Community Engagement Showcase

January 30, 2019

Please join us for the last workshop in our three-part Pathways workshop series, Service Learning & Civic Engagement at Community Colleges, which focuses on teaching strategies and innovative learning opportunities within service learning and community engagement, specifically within community colleges. The workshops are explicitly didactic in nature: that is, workshops teach participants specific concepts and techniques, and focus on practical implementation in the college classroom.

This final workshop in the series on February 22, 2019 will feature a focus on assessment of service-learning and civic engagement courses, led by Dr. John Reiff, Director of Civic Learning & Engagement at the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education. There will also be a showcase of short highlights of projects from a wide array of disciplines currently underway or in the works across the CT Community College System.

This spring showcase is ideal for those already practicing community engagement, as well as those who are interested in what is possible in the classroom. Administrators are also welcome and encouraged to attend this showcase.

The Connecticut Center for Teaching: Pathways to Teaching Success workshop series has been co-sponsored for the 2018-2019 by the Center for Teaching and Campus Compact for Southern New England. The first two workshops, held this past fall, highlighted practical tools, resources, and strategies to effectively engage with community through formal education.

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John Reiff Headshot

Dr. John Reiff has worked with civic engagement and service-learning for nearly 40 years as a college teacher, administrator, scholar, consultant, and organizer.  He founded and directed service-learning offices at both a small private college and a large public university, he authored two successful applications for the Carnegie Foundation’s Community Engagement Classification, and he has coached campuses developing Civic Action Plans for Campus Compact.  He currently works for the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education as Director of Civic Learning and Engagement.  In that role, he has supported the community colleges and state universities of Massachusetts in building civic learning and civic engagement into the curriculum.  He has guided two national teams in developing rubrics (modeled after AAC&U’s VALUE Rubrics) to be used assessing student learning outcomes in Civic Knowledge and Civic Values.