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What Is CAS?

Understanding the requirements of the Creativity, Action, Service (CAS) component of the IB Diploma Programme.

Krystal Culpepper

on 7 September 2018

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CREATIVITY - Exploring and extending ideas leading to an original or interpretive product or performance

ACTIVITY - Physical exertion contributing to a healthy lifestyle

SERVICE - Collaborative and reciprocal engagement with the community in response to an authentic need
CAS Should Involve:
Real, purposeful experiences, which meet one or more of the 7 learning outcomes.

Personal challenge --- tasks must extend the student and be achievable in scope.

Students using the CAS stages (investigation, preparation, action, reflection, and demonstration) to guide CAS experiences and projects.

Thoughtful consideration, such as planning, reviewing progress, reporting (done on ManageBac)

Evidence and reflection on outcomes and personal learning
As a result of their CAS experience as a whole, there should be evidence/documentation that students have participated in experiences/projects that involve one or more of the following outcomes (all 7 need to be achieved at least one time by the end of the CAS program):
Identify own strengths and develop areas for growth
Demonstrate that challenges have been undertaken, developing new skills in the process
Demonstrate how to initiate and plan a CAS experience
Show commitment to and perseverance in CAS experiences
Demonstrate the skills and recognize the benefits of working collaboratively
Demonstrate engagement with issues of global significance
Recognize and consider the ethics of choices and actions
All 7 outcomes must be touched on for a student to complete the CAS requirement.
Some may be demonstrated many times, in a variety of activities, but completion requires that they have evidence of meeting the outcome A MINIMUM OF ONE TIME.
Counterbalance to academics
Opens the door to accepting new challenges/roles
Reflective thinking
Move from "me" to "we" (community)
Active participants
Students are more that just a GPA!!!
A student who fails to satisfy the CAS requirement will not be awarded the IB diploma even if all other diploma conditions have been satisfactorily fulfilled. Fulfillment of the CAS requirement involves the following:
18 months of continuous creativity, activity, and service (begin documenting this day one of junior year)

Completion of documentation for CAS experiences and at least one project (via ManageBac and final reflection)
Additionally, each IB school is subject to a CAS audit in which the documentation of select students must be submitted to the regional office for evaluation.
CAS Coordinators
Mrs. Culpepper

CAS Advisors
(11th=Assigned, 12th=Mrs. Culpepper)

(Non-family member....ex. club sponsor)
Students will document all CAS experiences/projects on the ManageBac website at:
Access to the ManageBac website will be given during the first nine weeks of junior year. It is the students' responsibility to make sure that they keep up to date with logging their CAS on ManageBac.
Students must take part in and
document CAS experiences/projects on a regular basis for a minimum of 18 months.
The earliest that a student may begin to document CAS is day one of junior year. All CAS documentation must be completed by spring break of senior year.
In order for a CAS experience/project to be approved by your CAS Advisor, you must supply the following information (via ManageBac):
description and personal goal stated
Indicate whether it falls under 'creativity', 'activity', and/or 'service'
Identify one or more of the 7 learning outcomes to be addressed
Identify your activity supervisor's name and email (non-family member)
All students must be involved in at least one CAS project. In addition to the criteria for CAS experiences, the following must be in place in order for the activity to count as a CAS project:
a minimum of one month (4 weeks)
in length from planning to completion
Is collaborative in nature
For each CAS experience/project, students
must have some sort of reflective evidence posted under the 'Reflections' tab on ManageBac.
Reflective evidence may be documented in the following ways:
Pictures (with captions)
Creating and posting the link to videos
Creating and posting the link to websites
Another creative for of reflection (previously approved by the CAS Coordinator)
at least one form of reflection for each experience/project
(more for longer range activities - min. of 6 reflections for experiences/projects one month or longer). Additionally students will need to
answer the CAS questions
under the 'CAS Questions' tab for each experience/project.
In order for a CAS experience/project to be marked as complete, the following must be done in addition to the information previously stated (via ManageBac):
Provide reflective evidence in the 'Reflections' section

Answer the CAS questions in the 'CAS Questions' section

Have a completed supervisor review (either done through ManageBac, uploaded in the 'Reflections' section, or hard-copy submitted to Mrs. Culpepper
Anything for which money is paid (if counting for 'service')
Anything that is for a grade or needed for high school/IB credit
Time spent on simple, tedious, and/or repetitive tasks
(ex. filing, replacing books on library shelves, shredding paper)
Family duties, religious devotions, or proselytizing
Passive pursuits
(ex. going to a museum or concert will not count as 'creative')
Activities where there is no responsible adult to confirm the candidates performance
(may not be a relative or parent)
Activities that cause division among different groups in the community
Any course that is part of your IB Diploma Programme
When trying to determine if an experience within one or both of these areas should be submitted for CAS approval please take into consideration the following:
Does this meet the requirements for something that counts as CAS?
Could this be interpreted as proselytizing by others?
Does this take place during regularly scheduled worship?
Is this something that will cause, or worsen, social divisions?
Is this safe and secure, given the local circumstances?
What are the learning opportunities for me?
When in doubt, please discuss the experience/project description and goals with your CAS advisor prior to beginning to see if it will count for CAS.
Completing this worksheet prior to starting a CAS experience may help you determine if the activity will count for CAS.
Students will be alerted to various CAS opportunities via ManageBac, in school announcements, and through the Paxon guidance website

Are You Ready For CAS?
CAS Group Activity:
Create a CAS timeline for a fictional IB student. Be sure to include:
Various experiences (and at least one project)
Length of time for each experience/project
CAS strands and learning outcomes addressed for each experience/project (can abbreviate/#)
How the Reflection/evidence was documented (ex. pictures, video, journal, etc.)
Be creative!
How do you feel about CAS now?
Submit to Mrs. Shore by Sep. 14th
The following examples are provided to help generate further ideas without limiting the scope and direction of a CAS project.

: A student group plans, designs and creates a mural.

: Students organize and participate in a sports team including training sessions and matches against other teams.

: Students set up and conduct tutoring for people in need.

Creativity and activity
: Students choreograph a routine for their marching band.

Service and activity
: Students plan and participate in the planting and maintenance of a garden with members of the local community.

Service and creativity
: Students identify that children at a local school need backpacks and subsequently design and make the backpacks out of recycled materials.

Creativity, activity, and service
: Students rehearse and perform a dance production for a community retirement home.
Unique Ways Students Have Reflected on CAS:
Students at one school organized an impromptu 'flash mob' to commemorate their attendance at an annual Youth Leaders symposium.

Following his involvement in a CAS project focusing on improving social justice, a student wrote two songs that acted as a culminating reflection. The student performed these songs in the school cafeteria, with an accompanying visual presentation that gave further details on his reflections and overall experience.

A student turned in a basketball to represent his reflection in Activity. All over the basketball he wrote phrases, attached photos, and adhered articles to repurpose the ball as a road map to his experience and represent his reflections.

One student decided to take one photograph a week throughout her CAS experience that captured what she was feeling, thinking, seeing or learning.
In school, you learn everything
you need to know in life.

GROUP ACTIVITY: How would you rank the following...
In groups, arrange each slip of paper in order of importance (most important at the top) but....you must do this SILENTLY

May re-arrange as many times as you want...but NO TALKING

Share Out
Advice from IB Students/Grads about CAS:
Do NOT procrastinate
See how what you are doing already fits in to CAS
Use CAS to explore your interests
It doesn't have to be perfect to count for CAS
You can do CAS with non-IB/non-Paxon students, people in the community, etc.
Think about what will happen once you graduate (how will your legacy live on?)
A Brief Look at ManageBac
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