Daily Archives: March 7, 2017

Deliberative Dialogue Moderator Training Workshop in Washington, DC

AASCU’s American Democracy Project, and The Democracy Commitment in partnership with the National Issues Forum Institute are proud to announce a special professional development opportunity for area students, faculty, and staff interested in a moderator training for deliberative dialogues. We will be hosting a Deliberative Dialogue Moderator Training Workshop on Saturday, April 29, 2017, from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. at the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU), 1307 New York Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20005.

Hosts:

  • Jennifer Domagal-Goldman, American Democracy Project National Manager, AASCU
  • Verdis LeVar Robinson, National Director, The Democracy Commitment

Trainers:

  • John R. Dedrick, Vice President and Program Director, Kettering Foundation
  • Kara Lindaman, Professor of Political Science/Public Administration, Winona State University (Minn.)
  • William Muse, President Emeritus, National Issues Forum Institute
  • John J. Theis, Director of the Center For Civic Engagement, Lone Star College (TX)

Democratic dialogue and deliberation build civic capacities and consciences to tackle the highly salient and most complex wicked problems facing communities today.  It rejects the expert model of technical expertise and specialization towards a truly democratic framework of accessibility and empowerment. The practice of dialogue and deliberation cultivates student abilities necessary to explore enduring and multidisciplinary questions and solve persistent public problems. Thus, the capacities necessary for productive and meaningful dialogue and deliberation—critical thinking, emphatic listening, creative problem solving, ethical leadership, collaboration, issue framing—are not only essential for sustaining a vibrant democracy, they are the best preparation for our students/citizens/graduates to be successful in the 21st century. This training will guarantee your eligibility to be a moderator at our 2017 Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement (CLDE) meeting’s Dialogue and Deliberation Plenary Session: “ Safety and Justice: How Should Communities Reduce Violence?” on Friday, June 9, 2017 in Baltimore, Maryland.

Please join us for this free training by registering HERE.  The deadline has been extended to Wednesday, April 19, 2017.  Lunch will be provided.  Click Here for the tentative agenda.

For questions and more information, please contact Verdis L. Robinson at robinsonv@aascu.org or (202) 476-4656.

Civic Competency and Engagement: Building an Impactful Assessment Process

While many institutions are seeking to develop civic competency and engagement (CCE) in their students, there are seemingly infinite permutations of learning outcomes, institutional actions, and assessment methodologies. Terms like civic engagement, civic responsibility, service learning, and community engagement (among a host of others) are used to mean varying things across institutions. Colleges and universities also employ a wide variety of programs, including civic learning courses, service learning programs, and community engagement efforts.

How do we ensure alignment among these outcomes and these activities?

What types of data can and should we gather to examine the effectiveness of our efforts? Perhaps most importantly, how do make sure that we use those data in order to demonstrate our effectiveness and guide continuous improvement?

This webinar will present best practices in defining and assessing civic learning and democratic engagement, as well as how assessment models can relate to the development of an institutional assessment plan.

Join us for this free, live, one-hour webinar featuring Ross Markle, Senior Research and Assessment Director at ETS and H. Anne Weiss, Director of Assessment, Indiana Campus Compact and Assessment Specialist in Community Engagement, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis.

Welcoming Remarks:

Jennifer Domagal-Goldman, American Democracy Project National Manager, AASCU
Verdis L. Robinson, National Director, The Democracy Commitment

Presenters:

Ross Markle, Senior Research and Assessment Director at ETS

H. Anne Weiss, Director of Assessment, Indiana Campus Compact and Assessment Specialist in Community Engagement, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis.

 

The webinar will be held Wednesday, March 22, 2017, from 1 p.m. – 2 p.m. Eastern.

If you are interested in participating on the webinar, you may register online by March 21st. The webinar link and dial-in instructions will be provided via email after you submit your online registration. Please note that the webinar will be recorded and available afterwards on our websites.

For registration assistance, please contact Jen Domagal-Goldman, domagalj@aascu.org or 202-478-7833.

Please share this webinar information with others on your campus that may benefit from participation.

Best wishes,

Jen & Verdis