The Ounce recently received IACET accreditation for its professional development programs. In this blog post, Ounce Vice President of Applied Learning, Renee Welch, shares her insights on how the Ounce is building expertise and scaling its impact in the early childhood field.
Innovative thinking, commitment to excellence and a drive to improve: three key aspects of any organization determined to be the cream of the crop. The Ounce is steadfastly pursuing all three, exemplified by our recent IACET accreditation of our professional development offerings.
The International Association of Continuing Education Training (IACET) accreditation is the gold standard in professional development. Receiving this honor is the ultimate validation of the quality training and learning experiences that we provide to the field. The Ounce has always focused on tackling the challenges facing the field of early childhood education on a national scale, and this recent IACET accreditation will now allow us to do that with even greater impact.
Throughout my career, I’ve created and expanded professional development programs and experiences utilizing the most forward-thinking research and focusing on the most effective ways to create lifelong learners. At the Ounce, I lead the Applied Learning team, taking the decades of experience that the Ounce has accumulated, and transforming it into effective, world-class professional development offerings for the early childhood education field.
If you’re new to IACET, you may be wondering why IACET programs are so highly regarded? The application process is rigorous, and requires detailed information and evidence supporting every facet of the program, from environments and support systems to record maintenance and follow-up evaluation of learning outcomes. The entire application process took us over a year, and I’m thrilled to say that we can now offer IACET Continuing Education Units to participants in select training programs.
Receiving IACET accreditation has been a long road for the Ounce, and a road we continue to travel as we innovate additional professional development offerings for the field. The Ounce’s commitment to impacting high-quality early childhood education has been recognized, and we will only go forward from here.
Renee Welch, Ph.D., oversees the departments of applied learning and adult education, which includes facilitating the credentialing and accreditation of training and continuing education, as well as systems that supports the Ounce’s strategies, products and solutions.