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July/August 2012
In This Issue

  • In an Historic Moment for US Healthcare, Leading Physicians to Focus on Policy
  • Enhancing School Leadership through Learning: Case Study of the Wallace Foundation 
  • How to Use Participatory Research 
    for Program Evaluation 
  • Strategies for Nonprofit
    Talent Development
  • Summer Reading from RCLA Scholars
  • Fellowship for Next Generation
    Leaders Accepting Applications 
  • News and Events

Collective Leadership to Get Results

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IN AN HISTORIC MOMENT FOR US HEALTHCARE, LEADING PHYSICIANS TO FOCUS ON POLICY
 

Just weeks after the Supreme Court upheld federal healthcare reform, ten top Hispanic physicians will participate in an institute hosted by the National Hispanic Medical Association and RCLA that equips them to shape policies to address health disparities in the US.   
» Learn More

ENHANCING SCHOOL LEADERSHIP THROUGH LEARNING: CASE STUDY OF THE WALLACE FOUNDATION

An exciting RCLA study commissioned by Grantmakers for Effective Organizations explores how learning communities can be designed, implemented and leveraged for impact by looking at six successful cases. In this case study, The Wallace Foundation, a New York City‐based national philanthropy, sheds light on a learning community at the core of a ten-year initiative to support states and school districts in developing and testing ways to enhance school leadership.

GEO and RCLA will be publishing a guide that builds on the research and illustrates how grantmakers can strategically support nonprofits and groups of professionals to significantly expand their impact by developing and sharing knowledge in a community of peers. Stay tuned for "Learn and Let Learn: Supporting Learning Communities for Innovation and Scale."
» Read the Case Study

» Read the Report Executive Summary

HOW TO USE PARTICIPATORY RESEARCH FOR PROGRAM EVALUATION 

How can a leadership program evaluation directly engage the program participants in gathering data, collectively making sense of their experience, and determining long-term program impacts? A Leadership Learning Community Webinar with RCLA and Institute of International Education experts offered insights from using participatory action research to evaluate IIE’s reproductive health leadership program in five countries in Africa and Asia.
» Access the Webinar

» Read the Evaluation Executive Summary

STRATEGIES FOR NONPROFIT TALENT DEVELOPMENT  

A new report from Grantmakers for Effective Organizations shows how grantmakers can support nonprofits’ talent and leadership development efforts to increase their social impact. RCLA Executive Director Bethany Godsoe was among the experts who provided input and feedback on the report, drawing on RCLA’s long-term work with partners on talent development systems for nonprofits, including strategies to manage culture shifts in times of change, motivate staff in a cost-constrained environment, and more.
» Read the GEO Report

» Access Talent Development Recommendations from RCLA and Partners

SUMMER READING FROM RCLA SCHOLARS 

This summer, we are reading two iconoclastic new books from RCLA scholars. Allah, Liberty and Love, the latest from bestselling author and RCLA scholar Irshad Manji, is described on Oprah.com as “an audacious, thoughtful call for people of all religions to move beyond hate, fear, and intolerance,” and it has just been banned in Malaysia. In her new book, The End of Leadership, RCLA Senior Visiting Scholar Barbara Kellerman asks incisive questions about leadership and followership and stimulates a new conversation about leadership in the 21st century. 
» Learn more about Allah, Liberty and Love

» Learn more about The End of Leadership 

FELLOWSHIP FOR NEXT GENERATION LEADERS ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS 

RCLA’s Fellowship for Emerging Leaders in Public Service is accepting applications. The fellowship helps recent college graduates enhance their leadership abilities, deepen their understanding of the public service landscape, learn from experts and mentors, develop a career plan, and build a network of support. Apply by noon on August 29.
» Learn more and apply now 

 

RCLA NEWS AND EVENTS

  • Follow RCLA's Global Social Change Leadership Institute on Twitter: #GSCLI

  • “Educating for Global Citizenship: A Cooperative Inquiry Experience with Teachers and NGOs Practitioners,” by Alejandra Boni, RCLA Deputy Director Amparo Hofmann-Pinilla and Jadicha Saw Paino has just been published in Spanish in Studies in Education (Estudios sobre Educación).

  • “Performance Measurement and Evaluation Systems: Institutionalizing Accountability for Government Results in Latin America,” by Nuria Cunil Grau and RCLA Faculty Director Sonia M. Ospina is featured in the New Directions for Evaluation Special Issue on Evaluation Voices from Latin America. 

  • In a new video, RCLA affiliated professor David Elcott talks about the intersection of religion and public policy in America today. 

  • RCLA faculty members Erica Gabrielle Foldy and Sonia M. Ospina will present at the Academy of Management (AOM) this August on “Relational Leadership as Collective Leadership,” providing a map to the many terms that make up the increasingly complex scholarly territory. 

  • Also at the Academy of Management, Dr. Foldy and Laurie Goldman, a lecturer at Tufts University, will present a paper based on two studies of front-line public service workers – child welfare workers and self-sufficiency employees working with people living in public housing – to show how they draw on collective resources to grapple with complex and difficult challenges in their work. 

  • In addition, Dr. Ospina will present on social change leadership as part of AOM’s Network of Leadership Scholars Conference opening panel on “Leadership in the Informal Economy,” and she will present on "Bringing Relationality into Leadership Research” for a conference symposium based on the forthcoming book she edited with Mary Uhl-Bien, who co-directs the Institute for Innovative Leadership at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. 

  • RCLA Communications Director Colleen Coffey will host a session for Urban Assembly students on public service leadership as part of RCLA’s commitment to equipping emerging leaders for successful public service careers; July 25.

  • The next issue of RCLA's E-news will be in September. From all of us at RCLA, have a wonderful summer!

    NEWS YOU CAN USE

  • Coro’s Leadership New York offers established professionals a chance to explore leadership strategies and public policy. Apply by July 20.
    » Learn more and apply now
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