Connecting Lives

The new Connecting Lives initiative supports faculty in developing and broadening their expertise in community-engaged teaching. Connecting Lives challenges participants to reflect deeply on what it means to create ethically responsible community-engaged learning experiences.

The work kicks off with a week-long course design experience that provides a framework for developing meaningful student learning, while increasing the capacity and power of community partners. Participants will then work in a small learning community during the academic year to support each other in further developing and implementing their courses, enhancing relationships with their community partners, and deepening their understanding of evidence-based practices in community-engaged teaching.

Over the course of the program, Connecting Lives participants will…

  • draw on evidence-based practices as well as the insights of other community-engaged teachers to develop effective, ethically responsible community-based courses

  • develop a learning-focused syllabus

  • reflect on the unique opportunities and challenges of community-engaged teaching

  • build a supportive network of others committed to community-engaged teaching

  • submit a brief reflection on their experience of implementing a community-engaged course

Faculty Administrators: Andy Kaufman & Dorothe Bach

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