The Leadership Education Academy is a yearly professional development conference specially made for people who teach in leadership programs. Areas of special interest at the 2019 conference were leadership theories, content, pedagogy and andragogy, and exploring ideas for classroom use. Accomplished facilitators lead the way with fantastic information and brought out the ideas of 72 participants through table talks and networking events. Everyone learned from each other.
When at the LEA, each person is placed into an “affinity” group. In other words, the coordinators of the event separate participants into groups in which the participants have something in common. For example, there were three groups of higher education faculty, groups of people who work in student affairs and campus climate careers, and groups of professional and business leadership trainers. This enables the people in each group to discuss strategies and share innovative ideas for learning, as well as get to know others who might cross their path in a different capacity in the future. I heard people who had just met start talking about potentially working together on research projects and workshop coordination.
The opportunities for networking were plentiful, and participants and facilitators got to find time to talk about ideas, get advice, and learn new teaching and learning strategies. In addition to net working time during the day, there was a networking event after early registration, and each evening, participants had the opportunity to go to dinner at restaurants in Denver with one of the facilitators. In addition, networking continually occurred during games and discussion, as well as within the affinity group’s projects.
The facilitators were excellent. Each had a field of expertise and knowledge which created great value during educational periods at the conference. Each affinity group was assigned a facilitator to assist with the program and learning at the conference, so there was ample opportunity for each participant to get to know at least one of the facilitators in many ways. Since I did not get the permission of any of the facilitators to use their name in print, I won’t be mentioning their names, but if you are interested in next years LEA, you will be able to see the website for the next conference soon.
I highly recommend the Leadership Education Academy (LEA) to people who teach leadership studies or skills to groups of people. It doesn’t matter if it is in the classroom or in the wild. We need great leaders to make progress and encourage good in our world. Check out LEA for your future.
Note: LEA is sponsored by the International Leadership Association (ILA).
The Pendleton Community Library is doing great things, and one of them is offering Mental Health First Aid certification classes. This fantastic group of people from all over Madison County and the surrounding area took the adult version of Mental Health First Aid, this week, We even had a few participants who will be going to instructor training! I am so glad to know that so the library cares so much about the people in the community.
Pendleton Community Library will also be hosting a Youth Mental Health First Aid seminar on August 17th from 8:30 Am to 5:30 PM. If you live or work in the area, this is a great opportunity to learn about how adolescence and mental illness look very similar and how to tell the difference, as well as what to look for and what to do until you can help a child get the professional help they need. The earlier we step in, the more likely they are to have positive outcomes, but we have to know what to look for and what to do! You can contact the Pendleton Library and register for the class, online.
Until this time, I had never thought about a hospital having a school. The fact is that if we are legally obligated to educate our children 180 days per year, and it is probably unhealthy for a child to be constantly worried about his or her health, having a school program in a children’s hospital makes perfect sense. This group of educators at Riley Children’s Hospital (an Indiana University Health entity) school program joined me for a seminar in Youth Mental Health First Aid and national certification.
I was in awe of the love and dedication these educators have for their students. Not only do they have to know how to teach children, but they have to be able to handle serious health and mental health issues that many public school teachers will never encounter. They have to work, up front and first hand, with parents and doctors who are often concerned about life and death situations. They have to be prepared for any situation and know when it is time to step aside at any given moment for whatever and whoever may happen to pop up. Teachers working in children’s hospitals can’t have ego or power issues…, and I learned from this group of people that the love they have for these suffering children far outweighs any kind of selfishness that might pop up.
It takes a special type of person to be able to sustain a teaching career at a children’s hospital, and the school program faculty and staff at Riley who I was able to provide the Youth Mental Health First Aid seminar for, were great examples of the high quality of person needed for this type of work. Many knew much of the information we teach and were gracious and really great participants in order to learn the parts they did not know and to be able to become certified as Youth Mental Health First Aiders. I can’t tell you how much I appreciate their kindness and level of participation.