Words Create Worlds ® – June 2010 Newsletter

Congratulations to newly Certified Appreciative Inquiry Facilitators (AICF) Sarah Shumpert (AIFT 2009 Vancouver), Judy Tso (AIFT 2010 College Park, MD) and the team of Claudine Lowry, Janet Bryne and Catherine MacLean (AIFT 2008, Springfield, MD).

Each of these newly certified Facilitators completed the four-day intensive training followed by a supervised practicum including their documentation. They have given us permission to post their practicums to the blog. You can read their practicums by clicking here.

Sarah Shumpert worked with the Tri-County Technical College and their positive topic was “Developing the Meaning and Value of Institutional Research.” Sarah gave us permission to use the Tri-County Technical College practicum, please read their story of success on our blog.

Judy Tso worked with an outstanding team and reports that her personal outcomes were met and that “the inquiry guide really doesn’t need to be modified much. There is no need to agonize about this part”. You can find Judy’s story on the Company of Experts Blog titled, “Coming Together: the Future of Communication at the University of Maryland”.

Claudine Lowry, Janet Byrne and Catherine MacLean their practicum in January 2009 with the Nova Scotia Community College Advisory Committee on Portfolio which included senior leaders from the President’s office, Administrative Services, Academic Services, Marketing and Communication, People and Planning, Student Services, International, and Human Resources.  These representatives were carefully chosen for their ability to influence cascading change and were invited by the Vice-President, People and Planning.

The positive topic for consideration was Portfolio – what it means for NSCC and how it does and can influence our mission of education without boundaries – how can we at NSCC, using Portfolio, become as a college even better than we are? The full details for this project – Using Appreciative Inquiry to re-imagine our College Strategy can be found on our blog. This is an ongoing project.

We have a number of practicums completed and will have those in the next edition of the Words Create Worlds. To read all of Company of Experts’ success stories, please click here.


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