and recursive processes of investigation, planning, action and evaluation.

Students will know:

  • Investigative strategies
  • Characteristics of effective community-based engagement plans.
  • Characteristics of effective community-based engagement projects.

Students will be able to:

  • Investigate community needs.
  • Prepare for their projects.
  • Develop an effective action plan.
  • Implement, monitor and adjust the action plan.
  • Evaluate effectiveness.
  • Demonstrate ongoing learning.

Students will be:

  • Creative thinkers
  • Problem solvers
  • Flexible
  • Adaptable

IV. Students understand that effective community-based engagement requires ongoing reflection about oneself and one’s relationship to society.

Students will know:

  • The meaning and value of reflection in life.
  • Select an appropriate method for reflection.
  • Reflect on the implementation of the action plan.
  • Make connections between the learning, dispositions and outcomes.
  • Make suggestions for ongoing collaborative improvement.
  • Invite feedback from all stakeholders.
  • Identify the environmental impact of their community-based engagement.

Students will be:

  • Critical thinkers
  • Environmentally minded

V. Students understand that effective communication is an essential element of effective community-based engagement.

Students will know that:

  • Effective communication involves active listening and acknowledgement of cultural diversity.

Students will be able to:

  • Communicate the results of their reflection and evaluation using a variety of methods and presentations.
  • Mediate effectively between and amongst individuals and groups.
  • Plans and results of actions effectively.


Students will be:

  • Respectful in their actions.
  • Active participants, modeling cooperation and collaboration.
  • Technologically proficient.


These standards are adapted from a set of standards written in 2013 by the faculty of Lincoln School, Kathmandu. We thank the Lincoln School for their spirit of collegiality in allowing us to build upon their work.