Fall 2011 Professional Development Opportunities

Community Partner Networking Opportunity

Thursday, September 7 in Canon Lounge
Join us in Canon Lounge for an opportunity to network with over 30 representatives from our community service partner agencies. This time during the Sign Up to Serve event is scheduled only for faculty and staff.  This is a great opportunity to explore possible course connections!

Lunch & Learn:  Service-Learning Faculty Fellows Program

Tuesday, September 13 in Mierke B 
This spring, the Service Program will launch the Service-Learning Faculty Fellows program. This is an exciting opportunity that will provide a small cohort of faculty the opportunity to engage in a series of workshops designed to develop or deepen understanding of the service-learning pedagogy. Please RSVP to bmillsaps@warren-wilson.edu if you are interested in attending. Lunch will be covered by the Service Program.

Building Partnerships

Facilitated by Patti Clayton, Ph.D
Monday, October 3: 7:45am - 10:45am in Canon Lounge
Whether work, study, or service, high quality endeavors most often depend on effective collaboration. Beyond that, these processes can perhaps best flourish as learning and growth opportunities when participants take on identities and roles as true partners—indeed, as co-learners, co-educators, and co-generators of knowledge. Such reciprocity involves respecting the knowledge and resources each person brings to the partnership, sharing power and responsibility, and co-creating goals and approaches to achieving them. Building and maintaining reciprocal partnerships is challenging and often includes building the capacities of individuals, organizations, and institutions to think and act in counter-normative ways.

This workshop is grounded in a conceptual model that a) distinguishes between "relationships" & "partnerships,” between “thin” & “thick” reciprocity, and between “transactional” and “transformational” approaches to collaboration. We will explore the potential for the full range of relationships involved in working, learning, and serving together (between and among students, faculty, staff, community members, and others) to become reciprocal, transformational partnerships. Participants in this interactive, hands-on session will apply several tools designed to support us in nurturing such partnerships to their own contexts. We will co-create a set of principles and practices to support one another in both being part of and facilitating reciprocal, transformational partnerships.

Lunch & Learn: Community Engaged Scholarship

Facilitated by Patti Clayton, Ph.D
Monday, October 3: 11:30 - 1:00pm in Mierke B
This Lunch & Learn will provide participants an opportunity to discuss the article Community-Engaged Scholarship through Mutually Transformative Partnerships and how this scholarship might apply to their own work.

Critical Reflection: Generating, Deepening, and Documenting Learning

Facilitated by Patti Clayton, Ph.D
Tuesday, October 4: 8:00am - 10:00am in Upper Fellowship Hall
As the part of the process that generates, deepens, and documents learning, critical reflection is key to all forms of experiential education, including service-learning. It is also a counter-normative way for many of us to teach and to learn, so it is both challenging to implement and potentially transformative. In this session we will consider the meaning and role of critical reflection, examine a research-grounded model for designing critical reflection in light of learning objectives (the DEAL Model), and practice applying rubrics to student products. Participants will leave the session with sample prompts, rubrics, and other tools to support their work as instructional designers and their students as service-learners.

Lunch & Learn: The Power of Words

Facilitated by Patti Clayton, Ph.D
Tuesday, October 4: 11:30am - 1:00pm in Mierke B
This Lunch & Learn will provide space for faculty and staff to discuss the short readings In the Service of Life and The Power of Little Words and engage in conversation about the implications and meanings of "helping," "serving," and "fixing," and small words such at "to," "for" and "with."