Institute for Leadership in Education Development
The Institute for Leadership in Education Development (I-LED) offers hands-on workshops and technical assistance to help US Department of Justice Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) grantees to improve the organization, quality, and consistency of education and training programs.
I-LED has a national focus, targeting assistance to any OVW grantees that conduct education and training programs as part of their missions to enhance the justice system and community responses to all forms of violence against women.
Since it began in September 2008, the I-LED project has served over 700 multidisciplinary staff and consultants representing over 300 organizations that receive funding through OVW grant programs. I-LED workshops reach national, multidisciplinary audiences of OVW grantees and their constituents, including advocates, attorneys, law enforcement, social workers, visitation center staff, volunteer coordinators, judges, and other professionals who engage in program design and/or faculty service.
The Learning & Leadership training/education planning process, developed and refined for the past 25 years, includes several key steps, which planners should conduct in the order outlined below. These steps are to conduct a robust learning needs assessment informed by stakeholders, learners and experts; design learner centered objectives, create interactive learning activities that engage learners with content, peers and experts; recruit and develop expert facilitators to lead or supplement (in the case of asynchronous education) learning; and ongoing evaluation. These steps are based in experiential learning theory and formulated in accordance with 20th century scholars that believed:
- Learning is a process, not an outcome
- All learning is relearning.
- Conflict, differences, and disagreement drive the learning process.
- Learning involves the integrated functioning of the total person—thinking, feeling, perceiving, and behaving.
- Learning involves assimilating new experiences into existing concepts and accommodating existing concepts to new experience.
Knowledge is created and recreated in the personal knowledge of the learner. This stands in contrast to the “transmission” model on which much current educational practice is based, where pre-existing fixed ideas are transmitted to the learner.
Online Learning Modules
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This tool offers virtual alternatives for common in-person activities, engagement strategies, and facilitation techniques.
This tool provides tech solutions, facilitation strategies, and content suggestions to support facilitators, or “accidental educators,” adapting to individual participant and overall group dynamic related challenges in an online format.
This tool gives a step-by-step guide for implementing greater language access into both in-person and virtual training events through the lens of language justice. The content is in English and Spanish.
This tool denotes some indicators of quality to consider when reviewing training or education materials.
This tool incorporates the principles of adult learning into virtual education delivery and considerations on delivering an in-person course through e-learning.
This tool provides some great tips on how to adapt traditional practices of face-to-face instruction to virtual environments.
This tool provides resources on how to move traditional support groups online, in addition to some traditional support group resources and topics for online support groups.
This tool provides ten (10) key tech tips that can help you enhance your web-based offerings.
This page has infographics that engage andragogy and engaging in a digital space.
A Guide for Educating Survivor-Centered and Survivor-Serving Organizations and Institutions
Goals and Objectives of Training
I-LED goals are to enhance the relevance and effectiveness of training and education programs supported by OVW, and improve the capacity of OVW grantees to design and deliver well-organized, highly-interactive training and education for their constituents.
I-LED workshops are offered in the following topics:
- Effective Program and Curriculum Development (EPCD) Workshop (2.5 days).
This workshop focuses on the detailed process of designing a program and creating a program or curriculum outline.
- Faculty Development Workshop (2.5 days).
This workshop engages participants in the process for planning a program but in the context of learning how to facilitate programs effectively.
- Effective Facilitation Skills Workshop (2 days).
This workshop focuses on effective skills to prepare for and conduct facilitation of small and large meetings.
- Distance Learning Workshop (2.5 days).
This workshop focuses on assisting grantees to design and deliver distance learning educational offerings on a budget.
Upcoming Institute for Leadership in Education Development:
Check back for 2022 application dates!
This training is a 12-week online educational event for OVW grantees. The Distance eLearning Course will assist OVW grantees to create interactive, inclusive, and engaging virtual education. This course is designed to help grantees to improve the design and the delivery of virtual education, utilizing best practices in adult learning and engagement online. This course will cover instructional design of live web sessions and virtual courses and will include live and self-paced sessions, office hours, and a final participant demonstration. Participants will come in teams of 2 from the same organization and should work together in education development for their organization.
This is a 4-part webinar series on adult interactivity that OVW grantees can utilize in trainings, workshops, conferences, and learning sessions. Please register for all four webinars. Registration will be capped at 100 participants to maximize participant engagement and interaction. Webinars will be recorded and disseminated to all registrants.
To learn more about each session, click the links below: