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  • November 01, 2011 11:16 AM | Gordon Storey

    Recently your President-Elect, Darren Nerland and I had the opportunity to attend a national Chapter leadership event in DC with over 300 other Chapter leaders.  The challenges and sense of urgency about where we, as a learning profession, must go and hence how our national body (ASTD) intends to lead us was palpable.  ASTD is undergoing change: look for emphasis on a customer-focused model of services and alignment around an overall theme of Communities of Practice.  According to Tony Bingham, ASTD President, more details are forthcoming about ASTD’s Communities of Practice in the near future – it is a significant organizational change for ASTD.  To stay tuned on these developments I urge all those non-national members to take advantage of the Power of 2 program at a discounted rate.  Remember to always use our CHIP # CH8020 when making any ASTD purchases.  Click here to learn more. 

  • October 27, 2011 8:23 AM | Anonymous
    This year's National ASTD ALC (ASTD Leadership Conference) once again featured a pre-conference workshop on "Congressional Conversations," where ASTD chapter leaders across the country go to Capitol Hill in Washington, DC to meet our federal lawmakers and staff to discuss WLP-related legislation.

    Interest in public policy is exploding.  This year 32 chapter leaders signed up for the one-day event.  This is nearly triple the number from a year ago.  The increase reflects the increasing understanding that WLP leaders must get involved to advocate for better and better-funded training legislation to address our nation's serious current unemployment situation and the even greater threat of the skills gap.

    Read a summary of the event from the National ASTD public policy council here.

    If you want to make a difference in your profession and on behalf of your fellow citizens, then consider getting actively involved in ASTDps's public resources efforts.  Contact me for more information at
  • October 24, 2011 10:00 AM | ATDps Admin (Administrator)
    The deadline to register for the November Certified Professional in Learning and Performance® (CPLP®) Knowledge Exam is Friday November 4th, 2011.


    Learn more about the value of CPLP.

    Need more time? The 2012 dates are here. Please note that registration for all 2012 windows opens on 12/1/2011. If you wish to register for a 2012 window, please wait until on or after 12/1/2011 to complete the online application.
    Why CPLP?
    In the face of stiff competition and increased expectations, learning and performance professionals are seeking the Certified Professional in Learning and Performance
    ®(CPLP®) credential to differentiate themselves in the marketplace. Offered by ASTD’s Certification Institute, the CPLP is the premier credential for those in the field. Join more than 1165 elite professionals who have already earned the designation by registering today.

    What’s in it for me?
    As the job market becomes increasingly competitive, learning and development professionals need to distinguish themselves from the pack. The CPLP is in demand by top employers across industries. Booz Allen Hamilton, Wal-Mart, Disney Institute, State Farm Insurance, Microsoft, Hewlett-Packard, Hilton Hotels, and over 1,000 other leading companies have already listed their preference for CPLP credential holders to fill open positions. Now is your chance to earn the CPLP credential and move your résumé to the top of the pile.

    What's involved?
    Professionals with three or more years of related work experience are invited to participate in the CPLP program. Candidates must first pass a multiple choice exam based on the ASTD Competency Model’s nine areas of expertise and then submit a work sample (“work product”) demonstrating more in-depth competence in one of those areas. After successful completion of the certification process, CPLP credential holders have proven that they have not only a keen grasp of learning and development theory, but also the ability to apply this knowledge successfully in their organizations.

    Need Help?
    ASTD offers an array of online, instructor-led, and self-study preparatory options and other tools to help you to become a CPLP®. For more information, go to

    Learn more about the real value of CPLP at
    or email Customer Care at

    The ASTD Certification Institute (ASTD CI) is an independent organization created by ASTD to take the lead and set professional industry standards for the learning and performance profession.
  • October 22, 2011 2:44 PM | Anonymous
    King County Executive Dow Constantine has been putting a lot of emphasis on using training to help make county government more efficient and effective.  Specifically, trainers on loan from Boeing have been training county employees in lean management techniques.  Read more about this effort here.
  • October 19, 2011 9:25 PM | Darren Nerland
    Millions of Americans, and tens of millions of people around the world--are following their own idiosyncratic learning paths: stopping out, “swirling” among institutions, balancing learning with working, raising a family and other responsibilities, and vocational and experiential learning.

  • October 19, 2011 7:47 AM | ATDps Admin (Administrator)
  • October 07, 2011 5:17 AM | Anonymous
    Columnist David Brooks has an important column out this morning: he points out that, with the exception of the information technologies sector, the rate of innovation has slowed down in the United States. 

    National ASTD recently issued a major study and white paper about the need for the WLP professionals to become involved in fostering innovation in organizations.

    It's time -- past time -- to get serious about building a more creative society to get our country moving again and help put people back to work.
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  • September 19, 2011 11:06 AM | Deleted user
    Via the National ASTD Pubic Policy Council, we are alerted to a short summary and analysis provided by the National Skills Coalition of the training implications of President's Obama "American Jobs Act" proposal that he outined in a nationally-televised speech earlier this month.  You can read the one-page report, which lists three training-related proposals, at the link.

    Of particular interest, perhaps, to our Chapter is the proposal to fund innovative work-based strategies to help people acquire credentials and skills that will enable them to find work. The Chapter has the opportunity to play a constructive role in working with other community groups to use the power of training to get our economy moving again.

    An example of such a program is the Georgia Works program, which Obama mentioned in his speech.  According to the Associated Press,

    "Under Georgia Works, people who register with the state for unemployment benefits can volunteer to receive up 24 hours of on-the-job training for up to eight weeks. They also receive a weekly stipend to cover costs such as child care or transportation."

    The program has received both praise and skeptical scrutiny. According to the Georgia Department of Labor, 10,589 people have participated over the past seven years, of whom 6,105 completed training and 3,363 were hired either during or at the end of their training.

    Critics have called the program a cynical effort to exploit the unemployed.

    If you want to get involved in using your professional abilities to make a better world, contact me at
  • September 10, 2011 11:05 AM | Deleted user
    More evidence continues to accumulate that the skills gap is a real and present drag on the U.S. economy as it seeks to recover from disasterously high levels of unemployment.  Suzy Khimm, writing for one of Washington D.C.'s most-read policy blogs, provides two graphs from the Bureau of Labor Statistics that once again prove that a picture (or two) is worth a thousand words.

    The first graph shows the number of nonfarm job openings for the twelve-month period ending this past July.

    The second graph shows the number of new hires for the same period.  Here too there is an increase but even the most casual observation shows that the trend is not nearly as steep as job openings.  The difference between the two is largely explained by the skills gap.

    But it needs to be kept in mind that while the skills gap is becoming more obvioius, it is by means the whole story currently. Even if the skills gap were to magically disappear overnight (and it won't -- National ASTD forecasts the gap will most likely get worse in the years to come), there are currently just not enough jobs to go around. That is the grim picture shown in yet another graph, this one comparing job openings by industry to the number of unemployed workers from the same industry.

    As WLP professionals, it is up to us to play a constructive role in helping to come up with creative policy solutions to help close the skills gap now and in the future.  As concerned citizens we should also be considering what needs to be done to ensure that every American who wants a good job has a fair chance to get one.

    If you would like to know how you can take action to address these issues, contact me at
  • August 26, 2011 10:58 AM | Deleted user
    National ASTD this week issued a white paper, "Learning To Innovate". The paper is available as a free download for all National members and for $15 for all non-members.

    According to the National ASTD in its announcement of the paper: "The learning function can and should play a critical role in developing and sustaining the innovative culture that is the hallmark of successful organizations. There is little doubt that organizations of any size or industry need to innovate to remain successful. That innovation can take many forms, whether it is an iPhone-like breakthrough or a new spin on an old idea. What matters is that companies have systems and strategies in place to encourage, develop, and sustain innovation in every role in the organization."

    ASTDps can be proud of the fact that it has led for a long time in promoting creativity and innovation concepts and techniques through a SIG (Special Interest Group) of the same name.  This effort was born out of the recognition that the Seattle area has in recent years become a leading city for innovation. National ASTD's white paper is a call for us to redouble our efforts and become the thought leaders in the WLP profession and leaders in the organizations we serve to tap the free gift of human creativity and turn it into profitable innovations.

    More details will follow in the near future.


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