SkillsCommons’ StoryTelling Network: What is the IMPACT?

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Learn about resources, strategies, and a rubric customized for developing powerful stories for explaining the impact of TAACCCT programs.   The SkillsCommons and StoryTelling team will demonstrate the outcome of the Storytelling IMPACTCommunity and explain how storytelling is a key sustainability strategy for securing supportive stakeholders and partners for TAACCCT programs.



Maria Fieth, M.A.2, RTC Maria currently serves as program manager responsible for communications and community building for CSU-MERLOT SkillsCommons. During the last 26 years, Maria has worked with businesses and PK-20 educators providing guidance for refining and sustaining healthy learning and working environments and building partnerships and community among stakeholders. Maria's background in federally funded project management provides a strong backdrop for national level accountability and performance. Her work has received honors for building exemplary educational settings and community partnerships from Kevin Jennings of the U.S. Department of Education and Auburn University among others. Maria holds a dual Master's degree in English and in Education, a Master's degree in Psychodynamics and certifications in Reality Therapy and from the National Institute for School Leadership. She has numerous certifications as national trainer for organizations such as Ruby Payne's Poverty Framework, Olweus Bullying Prevention, Discovery Communication Model, and Crucial Conversations. She and her husband, Andy, have three grown sons, a lovely daughter in-law, and one beautiful grandbaby.
Rick Lumadue, Ph.D., Senior Program Manager of, California State University Office of the Chancellor. is a project of the U.S. Department of Labor's Technical Assistance Adjustments for Community Colleges and Career Training (TAACCCT) and is the world's largest repository of Open Educational Resources for workforce training. Rick is responsible for managing and supporting the 256 TAACCCT Grant Projects, representing 700 Institutions nationally, in their implementation of the U.S. Department of Labor policies, strategies, and requirements for contributing their Open Educational Resources into the Skills Commons repository and achieving the grant requirements of the TAACCCT program.
Nicolette van der Lee is a Program Coordinator at the Office of Continuing Education & Training for workforce, sustainability and contract training programs at University of Hawaii Maui College. Through the Sustainable Living Institute of Maui, she coordinates non-credit based community outreach and development activities in sustainability across disciplines including clean energy, sustainable agriculture, natural resource management, waste reduction, smart sustainable communities, and green workforce and education. She is also a StoryTelling Ambassador for the StoryTelling Network at SkillsCommons, supporting community colleges to share solutions addressing the challenges of offering industry-aligned education and job-driven workforce development. Her current doctoral research at Johns Hopkins University focuses on the sustainability of innovations, and developing strategies to build social networks, successfully engage stakeholders, and achieve sustainable outcomes in higher education.
Alexandra serves as a Storytelling IMPACTcommunity Ambassador for California State University-MERLOT's where she guides, coaches, and supports individuals across the country in sharing their success stories. Previously she worked within a TAACCCT consortium funded by the US Department of Labor where she supported communication and storytelling efforts across seven community colleges in the northeast region of the US. This experience fueled her interest in educating others about the importance of storytelling and providing resources to support the process of producing meaningful modes of communication to scale impact. Alexandra currently works in higher education in New York City and holds her M.A. in Media, Culture, and Communication from New York University.

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