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ACDE’s Accords: Background

The Association of Canadian Deans of Education wishes to advance its role and position as one of the major contributors to, and advocate of, public education in Canada.  ACDE, representing sixty-four faculties, schools and departments of Education in Canadian universities, represents an essential aspect of educational development by:

  • providing educational leadership through a strong, collective voice on, and for, public education and the profession of teaching;
  • supporting the public educational interest through research, teaching and service;
  • creating and fostering a pan-Canadian space for dialogue on issues important to the provision of public education;
  • preparing professional educators and sustaining them throughout their careers as public intellectuals;
  • promoting, modeling and supporting democracy as active citizenship and vibrant civil society; and;
  • responding to diversity and diverse societal needs for recognition, participation and justice.

ACDE’s Accords represent its most public statements concerning ACDE’s role and responsibility in public education in Canada.
Accords published to date include:

Position Papers & Statements

Scholarly publications pertaining to ACDE’s Accords

Magnusson, K., Frank, B., & Ellsworth, K. (2016). The ACDE Accords: A case study in democratic leadership. In L. Schultz and M. Viczko (Eds.), Assembling and governing the higher education institution. Palgrave Macmillan: London, UK.

ISBN 978-1-137-52260-3


Mandzuk, D. (2016). Challenging disparities in teacher education in Canada: The impact of the Association of Canadian Deans of Education (ACDE) Accords. In M. Flores and T. Al Barwani (Eds.) Redefining teacher education for the post-2015 era: Global challenges and best practices. Nova Publishers: Hauppauge, NY.

ISBN: 978-1-63484-526-7


Elliott-Johns, S. (Ed.). (2015). Leadership for change in teacher education: Voices of Canadian deans of education. Sense Publishers: The Netherlands

ISBN Hardcover: 9789462099319


Canadian Journal of Education, Vol. 32 No. 4 (2009).

Special issue on Teacher Education


Information on ACDE publications

ACDE’s accords and other publications allow the association to contribute to national discourse on the importance of public education in developing and sustaining a civil society. ACDE members use the accords and related publications primarily at three levels: a) within their own faculties, b) with other deans and senior administrators at their respective universities, and c) with external partner organizations such as government and teachers’ federations. ACDE’s publications are used as foundational documents in framing discussions in order to influence policy within these three levels.


All ACDE publications must be ACDE documents, written and ratified by ACDE members. ACDE does not commission external organizations or groups to write publications, nor does ACDE endorse publications written by external groups. Those who wish to suggest a topic for an ACDE publication should first discuss their idea with and seek support from an ACDE member.


ACDE produces three levels of publication: accords, position papers, and statements.

An accord:

          • is an official agreement among signatories;
          • addresses education within a national issue about which education deans may speak with authority;
          • will influence curriculum, teaching & learning, or policy;
          • is based upon a list of principles;
          • may be expected to have continued relevance in the field; and
          • must be strongly supported by the ACDE membership in order to be ratified.


A position paper:

          • is an essay that presents an arguable opinion about an issue;
          • may flow from an accord, by expanding upon a principle or problem contained in an accord;
          • need not necessarily have a long lifespan; and
          • must be strongly supported by the ACDE membership in order to be ratified.


A statement:

          • allows the executive to respond to emerging situations;
          • follows the general form of a media release;
          • may be written by an executive member or by the executive director;
          • appears on ACDE’s website and may be released to the media without a formal launch; and
          • may be published on the authority of the executive.


If you are interested in reading the full policy document on ACDE publications, please contact the Secretariat.