The Ateneo Center for Educational Development (ACED)
is the result of two paradigm shifts concerning the Ateneo de Manila University and its role in development. The first is the shift from the idea of the Ateneo running as an excellent school to helping others to be excellent schools themselves. The second shift has been from an evolved appreciation of graduate programs aimed at harnessing leaders and professionals already in the field of development to help them make an impact on national development.
Thus, the Center was inaugurated on February 11, 1997. Since then, ACED has extended its services to the public schools and institutions committed to enhance the country's educational system.
ACED Mission Statement
ACED has been established to provide a systematic, high impact and visible program of support for public school systems in the Philippines in line with the University's mission towards closing the gap between the rich and the poor.
The Center aims to enhance the impact of these areas of educational development through increased relevance, improved planning and better economies of scale.
The Center shall coordinate and systematize existing university resources and efforts in the following major areas of educational development:
(1) Teacher Training and Development
(2) Leadership Training for Effective School Management
(3) Program Research and Development
(4) Curriculum, Textbook and Instructional Materials Development
The Center shall establish formal and long-term partnerships with various sectors such as business groups, government agencies, public and private educational institutions, local governments and NGOs.
To date, ACED has been serving the public school sector through the Department of Education (DepEd) and other units in the University.