Accords and Position Statement

ACDE General Accord
Accord on Initial Teacher Education
Accord on Indigenous Education
Accord on Indigenous Education: Progress Report
Accord on Research in Education
Accord on Early Learning and Early Childhood Education
Accord on Research in Education: Background Document
Accord on the Internationalization of Education
Effective Practica for Educators: A Position Statement of ACDE

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ACDE General Accord
ACDE members are committed to developing the Association as a meaningful, influential, and positive voice for education in Canada. ACDE members signed a General Accord in 2006, to represent the agreement of the signatories to work together toward that goal. The General Accord outlines a series of shared commitments and values relative to education. The General Accord represents the ongoing relationship among ACDE members. The partnership vision of the General Accord includes the development of a series of agreements on principles in specific areas of interest to ACDE. These “principles” documents, or Accords, are meant to contribute to national, public discourse on the importance of public education in developing and sustaining a civil society

Accord on Initial Teacher Education
Recognizing that Canada’s teachers face enormous challenges in preparing students for today’s diverse world, ACDE wrote this Accord to advocate for and support professional teacher education programs situated in university contexts. The Accord asserts that teacher education should involve the development of situated practical knowledge, pedagogical knowledge, and academic content knowledge, as well as an introduction to research and scholarship in education.

Accord on Indigenous Education
ACDE recognizes that it has a role and responsibility to expand educators’ and the public’s knowledge about and understanding of Indigenous education. ACDE’s vision is that Indigenous identities, cultures, languages, values, ways of knowing, and knowl¬edge systems will flourish in all Canadian learning settings. In writing the Accord, ACDE asserts its support for a socially just society for Indigenous people.

Accord on Research in Education
Education is essential to a vibrant and healthy democracy and the development of an engaged citizenry. Educational research is equally essential to personal, social, cultural, political, and economic development, not only in Canada, but worldwide. In putting forward this Accord, ACDE’s goal is to ensure that the contributions made by and through educational research are widely recognized, communicated, and supported.

Accord on Early Learning and Early Childhood Education
Policy makers and the public are becoming more aware of the importance of the early learning years in shaping the quality of children’s lives both in school and beyond. However, the quality and availability of early learning opportunities still vary considerably across Canada. The Accord seeks to address the uneven provision of quality early learning experiences by promoting improved, better connected education for preschool and elementary children.

Accord on the Internationalization of Education
Increasing international mobility has facilitated the rapid internationalization of higher education, straining the capacity of institutions to respond to service demands in ways that are socially accountable. The Accord addresses concerns about ethical and responsible internationalization by setting out guidelines for principled international educational practices within Canadian universities.

Effective Practica for Educators: A position statement of the Association of Canadian Deans of Education
For some time, deans of education in Canada have discussed what conditions need to exist to better prepare pre-service educators to work in an increasingly diverse and
globalized world. We began with a focus on the value of international practicum placements and at that time, discovered that policies regarding these vary greatly across jurisdictions. This ACDE position statement seeks to raise awareness of issues currently restricting the practicum experience of pre-service educators in Canada.