Sarah Norris

Date of Award

Summer 2020

Document Type

Consultancy Project

Degree Name

Doctor of Education (EdD)

Committee Chair

Dr. Jeff Hamilton


Numerous leadership development programs exist in both the educational and workforce sectors. However, many organizations, specifically nonprofit and governmental agencies, do not have access to hands-on leadership development curriculum that fits their needs. Often, they either send new leadership staff to off-site “leadership training” that does not provide a transfer of learning aspect to be practiced and applied on site,or they create “make-shift” leadership training sessions that do not show validated improvements. The purpose of this project was to develop and betatest anexperiential learning curriculum for emerging leaders using the Absorb, Do, Connect model (Horton, 2012). The curriculum is generic enough to be used by any organization interested in growing the leadership skills of their staff. Each module of the curriculum includes components of learning (Absorb), experience (Do), and application (Connect) to offer the greatest opportunity for applicability to one’s real life experience as a leader. I was able to develop, beta test, and assess modules of the curriculum in two separate settings. Feedback from participants showed increases in knowledge gained, confidence in using learned skills, and commitment to practicing those skills.

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