On-boarding Community Partners to the ASPiRE Program
ASPiRECommunity Partners On-Boarding
Agenda ASPiRE’s objectives and unique experience Success for our Community Partners Engaging the students Next Steps
ASPiRE ObjectivesWhen completing the ASPiRE experience,VCU students will be able to… Define and explain “service learning,” citing actual experiences and examples Identify and apply theories of citizenship, social movements, civic leadership, and social justice Apply academic theories to address local community issues
What Makes ASPiRE Unique Students learn together and live together Life-learning through community partner experiences Coursework that parallels real-time service learning experiences Service learning that aligns with students’ chosen college paths and majors
Creating the Experience ASPiRE is a unique learning experience within the students’ VCU college career Sophomores apply to be accepted into ASPiRE Includes a specific four-semester curriculum Students also pursue the coursework associated with their selected college major
Community Partners –Success!Group Discussion: As a group, let’s brainstorm two ideas: What will a successful experience look like for you and the students working within your organization? Describe what an unsuccessful experience would look like.
Community Partners –Success How to ensure a successful engagement: Planned course of action Having a plan to engage students so that they will be part of the solution Constant communication Between faculty, community partners, and students Periodic “check-ins” Faculty and community partners have monthly check-ins to discuss progress and observations
Community Partners –Success How to ensure a successful engagement: Faculty preparedness: Provide community partners with a clear idea of the learning expectations What should the students take away from this experience? Each faculty member will find out what support their community partner will need in order to accomplish the goals Agree upon the best ways to communicate Frequency; preferred communication paths
Community Partners –Success!Group Discussion: What else can the faculty do to help you prepare you for working with the students?
Community Partners –Success How to ensure a successful engagement: Community partners preparedness: Work with the faculty member to verify what the students should take away from the experience Ask what the support the faculty member will need in order to accomplish the goals Agree upon the best ways to communicate Frequency; preferred communication paths
Community Partners –Success!Group Discussion: What other ideas do you have that community partners might do to prepare for the students working in your organizations?
Engaging the Students Student involvement: Faculty provides students with an overview of the learning objectives and expectations Explain to students what they should take away from this experience Clearly define performance expectations as part of the syllabus Participation, attendance, effort, professionalism, behaviors, applied learning
Community Partners –Success!Group Discussion: Let’s brainstorm two lists: List what you can do to engage students List what might be done that could cause a disconnect with students
Community Partners –Success!Group Discussion: How do you plan on engaging the students in your organization’s mission and work? How should we utilize students for learning, and not just as an extra “pair-of- hands?” Share examples of things that the students might work on in your organization
Engaging the StudentsList of what to provide students: Welcome and introductions Organization chart and contact info An overview of what the service does for the community Procedures, processes, policies Calendar of events and deliverables Work assignments and schedule Job descriptions
Next Steps Dates when students will begin working with community partners List of students assigned to each community partner Community partner’s schedule of work assignments, expected deliverables, and project due dates Communication agreement between faculty and community partners
Next Steps What other action items or deliverables do we need to add to our preparation list? Action Item Who is Due Date or Deliverable Responsible?
ConclusionLet’s agree to… Constantly communicate information, changes, observations, and ideas Be totally prepared for a successful launch and program experience Foster a collaborative relationship Follow up on our commitments to each other