RCLA E-News October 2011

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Communities In Schools Partners with RCLA on Talent Development for School Reform
Communities In Schools selected RCLA as its design partner to create a leadership development initiative for its network of 181 local affiliate organizations. Through a collaborative five-month process, funded by MetLife Foundation, RCLA is working with Communities In Schools to design a new approach to developing local talent for their school reform movement in ways that will both strengthen its work in school districts across the United States and serve as an innovative model for the field more broadly.
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NYU Wagner Leadership Academy to Focus on Promoting Connections across Student Groups
The Wagner Leadership Academy (WLA) provides a space for student leaders to reflect about leadership in their roles, develop effective approaches to leadership challenges with peers and learn practical tools to apply in their student organizations at the School and beyond. The WLA session on September 16, 2011, explored the multiple dimensions of leadership and the leadership practices that would enable student organizations to achieve alignment, direction and commitment. This is the first session in a quarterly series of workshops based on the 2011-2012 theme of “Get Connected” designed to help student groups identify interest areas of overlap and opportunities for collaboration.
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Learning with Women’s World Banking at Women in Leadership Program
RCLA Senior Associate Waad El Hadidy joins Women's World Banking (WWB) in Amsterdam from October 2 - 7 to observe their Women in Leadership Program. The program is part of a suite of trainings and leadership development opportunities made available through WWB's Center for Microfinance Leadership. RCLA's observing of the training is part of a three-year participatory evaluation that RCLA is conducting on the Center. More than reporting on results achieved, the evaluation supports an ongoing learning process with both WWB and Center participants.
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Nepali University Leadership Team Shares Insights on Participatory Approach to Curriculum Design
Leaders from Pokhara University in Nepal visited RCLA in September to equip graduate students with leadership and management training skills necessary for the private, government and nonprofit sectors to tackle Nepal’s most pressing development needs. The curriculum design effort responds to a call to institutionalize education and continue advancing democratic processes in Nepal. The initiative supports the proposition that investments in human capacity and leadership development will lead to the creation of effective solutions to critical development issues such as poverty and environmental degradation.
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Collaborative Inquiry at the University of Valencia
The RCLA 2010 Year in Review offers highlights of our recent work - from international evaluations and trainings in participatory research methods, to research on how public service organizations must move quickly to tap the rich expertise and contributions of Baby Boomers, to work with department heads at NYU's prestigious Tisch School of the Arts.

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News and Events

Register for RCLA's Collaborative Inquiry Training Workshop. RCLA will host a two-day, intensive training workshop introducing the main elements of Collaborative Inquiry, an action research methodology successfully used by practitioners to support learning, evaluation and transformative leadership development in organizations. The training will be held at NYU Wagner on January 27-28, 2012.
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Applications Now Being Accepted for RCLA's Global Social Change Leadership Institute. RCLA's Global Social Change Leadership Institute, from July 8-20, 2012, offers university and graduate student leaders and recent college graduates a chance to develop practical knowledge and skills to advance social justice in their communities. A combination of interactive in-depth workshops and site visits throughout New York City enables participants to learn from leaders at the forefront of policy reform and advocacy, coalition building and direct service. Participants emerge with an action plan and a network of other advocates committed to making change in their communities.
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NYU Wagner Dean Ellen Schall and RCLA Executive Director Bethany Godsoe co-facilitated a session at NYU Alumni Day on September 24, 2011 titled "Exploring Leadership Styles in Public Service," an interactive and introspective opportunity to examine the diverse leadership styles that drive success in public service today. Ms. Godsoe also offered remarks at "Unlocking the Full Potential of Women in the US Economy," a panel event hosted by NYU Stern Women in Business (SWIB) Alumnae and the NYU Women’s Initiative.

Representatives from the Institute of International Education will present findings from RCLA's evaluation of IIE's leadership program for reproductive health practitioners in five countries at the Asia Pacific Conference on Reproductive and Sexual Health and Rights (APCRSHR), on October 19-22, 2011, in Yogyakarta, Indonesia.
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RCLA affiliated faculty member David Elcott and former Chief Marketing Officer at the UJA Federation of Northern New Jersey, Stuart Himmelfarb, have launched B3 Platform, a research, advocacy and programmatic initiative dedicated to engaging Jewish Baby Boomers in Jewish life, improving inter-generational connections, and strengthening the Jewish community. David Elcott will also be the keynote speaker at the General Assembly of Jewish Federations of North America in Denver, CO on November 8, 2011.
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NYU Wagner Associate Professor Erica Gabrielle Foldy will present a paper at APPAM co-authored with Laurie Goldman called: "Compliance, Choice, and Change: The Exercise of Discretion in Street-Level Discussion Groups." She will also be a Visiting Scholar at the Institute of Governmental Studies at UC Berkeley and a Scholar-in-Residence at Mills College in the spring of 2012.

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