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Strategies for City Success: A Webinar Series

CEOs for Cities is pleased to announce a six-part webinar series titled “Strategies for City Success.” This series, designed to support the efforts of cities participating in the Talent Dividend Network and Talent Dividend Prize Competition, was made possible with generous support from the Kresge Foundation and The Council on Adult and Experiential Learning. The webinars will explore strategies around data use, engaging municipal leadership, economic and workforce development, and supporting adult learners. The presentations will also feature tips from key stakeholders in higher education development on idea implementation.

The series will begin on the first Friday in December and will continue through May 2013 on the first Friday of each month. Each webinar will begin at 2:30pm ET. Participants must register for each webinar separately.  Please click on the live links to register today!

The first three webinars will be administered by The National League of Cities, a coalition of municipalities that help city leaders build better communities. The National League of Cities Institute, NLC's research and education affiliate, is comprised in part by the Institute for Youth, Education, and Families, which helps municipal leaders take action in their communities around several core program areas, including education.

The final three webinars will be administered by The Council on Adult and Experiential Learning, which works to link learning and work. CAEL works at all levels within the higher education, public, and private sectors to make it easier for people to get the education and training they need to attain meaningful, secure employment.

We hope you’ll join us!


Using Data to Drive Change for Postsecondary Success, Part I (Hosted by the National League of Cities)

December 7, 2:30pm ET

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Description:  Building upon the release of attainment and enrollment reports to Talent Dividend cities, representatives of Riverside, California and another city in the Communities Learning in Partnership (CLIP) initiative of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will discuss how they have assembled and built analytical capacity, used data points such as attainment and enrollment to establish baselines, and set citywide goals.  Riverside recently joined Louisville, Kentucky among cities establishing public postsecondary success goals in the form of a “report card." Check out our key reference.


Using Data to Drive Change for Postsecondary Success, Part II - Sharing Data  Across Sectors and Institutional Boundaries (Hosted by the National League of Cities) 

January 4, 2013, 2:30pm ET

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Description:  Assessing starting points and gauging progress regarding postsecondary completion goals entails sharing data.  School districts, community colleges, and four-year institutions, and city planning departments charged with digesting census data all bring key data to the table.  Sources such as the National Student Clearinghouse, to which districts and colleges may belong, also play important roles.  Representatives of Dayton, Ohio and one other CLIP site will describe how they’ve successfully shared data and reflect on data sharing lessons learned.


Municipal Leadership for Local Postsecondary Completion Initiatives (Hosted by the National League of Cities)

February 1, 2013, 2:30pm ET

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Description:  As the National League of Cities pointed out in a recent Municipal Action Guide prepared with support from the Lumina Foundation for Education, mayors and other municipal government leaders – elected and appointed – can take on many key roles in a local initiative.  These roles include convening, setting out public accountability goals, commissioning research, and aligning postsecondary success goals with citywide economic development priorities.  Representatives of CLIP sites Mesa, Arizona Counts on College; Portland Cradle to Career; and the Philadelphia Council for College and Career Success will explain the varied means they have used to engage municipal leaders, and catalog benefits and challenges to date.


Economic Development and Workforce Development Alignment Strategies: Working as a Community (Council for Adult and Experiential Learning)

March 1, 2013, 2:30pm ET

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Description: This webinar will highlight how economic development and workforce development efforts are not only complimentary, but must be linked in order for communities and their economies to grow CAEL will provide examples of work conducted with our economic analysis partner, Avalanche Consulting, across the country to assess regional skills development assets and align learning opportunities with growing and high-potential industry sectors.   While each community’s economy and economic development aspirations are unique, CAEL will share how communities can make the most of their schools, training programs and partnerships to increase job opportunities for its citizens while addressing businesses workforce needs.  The session will showcase the JAXUSA Partnership -  Jacksonville and Northeast Florida's regional economic development initiative. JAXUSA is a private, nonprofit division of the JAX Chamber. 

Webinar Speakers:  JAXUSA Partnership, Avalanche Consulting


Engaging the Adult Population by Offering New Ways to Earn College Credit (Council for Adult and Experiential Learning)

April 5, 2013, 2:30pm ET

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Description: This webinar will provide an overview of Prior Learning Assessment.  Prior Learning Assessment is a process by which adults can obtain college level credit for learning that’s taken place outside of the college classroom, i.e. work or life experiences.  PLA has many forms that range from standardized testing to individual learning portfolios.  CAEL has been a leader in PLA policy development, defining institutional rigor, and providing an independent platform for potential college students to submit learning portfolios for college level credit (LearningCounts.org).  This session will showcase the Tennessee Higher Education Commission who is working with CAEL to promote PLA to employers across the state as they pursue the Talent Dividend prize, focusing on the importance of PLA in helping adults to amass credits for what they already know, advancing them towards completion faster and more effectively.

Webinar Speakers: Tennessee Higher Education Commission College Representative


Link Learning to Work: Engage Employers to Develop Career Paths to Support Recruitment, Retention and Readiness (Council for Adult and Experiential Learning)

May 3, 2013, 2:30pm ET

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Description: This webinar will focus on the importance of career pathway information for all stakeholders including employers, educators, counselors, case managers, students, incumbent workers etc. Stephanie Steffens, Director of the Colorado Workforce Development Council will showcase a project sponsored by the CO Governor whereby the public sector, education, employers and workforce investment entities are working together to build a statewide Career Pathways System.  During this session CAEL will showcase interactive career maps, which are industry career overviews which provide information for all positions (entry to CEO level) including job descriptions and responsibilities, education and experience requirements, standard wage ranges and career progression opportunities. We will examine models for several industries including: Telecommunications, Health Information Management and Solar Energy.

Webinar Speaker: Director Colorado Workforce Development Council


CEOs for Cities is a civic innovation lab and network for city progress and success, connecting cross-border, cross-sector, cross-generational civic CEOs and change makers to each other and to smart ideas and practices. We curate ideas, connect leaders, and catalyze change.

The National League of Cities helps city leaders build better communities. Working in partnership with the 49 state municipal leagues, NLC serves as a resource to and an advocate for the more than 19,000 cities, towns, and villages it represents.  The National League of Cities Institute (NLCI) is NLC's research and education affiliate, and the Institute for Youth, Education, and Families is a special entity within NLCI.  The YEF Institute helps municipal leaders take action on behalf of the children, youth, and families in their communities.  Since its founding in 2000, the YEF Institute (www.nlc.org/iyef) has provided direct assistance to hundreds of cities throughout the United States in several core program areas, prominently including education.  Currently, the YEF Institute serves as managing intermediary for the Communities Learning in Partnership (CLIP) initiative of the Bill Melinda Gates Foundation, and manages the Municipal Leadership for Postsecondary Success initiative with support from the Lumina Foundation for Education.

The Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL) links learning and work. CAEL works at all levels within the higher education, public, and private sectors to make it easier for people to get the education and training they need to attain meaningful, secure employment.

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