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North Central partners with Illinois Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development for Leadership Academy

Jul 13, 2021

The College launches dynamic Leadership Academy during the 2021-2022 academic year

North Central College’s Cultures of Character Initiatives is collaborating with the Illinois Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (IL ASCD) to offer a dynamic Leadership Academy during the 2021-2022 academic year. The programming will be presented virtually across four days planned in October through March. The Academy’s mission is to build a professional learning community motivating and guiding administrators and educational specialists to embody personal and professional characteristics conducive to leading a positive workplace culture. 

“We are fortunate to partner with the professionals at IL ASCD who are respected by educational leaders across the state of Illinois,” said North Central College President Troy Hammond. “This alliance enables us to connect top research professionals in the subjects of character development, social emotional learning, mindfulness and school cultures with school leaders and change makers.”

“IL ASCD has a 15-year tradition of offering the Leadership Institute, a multiple-day learning event for school leaders,” said Ryan Nevius, executive director of IL ASCS.” The program continues to evolve to serve the ever-changing schedules, needs, and priorities of administrators and school leaders. IL ASCD is excited to partner with North Central to expand traditional learning options into the cohort-oriented Leadership Academy, offering ongoing learning, teaming and mentoring experiences. Looking forward to new opportunities, IL ASCD is proud to partner with North Central College in our first annual Leadership Academy.”

North Central College is committed to inspiring well-equipped, principled and responsible leaders. Through a 4.5-year, $3.2 million grant—the College’s largest private grant ever—North Central is launching character initiatives designed to have a lasting impact on educators, aspiring leaders and administrators. These initiatives focus on social emotional and ethical competencies with an ultimate goal of nurturing and fostering cultures of character in the school systems in which they serve.

According to Sharon Wysoglad, character education project director, “The distinctive programming format will feature nationally renowned speakers, self-reflection opportunities, and reflective exchange sessions with colleagues and trained facilitators. Mini-grant opportunities will also be provided to support those who wish to continue the work through the 2022-2023 academic year.”

More information on the Leadership Academy can be found at:

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