From the Field: Simone Gordon Shares Her Experience as an Intern in the Distict of Columbia Public Schools

Working in the nation’s capital – one of the country’s most diverse and highly watched school districts – I have had the opportunity to learn and contribute to the work of managing an urban school district. Through the Urban Educators Leadership Initiative Program (UELIP) I have spent the last three months interning in the District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS) Central Office. It is great, as a future educator, to witness how reforms are made at the district level and then communicated and implemented at the school level.

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Working in the nation’s capital – one of the country’s most diverse and highly watched school districts – I have had the opportunity to learn and contribute to the work of managing an urban school district.  Through the Urban Educators Leadership Initiative Program (UELIP) I have spent the last three months interning in the District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS) Central Office.  It is great, as a future educator, to witness how reforms are made at the district level and then communicated and implemented at the school level. Continue reading “From the Field: Simone Gordon Shares Her Experience as an Intern in the Distict of Columbia Public Schools”

Former Fellow Don Gomez Heads to the Army’s Ranger Leadership School

Former Leadership fellow Don Gomez reflects on his recent graduation from the Infantry Basic Officer Leader Course as he prepares to enter Ranger School, an intense combat training course.

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Don Gomez having the Blue Cord pinned on by his wife. Photo: Courtesy of Don Gomez

This post originally appeared on Carrying the Gun, the blog of former leadership fellow Don Gomez (2008-2010).

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This week I graduated from the Infantry Basic Officer Leader Course (IBOLC). I’m now branch qualified, meaning I can go on and do my job as an infantry platoon leader. Next up is Ranger School, an intensive two month combat leadership course. Continue reading “Former Fellow Don Gomez Heads to the Army’s Ranger Leadership School”

Helping Students on the Way to College, a Fellow Learns about Herself

On a university tour with high school students, Partners for Change fellow Whitley Jackson learned valuable lessons about herself and what makes her want to help others.

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Crouse College on the Syracuse University campus. Photo: Briles Takes Pictures / Creative Commons

I had the opportunity to work with the College Access Center during the year. While there I worked with high school juniors on college access and college applications through group workshops held at least twice a month. Workshop topics varied from the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), to the College Board, to finding what major is best for you. Before stepping into the doors of the Center, I was worried about whether or not I would be able to help the students or if I would be able to make them feel comfortable. While at the Center, I learned to be honest about my limits and be both flexible and relatable through conversations with students individually and as a group. Continue reading “Helping Students on the Way to College, a Fellow Learns about Herself”

Eyes on Her Future, a Fellow Reflects on an Inspirational Trip

Recent Center graduate Emie Lomba writes about a past trip to meet General Colin Powell and her plans for a future in education.

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Emie Lomba at a meeting with General Powell. Photo: Sirin Samman

In October, 32 fellows of the Colin Powell Program in Leadership and Public Service traveled to Washington, D.C. There, they met with General Colin L. Powell and attended presentations at the Center for Strategic and International Studies and the Center for a New American Security. Afterward, fellow Emie Lomba reflected on what she learned during the trip, and how to apply it to her life. Today, she is drawing on those lessons as she prepares for a future beyond the Center.

November 2011 – The road to success is bumpy, so we have to hold on tight, develop a sense of discipline, and keep persevering. These were the words of General Colin L. Powell’s that I took to heart during our small group conversation with him. Drawing from his life stories, General Powell demonstrated that aspiring leaders have to be ambitious, open to new experiences, hungry for knowledge, and most important, humble. We must always remember, he told us, that success needs to be shared. Continue reading “Eyes on Her Future, a Fellow Reflects on an Inspirational Trip”

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Civic Engagement in the Era of New Media: A New York Life Symposium
Wednesday, March 16, 2011, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Schomburg Center (515 Malcolm X Boulevard @ 135th Street New York, NY 10031)
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One of the most pressing questions of our time is how we can join together using social media and digital tools and content to influence public policy. Everything from revolutions to the environment and health is shaped by how we connect, document, and change our lives. Join our interactive discussion with community organizers and practitioners in the field of new media. Learn practical tips and tools about implementing digital and social media for organizations and causes you care about. Explore the challenges to the integration of media activism and direct civic engagement. At the reception following, mingle with people from a cross-section of fields and endeavors.