Nash Community College is breeding energy and excitement as it engages all employees to help students achieve success. A testament to this is the College’s Inaugural Educational Leadership Academy. Twenty-five participants completed the 2013-2014 Academy including faculty and staff from all disciplines with a variety of experience levels.
Throughout the year, Educational Leadership Academy members attended professional development led by David Pearce of Medwin Management, an international leader in educational change consulting. Learning sessions focused on topics related to enhanced academic strategies, communication, cross-disciplinary collaboration, team leadership and more. “At Nash Community College, it is clear; the faculty and staff have made a commitment to boost student learning and success by embracing a shared purpose (effective instruction) through effective leadership, collaborative activity and collective responsibility,” Pearce said.
The purpose of the NCC Leadership Academy is to set the tone on campus for leadership in the educational environment; setting and communicating clear expectations for student success; creating a cohesive collaborative team; providing constructive corrective feedback related to instruction and student success; and helping the Leadership Academy and the College to holistically work toward continual improvements in educational excellence.
Pearce, an author and keynote speaker from North Vancouver, British Columbia, has been working with Nash Community College for three years. In his book, Instruction Matters: one step at a time tells the story of one school districts’ plan to implement change, he explains how a local school district developed and implemented a seven-year plan focusing on instructional intelligence which became the channel for change throughout the school district.
“In a short three years Nash Community College has increased student success and retention through their entire campus commitment to professional improvement in instruction and educational leadership. They are making a difference in the community,” Pearce said. “Educational leadership at Nash Community College is creating improved settings conducive to individual learning, faculty sharing, student success and retention.”
Nash Community College’s Educational Leadership Academy participants are: Susan Barkalow, Gary Blackburn, Tammie Clark, Lisa Cooper, Kelley Deal, Carla Dunston, Stephanie Fisher, Deana Guido, Amy Harrell, Kimberly King, Mike Latham, Wendy Marlowe, Nathan Mizell, Chris Morgan, Karey Parker, Farley Phillips, Dina Pitt, Don Sexauer, Ginny Stokes, Cheryle Traish, Wil van der Meulen, Jonathan Vester, Katherine Wilder, John Winstead and Nancy Worsinger. In addition to the Academy, a Nash Community College Baton Group is being established that will train under the leadership of the Academy.