Facilitative Leadership and Community Building

IISC designed this course as part of the Citizen Schools/Lesley University Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction: Out of School Time. The course focused on developing the skills for a “21st Century” collaborative, participatory, inclusive leader working in a community setting whose job it is to leverage the wisdom and resources of multiple constituencies. Taking the lead from IISC’s commitment to “the love that does justice,” the course deepened the collaborative skills of leaders by exploring what Parker Palmer calls the “inner side of leadership.” During this highly experiential course, participants applied the skills and tools of collaborative action and community building to their work as out of school time professionals, while examining the theoretical underpinnings of each. They left with a shared language, models, and frameworks that could be immediately applied to their work as out of school time professionals.