17 August 2020

Lead From Where You Are: Making a Difference in the Face of Tough Problems, Big Questions, and Organizational Politics

Leadership is not about personality, authority, position, influence, or power as such. Leadership is an art, a craft, a practice, to which everyone is called sometime or other, in widely different situations. Leadership can be practiced with varying degrees of authority, from any position, at varying scales of influence, and with varying access to different sources of power.

The kind of leadership that we will learn and practice in this course has to do with diagnosing and addressing the toughest problems experienced by organizations, communities, institutions, and societies. This kind of leadership demands political skill: the skill to discern the overt and covert concerns and interests, agendas, and alliances within the organizations, institutions, and societies we serve, and to give each their due while not failing to pursue the common good.

We will learn a leadership language, try out a set of tools and frameworks, and workshop our fresh insights and skills.

All-online (August 17-21, 2020)

ICSD 132504 S20
Dr. Gideon Strauss
Distance (Online)



Finding Joy in Learning

Finding Joy in Learning is the launch course for the MA in Educational Leadership (MA-EL) program of the Institute for Christian Studies. The course will provide you with a vocational vision of Christian educational innovation and leadership. You will be coached through your plan for working through the program as a whole. The course will start you on the path toward your MA-EL Project by helping you identify and articulate your project interest.

This version of the course will take a hybrid format, consisting of three 90-minute Zoom sessions during the week of August 17, participation in the Online Odyssey in Project Based Learning (PBL) offered by The Christian Teacher Academy on August 25-27, structured interactive online forum discussions in response to readings and other assignments over a period of twelve weeks, and individual meetings with MA-EL instructors.

All-online (TBD)

ICSDH 260001 S20
Drs. Gideon Strauss, Edith van der Boom
Hybrid (Online Asynchronous/Synchronous)