Category Archives: Professional Development

Recognizing Youth Service Professionals by Prioritizing their Professional Development

By Kathryn Nichols, Consultant, National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth at the Institute for Educational Leadership It’s National Workforce Development Month – a time to recognize the contributions of workforce development professionals who play a vital role in … Continue reading

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Doing Things Differently

By Chelsey Bowman, intern with the National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth at the Institute for Educational Leadership    After I explain my internship at the Institute for Educational Leadership’s (IEL) Center for Workforce Development (CWD), I am … Continue reading

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DC YWLA: Changing the Workforce World – One Leader At A Time

By Patricia D. Gill, Senior Program Associate, National Collaborative on Workforce & Disability for Youth at the Institute for Educational Leadership. During their recent ceremony (and celebration!), the very first graduates of the DC Youth Workforce Leaders Academy (YWLA) shared … Continue reading

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YWLA: Turning Youth Service Professionals into Pros!

        By Patricia D. Gill, Senior      Program Associate & Shaina Cook, Program Coordinator at the Institute for Educational Leadership  Great things can happen when people from different sectors collaborate. This is particularly true when working with youth and … Continue reading

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Professional Development that Works: DC Workforce Professionals Find Value in New Learning Community  

By Julie Jean Louis, intern at the Institute for Educational Leadership’s Center for Workforce Development With little money and even less spare time, organizations and systems often struggle to carve out the resources and leap the logistical hurdles to offer … Continue reading

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Bouncing Back: “Fall”ing Into Workforce Development Again

September goes by in such a rush. Summer is over and everything begins again: school, conferences, and fall program activities. Maybe that is why September is Workforce Development Month; it feels like we are all going “back to work.” As … Continue reading

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Be Someone Who Matters to Someone Who Matters

“One of the greatest values of mentors is the ability to see ahead what others cannot see and to help them navigate a course to their destination.” ~John C. Maxwell, Leadership Gold  My passion for working with youth developed at … Continue reading

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New Year, New Opportunities: What Will You Learn?

Welcome 2013! As we begin the new year, now’s a great time to consider all the new opportunities available to us.  You may not have made a New Year’s resolution this year, or if you are anything like me, you … Continue reading

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More Tips for Youth Transitioning from College to the Workforce (Part 2 of 2)

Today’s blog is Part 2 in a two-part series by IEL CWD’s summer intern Judy Dickinson on tips for other young adults  based on her own experience as a recent college graduate entering  the workforce. If you missed Part 1, … Continue reading

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