ICC Academy

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The ICC Academy offers various courses and certifications that improve communication and leadership skills and provides educational resources for all types of intergenerational and leadership teams. Courses are offered four semesters a year to students, parents, coaches, educators and business professionals - In fact, anyone interested. Register today and join our community of lifetime learners, growing and learning together.

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PM IntroPeacemaking Introduction

ICC’s Peacemaking Introduction is designed to offer you some amazing revelations that will help you understand how conflict and chaos are actually part of God’s plan to help us grow and learn.  Most of us want to fight or run the other way - but neither is particularly healthy.  During this peacemaking introduction, we will reveal the secret the world seems to misunderstand — conflict is actually an opportunity to glorify God; strengthen relationships and grow in self-awareness.

Peacemaking Introduction  identifies what a culture of peace is, explores our own role in establishing a culture of peace and defines "I am the 85."

Course Length and Duration: 8 - 10 hours asynchronous work over 4 weeks (or which must be completed before Peacemaking 1 if a student has registered for Peacemaking 1)

Eligibility: Students ages 14 and adults.

Offered: Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter.

Complete work on your schedule by the course completion deadline. Needed for PI, ASLC, GSLC, GSLMT (If you aren't sure if you've already taken this course, please consult with your Area Coordinator)

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NOTICE OF MATURE CONTENT:

As we have explored what it takes to Create a Culture of Peace within ICC, we have discovered that one of the keys is to learn to recognize and respect differing perspectives, even when we disagree. We cannot show love to others by rejecting them completely, simply because they think differently than we do.  When we push people away, we lose an opportunity to speak Truth.  

The reading/video  list used in this course helps students explore the world to understand themselves and others and to model Christ and Glorify God. While we have limited the topics covered in Peacemaking Intro to those generally acceptable for 14 and 15 year olds, the sites containing the videos change daily and sometimes contain COMMENTS that are not appropriate. 

Because we are aware this might happen, we only require videos intended for ALL AUDIENCES for our 14-15 year olds. Please note, even among the OVER 16 Selections, the videos themselves are NOT generally a problem. We try to provide warnings if there is a curse word or unduly coarse language, but even that is rare.  It is the comments that may be inappropriate.  We can avoid the problem simply by ignoring the comments which are always below the video.

While there is great value in going through the process of looking at the way the world views things, it is not our intent to force anyone to watch anything that students,  parents or God feel is inappropriate in light of our overall objective to learn to create a Culture of Peace..

While we encourage stretching beyond what makes you comfortable and feel good -- it is ultimately your decision.                           

~Anna Lee, Director, Cultural Peacemaking

Course Description

ICC 101Introduction to Coaching Communicators 101

Course is designed for adults. It mentors in coaching the whole person, the body, the voice and the mind.

Course Length and Duration: 10 hours over 4 weeks with weekly discussions and assignments

Offered: Winter, Spring, Fall

Eligibility: Adults

Includes Academy Orientation to gain familiarity with ICC’s online learning environment. Complete coursework on your schedule with weekly deadlines.

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About the instructor

Mary Gunther understands what it means to operate in a rapidly changing environment.  One of the second class of women ever to graduate from the United States Naval Academy and the mother of nine, she has been involved in leadership education for the past 25+years. After attending her first ICC conference in 2005, she then brought ICC conferences to Maryland and started the first ICC Chapter there. Mary’s interests are varied and diverse: from graphic design, organizational health, latest tech trends, and visual storytelling. Along with her experience and training in leadership development, Mary holds a certificate in Art Integration across Curriculum from the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. as well as a certificate in Christian Nonprofit Leadership from Christian Leadership Alliance. She assumed her role as Chief Influence Officer for ICC in June 2017.  Mary lives in Annapolis, MD with her husband and a rapidly changing at any time number of children.

Course Description

Online BasicsOnline Basics

Course is designed for students ages 12 and up. It mentors in netiquette, digital citizenship, online collaboration, social media use (Instagram and Facebook) with a purpose, and email as tool to both inform and facilitate community.

Course Length and Duration: 4 - 45 minute facilitated video conferences, 20 hours work over  4 weeks

Offered: Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall Quarters

Eligibility: adults and students at least 12 years old

Includes Academy Orientation to gain familiarity with ICC’s online learning environment.

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  Course Description

Online IntermediateOnline Intermediate

Online Intermediate is designed for those who have completed Online Basics.  Participants create a simple creative media project (blogpost or image-rich poster), a simple instructional video, and an e-portfolio to showcase completed projects and lessons learned.

Course Objectives

  • Learn and practice using two forms of social media

  • Create a short educational video

  • Examine new ways of creating content for or in the online world

  • Gain a bigger perspective on pros and cons of online communication

  • Develop one’s own personal platform and presence online by creating an online portfolio

Course Length and Duration: 4 - 45 minute facilitated video conferences, 40 hours work in 4 weeks OR NEW in 2018: complete weekly assignments at your own convenience with no video calls.

Offered: Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter Quarters

Eligibility: Adults and students who have successfully completed Online Basics.

Prerequisite: Online Basics

Upon completion, they will be awarded the Online Communication Certification. NEW! Asynchronous option available.

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Course Description

Peacemaking 1Peacemaking 1

 

We live in a broken world inundated by conflict in both our personal interactions, at work and school, and in society. We can learn when to overlook and forgive, but we waste valuable energy trying to create a world without conflict. Instead, we can learn that when it is possible, as far as it depends on us- to live at peace with everyone, even when we disagree. Romans 12:18: "If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone."

 

Introductory Video from your facilitator: Click here to listen.

NOTE: Mature themes such as world events, political unrest and challenging social issues  are discussed in a mixed age audience.

Course Objectives

  • Identify, define, understand and apply basic peacemaking terms

  • Identify, explore, analyze and seek to understand what the bible says about peace & conflict

  • Identify our own thoughts, feelings, emotions and attitudes and their relationship to creating a culture of peace

  • Identify and explore conflict and peace in our world

  • Identify and understand the foundational principles of a peacemaking culture

  • Identify, explore, analyze what it looks like to create a culture of peace

  • Identify and evaluate our own personal peacemaking style

  • Identify and evaluate peacemaking styles of others

  • Understand the importance of listening to and learning each person’s story

  • Explore and understand the role of vulnerability in a peacemaking culture

  • Identify, explore, analyze and discuss the role of judgment in a culture of peace

  • Discuss and analyze personal experiences with both peace and conflict

  • Identify, review, discuss, analyze, and explore the theology of peacemaking

  • Keep a personal peacemaking journal

  • The role of confidentiality in a culture of peace

  • The role of gossip in a culture of peace

  • Skills and techniques for problem-solving and peacemaking

  • Identify how to graciously handle others’ comments

Course Length and Duration: 3 two-hour-long sessions,  represents 60 hours work over the course

Offered: Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall when at least 4 students are registered

Eligibility:  

  • Must have completed Peacemaking Introduction AND meet the age requirements below:

    • Adults and Students age 18+ OR

    • 15 year olds who attended Summer Institute at the ICC Training Center

    • 16 year old Guild Inductees

  • Students planning on serving as Prospective Interns are required to complete this course.

Registration details coming soon!

  Course Description

Peacemaking 2Peacemaking 2 

NOTE: Mature themes such as world events, political unrest and challenging social issues are discussed in a mixed age audience.

Course Objectives:

  • Identify, explore, analyze and seek to understand what the bible says about peace and conflict
  • Identify our own thoughts, feelings, emotions and attitudes and their relationship to creating a culture of peace
  • Identify and understand the foundational principles of a peacemaking culture
  • Identify, explore, analyze what it looks like to create a culture of peace
  • Understand the importance of listening to and learning each person’s story
  • Explore and understand the role of vulnerability in a peacemaking culture
  • Identify, explore, analyze and discuss the role of judgment in a culture of peace
  • Discuss and analyze personal experiences with both peace and conflict
  • Identify, review, discuss, analyze, and explore the theology of peacemaking
  • Keep a personal peacemaking journal
  • The role of confidentiality in a culture of peace
  • The role of gossip in a culture of peace
  • Skills and techniques for problem-solving and peacemaking
  • Identify how to graciously handle others’ comments

Course Length and Duration: represents 70 - 80 hours work over 8 week period

  • 7 video-conference sessions, 90 minutes each

  • 1 asynchronous week (classroom work done via the internet with no live meeting)

Offered: pending sufficient interest of at least 4 registrants.  Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall

Eligibility: Adults and chapter students who have successfully completed Peacemaking 1.

  Course Description

A Reason to SpeakA Reason to Speak

This engaging course introduces students to basic public speaking skills and why these skills matter.  Students will apply these practical skills immediately as they develop confidence and character while finding their Reason to Speak. 

Outcomes:

  • Discover reasons to speak

  • Develop beginning skills in impromptu speaking

  • Practice using projection, inflection, and pacing in interpreting a short story or scripture reading by voice

  • Write and give a short platform speech

  • Use a prop to share a simple personal introduction

  • Practice evaluating peers in live practice sessions

Course Length and Duration: Four 45-minute-long facilitated video conferences, 12 hours work over 4 weeks.

Includes Academy Orientation to gain familiarity with ICC’s online learning environment.

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Course Description

SpeakBusinessSpeakBusiness

Info Webinar Recording

For those age 15+ interested in the world of business. Three month course.

Rick Mann, PhD, SpeakBusiness Program Director

3 Ways3 Ways to More Time and Energy

Course is designed for adults. It mentors in coaching yourself in order to grow yourself into a healthy mentor, a whole person integrated in body, mind and emotions. This course takes the concepts of calm, balanced and focus introduced in ICC101 and examines them in depth with a personal approach.  Adults can either register with a partner or take the course individually to maximize the learning potential and to facilitate success!

Offered: Live! Summer 2018 by Mary Gunther, CCNL, Chief Operating Officer, ICC

Eligibility: adults

Course Length and Duration: 10 hours over 4 weeks with weekly webinars, discussions and assignments

Course Dates: Coming soon.

Pricing: Individual - $197*. Team of 2. - $374*. Member Discounts available at sign in.

Course Outcomes:

  • Embrace a mindset of purposefully practicing balance, calm and focus

  • Develop new skills to support balance, calm, and focus

  • Reinforce new skills by developing habits

  • Increase sense of time and energy through peer support

  • Articulate the value of being ready for influence as a foundation for a transformational mindset toward time and energy

Pre-Assignment - Academy Orientation.  Submit sample assignments, comment on discussions, take a short quiz and view grades

Course Description

Fundrasing BasicsFundraising Basics

Dr. Scott Wilcher, Board Member, ICC

Michele Wilcher, Operations Manager, ICC

by request only (4 student min)

Instructor TrainingInstructor Training

Course is a 4- week immersive experience that serves as a prerequisite for ICC Academy Instructors. This blended learning course has both asynchronous and live sessions (with some options to watch pre-recorded calls).

Upon completion, the participant may be invited to instruct in the ICC Academy, pending course availability and demand for courses. The skills learned in facilitating video conferences and in teaching online are intrinsically valuable, even if you have no immediate plans to instruct online. 

Those who serve as Academy Instructors will have access to a mentor while they are serving as Instructors. A refresher training course will be needed for those who have not taught in the Academy in a 12 month period.

Note: Units 4 and 5 are not included for those who received a courtesy registration with the purchase of EXPRESS.

Objectives: transferable to other mentoring and instructing opportunities.

  • application of ICC’s Six Step Transformational and Mentoring models

  • equips facilitators of video calls to become better hosts of video-conferences via

    • experiencing online interactive activities

    • embracing online communication as a mentoring opportunity

    • live and virtual support of emerging online instructors

  • training in specific mentoring and leadership skills, such as:

    • hosting a video conference and uploading recordings

    • coaching students toward character and competence with encouragement

    • cultivating an environment where learning is actively encouraged

    • modeling a willingness to ask for help

  • practice in specific instructing skills, such as:

    • developing community through online connections

    • using Schoology’s Learning Management System to track completion of assignments

    • Inspiring student success with positivity

    • Improved personal time management skills

Offered: Winter, Spring, Fall

Eligibility:

  • 17 year old ICC Guild Inductee or 18+ years

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Course Description

EXPRESS: Launching Your Journey Toward Confidence and Conviction

High School Beginning Public Speaking Curriculum

Description

High school students have ideas, but sometimes they don’t know how to talk about these passions with others.

EXPRESS is an easy-to-use faith-based curriculum designed to teach basic communication skills to high school students. Through discussion, modeling, guided practice, and short instructional videos, students will gain skills to use in real-world situations. They will practice the art of conversation, interviewing, group brainstorming, and more. Through engaging and interactive lessons, they will develop their own voice and learn how the way they communicate in everyday life has the potential to transform and serve those around them.

Objectives

Students will. . .

  • Develop personal passions and talk about them with others through course assignments, discussion, and presentations

  • Encounter real world communication challenges including conversation, interviews, limited preparation speaking, and storytelling

  • Learn to draft, revise, and deliver a speech

  • Give and receive constructive feedback within a safe environment

Course Length

  • Ten-Unit Curriculum (2 lessons per week for 10 weeks or one lesson per week for 20 weeks)
  • Two 50-minute lessons per unit

Course Delivery

Course materials, homework submission, and grades are housed online, to support brick-and-mortar class meetings. The teacher account is included with the purchase of at least 5 student “seats.” Additional tickets can be purchased.

Teachers or schools interested in using EXPRESS contact academy@iccinc.org.

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Course Description

iApp

This asynchronous course requires 4 - 6 hours independent work over the course of four weeks. It uniquely prepares our Apprentices for the 4:12 area conferences.

iSI

This asynchronous course requires 8 - 10 hours independent work over the course of six weeks. It uniquely prepares Student Instructors for the 4:12 area conferences.

iRSA

This asynchronous course requires about 8 - 10 hours independent work over the course of six weeks. It uniquely prepares our Recommended Staff Assistants for the role of RSA at iCON (not available at 2018 Ignite).

iPrepPREP+

This may substitute for the national event within the past 12 months for those desiring to serve on PREP at ICC's Training Center for Summer Institute, iCON, PREP, or IGNITE PREP.

iPREP prepares you to serve as PREP member. Students may use iPREP to replace attendance at one event in order to be eligible for PREP at IGNITE or Summer Institute. There is NO connection between PREP+ and RSA eligibility.

Must complete all work TWO weeks prior to serving.conferences.

Course Length and Duration:

12 hours independent online work over a 4 week window

Course Offered:

May and November

Eligibility:

Chapter students who meet eligibility requirements for PREP but are lacking the second event requirement within the past 12 months.

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