The CCMA Presidents’ Institute serves as a platform for the collaboration between higher education, K12, and community partners to address issues critical to Maryland, DC, and Delaware. In 2014, 60 years after Brown vs. the Board of Education, we explored how to embrace education as a contemporary civil rights issue. In 2016 a variety of our network representatives gathered to grapple with these issues from national and local perspectives, and the challenges of implementation. It was an opportunity to explore the intersection of college, career, and civic readiness to strengthen communities. In 2018, CCMA celebrated our 10 Year Anniversary, as well as gathered to discuss creating systemic action to advance equity through college, career, and civic readiness in our region.
One of the main initiatives that have emerged from past Presidents’ Institutes is P20 CONNECTS, which capitalizes on the Mid-Atlantic region’s unique capacity to create a P20 leadership development model of civic and community engagement. By providing opportunities for younger youth to become reflective change agents who improve community life, higher education is shifting the paradigm to working with, instead of providing services to, the community.
Future Presidents’ Institutes will convene the region’s presidents, superintendents, and other leaders in a conversation about the structural and systemic issues impacting education in our region, and how civic and community engagement could enhance college, career, and civic readiness for K-12 and higher education students. This important work can only be done through the collective contributions of our members, partners, and supporters.
General Goals of a Presidents’ Institute
- Learn from K12, Community Leaders, & Business Leaders how they are supporting the work region-wide.
- Engage participants in collective meaning-making which deepens and strengthens partnerships and best practices.
- Engage participants to guide our work moving forward in alignment with the national movement and the work of member campuses.
- Engage Presidents, Superintendents, and other regional leaders in advancing our collective work and impact.