Association of
Leadership Educators

Guiding the Leaders of Tomorrow

ALE Online Writing Community - Fall 2016

Purpose & Overview

The mission of the Association of Leadership Educators, is to strengthen and sustain the expertise of professional leadership educators. Our vision is to “establish the bridge between research and practice in Leadership Education through an inclusive and engaging community of dynamic leadership educators, committed to consistently growing, thriving, and advancing the field of Leadership Education.”

“Experience without theory is blind, but theory without experience is mere intellectual play.” - Immanuel Kant

One way to bridge the gap between research and practice is to see ourselves as practitioner-scholars (or, scholar-practitioners); more specifically, to engage in scholarship of leadership education practice. This may include forms of educational research, innovative ideas for our classrooms and programs, case-studies of best-practices, community-engaged scholarship, theoretical explorations, or critical reflections on practice. For example, The National Leadership Education Research Agenda emphasizes a set of priorities to help frame important questions for our field.

For some leadership educators, scholarship may be an expectation of their role. For others it is an area of interest, but not a professional expectation. We may struggle to “find the time” to write. For some of us, producing scholarship may be an intimidating process, or there may be lack of access - or an entry point  - into scholarship.

“Almost all good writing begins with terrible first efforts. You need to start somewhere.”
- Ann Lammot, Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life

Whether it is your first effort or you are well published, writing can feel like a risky endeavor - and often, an isolating task. We want to create a writing community that supports leadership educators who desire to improve their writing and contribute to our field through scholarship. The ALE Fall Writing Community is a program to connect our members and provide on-line/virtual accountability and encouragement toward the production and submission of a scholarly work (e.g., journal article, book chapter, newsletter feature, book review, conference paper, work of art, etc.).

How it Works

  1. Sign up  - The deadline to sign up for the fall session is Wednesday, August 31 at 5 pm Eastern. Share a little about yourself, your scholarly interests, and your goals. It is recommended (but not required) that you have an idea of something you would like to write about already (and/or a project in process).
  2. Early September - We will have a kick-off conference call, featuring insights and tips from JOLE Editor, Dr. Jackie Bruce.

  3. Ongoing - You will have access to a members-only Facebook page for additional resource sharing and encouragement (e.g., resources on writing well, how to review an article, etc.).

  4. You will be assigned into a writing team (2-3 people) based on mutual interest. It is not required that you write together, although that could be an option for your team! The expectation is that your team would schedule 2-3 calls over the semester and offer support via email or other forms of social media (your choice). This is completely flexible and up to your team. For example:

    1. Call 1: Meet and Greet & Goal Setting (e.g., submit to X Journal by X date; write up results by end of semester; develop a proposal draft for ALE 2017, etc.)

    2. Call 2: Check In

    3. Call 3: Check In (optional)

    4. Bi-Weekly email updates on progress; sharing work; questions; support, etc.

  5. December - Conference call for whole group debrief and celebration!

Again, the purpose of this program is to a) build our efficacy as scholar-practitioners and b) build community.

It’s an experiment - and we hope you’ll join us!

Click here Sign Up by Wednesday, August 31 at 5 pm Eastern time.

Please direct questions to: Kerry Priest,

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