Next-Generation Leadership Seminar Series

The need for education is rising. So too are the internal and external expectations. From deeper student learning to increased employability to fiscal sustainability to improved access, success, and equity outcomes for all students, education leaders are feeling the pressure. As policy, practice, tools, and technology innovations aimed at achieving these outcomes continue to emerge, what is also on the rise is the need for institutional teams to hone their skills so they can lead their institutions forward. The Next-Generation Leadership Seminar Series brings leaders together to explore the issues, innovations, and insights of today and plan to build out systems and cultures able to catalyze positive change for tomorrow–in short, to help their institutions move from innovation to transformation. Your organization can either book a single topic area for a learning session, or we can put together a half-day or full-day package tailored to your interests/needs. Key topic areas include:

  • Leading Access, Success, and Equity Innovation in Education
    As student success, engagement, and experience efforts continue to serve as top priorities for education, keeping access and equity central to our work is critical. This session explores how education leaders are working toward balancing success, assess, and equity through integrated planning, policy, and practice. In addition, we’ll share models, practices, and resources that have increased student success outcomes, while promoting access, equity, and post-graduation outcomes. 
  • Leading Change in Learning: On-Ground, Online, Blended, VR, AR, Competency-Based, Learning Analytics and More
    Today’s ever-evolving learning modalities and learning analytics provide promising opportunities to reach a growing population of students that expect us to keep up with their distinct learning needs. Session participants explore these diverse opportunities to serve students through multiple modalities and discuss the reality that we need to have a much better understanding about how we deliver learning, for whom, and to what end. Moreover, we’ll wrestle with the yin and yang of the need for scale and the desire for personalization.  
  • Guided Pathways, Precision Engagement, and Improving the Student Experience
    There is a great deal of energy and urgency surrounding efforts to put in place or strengthen degree and career pathways. Numerous national, state, and local initiatives focus on providing students with a clearer understanding of their purpose, as well as their academic and/or career roadmap. The presenters discuss guided pathways models, as well as precision student engagement–outreach nudging in particular–to enable students to learn well, finish strong, and continue learning into their careers. Finally, we’ll bring design-thinking techniques to bear to explore how this comes together into an improved student experience. 
  • Sustainability Strategies: The Radical Importance of Institutional Finance, Advancement, and Fundraising to Helping Innovation and Impact Scale
    As funding for education continues to tighten, creative and alternative funding strategies are on the rise. To this end, leaders, now more than ever, must have stronger financial acumen, as well as skill in and understanding of fundraising and institutional advancement. During this session, we share successful financial strategies, practices, and innovations that support student success, access, and completion–and enhance institutional sustainability!
  • Bringing It All Together in Education Ecosystems: Hard Truths and Successful Strategies in Politics, Policy, and Change Management
    The effectiveness of an institution is often a direct reflection of how well its politics, policy, and change management are integrated within a regional and sometimes national education ecosystem that includes K-12, community colleges, universities, employers, and civic groups–together with internal constituencies and boards. The degree to which these critical and ever-changing dynamics work in support of each other is the difference between shared cultural and political understandings and alignment, and real challenge. The presenters explore and provide examples of strategies for “bringing it all together” in support of striving students.