Realigning Systems to Support the Well-being of Families and Children. June 5-9, 2013. University of Hawaiʻi , Mānoa.
ʻAʻohe hana nui ke alo ʻia (No task is too big when done together by all) is the theme of our first Learning Exchange (LE) in 2013, which we are hosting with Engaging Communities in Education. This theme inspires our goal of reimagining how our systems can align more meaningfully across similar and dissimilar organizations in and across our local communities, and across both geographical and philosophical boundaries. Embedded in native Hawaiian culture for the LE, we will honor our own cultures, histories, spirits, and connection to place in order to build strong relationships capable of sustaining our communities. Throughout we will look to these roots as we explore how to create more innovative systems to support and engage families and children. We will weave our work together so we can support stronger infrastructure that builds stronger and healthier families. We will consider how our collective efforts bring together cultural and market systems to create social enterprise and entrepreneurialism. In the end, our work together will assist us to create cutting-edge, innovative collective endeavors that form culturally grounded, systemic and sustained systems that support our families and children.
Youth Voice and Engagement. July 25-28, 2013. Location: San Marcos, Texas.
A unique aspect of the CLE network is our intergenerational partnerships. We tap into the wisdom and passion of youth to shape the institutions that in turn shape their futures. To increase high school graduation, access to college, college completion, career readiness, and foster opportunities for students of color, we need to engage youth as partners in the work. This LE will bring together a variety of youth/adult partnerships that are implementing innovative approaches to reach youth from diverse backgrounds, including those who are disconnected, disengaged, or from vulnerable communities. Participants will attend in intergenerational teams, develop action plans for the future, and stay connected with other participants after the LE through our national network. Together we will build a network of opportunity for youth in our communities.
School Leadership as Community Engagement. October 10-13, 2013. Location: North Carolina.
Public schools need to be engines for social equity by creating successful pathways of opportunity for all youth – particularly youth of color, and youth from immigrant, indigenous, and low-income communities. To create such opportunities, we need school leaders who can partner with and engage the community in improving schools for all children. This learning exchange will focus on engaging schools and communities in a holistic approach to improvement. We look for teams across roles-- administrators, teachers, parents, community organizations, and students – who can partner to improve schools for all children.
Community Learning Exchange
The Community Learning Exchange (CLE) is a program that fosters collective leadership within and across communities.
Since 2008, the CLE has provided opportunities for place-based community change agents to openly examine their challenges, freely exchange best practices and learn how to use the collective leadership framework to solve local problems. Applying what they’ve learned, CLE participants have helped their communities: secure bonds for needed school improvements; boost African American graduation rates; launch immigrant rights programs; and reduce teen pregnancies among other initiatives.
The CLE evolved out of a program initiated by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation in 2002. Kellogg’s Leadership for Community Change program (KLCC) tested the theory that place-based, collective leadership—across racial, class and age boundaries—could achieve meaningful and sustainable change in 21st century communities. The success of that program led some of Kellogg’s program partners to launch the CLE as a means of exposing more communities to the collective leadership framework and expanding the practitioner network. Initial funding for the CLE was provided by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.
- Learning Exchanges Community teams come to 3-day learning exchanges to learn with their peers through a highly interactive approach filled with storytelling, experiential activities, and dialogue.
- Online Network Our interactive web site, www.communitylearningexchange.org, features online practitioner networks and a range of digital learning resources.
- Weekly Podcast CLExchange OnAir showcases the impact collective leadership is having in communities across the globe.
The Collective Leadership Storybook: Weaving Strong Communities (2010). This book describes the patterns of working together that encourage collective leadership. Read first hand accounts of communities where people have made these patterns a way of life to advance the common good. Place your order.
The Collective Leadership Framework Workbook, (2008), describes the Collective Leadership Framework and how it has been used by communities to create change. Place your order.
Leader- ship for 21st Century Change, available for free download, is a 16 page overview of our how our Collective Leadership framework was implemented to create change in communities around the country.