ACPE's weekly digest to keep you connected, better informed, and well-resourced for the week ahead.
February 6, 2017
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ACPE's Monday Briefing is a weekly digest from ACPE Executive Director Trace Haythorn
Each week you will receive related articles and updates on ACPE transitions. Also included are helpful links to keep you connected, better informed, and well-resourced for the week ahead.
What's in a Name?
The board has been engaged with the office staff and communication consultants to learn about our brand identity and position as it considers a name change. In addition to the name of the association, the board also continues to receive questions and concerns about how we refer to what we currently call Supervisors and Clinical Members.
Last week, a survey went out to members asking for their input. The board wants to hear your feedback as it considers costs, legal and communication consultant advice, logistics, etc. in making these big changes.
If you haven't received that email or missed it, please contact Tiffany in our office:
Redesign Implementation Team Next Steps
This week, several subgroups of the Redesign Implementation Team are beginning to work in smaller groups to facilitate the transition from our existing national commissions and committees to the new structure. The core principle for most groups is attrition, i.e. elected members - if they are willing - will complete their terms. In some cases, terms will be adjusted and/or members may be added to make the transition work. We will keep everyone updated as we sort this out.
We are also planning a workshop for all members at the national meeting in May that will allow for members to learn more about the logistics of communities of practice, to form communities, and to explore funding possibilities. We will keep you posted as the subgroups work on these questions and processes.
Certification Dates and Deadlines

Spring 2017 Certification Dates

Deadline to Declare: February 27, 2017
(Declarations must be submitted by email to

Deadline to Postmark Materials: March 27, 2017

Commission Meetings: April 29-May 2, 2017

Visa Guidance
We have received several questions about the recent immigration executive order and its impact on our work. On Wednesday, Feb. 1, we received notice that our allotment of J-1 visas has been approved. That process will continue as it has in the past. We are investigating other options for SES internationals which will not require them to return home for two years at the end of their J1. As you can probably imagine, there is a great deal of confusion and conflicting information coming from the State Department at this time. We will keep you posted as we learn more.
Department of Education Process
A shout out to Kitty Garlid and the team at Maine Medical Center for hosting our Department of Education liaison for their ten-year site review! It was a very positive experience for all involved and shows our work at its best. Our request for ongoing recognition will go before the review board in June. Thanks to Marc Medwed, Kim Yates and John Peterson (national site team chair) for their work in facilitating this visit!
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A Poem for Reflection
In honor of Black History Month, I've been reading Langston Hughes. This poem leapt off the page this week:
"I look at the world" by Langston Hughes
I look at the world
From awakening eyes in a black face-
And this is what I see:
This fenced-off narrow space   
Assigned to me.
I look then at the silly walls
Through dark eyes in a dark face-
And this is what I know:
That all these walls oppression builds
Will have to go!
I look at my own body   
With eyes no longer blind-
And I see that my own hands can make
The world that's in my mind.
Then let us hurry, comrades,
The road to find.
Something Extra
Speaking truth to power. As important as it has ever been:  Fannie Lou Hamer's Powerful Testimony, "Freedom Summer" . The full speech is available here.
This Week on the Calendar
Monday, February 6
*Mulk - Bahá'í
Beginning of the eighteenth month of the Bahá'í year, the name "Mulk" means "dominion."   

Friday, February 10
*Tu B'Shevat - Judaism
A joyous celebration of the coming spring, including the planting of trees and the conservation of fruits native to Israel, as well as special meals where Jews eat the seven fruits of the land (wheat and barley; grapes; figs; pomegranates; olives; and honey).  The festival begins at sundown.
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