Learning Link Steering Committee and Teams

Collectively we can improve the quality of life in DeKalb County by creating a community that values learning.
Learning Link chart

Focus and Collaboration

One of the keys to the success of Learning Link is engaging our community around the shared vision of inspiring lifelong learning across DeKalb County. Our Learning Teams are continually seeking individuals with an eagerness to learn and a genuine interest in affecting the issues.

 

Guiding Principles

 

  • Pushing toward high performance – This is a long obstacle-filled journey. Direction and continuous improvement are more important than distance.
  • Power of cohort work – Our community is strengthened by the system of implementers, working together and learning together.
  • Relationships – Change happens at the speed of trust and our relationships are the essential connective tissue of community.
  • Open minds – How we engage is as important as what we produce. We create a safe space for sharing successes, challenges and obstacles with candor.
  • Respect – We respect the leaders and doers in this effort who have worked tirelessly and are learning to work toward results and high performance; we seek collaboration, not competition to advance quality of life in our community.
  • Accountability – The decisions we make together affect the potential of us collectively achieving the Learning Link mission. We will approach collaboration and the use of data and information delicately yet with a sense of individual accountability.
  • Reflective practice – We strive to allow the time for reflection and feedback, so there is both real learning and meaningful and lasting forward movement.

DBN & Associates, L3C adapted from ‘The Leap Ambassadors Community Model,’ Leap of Reason Ambassadors Community, licensed under CC BY ND

Learning Link Steering Committee

Led by a member of the Community Foundation Board of Directors, Learning Link Steering Committee members work to ensure that Learning Link Teams have access to the tools and resources to move forward and achieve their identified targets. Committee members value the importance of community engagement by hosting two community meetings annually at various DeKalb County (Indiana) locations. Members communicate within and across Teams to promote transparency and maintain alignment across the initiative, maintaining the focus on the vision – inspiring a community of lifelong learners throughout DeKalb County to improve quality of life.

  • Matthew Bechdol, GeoSilos
  • Jeffrey Burns, Campbell & Fetter Bank
  • Phil Carpenter, Community Foundation DeKalb County
  • Wayne Funk, WLF Packaging
  • Zachary Lightner, Mefford, Weber and Blythe, LLC
  • Steve Teders, DeKalb County Central United School District
  • Susan Whittington, Community Foundation DeKalb County
  • Norm Yoder, Mayor of Auburn

Steering Committee Calendar

There are no upcoming events.

Learning Link Foundational Learning Team

The Foundational Learning Team is focused on the learning needs of children, ages zero to 5th Grade. This Team may also identify a target for middle-age youth, Grades 6 –8.

Team members demonstrate a willingness to identify community and organizational assets, and gaps that may exist or act as barriers within their organizations or communities. As representatives of business and industry, community organizations, or self-driven passions, Team members inspire change that aligns their own organizations or networks with the Team’s shared educational goals.

For questions or more information, contact: Info@CFDeKalb.org

  • Auburn United Methodist Church
  • Children First Center
  • Community Foundation DeKalb County
  • DeKalb County Central United School District
  • DeKalb County Eastern Community School District
  • Early Childhood Alliance
  • Early Learning Indiana
  • Eckhart Public Library
  • First Beginnings Day Care
  • Garrett-Keyser-Butler Head Start
  • Garrett Public Library
  • Garrett-Keyser-Butler School District
  • Hefty Wealth Partners
  • Ivy Tech Northeast
  • JAM Center
  • Junior Achievement
  • Lakewood Park Christian School
  • RSVP-Catholic Charities of Fort Wayne-South Bend
  • Saint Joseph Catholic School
  • St. Mark’s Lutheran Church
  • TLC Preschool
  • United Way of Allen County
  • United Way of DeKalb County
  • WLF Packaging
  • YMCA of DeKalb County

Foundational Learning Team Calendar

Foundational Learning Target #2 Meeting

Date: January 15, 2018

Time: 3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Location: Butler Elementary School

Foundational Learning Target #1 Meeting

Date: February 19, 2018

Time: 3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Location: YMCA in Auburn

Foundational Learning Target #2 Meeting

Date: April 23, 2018

Time: 3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Location: J.E. Ober Elementary in Garrett

Learning Link Continual Learning Team

The Continual Learning Team is focused on the needs of youth, Grade 9 – Adulthood. This Team may also identify a target for middle-age youth, Grades 6 –8.

Team members demonstrate a willingness to identify community and organizational assets, and gaps that may exist or act as barriers within their organizations or communities. As representatives of business and industry, community organizations, or self-driven passions, Team members inspire change that aligns their own organizations or networks with the Team’s shared educational goals.

For questions or more information, contact: Info@CFDeKalb.org

  • Anthony Wayne Services Foundation
  • Campbell and Fetter Bank
  • Carlex Glass
  • Change Academy
  • Children First Center
  • City of Auburn
  • Community Foundation DeKalb County
  • The Crossing
  • DeKalb Chamber Partnership
  • DeKalb County Central United School District
  • DeKalb County Eastern Community School District
  • DeKalb County Economic Development Partnership
  • DeKalb County Purdue Extension
  • DeKalb HOPE
  • DeKalb New Tech
  • Eckhart Public Library
  • Fetters Construction
  • Freedom Academy
  • Garrett-Keyser-Butler School District
  • Garrett Public Library
  • GeoSilos
  • Impact Institute
  • Indiana Small Business Development Center
  • Indiana Tech
  • Indiana University Purdue University Fort Wayne
  • Ivy Tech Northeast
  • Junior Achievement
  • Lakewood Park Christian School
  • Mefford, Weber, and Blythe, Attorneys at Law
  • St. Mark’s Lutheran Church
  • Team Quality Services
  • Town of Saint Joe Board
  • Town of Waterloo
  • WorkOne Northeast

Continual Learning Team Calendar

There are no upcoming events.