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Voices of Learners October 12-16, 2009

The week of October 12 is going to be different this year.  For an entire week, the eyes of Stark County citizens will turn to schools and youth.

The spotlight will shine on students and teachers, youth organizations and schools that are flourishing, that use their strengths to accomplish great things, and to make a difference in their communities.

PCC is co-sponsoring with the Stark County Educational Service Center an event that is not like anything Stark County has seen before.  Students, teachers, community leaders, parents, and visitors from near and far will convene conversations about excellence.

  • October 12 and 16 will be devoted to field site visits around Stark County and northeast Ohio
  • October 13 is the celebration kick-off at the new and beautiful GlenOak High School in Plain Local Schools
  • October 14 will be at the Timken Senior High School Campus, where students’ graduation rates and achievement are leaping upward
  • October 15 will be at Stark State College, a day to congratulate local schools of higher education for their many contributions to our community and our young people

Sound intriguing? We hope so!

If you’re from Stark County, we need you, your students and staff to help finalize our plans, nominate your outstanding programs, and to come join us as we explore teaching and learning in hands on, intergenerational groups.  It will be fun, join us – you’ll be glad you did!

And to those of you elsewhere in the world, please “Watch This Space”.

We’ll be posting some updates to share our journey with you between now and October – and we know we’ll have lots of news to share with you after the event!

Voices Of Learners Registration Form

Please email Joyce Lemke or call her on 330-705-0793 if you you have any questions or would like further information.

Leap of Learning

A “Leap Of Learning” (LOL) is what we call our facilitated process. Typically, it is in the form of a 2 day conversation/summit co-created by us and the community that invites us. For instance, our most recent LOL, in Canton, Ohio, USA, was a collaboration with Canton’s young leadership and Stark County Educators and Positive Change Core (PCC).

As you know your community best, all LOL’s focus are driven by you and are designed to respond to the topics and challenges facing your community. Canton’s choice, for instance, was to Create “Bold Strategies” for a “Flourishing Canton”. (You can read more about the Canton LOL here in our Story section)

A key innovation in PCC’s process is that youth are always present in the conversation. As many of us adults have seen, their participation and involvement has far enriched the dialogue and outcomes. An example: a debate begun over which of the two successful young leadership programs operating in a community should be axed. A 15year old man listened quietly and then asked: If we have enough resources, is there a reason why there can’t be two? The debate fell silent.

Needless to say, that community still has two great leadership programs.

Intrigued? To find out more about hosting a Leap Of Learning to grow what’s best in your youth and/or education organization or community, simply contact us and start the conversation.

We look forward to leaping together!

Our Services

The Positive Change Core provides a process and structure for education, schools and youth communities and/or systems to engage in conversations designed to facilitate change.

We bring a proven innovative process, “Leap of Learnings” (LOL), that we evolve and personalise together with you for your community. We do this by co-creating and facilitating inter-generational and -discipline conversations that are the catalyst for rapid, sustainable and contagious transformation.

In gathering the whole community together in an appreciative context, the recognition and acknowledgement of existing strengths supports change at the speed of imagination.

Our engagement with Canton, Ohio is a good example of how this works. You can read the story here.

To find out more about our “Leap Of Learning” or to partner with us please contact us.