Creating and Sustaining a Professional Learning Community in an International Context

By Mette Baran, Janice Jones and Kristine Kiefer Hipp.

Published by The Learner Collection

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This paper reports the findings of a post international immersion opportunity to learn more about participants’ sustainability of their service attitude after a foreign immersion opportunity. The methodology included in-depth interviews of five randomly selected students and alumni who were past participants of a Leadership, Learning and Service Retreat in Italy, to elicit the transformational sustainability of their experiences. Findings indicate that students sustained their service attitude and that the foreign experience was transformational in nature changing the way they lead, connect with, and influence others.

Keywords: International Immersion Course, Higher Education, Transformational Leadership

The International Journal of Learning, Volume 18, Issue 10, pp.83-90. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 750.450KB).

Dr. Mette Baran

Assistant Professor, School of Education, Doctoral Program, Cardinal Stritch University, Milwaukee, WI, USA

Dr. Baran completed her Ed. D. in Administrative Leadership and Supervision from DePaul University. She obtained an M.B.A. in International Business and a baccalaureate degree in Marketing from DePaul University. Dr. Baran teaches leadership and research in the doctoral department. Her background includes being a faculty member and senior executive at Robert Morris College including the positions as Campus Director, Director of Education, and Director of Development. Her research interests and expertise includes looping, student attitudes, charter schools, and middle school education.

Dr. Janice Jones

Assistant Professor, School of Education, Doctoral Program, Cardinal Stritch University, Milwaukee, WI, USA

Janice E. Jones received her Ph.D. in Urban Education with a specialization in Counseling Psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She is an assistant professor at Cardinal Stritch University in Milwaukee. She is also a certified alcohol and drug counselor and a certified clinical supervisor for alcohol and drug counselors. Dr. Jones’s publications include articles and book chapters in the areas of training and supervision, positive psychology, multicultural awareness and training, successful life transitions for people with disabilities, and career and life transitions. She is actively engaged in applying positive psychology to practical problems, and is researching the impact of using positive coping strategies on the academic, career, and life outcomes of diverse, low-income youth. She has served as the communications officer for the Positive Psychology Section of Division 17 of the American Psychological Association and currently serves as the Treasurer of that section. Dr. Jones also serves on the executive board of Kids Matter, Inc. a non-profit group that is working to change foster care in the state of Wisconsin.

Dr. Kristine Kiefer Hipp

Professor, School of Education, Doctoral Program, Cardinal Stritch University, Milwaukee, WI, USA

Kristine Kiefer Hipp is a Professor at Cardinal Stritch University in Leadership Studies and an associate of the Leadership Center at CSU, which both focus on personal, organizational and social transformation. She consults widely, facilitating organizational change in school districts related to her research in leadership, professional learning communities, and collective efficacy. Dr. Hipp regularly presents her research at the local, state, nation, and international levels, and publishes in national and international refereed journals and book chapters. Most recently she co-authored the book, Reculturing Schools as Professional Learning Communities, with Jane B. Huffman, Scarecrow Press.

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