Panel 7

Education, Training, and Leadership
This session includes papers that discuss various types of development pertaining to general education and leadership ranging from youth programs to artificial intelligence.

Creating and Sustaining Effective Leadership Development Programs Across the Federal Government
Gordon Abner, University of Texas at Austin
Jenny Knowles Morrison, University of Texas at Austin
James L. Perry, Indiana University, Bloomington
Bill Valdez, Senior Executives Association

Few federal agencies assess the impact of training on the agency’s ability to achieve its mission. This finding is disturbing in light of the cost of leadership development programs. We have identified four federal leadership programs for which there is clear evidence that program participation improves agency performance. Through in-depth, semi-structured interviews with current leaders and current and past program participants, our research provides practical insight and actionable recommendations regarding how federal leaders can build a viable leadership pipeline that provides a concrete return on investment.

Language, Literacy, and Learning (L3): Unlocking the Potential of Central Florida’s Young Children through Key Skill Development in the Early Years through Community Partnerships
Jacqueline Towson, UCF School of Communication Sciences & Disorders
Marisa Macy, UCF Florida Technical Assistance and Training System
Cindy Jurie, Early Learning Coalition of Orange County
Linda Sutherland, Healthy Start Coalition of Orange County

This paper will explore a community-based partnership to better understand and build the capacity of early childhood professionals to address the language, literacy, and learning needs of our young children here in central Florida. Providing early and ongoing opportunities for preschool children identified with special needs to acquire pre-literacy skills is critical to their learning and development. Essential literacy areas include: increasing vocabulary development; developing the ‘concept of word’; increasing proficiency in letter naming; and increasing phonemic awareness. In particular, phonological awareness has been identified as an essential skill in preparation for first grade along with letter-sound correspondence, letter naming, identification of sight words, and concept of print.

Knowledge Curation: Extracting Important Information from Big Data to Synthesize Intelligent Information Systems
Varadraj Prabhu Gurupur, UCF Department of Health Management and Informatics

One of the initial steps in synthesizing an intelligent information system is the development of knowledge bases that can not only receive and store data and associated metadata but also provide a rostrum for building new information. This process commonly termed as “knowledge curation” is a critical process in storing new domain knowledge as and when it is available. Knowledge curation could sometimes pose unexpected challenges that motivate the knowledge curator to combine different tested and proven methods for this purpose. These aforementioned challenges could be manifested in terms of reliability, changes in the ecosystem, and other possible ways. The purpose of the presentation is to present the knowledge curation processes to the audience with a focus on healthcare informatics.

 Who Can Serve as the Proxy for Public Managers in Public Administration Experiments? A Cross-Sample Comparison
Xiaoli Lu, Tsinghua University, China
Weijie Want, University of Missouri
Hao Xu, Tsinghua University, China

This purpose of this study is to explore whether commonly-used samples can serve as good proxies in experimental research by conducting an experiment with a group of street-level bureaucrats (Chengguan officers) responsible for urban affaire management and replicated it with three other groups of subjects in China, including bachelor students at a public university without any working experience, MPA students in a weekend program at another public university, samples from a MTurk-like online panel.