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ELGL Local Gov Cohorts

Helping you find joy in public service through flexible learning opportunities.

cohorts headerAs part of our mission to help our members find joy in public service, ELGL offers high-quality, accessible, affordable learning opportunities in a variety of formats. Our diverse membership base, expert partners, and staff experience help us create programs that are engaging, relevant, and useful for local government practitioners in a variety of fields.

Each of these programs is designed to keep professional development education affordable, accessible, and meaningful, and to meet the needs of local government professionals with a flexible catalog of learning opportunities.

Nov. 9 Cohort Applications Cycle

The following cohorts will have applications opening November 9, 2020, for cohorts beginning January 15, 2021:

Part of ELGL's Data Citizenship Cohort series: 

  • 2021 Data Analysis 101 & 201 six-week bootcamps, with our own ELGL Brain Trust, the famous Jason Jones, and other tech partners
    • This will be two separate cohorts - a 101 data analysis bootcamp and a 201 bootcamp focused on different analysis software, such as R. You can choose one or both sessions when you apply. 

Part of ELGL's Creative Cohort Series: 

  • 2021 Creative Local Government Cohorts, with CivicArts and ArtPlace America
    • You can register for a six-week bootcamp on Adopting a Creative Mindset, a three-month program on Implementing a Creative Mindset, or a full six-month program on Creative Placemaking. 

Part of ELGL's Valuing Engagement Series: 

  • 2021 Employee Engagement Cohort, in partnership with Qualtrics
    • A three-month program focused on building or expanding employee engagement in the new normal of remote work and the significant challenges of 2020, with facilitated live training sessions and a course project

Part of ELGL's Justice & Equity Series: 

  • 2021 Community Surveying to Understand Inclusion, in partnership with NRC & Polco
    • A three-month program focused on understanding issues of diversity, equity, inclusion and justice in data collection and data-driven decisionmaking, with facilitated live training sessions and a course project

Part of ELGL's Building Resiliency Series: 

  • 2021 Graduate Certificate in Leadership in Local Government, in partnership with the Drucker Institute and the Drucker School at Claremont Graduate University
    • The first graduate certificate offered in partnership with ELGL, this leadership and crisis management graduate certificate program offers a robust curriculum over six months of curated instruction, discussion, and group sessions

Our cohorts launch throughout the year and vary in their topics and length. You can read more about the types of cohort programs we offer here.

Cohort Programs

Our programs bring together practitioners from across sectors and departments to learn, create solutions, share resources, and build long-term professional relationships. We offer three types of cohort programs: Cohort Sprints (six-week programs); Level Up Cohorts (three-month programs); and Deep Dive Cohorts (six- to nine-month programs). Learn more about these programs here.

Cohort Mentorship Opportunities

Cohort participants are often supported by volunteer members of ELGL who have years of practical knowledge and expertise in their field. Participants gain valuable one-on-one access to experts in their field who can connect them with the people and resources they need; mentors have an opportunity to give back to others and increase their profile as an expert in their field. Learn more about the mentorship program, see our current roster of mentors, and apply to be a mentor yourself here.

Cohort Partnerships

We work closely with a number of private vendors, nonprofits, foundations, educational institutions, and other agencies to make sure we provide high-quality content at an affordable rate. If you're interested in partnering with us on a cohort project, or learning how you can become involved, read more here. We'd love to work with you!

Cohort Exclusives

Cohort participants in each cohort have an opportunity to write for us. Click on the icons below to learn more from each cohort.
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