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    • Monday, May 02, 2022
    • Friday, November 04, 2022
    • (Online) Asynchronous
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    Join the 2022 CEFL Cohort!

    The Certificate in Education Foundation Leadership, CEFL, is the professional standard and is the only certification program designed exclusively for education foundation leaders and executives. This program provides foundation leaders with specific skills and knowledge required to lead and manage an education foundation, regardless of size.

    The CEFL Certification Program is an asynchronous online platform which allows for both the integration of self-paced coursework with networking with peers from across the country.

    This six-course, six-month program is ideal for education foundation leaders, foundation staff, and board members who are passionate about the advancement of the industry, their foundation, and their professional growth.


    You must be a member in good standing with the NAEF and maintain active membership to retain certification.


    Full program registration and for course CEFL 101 closes on Friday, April 22, 2022. You can also choose to register and pay by course.

    Registration Fee

    The cost for the six-course program is $3,000 and we provide two payment options:

    • Pay in full and receive a 10% or $300 discount. Payment of $2,700 must be received on or before April 29, 2022
    • Pay by the course at $500/each. We must receive payment before the start of the course.

    We must receive payment in advance of the course start date to provide you with access to the online learning platform.

    Course Calendar

    The six-course session begins May 2 and concludes November 4, 2022. There are two one-week breaks offered between courses 102/103 and 104/105.

    Access our CEFL Certification web page

    • Tuesday, October 18, 2022
    • 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
    • Virtual discussion, 1PM EST

    Sit down ‘virtually’ for a casual conversation with leaders from districts across the country to discuss issues facing your foundations. Each program will focus on a single topic & be led by NAEF or other education foundation leaders who take on -- & meet -- these challenges every day. Hear how they & their communities have tackled the big issues you face, share your foundation’s strategies, obstacles & your own big wins!

    Public education foundations and PTAs/PTOs often share many of the same objectives such as engaging the community in schools or raising funds for unmet needs or enrichment. Join us as Andrea and Jennifer share some of the ways the education foundations in their communities work with PTAs/PTOs. They will then facilitate a conversation about the sometimes tenuous, sometimes very fruitful, relationships between education foundations and school-based parent groups.

    About the Leaders

    Jennifer Henderson is the Executive Director of the Boise Public Schools Foundation. With a focus on the strategic alignment between Foundation and District student goals, Jennifer raises and directs more than $3 million annually and manages $7 million in endowment funds that support students, teachers, classrooms and schools across the Boise School District. Over her 12 years at the BPSEF, Jennifer has raised more than $25 million for Boise Schools.

    Under Jennifer’s leadership, the Boise Public Schools Foundation has provided support for initiatives such as Community Schools, Pre-K, Arts, Athletics and Activities, Advanced Placement, Achievement Via Individual Determination (AVID), and Career and Technical instruction.

    Andrea Weisman Summers is the Executive Director of the Foundation for Portland Public Schools in Portland, Maine. She started her career as a teacher, teaching elementary school for 10 years in Maine, Costa Rica, and Peru. She also worked as a bilingual accredited representative at an immigration legal aid clinic in Portland for many years. Prior to her job at FPPS, Andrea worked at the Great Schools Partnership as the Co-director of Coaching and as a community engagement and public school improvement coach in school districts around the U.S. Andrea has a bachelor's degree in cultural anthropology from Brown University and a master's degree in education from the University of Southern Maine.


    NAEF Members // FREE
    Non-Members // $35

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