How is a CalWORKs Program Like a Tomato Plant?

Leadership in the Symbolic Frame provides special opportunities to experience a CalWORKs Program as a mission and a movement, rather than just a series of policies and forms. 

Session 4, Wednesday, March 29, 2:15 p.m. – 3:00 p.m., Garden 1


Learn how Glendale Community College used an accidentally-grown tomato plant outside their office to articulate a powerful program vision to students, staff, and the entire campus. In this workshop you will learn about Bolman & Deal’s Symbolic Frame of Leadership, identify the traditions, ceremonies, rituals, and symbols of your CalWORKs Program, and share them with your CalWORKs colleagues.

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Aarin Edwards, MPA is the Director of Glendale Community College’s CalWORKs Parents Program, the largest community college CalWORKs program in California.  She presented “CalWORKs New Student Orientations: The First Step in the Right Direction” at the 2016 CalWORKs Institute and “Take your CalWORKs Program Paperless” at the 2015 CalWORKs Institute.  Aarin loves innovation, old movies, and beet salads.  She is a mom and an as-yet unpublished novelist.


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