Learning Circle


Welcome to the Higher Education Compact Learning Circle!


What is the Learning Circle?

The Higher Education Compact presents a monthly series of knowledge sharing, book discussion and speaker presentations addressing key barriers to CMSD student success.

  • In 2017, the Learning Circle read Cleveland native Lisa Fenn’s Carry On: A Story of Resilience, Redemption, and an Unlikely Family. Lisa tells the story of her relationship to two students at Lincoln-West High School who faced numerous academic, health and familial challenged. The memoir covers themes including poverty, trauma, barriers to postsecondary success, and the power of mentorship.
  • In 2016, the Learning Circle discussed Jamie Vollmer’s Schools Cannot Do It Alone, a book that confronts the threats to public education and presents a practical, doable plan to increase student success. Vollmer’s community-based program, called “The Great Conversation,” provides step-by-step instructions to tackle the major obstacles to school improvement.
  • In 2015, the Learning Circle selected Carol Dweck’s book Mindset, which makes clear why praising our children’s intelligence and ability doesn’t necessarily foster self-esteem and lead to accomplishment, but may actually jeopardize success.  With the right mindset, we can motivate our kids and help them to raise their grades, as well as reach our own goals – personally and professionally.
  • In 2014, the year-long series was framed around Paul Tough’s book How Children Succeed, which proposes that children’s non-cognitive skills are a key indicator of their future achievements. Tough believes that students who only excel academically in high school are not fully prepared for college and are not the individuals most likely to succeed in life. Instead, he believes the students that will flourish are the ones that possess grit, curiosity, perseverance, optimism and self-control.

What are the benefits of the Learning Circle?

Being a member of the Higher Education Compact Learning Circle provides you with valuable, new information on how we can help students and ourselves be successful, and also gives you the chance to connect with other Compact partners and local experts. The Learning Circle will give you the opportunity to share and learn new practices and allow you to integrate these into your organization and your life.

Who can join?

The Learning Circle is open to staff from Higher Education Compact partner organizations.

When does the next Learning Circle begin?

The Learning Circle begins in January and lasts until May. You should begin to receive emails regarding the series in December. If you would like to be added to the Learning Circle Listserv, please email Margie Glick at mglick@collegenowgc.org.