Program Features

Action Plan

You will work with your mentor and cohort group on a nine-month action plan focused on goals for both personal and organizational growth. This plan will also include the involvement and support of a member of your board as well as at least one member of your leadership team. It will be built on the following qualities: connected, collaborative, measurable, and reflective.

  • Connected: Your plan will be designed to ensure effective connections between the curriculum, ACSI frameworks (Christian School Leadership and the Formative to Flourishing framework), and your school plans (accreditation and/or strategic plan).
  • Collaborative: You will have support and input from a number of sources. Your mentor/MCD leader will be your primary guide during the nine-month implementation of your plan. However, you will also have support and interaction with your cohort group of three to four peers as well as input, feedback, and support within your own school.
  • Measurable: Your plan will be designed with specific outcomes that are measurable. The results of the plan should have an easily identifiable impact on both your personal and school growth.
  • Reflective: The program includes scheduled time and resources to encourage the important process of reflecting upon learning. This reflection allows you to develop spiritual insights and ask questions that lead to deeper understanding.

Mentor/MCD leader and cohort collaboration

Effective learning does not take place in a vacuum, but the role of the leader often leaves him or her feeling isolated. The mentor/MCD leader provides the unique opportunity to contextualize the content to your experience and your school culture. This significant relationship is furthered between sessions with a consistent communication plan that will be developed around need and time requirements. 

You will have opportunities for peer interaction with your cohort group during the on-site sessions and through the online discussion forums between sessions. You will also be part of a smaller cohort group of three to four peers and have scheduled sessions for both on-site and online collaboration with them. 

On-site and Online learning

The program is designed to provide the tremendous benefits of personal interaction during the on-site sessions and ongoing opportunities for online interaction. The program facilitates incremental learning over the nine-month period while maximizing time flexibility. The three sessions are organized around three progressive elements: content, connections, and continuous improvement. Each session will build on the previous session and culminate in a presentation of your action plan to your peers for feedback and support.

The online content is rich with various types of resources (video, links, book lists, and more), that allow you to go deeper in areas of need and/or interest. The various forums will allow you to pose questions and seek answers in specific topic forums or from small or larger group forums.

Time Commitment

The time commitment is built around a thorough understanding of the demands on your schedule both professionally and personally. The on-site sessions are designed to require no more than two days off campus each. The online sessions are built around your individual time preferences, whether early in the morning, in the evening, or on weekends. Ultimately the program should enable maximum learning with extreme flexibility.

Sample session schedule:

Session I: Creating Capacity of Essential Elements

(tentatively scheduled for October 2017 in Portland, Oregon)

6:00–7:00 p.m.  Working Dinner—Welcome, Introductions
7:00–8:00 p.m.  I. Creating Capacity of Yourself
8:00–9:00 p.m.     Cohort discussion groups
7:00–8:00 a.m. —Breakfast—
8:00–9:00 a.m.  II. Community, Communication, and Conversation
9:00–9:30 a.m. —Break—
9:30–10:30 a.m.  III. Creating Capacity of Your Leadership Team
10:30–11:30 a.m. Cohort discussion groups
11:30–1:00 p.m. —Lunch—
1:00–2:00 p.m.  IV. Creating Capacity of Your Board and Chair
2:00–3:00 p.m. Cohort discussion groups
3:00–5:00 p.m. Free time
5:00–6:00 p.m. —Dinner—
6:00–7:00 p.m.  V. Creating Capacity in the Face of Change
7:00–8:00 p.m. Cohort group discussions
8:00–9:00 p.m. All Group time
7:00–8:00 a.m. —Breakfast—
8:00–9:00 a.m.  VI. Creating Capacity Through Vision and Strategy
9:00–10:00 a.m. Cohort discussion groups
10:00–11:00 a.m. VII. Plan Creation, Online Schedule
11:00–12:00 p.m. —Boxed Lunch—

Session II: Creating Connections for Drivers of Capacity

(tentatively scheduled for February 2018 in Portland, Oregon)

2:00–5:00 p.m. —MCD Leaders' Meeting—
6:00–7:00 p.m. —Working Dinner—Introductions, Overview, and Feedback
7:00–8:00 p.m.  I. Online Platform
8:00–9:00 p.m. Cohort discussion groups
7:00–8:00 a.m. —Breakfast—
8:00–9:00 a.m. II. Connecting Mission and Community
9:00–10:00 a.m. Cohort discussion groups
10:00–10:30 a.m. —Break—
10:30–11:30 a.m. III. Connecting Advancement and Admissions
11:30–12:30 p.m. Cohort discussion groups
12:30–2:00 p.m. —Lunch—
2:00–3:00 p.m. IV. Connecting Strategy and Finances
3:00–4:00 p.m. Cohort discussion groups
4:00–6:00 p.m. Free time
6:00–7:00 p.m. —Dinner—
7:00–8:00 p.m. V. Connecting People and Performance
8:00–9:00 p.m. Cohort group discussions
7:00–8:00 a.m. —Breakfast—
8:00–9:00 a.m. VI. Connecting Spiritual and Academic
9:00–10:00 a.m. Cohort discussion groups
10:00–11:00 a.m. VII. Connecting Personal and School Plan
11:00–12:00 p.m. —Boxed Lunch—

Session III: Creating Depth and Breadth of Capacity

(tentatively scheduled for June 2018 in Portland, Oregon)

Daily schedule TBD
  • Topics of discussion:
  • Continuous improvement
    • Professional learning community
    • Student culture and learning
    • Plan outcome presentations
    • Wrap up and next steps

Online sessions

Plan for one online session per month. Some months will be a live or prerecorded presentation; some will be a live discussion with your cohort group.