ACES Curriculum

ACES Program Learning Outcomes


Through participation in the ACES program, scholars will…

  • Develop skills necessary for effective teacher leadership, including decision-making, collaboration, and reflective practice;

  • Become impactful agents of social justice in their classrooms, communities, and lives;

  • Gain perspective and understanding of the teaching profession at the national, state, and local levels;

  • Develop and become a contributing part of a diverse, supportive professional learning network.

Year 1

By the end of their first year, participants in the ACES program will…

  • Understand and apply strategies for successful life and study at Appalachian;

  • Make positive connections with other ACES;

  • Broadly explore elements of teaching and teacher leadership;

  • Reflect on, discuss, and gain increased understanding of concepts of identity, diversity, and social justice

Year 2

By the end of their second year, participants in the ACES program will…

  • Continue to build positive relationships as a cohort and program, including through peer mentoring;

  • Understand and apply pedagogical strategies and tools;

  • Consider the connections between educational systems and the communities in which they are embedded;

  • Apply understandings of identity and diversity to group development and examinations of educational systems

Year 3

By the end of their third year, participants in the ACES program will…

  • Continue to strengthen relationships as fellow scholars and future educators;

  • Consider the structures and roles through which school districts function;

  • Consider how school districts can create equitable opportunities;

  • Develop high-quality resumes appropriate for use in their job search.

Year 4

By the end of their fourth year, participants in the ACES program will…

  • Practice skills for effective networking and interviewing;

  • Engage with career educators to discuss strategies for success in their first year of teaching and beyond;

  • Consider specific strategies for advocating for students, families, and communities;

  • Consider how relationships formed during the program will serve as a professional learning network.


Key Models & Professional Standards

  1. National Education Association Teacher Leadership Competencies
  2. North Carolina Professional Teaching Standards
  3. Teaching for Justice Anti-bias Framework & Social Justice Standards 
  4. Brofenbrenner's Social-Ecological Model



Adapted from: Bronfenbrenner, U. (1977). Toward an experimental ecology of human development. 

American Psychologist, 32(7), 513-531.