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Foundation for Community Education offers 
an outstanding professional development
Opportunity for Community Educators

If you are a community educator with district-wide responsibilities who is seeking a challenging and rewarding process of professional affirmation and recognition, consider applying for the Administrative Competency Endorsement. Beginning
this August, community education professionals from throughout the country can begin the process to achieve the national Community Education Administrative Competency Endorsement (ACE).

Begun by the former National Community Education Association (NCEA) in 1998, the endorsement was attained by 38 community education professionals from across the nation from 1998 – 2009. Today, ACE is sponsored by the Foundation
for Community Education (FCE), a national foundation committed to the “implementation of principles of the community education philosophy.” (See www.f4ce.org ).

There are many reasons and motivations for attaining the ACE including:
*a rewarding experience of self-reflection
*a personal and professional challenge and accomplishment
*an excellent professional development plan which can often be funded by your professional development budget if approved y your supervisor
*an excellent academic activity that can qualify for graduate credits in educational administration
*an earned endorsement that can serve as rationale for monetary compensation based on a school district's administrative contract language or other professional development expectations
*a professional endorsement that enhances your professional resume

The deadline for submitting your completed application and non-refundable $50.00 fee is October 1, 2014. 

Your ACE submission of all required documents, appendices and the remainder of the fee is August 15, 2015. 

Throughout the ACE process, you will be able to consult with me about your application and submission of all required items. We use the application, Dropbox, for submitting all required items. The Peer Review is conducted in a virtual interview setting using Skype or FaceTime. 

Don't pass up this wonderful opportunity to enrich your profession life. Attaining the ACE will place you among an elite group of 38 community educators from across the nation who have earned the ACE, beginning in 1998. 

I am available to answer any of your questions. Please feel free to contact me at 507-602-2365 or hannahpuczko@msn.com  


Hannah Puczko, Community Education Director, retired 2012

Preamble

Community Education is based on a foundation of citizen involvement and lifelong learning which is attributed to the beginning of the community schools movement in the public schools of Flint, Michigan in the 1930’s. Process and programs have been the cornerstones of Community Education since its inception.

Much has changed since the original principles of Community Education were developed by Mott Fellows in the late 1960’s. This document is the result of review and modification to the original principles by the Foundation for Community Education, with input from community educators across the country.

Today our public schools throughout the nation serve as community and learning centers for all. Thousands of local public school districts, large and small, employ professional Community Educators who engage with the community to identify and meet local community needs.  


The Vision

Learning communities of tomorrow will be committed to lifelong learning with each possessing, or having access to, a comprehensive lifelong learning system. These systems will recognize that throughout life, each community member is both a learner in the system and a resource to it. In the future, all organizations, agencies, and individuals will work in partnership to proactively create communities which realize their ideal. Community Education will act as a catalyst, assisting communities to both envision and create this ideal.


Principles of Community Education

Citizen Involvement: Community members are in the best position to identify and address community needs. Opportunities will be made available to all that provide ways to communicate the needs and interests that make their community more vibrant.

Inclusiveness: It is critical to include and involve the broadest possible cross section of community members regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, economic status, ability, and physical appearance.

Lifelong Learning: Learning begins at birth and continues until death. Formal and informal learning opportunities will be available to residents of all ages in a wide variety of community settings.

Build Individual Capacity: Individuals are best served when their ability to help themselves is encouraged and enhanced. When people develop responsibility for their own well-being, they acquire independence and increase capacity.

Leadership Development: The identification, development, and use of leadership capacities of local citizens are pre-requisites for ongoing self-help and community improvement efforts.

Responsiveness: Public institutions have a responsibility to utilize process in developing programs and services that respond to the continually changing needs and interests of their constituents.

Integrated Delivery of Services: Organizations and agencies enhance the community by working collaboratively and sharing resources for a common purpose.

Maximum Use of Resources: The physical, financial, technological, and human resources of every community will be interconnected and used to their full potential to meet the diverse needs and interests of the community.

Localization: Services, programs, events, and other community involvement opportunities that are brought closest to where people live have the greatest potential for high level of public participation.