Cleveland Life Institute Uniqueness-
Interactive, socially conscience, community active, experiential, practical, and powerful.
Uniquely Designed Education
Successful leaders know their value lies not only in managing teams and running organizations, but in inspiring others, setting purposeful goals, executing strategic visions, and creating cultures of excellence.
Our program is designed to challenge your current perceptions about leadership and the values through interaction in our group both in the classroom as well as making a difference in our community project right here in Cleveland Ohio.
The Executive Education Program
The Cleveland Life Institute is a faith-based residential executive education program that offers the opportunity to think strategically about guiding organizations to be relevant to culture and relational to the community.
In addition to the interaction of the classroom experience, the student will work collaboratively toward solutions to today’s challenges.
The first year consists of lectures, the design of a class project, implementation of that project in the community and a report to the agency on behalf the project was undertaken. A critique of the project will conclude the term with recommendations on the continuation of the project for the next class or a spin-off of the project.
The lectures would be presented by industry experts under the direction of a facilitating faculty member who would be assigned to the class for the entire semester and would demonstrate how the various lectures pertain to the topic of the semester and the experiential learning project.
The two-semester program “Skills for Social Entrepreneurs” is the first course to be offered by the School.
Skills for Social Entrepreneurs
The program “Skills for Social Entrepreneurs” has five main objectives:
Ethics and values – Students will understand basic ethical principles for business and for working in our community and will demonstrate the ability to integrate values into all processes and to be responsibly engaged with communities. Students will also examine their own personal values.
The Social Entrepreneurial Skill Set – Using sophisticated written and oral communication skills and critical thinking skills developed in general education, students will be able to demonstrate competence in each of the following skills essential to entrepreneurship:
- Opportunity assessment
- Team building, leadership
- Negotiation skills
- Use of basic business skills to further social goals: organization, resource development, planning, growth, management, economic
Cultural, Political, and Social Understanding—Students will acquire an understanding of social, political, and cultural frameworks, will demonstrate the ability to apply this knowledge to the assessment of issues and problems, and to use this knowledge in making responsible judgments about issues and problems.
Project planning — Students will be expected to develop a full understanding of how to create and utilize a project plan that includes sustainability.
Managing and Sustaining an entrepreneurial initiative — Students will learn the unique set of skills necessary to guide a project through periods of both growth and decline.
CLI is now a full program in one semester January 22, 2020 through May 6th. The 15 week class meets one time per week for 3 hours!
Persuasive and effective communication is an essential skill for any social entrepreneur. Elevator pitches are how social entrepreneurs present themselves to audiences when time is limited but an opportunity awaits. They are short, persuasive introductions to an idea or organization. The class will make a two-minute elevator pitch for the new social venture.
Initiating the Project:
The class will initiate to project that was validated by the feasibility study and around which a business plan was created.
Founded with a desire to unite individuals who are passionate about making a difference in our world and to explore their faith in a progressive, interactive environment along with a focus on innovation, the Cleveland Life Institute pursues excellence in our educational experience. It’s unique design of guest lecturers with real-world experience in our community advance the kingdom and quality of life for everyone within our community.
Leadership Certification is a one-year program that will develop your unique capabilities to make an impact on the world and live a life of purpose and fulfillment. The curriculum covers competencies in self-management, teamwork, leadership and professional skills.
Graduates earn a designation on their transcript recognizing their demonstrated excellence in leadership and organization and community involvement.
- Requirement – High School Diploma or GED equivalent
- Commitment to the completion of the program. (This is essential for the interaction of the class and involvement in the project.)
- Limited enrollment
Applying to the Program
Applications for the January 2020 semester are being accepted through January 1st, 2020.
Submit Your 2020 Application
Space is limited, please apply as soon as possible.
Historic First Baptist Church
3630 Fairmount Blvd. Shaker Heights, OH 44118
The Educational component of Experiential Education
“Each day that we live, we’re taking in new information, ideas, concepts, experiences, and sensations. We need to consciously stand guard at the doors of our minds to make sure that whatever we’re allowing to enter will cause our lives to be enriched, that the experiences we pursue will add to our stockpile of possibility.” ~ Anthony Robbins, Awaken the Giant Within
The Power of Experiential Education by Janet Eyler
“Experiential education, which takes students into the community, helps students both to bridge classroom study and life in the world and to transform inert knowledge into knowledge-in-use. It rests on theories of experiential learning, a process whereby the learner interacts with the world and integrates new learning into old constructs.”
The ‘Jesus Method’ as a teacher
Jesus provided us a teaching model based on experiential learning which was gathering a small group of individuals into teaching sessions through life experiences. The “Jesus Method” incorporates four general points about Jesus’ moral teaching.
The first is that it is aimed at achieving a transformation of moral character; without changing certain traits and attitudes that impede moral responsiveness, moral teaching remains merely exhortative.
Second, moral teaching cannot be moralizing; it must begin with an understanding of moral agency and motivation, and sometimes the way to influence these is not through direct moral instruction but through other kinds of teaching.
Third, many deep moral insights are gained only indirectly, through reflection on complex and puzzling cases that do not yield simple truths or directives.
Hence, fourth, Jesus’ use of proverbs, allegories, paradoxes, parables and other figurative forms reflects, on the positive side, a desire to cultivate in listeners a breadth and flexibility of moral imagination – and, on the negative side, a willingness to see many listeners misunderstand or not understand at all.
-Nicholas C. Burbules, “Jesus as a teacher.” Spirituality and Ethics in Education: Philosophical, Theological, and Cultural Perspectives, Hanan Alexander, ed. (Brighton: Sussex Academic Press) 2017.
Management abilities, leadership skills, and teamwork projects will provide a learning experience that will find value in our students’ personal or professional life.
Few programs incorporate the level of experiential education as we provide. This will be a strong point of our program and a strong addition to our students’ resume.