ICC Academy

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The ICC Academy offers various courses and certifications that improve communication and leadership skills. We provide educational resources for all types of intergenerational and leadership teams.

Courses are offered each of the four quarters of the 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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Courses are delivered various ways:

Some are completely self-paced and require no interaction with an instructor. We call them Self Study. Coaching with Success is delivered this way.

Others have interaction with an instructor but you are not likely to be interacting in real-time. Those are called Online Asynchronous. Peacemaking Introduction and Online Intermediate are delivered this way.

Others require your participation in a live, videoconference-call or webinar. These are very convenient because you participate from any location that has wifi access. We call them Online Synchronous. This is how Online Basics and Peacemaking 1 are delivered.

Our most interactive trainings are held face-to-face. We call this type of training Physical Training. You must be in the same room, at the same location, and in the same timezone for this type of training. You’ll find more Physical Training under the “Events” button below.

Events

Blended learning features in-person, face-to-face contact in a shared physical location. All our courses led by Private Instructors are blended because a local instructor teaches the material at a shared meeting location while resources and course material is all delivered online asynchronously.

Curriculum for Private Instructors

Registration open. Best prices thru May 31, 2019.

ICC now delivers online curriculum designed for groups led by private instructors:
  • For an 8-week video-based curriculum designed for ages 6 - 10 or non-native English speakers, choose Beginning Public Speaking.
  • For students ages 11 - 14 or for a simple 4-week experience, select A Reason to Speak.
  • For a 20 lesson curriculum with online assignments, choose EXPRESS.
  • For those who already completed EXPRESS and are interested in preparing for student leadership, choose the Young Speakers Guild 1 Bundle.

Course Details

Registration Now Open Until March 31

A super simple, user friendly, no experience needed, easy to follow program for introducing and building public speaking skills for the Christian student (and teacher). Eight weekly video lessons with instructors Kori and Maxwell take speakers on a journey in beginning public speaking.

Once we identify ourselves as Christians, we are communicating for Christ. That is exactly why this curriculum exists . . . to help you and your student speakers become excellent communicators for Christ.

This Beginning Public Speaking course focuses on the components of a successful presentation, introducing a variety of reasons for speaking. The simple exercises in each class meeting will equip you and your student speakers with the skills needed to persuade, inform, delight and entertain, and, in short, to be world-changers. Speakers will have several opportunities to practice delivering speeches to an audience and receive lots of encouragement. A Final Presentation for family members and friends is a highlight for young speakers.

The course is designed to make it as simple as possible for you to incorporate this activity into your curriculum. Everything is included: lesson plans, assignments, tests, discussion materials and activities. All you need to supply is the students.

All video content requires Internet access to view

Orientation Lesson for Week 1 is included here to sample our curriculum.

Watch it now!

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.

EXPRESS: Launching Your Journey Toward Confidence and Conviction

High School Beginning Public Speaking Curriculum

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

EXPRESS is an easy-to-use, faith-based online curriculum designed to teach basic communication skills to high school students. Students will develop their own voices and learn how the way they communicate in everyday life has the potential to transform and serve those around them.

  • Engaging, Interactive Lessons & Discussion
  • Modeling
  • Guided Practice
  • Short Instructional Videos

Objectives

Students will. . .

  • Develop personal passions and talk about them with others through course assignments, discussion, and presentations
  • Practice the art of conversation, interviewing, 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

Coaching With Success

This course is included as part of your purchase of Beginning Public Speaking, a Reason to Speak, EXPRESS, or YSG1 Bundle. Details for accessing the course are included in your emailed receipt.

It is a great resource, affordably priced, for anyone wishing to explore a better way to coach the youth they influence.

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 number of children at any given time.


Courses Open to All

Registration opens March 11. Best pricing thru March 22.

Coaching With Success

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 number of children at any given time.

Online BasicsOnline Basics

Course Description

Online Basics mentors in netiquette, digital citizenship, online collaboration, social media use (Instagram and Facebook) with a purpose, and email as a tool to both inform and facilitate community.

Includes: creation of a simple podcast; collaboration via Google docs, Facebook, Instagram, flame wars and trolling; copying others on emails; and the value of drafting emails.

What About Online Intermediate?

You are welcome to register for both Online Basics and Online Intermediate at the same time as long as the student successfully completes Online Basics before the start of Online Intermediate.

Online IntermediateOnline Intermediate

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

PM IntroPeacemaking Introduction

Course Description

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."

Peacemaking 1Peacemaking 1

Course Description

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: Click HERE to watch.

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

Course Objectives

  • Identify, analyze, discuss and seek to understand what the bible says about peace & conflict
  • Identify and understand the foundational principles of a peacemaking culture
  • Discuss and analyze personal experiences, thoughts, feelings, emotions and attitudes in light of discovering our own peacemaking style (including judgmental attitudes)
  • Begin to grasp our role and apply personal responsibility towards creating a culture of peace

Instructor TrainingInstructor Training

Objectives

  • Apply ICC’s Six Step Transformational and Mentoring models
  • Equip all to become better hosts of video-conferences through
    • Increasing skills to prepare interactive activities online
    • Embracing online communication as a mentoring opportunity
    • Receiving live and virtual support of emerging online instructors
  • Train 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 instruction skills, such as:
    • Developing community through online connections
    • Using Schoology’s Learning Management System to track completion of assignments
    • Inspiring student success with positivity
    • Improving personal time management skills

Instructor Support

For those invited to serve as an ICC Academy Instructor

  • coaching calls once matched with a classroom:
    • for asynchronous courses: three coaching calls (beginning, middle, wrap-up)
    • for video conference courses: weekly coaching calls
  • evaluate progress towards personal goals
  • anticipate next steps in the Academy
  • review Academy calendar
  • stipend may be available for ICC alumni instructors