Community Learning Exchange

Top 4 Features of the CLE Online Network

The core belief of the Community Learning Exchange is that we are all learners and teachers with the potential to make changes in our communities. Our members come from many different backgrounds and professions, from small rural communities and major metropolitan cities. When we make the time and space to have meaningful conversations at our in-person learning exchanges, we learn from the wisdom and experiences of others and share our own valuable knowledge.  

The Community Learning Exchange website provides a way to continue these conversations after we all return home. Through our online network, we can share resources, celebrate successes, ask questions and find information to keep collective leadership thriving.

Here are four ways you can use the CLE website to support your work.

Top 4 Features of the CLE Online Network


1. Resources

Browse an extensive collection of documents outlining successful strategies, frameworks and other references on a variety of topics.

Collective Leadership 

Example: The Collective Leadership Framework Workbook

This workbook was developed for use in the Kellogg Leadership for Community Change initiative. Eleven sites used this inquiry-based framework to develop collective leadership to advance change in their communities.

Gracious Space 

Example: Introduction to Gracious Space Facilitation

Creating Gracious Space can be created in just a few easy steps. This facilitator’s guide provides simple steps to begin establishing Gracious Space with a group in only 20 minutes.

Racial Equity 

Example: How to Develop and Support Leadership that Contributes to Racial Justice

This collaborative project explores how leadership development needs to change to address racial equity more effectively.

Youth Engagement 

Example: Roca Inc.'s Manual for working with High Risk Youth

This manual, written by a group of youth workers, police officers in Chelsea, MA, describes approaches for transforming the lives of high-risk youth ages 14-24. Drawing on research and development theory, these intervention strategies have been tested in action and proven to work with the most at-risk youth who are often left behind by our major institutions.

2. News & Blogs

Stay up to date on collective leadership efforts from around the country.

Example: Big Creek People in Action feature story

Big Creek People In Action, a nonprofit organization serving the people of McDowell County, West Virginia and a longtime member of Community Learning Exchange (CLE), is a study in how collective leadership can work across generational lines to improve a local community.

3. Learning Exchanges

Check out photos, videos and recaps from past learning exchanges, and join groups for events you’ve attended.

4. Events

Look at the calendar of events for upcoming learning exchanges. Next event:

School Leadership as Community Engagement

October 10 -13, 2013, North Carolina 

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