Communities of Practice

The application for 2020-2021 facilitators is now open and due June 1, 2020.

2019-2020 Communities of Practice

Description: 

This CoP will begin with a deep dive into some of the core literature on effective and meaningful community partnerships*, and will review the different competencies related to community partnerships in The Community Engagement Professional edited by Lina Dostilio (2017). The CoP will include community partner guest experts to share their experiences as well as ongoing participant reflection around certain competencies. Our intention is for this experience to fit with the Campus Compact Community Partnership micro-credential, but it would still be valuable even if participants choose not to pursue the micro-credential.
*Note: This CoP will focus specifically on those working within a higher education context.


Co-Chairs: 

Alyssa Melby, St. Olaf College (bio)

Kara Trebil-Smith,  Coe College (bio)

 

Dates:

  • Wednesday, October 30, 2019: 1:30-3:00pm
  • Wednesday, December 4, 2019: 1:30-3:00pm
  • Wednesday, January 15, 2020: 1:30-3:00pm
  • Wednesday, February 12, 2020: 1:30-3:00pm
  • Wednesday, March 11, 2020: 1:30-3:00pm
  • Wednesday, April 8, 2020: 1:30-3:00pm

Description:

This Community of Practice aims to enhance capacity for community-engaged teaching and learning in higher education by developing and nurturing students’ critical consciousness through reflection, dialogue and action. The first two sessions will focus on understanding the meaning and practice of deep reflection, the middle two sessions will dive into the practice of meaningful dialogue – including the identification of “what we know to be true” in our own feelings, perceptions and lived experiences, that guides our modes of dialogue and understanding of each other. The final two sessions will focus on presentation of and deep discussion around case studies of community-institutional partnerships in action.

Co-Chairs:

Aaliyah Baker, Cardinal Stritch University (bio)

Amy Shanafelt, University of Minnesota (bio)

Dates:

October 31, 2019: 1:30-3:00pm
November 21, 2019: 1:30-3:00 pm
January 9, 2020: 1:30-3:00 pm
February 20, 2020: 1:30-3:00 pm
March 19, 2020: 1:30-3:00 pm
April 23, 2020: 1:30-3:00 pm

Description:

This community of practice will focus on deepening community engaged research through the lens of “Leveraging Research for Change.” Community of practice members will engage around identifying opportunities and beneficial, reciprocal partnerships that allow for research to address issues of public concern, participatory methods for community engagement to address issues of public concern, and investing in sustainability of change efforts that address public issues.

Co-Chairs:

Marie Schaedel, University of Minnesota (bio)

Laura Palombi, University of Minnesota (bio)

Dates:

  • Tuesday, October 15, 2019: 10:00-11:30am (could be moved to the 22nd if this is too early)
  • Tuesday, November 12, 2019: 10:00-11:30am
  • Tuesday, December 10, 2019: 10:00-11:30am
  • Tuesday, January 14, 2020: 10:00-11:30am
  • Tuesday, February 11, 2020: 10:00-11:30am
  • Tuesday, April 7, 2020: 10:00-11:30am

Description: In this Community of Practice, participants will explore how to incorporate participatory processes into engaged scholarship and research. Topics for monthly meetings will include the 6 Tenants of Community-Based Participatory Research, , the spectrum of engaged scholarship (from community-placed to community-based participatory processes), and a deep dive into best practices such as crafting Memorandums of Agreement as well as useful strategies for sharing power in community-university research partnerships. While this COP is open to community partners and college or university faculty and staff, community partners are especially encouraged to apply.

 

Co-Chairs:

Kayla Lyftogt,  University of Minnesota (bio)

Emily Oliver, Carleton College (bio)

 

Dates:

  • Thursday 9:30-11AM, Nov 7
  • Thursday  9:30-11AM, Dec 5
  • Thursday  9:30-11AM, Jan 16
  • Thursday  9:30-11AM, February 13
  • Thursday  9:30-11AM, March 26
  • Thursday  9:30-11AM, April 23

Description:

“High Impact Practices” hold potential for transformative learning but only if the
experience is intentionally mined for meaning and integrated into other areas of one’s life. Often as faculty and staff we are not prepared to ask bigger questions of our students. Reflective practice, in order to be effectively taught to students, must be experienced personally. While the goal is to assist students in their reflection for transformative learning, one must embody reflective understanding, beyond simply analytical knowledge. Thus, in this Community of Practice, we will invite participants to engage in reflection together to work on personal skills of creating hospitable space, knowing and telling our own stories, asking better questions and learning from experience. These skills will then transfer to pedagogy and practice with our students. Success of the CoP will be participants’ increased capacity to use tools for reflection (especially, but not only, ePortfolios and reflective prompts) with their students and participants’ positive engagement in a supportive, learning community of colleagues.

Co-Chairs: 

Karin Trail-Johnson, Macalester College (bio)

Tina Kruse, Macalester College (bio)

Dates:

  • Friday, November 1, 2019: 10:00-11:30am
  • Friday, December 6, 2019: 10:00-11:30am
  • Friday, January 17, 2020: 10:00-11:30am
  • Friday, February 7, 2020: 10:00-11:30am
  • Friday, March 6, 2020: 10:00-11:30am
  • Friday, April 3, 2020: 10:00-11:30am

Description:

In our current political context, how do we, as citizens (community members) engage one another across significant differences for our collective (common) good? This Community of Practice explores the intersection of community engagement and the importance of diverse, inclusive, and equitable conversations that engage and work for all people. Community engagement implies meaningful connections between and among citizens that give voice and agency and a feeling of power and effectiveness with real opportunities to make a difference.

Co-Chairs: 

Julianne Gassman, University of Northern Iowa (bio)

Phyllis Esposito, Edgewood College (bio)

Dates: COP meeting dates and times – Wednesdays 9:00-10:30

  • Oct. 23
  • Nov. 20
  • Dec. 18
  • Jan. 22
  • Feb. 19
  • March 4