The CCIU is excited to announce the opening of the 2023-24 Leadership Development Program cohort! The CCIU Leadership Development Program is entering its sixth year with a proven record in successfully growing leadership skills through interactive training and unique cross-divisional experiences.
Who? The 2023-24 LDP is open to all CCIU employees (full-time and part-time) who meet the following criteria:
- Employee has worked for the CCIU for a minimum of one full year
- Employee has not held a supervisory position at the CCIU for more than two years
- Employee is not currently an administrator
What? This program provides project-based learning with mentor guidance and training sessions. Lead a team to complete a cross-divisional project. Present your final results to an administrator/supervisor group.
Why? This program will help you set yourself up for success by providing the following:
- Practical experience with mentor support
- Development of key leadership skills
- Organizational exposure
- Supported participation in new initiatives
Have you ever used your own experiences to offer perspective or guidance when a colleague asked for advice? That was mentorship! The Leadership Development Training program is looking for mentors like you to share their experiences and knowledge to help build our future leaders. This is an opportunity to make an impact on the lives and careers of other employees — and the future of the CCIU. It's also an opportunity to grow your own skill set and knowledge. Everyone knows you learn more when you teach!
- Mentors will be matched up with participants and will develop a schedule with their mentees for check-ins.
- Mentors and cohorts will also meet together as a full group two additional times for tabletop discussion on process and results, as well as skill-specific training.
Become a mentor by filling out a Mentor Application!
One of the key elements of the Leadership Development Program is the project-based approach to learning. Participants will each receive a CCIU-based project that they will need to move through the project management lifecycle. By working through the various steps of a project, the participants will experience a number of project-based and people-based challenges that leaders often encounter. It is these experiences that help build the knowledge and skills needed to grow personally and as a CCIU employee.
At this time we are seeking project ideas. While any idea will be considered, we recommend the following guidelines:
- Project should be something that will benefit the CCIU
- Project should allow for at least one of the following stages of completion within a 4-5 month timeframe:
- Analysis and design of a formalized plan
- Development of project design
- Implementation/execution of project design
- Project ideally will require input from more than one division
- Project incorporates some aspect of challenge/risk - Leaders are not developed solely from completion of successful projects, some of the best leaders have worked through more complicated challenges.
A number of the CCIU's programs have been developed as a result of employee ideas generated through channels such as these. Some examples include: County Cup, Aspire, Special Education Certification and sourcing maintenance to districts.
Have an idea? Share it!