Laura Kacer Receives Professional Human Capital Leader in Education Certification

Laura KacerBattelle for Kids, in partnership with the American Association of School Personnel Administrators (AASPA), is pleased to announce that Laura Kacer, Interim Superintendent for the Johnston Community School District, has completed the requirements to be certified as a Professional Human Capital Leader in Education (pHCLE). This certification recognizes individuals’ mastery of a unique set of knowledge and skills at the intersection of education and human resources, designed to facilitate effective leadership and management in schools, districts, and other education organizations.

“Achieving certification as a Professional Human Capital Leader in Education shows a commitment to building capacity in essential human capital standards,” explains Tony Bagshaw, chief improvement officer at Battelle for Kids. “Today, it is critical that school districts are able to recruit and retain top talent to ensure equitable access to excellent educators. To do that, schools need knowledgeable and skilled human capital professionals. The pHCLE certification program is rooted in professional standards that outline the competencies that human capital leaders must master to recruit, grow, and retain top talent.”

The pHCLE program was developed by Battelle for Kids, in partnership with AASPA, for human capital leaders in Pre-K–12 education. The program is rooted in professional standards informed by feedback from hundreds of educators from across the country. Learn more about the pHCLE certification program at

About Battelle for Kids

Battelle for Kids is a national not-for-profit organization committed to collaborating with school systems and communities to realize the power and promise of 21st century learning for every student. Our team of experienced educators, alongside communications, technology, and business professionals, partners with school systems to provide an educational experience that prepares all students to develop the knowledge and skills necessary to become lifelong learners and contributors in a rapidly changing world. Our approach involves the entire school community—educators in partnership with students, parents, businesses, and other community leaders—to ensure sustainable impact in schools. Learn more at

About the American Association of School Personnel Administrators

AASPA is a 501(c)(3) and the only organization that specifically targets and represents school personnel professionals. AASPA’s history reaches back to 1938 by providing every member with services, resources, and information vital to successful school human resource practices in the interest of students. AASPA now serves approximately 1,800 members from the United States and across the world and is headquartered in Overland Park, KS. Learn more at

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