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 Tools

Learning & Leadership Department Education and Training: Development and Delivery Process

This tool denotes some indicators of quality to consider when reviewing training or education materials.

Translating Your In-Person Education Online: Tips for Piecing it All Together

This tool incorporates the principles of adult learning into virtual education delivery and considerations on delivering an in-person course through e-learning.

Translating Face-to-Face to Virtual Tip Sheet

This tool provides some great tips on how to adapt traditional practices of face-to-face instruction to virtual environments.

Facilitating Support Groups Online

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.

Tech Tips Handout

This tool provides ten (10) key tech tips that can help you enhance your web-based offerings.

I-LED Visual Series

This page has infographics that engage andragogy and engaging in a digital space.

Adult Learning Toolkit

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:

  1. 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. 
  2. 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.
  3. Effective Facilitation Skills Workshop (2 days).
    This workshop focuses on effective skills to prepare for and conduct facilitation of small and large meetings.
  4. 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:

Institute for Leadership in Education Development (I-LED): Distance eLearning Course

Application Deadline: Friday, May 16, 2021

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.

Institute for Leadership in Education Development (I-LED): Webinar Series on Learning through Interactivity

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:

Webinar 1: Learning through Interactivity: Creating Curiosity through Learning Activities

Webinar 2: Learning through Interactivity: Creating Meaningful and Accessible Interactivity

Webinar 3: Learning Through Interactivity: How to Tell a Story, Part 1

Webinar 4: Learning Through Interactivity: How to Tell a Story, Part 2