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March 19-22 2006
Hilton Atlanta
Atlanta, GA

Hosted by
Georgia Department of Technical and Adult Education

Honorary Host
Louisiana Community and Technical College System

With Support From
Central Piedmont Community College


Innovations 2006 to be held in Atlanta
Innovations Streams:
Conference-Related Events:
Disaster Preparedness Summit


General Conference, Ancillary Meetings, Hotel Information:
Robin Piccirilli
(480) 705-8200 x232

Presenter Questions:
Robin Piccirilli
(480) 705-8200 x232

Registration Questions:
Judy Greenfield
(480) 705-8200 x200

Exhibition, Partnership:
Chris Hennessey
(480) 705-8200 x237

Website Questions:

(480) 705-8200 x225



Innovations Streams 2006

Innovations in the community college can be thought of as streams that flow through the larger body of work educators and students engage in each day. The Innovations conference incorporates ideas, initiatives, and inspirations from seven vital streams into the broader conference goal of encouraging and facilitating student and organizational learning through innovation, experimentation, and institutional transformation. The conference features forums, roundtables, learning center courses and a poster session for each innovations stream, along with general session keynotes aimed at inspiring innovation and change in all areas of community college education.

Join the most energetic professionals in community colleges as they come together to showcase their model programs, share lessons learned, and look to the future by exploring innovations in (1) learning and teaching (2) leadership and organization (3) workforce preparation and development (4) student services and activities (5) basic skills and developmental education (6) resource development and foundation management and (7) research, assessment, and accountability.

Learning and Teaching

Community college professionals continue to develop new and innovative ways of approaching learning and teaching, many of which promote the learning-centered movement. This conference stream affords educators the opportunity to share innovations their innovations with colleagues  around the world. Classroom assessment and research, learning styles, learning communities, service learning, distance learning strategies, interactive computer-aided instruction, multimedia in the classroom, ethics in instruction, and critical-thinking skills development are only a few of the wide range of instructional strategies featured.

Leadership and Organization

Accountability mandates, fluctuating funding, demographic shifts, and the rapid pace of change continue to challenge community college administrators to explore innovative strategies for leadership and organization.  Learning organizations, knowledge management, quality principles, liberation management, and "leading from the soul" are only a few of the techniques used today to meet community college leadership challenges.  In this stream, the League invites colleagues committed to transforming their community colleges to share their leadership, organizational, and staff development programs, processes, and perspectives in an effort to help all community college leaders learn how to blend diverse innovations together to make a difference in community college education.

Workforce Preparation and Development

The League for Innovation's Workforce Initiative explores the many ways community colleges are meeting the workforce needs of their communities. In a continuing effort to further this initiative, this stream highlights the individual and collaborative work of community colleges, K-12 institutions, businesses, and government agencies in contract training, continuing education, tech-prep programs, school-to-work initiatives, work-based learning activities, business and industry training, integrated academic and technical learning models, and community college and industry partnerships. Some of these initiatives include the exploration of e-learning in workforce training, as well as the certification of workplace skills.

Student Services and Activities

The diverse needs and backgrounds of community college students have challenged student services personnel to develop and implement some of the most innovative approaches to servicing students in higher education.  Exciting methods for tackling the challenges of recruiting, admissions, advising, assessment, accessibility, orientation, early warning systems, learning support systems, enrollment management, retention services, and counseling are featured in this stream.  This stream also presents a wide array of student activity and leadership programs. 

Basic Skills and Developmental Education

The increasing needs of community college students demand that basic skills educators develop new and innovative ways to help underprepared students become successful members of a community of learners.  This stream showcases a variety of organizational and instructional strategies to improve basic skills and developmental education programs in community colleges, including placement testing, assertive advising, peer tutoring, targeted mentoring, support groups, technology tools, faculty training, and outcomes assessment.  Innovations in GED programs, adult high school, developmental education, and other basic skills programs are also featured in this stream.

Resource Development & Foundation Management

Out of vision and necessity, community colleges have long been entrepreneurs in various areas of resource development and fundraising. Yet many community colleges have not realized their full potential in all of these areas. This stream highlights successful models and future directions in private fundraising, corporate and private sector relations, alumni programs, federal and state grants, local fundraising, development offices, and performance contracting.

Research, Assessment, and Accountability

Increased calls for accountability at federal, state, and local levels challenge colleges to strengthen their assessment systems and more clearly document institutional and student outcomes. This stream showcases innovative strategies and useful models of institutional research; institutional effectiveness and planning; responses to accountability mandates; quality criteria and measures; course and program review and revision; and direct measures of student learning.