Advancement for Christian Education Academy


The Commonweal Foundation’s vision is that children living in poverty have the opportunity to break the bonds of their circumstance by gaining access to quality educational opportunities and services, and graduate from high school prepared to enter and succeed in higher education or pursue gainful employment to become contributing members of society. The Commonweal Foundation has joined with the NYC Leadership Academy to create the Advancement for Christian Education (ACE) Academy, a rigorous standards-based leadership development fellowship program.

The Seventh-day Adventist schools have been identified to pilot this new exciting program. We are currently searching for exceptional and motivated leaders who are dedicated to achieving measurable improvements in student learning so that all children can reach their full potential. The Commonweal Foundation and the NYC Leadership Academy are focused on meeting this need by preparing and supporting visionary and passionate school leaders committed to the Adventist schools and continuing to create educational equity for all students.

Why choose the ACE Academy?

The Academy is a leadership development program that offers fellows the following:

  • Innovative Program Design: Using a problem-based and action-learning curriculum which simulates the actual challenges and rewards that Adventist school leaders face by immersing you in authentic problem-solving exercises that build your leadership capacity
  • Individualized Support : You will receive support that is tailored to your unique learning style and leadership development needs
  • Dynamic Learning Community: You will become part of a vibrant learning community of fellow leaders participants, mentor principals and other leadership development practitioners
  • Profound Learning Opportunities: The Academy’s carefully crafted set of experiences will challenge you in profound ways, and prepare you to lead an Adventist school effectively on behalf of the students

How It Works

The Academy has five phases, each integral to your development as a leader:

  • Summer intensive will take place in Maryland (July 6th - July 31st, Monday – Friday)
  • Full-time residency with a Mentor Principal (2015-2016 school year)
  • Five 2-day in person retreats will take place in Maryland (2015-2016 school year)
  • A 2-4 day planning retreat (July 2016) 
  • Program graduates will receive coaching during their first year as an Adventist school leader

Participants must successfully complete each phase (on a pass/fail basis) to advance through the program, and will be compensated for the program’s duration.

We seek outstanding current and former educators who demonstrate:

  • Values consistent with the mission of Adventist Education
  • Commitment to social justice
  • Professional resilience
  • Strong communication skills
  • Willingness/ability to be self-reflective
  • Commitment to continuous learning
  • Professional integrity
In addition, applicants must have:
  • A 3.0 minimum GPA in undergraduate degree
  • A minimum of 5 years of work experience with a minimum of 3 years working with children and/or youth

Application Process:

The Academy’s admissions process opens February 9th and will close on February 23rd. Because we consider applications as they are submitted, it is in your best interest to apply as early as possible.

Our application and selection process includes the following:

Online Written Application: Our web-based application is available by clicking here.

  • The application requires a description of the candidate’s education and professional experience, essays and the submission of professional recommendations. You must have three recommendations, one from each of the following:
    • Current Supervisor, Principal or Education Superintendent
    • Pastor
    • Colleague (non-relative)

Group and Individual Interviews: After reviewing the on-line applications, the Academy will invite candidates who advance to the next phase of the selection process to participate in both group and individual interviews that include role playing exercises, a review of past educational and professional experiences, analysis of student work/pedagogical knowledge, and an analysis of technology expertise.

For additional information there will be two webinars via Webex. We strongly encourage you to attend one of our information sessions (February 12th and 17th). Please email by February 9th to reserve a spot. Once reserved a confirmation email will be sent to you along with instructions and login information for the Webinar.

Expectations of ACE Academy of Fellows: 

  • Willingness to relocate for the school residency
  • Commitment to working in an Adventist school or Commonweal Partner School for a minimum of 5 years after graduation from ACE Academy 
  • Fellows will attend/participate in all ACE Academy Training Sessions (Summer Intensive, Five 2-day retreats and the 2-4 day summer planning in July of 2016)

Throughout the program fellows will be assessed against the standards, if a fellow is not meeting the standards of the program they will be counseled out.

Important Dates and Timeline

  • February 9th
    • Application process open 
    • Deadline to reserve a seat for one of the Webex information sessions 
  • February 12th 4PM – 5PM EST
    • First Webex information session
  • February 17th 4PM – 5PM EST
    • Second Webex information session
  • February 23rd
    • Application process closed
  • February 25th
    • Invitation to interview
  • February 27th
    • Recommendations Due
  • March 10th – 11th
    • Interviews

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