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Reimagining School Community Relationships- Case studies from the Community Learning Exchange

For nearly a decade, the Community Learning Exchange has focused on reimagining the way schools and communities collaborate to foster the necessary conditions for student success. The leaders and activist scholars in the CLE network have broken convention by investing in a different type of university-school-community partnership, one that marshals the local assets of urban and rural communities in the push toward equity and excellence. Together, these change agents are redesigning…


Added by steve stapleton on April 20, 2015 at 2:42pm — No Comments

Breaking Isolation Through Talking Circles

After being a pastor for 10 years, Mike Townsend left the ministry and dove into education — a place he never thought he’d be — and fell deeply in love with asset-mapping and community building.


Mike is firm in his belief that the classroom is a place to make a positive impact, “If I’m going to change the community, the classroom has to be the front line.”…


Added by Julianna Pardue on December 10, 2014 at 9:04am — No Comments

The Transformative Nature of Youth Empowerment

“It takes every color, creed and race to create spontaneous combustion for change.”

It was at a CLE gathering in North Carolina in 2013 that Travis Pinckney saw his purpose in life unfold. Before he attended “Looking Back to Move Forward: Leading for Racial Healing in Schools, Families, and Communities,” Travis developed something called College R-E-D, a national college preparation model designed to empower students to pursue a higher…


Added by Julianna Pardue on November 24, 2014 at 1:00pm — 1 Comment

Igniting a Passion for Youth Voices

Moral courage isn’t easy. Raising your voice and taking action for what you believe is right never is. The national Community Learning Exchange gathering in Jacksonville, FL in October highlighted and explored the subject of moral courage, both by hearing from voices that made an impact in history as well as those of the current generation, all to inspire moral courage in our own lives and communities.…


Added by Julianna Pardue on November 12, 2014 at 8:45am — No Comments

Making Room for Gracious Space

The Center for Ethical Leadership defines “Gracious Space” as “a spirit and a setting where we invite the stranger and learn in public.”…


Added by Julianna Pardue on October 6, 2014 at 1:00pm — No Comments

The Countdown to Jacksonville

The Jacksonville Community Learning Exchange is in just a few weeks!

“Moral Courage: The heart of faith, education and change”

October 9-12

Jacksonville, Florida

The Importance of Moral Courage…


Added by Gillian Burgess on September 23, 2014 at 4:11am — No Comments

COMING SOON - Jacksonville CLE: October 9-12

“If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor. If an elephant has its foot on the tail of a mouse, and you say that you are neutral, the mouse will not appreciate your neutrality.” - Desmond Tutu

The next Community Learning Exchange is fast approaching!



Added by Gillian Burgess on September 11, 2014 at 5:30am — No Comments

Story of a lady bike rider and women development: Organizers should go to the roots

Every morning one lady bike rider passes me when my bus gets stuck in the jam on the way to my office. She goes ahead to her destination by driving her Scooty easily and naturally on the wide and narrow spaces on the road as like as a man. Every day when I see her I give her a salute and admire her courage because it is Bangladesh, a moderate Islamic country by the constitution, where a big part of the people do not support from their mind to let the women go out from home for working…


Added by Suman Chowdhury Mony on September 1, 2014 at 10:15pm — No Comments

Forming a Collective Leadership Team

Collective leadership is built on a foundation of trust. For a group of people to work successfully together toward a common goal - whether it’s within an organization, a school or a community - there must be respect and the willingness to learn from one another.

As we build trust within a team, we open ourselves up to vulnerability while sharing our perspectives, abilities and insights. We make ourselves vulnerable to others, and at the same, we must be receptive to other ideas and…


Added by Julianna Pardue on August 29, 2014 at 5:19am — No Comments

Role of Donors in Poverty Alleviation and Development Activities: Are they achieved 100 % or appropriate and expected outcomes!!!???

Many Donor organizations and countries of the world have been donating or lending billions of money as aid for long time in many third world countries and underdeveloped and developing countries for organising various types of social and economical development programs including poverty alleviation. Many countries do their…


Added by Suman Chowdhury Mony on August 14, 2014 at 4:01am — No Comments

Laughter Yogis Bring Health & Happiness to the CLE

You know that feeling you get after collapsing in a fit of laughter? Your body feels warm and energized, your stress level drops and you feel connected with the people around you.

The practitioners of Laughter Yoga believe that this feeling of happiness and well-being shouldn’t be something we stumble upon accidentally. Instead, they say it’s a habit we should all incorporate into our lives continuously.



Added by Gillian Burgess on August 11, 2014 at 4:00pm — No Comments

Tips for Building Collective Leadership

What does collective leadership mean?

In short, it revolves around the idea of using our human, cultural and technological resources to bring people together in local communities to make positive change. Collective leadership is an integral part of our work at the Community Learning Exchange.

Collective leadership becomes possible when people, motivated by a common purpose, begin to build relationships with each other that are genuinely respectful…


Added by Julianna Pardue on July 24, 2014 at 3:46am — No Comments

Inherited IRAs now free game in bankruptcy

Since the bankruptcy code was amended in 2005, retirement assets such as IRAs (Independent Retirement Accounts) have for the most part been protected during bankruptcy. In other words, retirement assets aren't normally used to repay creditors in a bankruptcy case, the bankruptcy filer can keep those assets. A recent supreme court ruling has clarified the law. The supreme court unanimously decided that inherited IRAs did not fall under the category of a retirement asset. So while an IRA is…


Added by verna famik on July 3, 2014 at 2:52am — No Comments

Neighborhood House Brings Home the CLE in Seattle

Lessons from the Seattle Learning Exchange


The Seattle-based nonprofit Neighborhood House brought a team of five people to the Community Learning Exchange held in Seattle last month, “Peacemaking and Healing: Leadership Practices for Healthy, Inclusive…


Added by Gillian Burgess on June 23, 2014 at 3:00am — No Comments

Top 5 Reasons to Be Excited About the Seattle CLE

Our next Community Learning Exchange, "Peacemaking and Healing: Leadership Practices for Healthy, Inclusive Communities" is just around the corner! Leaders will be gathering together in Seattle next week - May 15-18, 2014, to discuss solutions through healing in their communities.

5 Reasons to Look Forward to the…


Added by Gillian Burgess on May 9, 2014 at 12:25pm — No Comments

Youth Take the Lead at Boys and Girls Club Benton Harbor

A Life-Changing Experience

Leaders from Boys and Girls Club in Benton Harbor, Michigan have been a part of the Community Learning Exchange from the very beginning. The organization got involved with the Kellogg Leadership for Community Change (KLCC) initiative in 2005, focusing on using youth and adult partnerships to advance just communities.

Liji Hanny, director of operations for Boys and Girls Club Benton Harbor (BGCBH), explained that the…


Added by Gillian Burgess on April 15, 2014 at 5:00pm — 1 Comment

Get Ready for the Seattle CLE: May 15-18

Mark your calendars: the first Community Learning Exchange of 2014 is coming up in May!

“Peacemaking and Healing: Leadership Practices for Healthy, Inclusive Communities”

May 15-18, 2014



Added by Gillian Burgess on March 21, 2014 at 3:00am — No Comments

MIGIZI Builds Up Native Youth Leaders in Minneapolis

Community building is central to the work MIGIZI Communications does. The Minneapolis-based organization’s mission is to "advance a message of success, well-being and justice for the American Indian community,” which it achieves through academic, entrepreneurship, leadership and media programs for native youth.

MIGIZI began in the late 1970s as a way to strengthen the role of American Indian journalists in the media. 



Added by Gillian Burgess on February 27, 2014 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Building Bridges in Jacksonville

On a former plantation in Northeast North Carolina, a group from Jacksonville, Florida discovered new insights about their own community.

The Jacksonville team included Sophie Maxis and Chris Janson (both associate professors in the University of North Florida’s department of Leadership, School Counseling & Sports Management), Saponda Lee (a graduate student studying school counseling), Rudy Jamison (a doctoral student studying education leadership), Jeffery Dillard (a school…


Added by Gillian Burgess on February 3, 2014 at 5:30pm — No Comments

Home Away From Home: Collective Leadership in Residential Life

How do you build a more connected community within a university?

Sarah Uphoff, the assistant director for Residential Life and a PhD. student in Adult, Professional and Community Education at Texas State University, knows her campus and her university community well. But when Sarah attended her first Learning Exchange at the San Marcos campus in July 2013, she began to see the school through a new perspective.…


Added by Gillian Burgess on January 16, 2014 at 8:30am — No Comments

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