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Civic Engagement


   Service Learning Course Conversion
with Dia Penning and Lott Hill, CTE

Bring the community to your curriculum, your students to the community, and your curriculum to the 21st Century! Students report that service-learning classes help them feel more prepared for life after college because they engage in "real life" experiences. This four-part series will expand how you think about your classroom and curriculum while preparing participants to apply for the Timothy J. Densmore Service-Learning Faculty Fellowships in April.


   From Studio to Classroom
with Cynthia Weiss, CCAP, and Dia Penning, CTE

Bring the curiosity and passion from studio practice to the classroom through a hands-on art-making and curriculum development workshop. This session will explore best practices of Arts-Integrated teaching. Open to Columbia College faculty, students, and community members.

   Civic Engagement 101
with Dia Penning and Lott Hill, Director, CTE

What are the shared theoretical underpinnings that unite the varied forms of public scholarship? On the Columbia College Campus, Civic Engagement opportunities for students and faculty encompass community-based research, university-community partnerships, experiential learning, and service learning. What is our common language? How do we measure our success? Through dialogue and investigation, we will explore connections to civic engagement that exist in existing classes, enhancing your student learning outcomes and determine how to develop useful assessment rubrics.


     Civic Engagement: Tools and Techniques
with Dia Penning & Lott Hill, Director, CTE

Building on the tools and discussion from Civic Engagement 101, this workshop will model lessons and techniques useful in building classroom engagement. Example curriculum from civic education, theater pedagogies, and arts integration will be used. 


        Community Partnerships
with Dia Penning & Lott Hill, CTE, with CCAP
The Center for Community Arts Partnerships encourages the authentic development of public collaborations; with examples of best practices, suggestions for community partners, and tips for sustaining long term partnerships.


   Guest Artist Workshops
Guest artists model teaching practices through exploration of the yearly Critical Encounters focus, encouraging the collective learning of CCC faculty, graduate students and artists in the field.

Not all programs are offered each semester. Please see out current schedule for programming, times and locations.