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Fostering Reciprocal Partnerships that Provide Deep and Integrative Learning Opportunities


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Fostering Reciprocal Partnerships that Provide Deep and Integrative Learning Opportunities

  1. 1. Fostering Reciprocal Partnerships that ProvideDeep and Integrative Learning OpportunitiesDr. William J. Soesbe III and Dr. Daniel R. KittleLoras College (Dubuque, Iowa)Thursday, May 30th, 2013@9:45-10:45 ARC 4022013 Upper MidwestCivic Engagement Summit
  2. 2. • Assistant Professor of Education• Leadership Fellow• Iowa Campus Compact Engaged ScholarFaculty Fellow• Former Director for the Office of StudentField Experiences and School PartnershipsCoordinator at Wartburg College• Served as a middle school science teacherwithin the Waverly-Shell Rock CSDDr. William J. Soesbe III2013 Upper Midwest Civic Engagement Summit
  3. 3. • Assistant to the President for Strategic Initiatives• Director, Center for Community Engagement• Lecturer in Liberal Studies• Leadership FellowDr. Daniel R. Kittle2013 Upper Midwest Civic Engagement Summit
  4. 4. • Located in Waverly, Iowa(pop. of 10,000)• Private liberal arts school• 1,800 undergraduatestudents (about 90%residential)• Affiliated with theEvangelical LutheranChurch in America(ELCA) Saemann Student CenterWartburg College
  5. 5. • Largest majors oncampus are Biology,Communication Arts,Business and Education• Largest minor isLeadership Education• Internationally known forCivic EngagementWartburg College
  6. 6.  Network with other educators and expand yourProfessional Learning Network (PLN) Better understand how to develop and foster effectiveand reciprocal partnerships Learn about ways to create opportunities forcommunities to engage in deep and integrative learning Brainstorm possibilities of how to develop and furtherinfuse meaningful partnerships into our communitiesGoals and Objectives2013 Upper Midwest Civic Engagement Summit
  7. 7. Professional Learning NetworksLet’s not have these conversations in isolation orstop them once this session is over.Follow Bill on Twitter at @drbillsoesbeUse the hashtag #UMCES2013 to shareinformation with others about thissession and to continue our dialogue inthe future.2013 Upper Midwest Civic Engagement Summit
  8. 8. Name, Institution, Position, Role(s)?2013 Upper Midwest Civic Engagement Summit
  9. 9. 1. Why did you attend this particular presentation?AND2. What do you hope/need to gain from thepresentation?Two Questions…2013 Upper Midwest Civic Engagement Summit
  10. 10. What did you take away from the Ted Talk?So Why Are We Presenting to You? Upper Midwest Civic Engagement Summit
  11. 11. What Do We Want/Need our Studentsto Experience and Accomplish? Deep and integrative learningWe are not doing enough for ourstudents and we need to. Deep andintegrative learning is not the onlyanswer, but is ONE of the answers.2013 Upper Midwest Civic Engagement Summit
  12. 12. Deep Learning AAC&U LEAP/Kuh HighImpact Practices• Work closely with faculty and staff• Common intellectual experiences• Learning communities• Writing intensive courses• Collaborative assignments• Service-learning• Capstone courses that integrate and applyprevious learning2013 Upper Midwest Civic Engagement Summit
  13. 13. Deep Learning: Effective Conditionsand Practices• Academic challenge• Active and collaborative learning• Student-faculty interaction• Supportive campus environment• Enriching educational experiences Civic engagement Co-curricular leadership Experiential learning• Shared responsibility for educational qualityKuh, G., Kinzie, J. Schuh, J. Whitt, E. (2005). Student success in college; Creating conditionsthat matter. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.
  14. 14. Deep vs. Surface LearningDeep  Learning Surface  LearningFocus is on “what is signified”  Focus is on the “signs” (or on the learning as a signifier of something else)Relates previous knowledge to new knowledge Focus on unrelated parts of the task Relates knowledge from different courses  Information for assessment is simply memorized Relates theoretical ideas to everyday experience Facts and concepts are associated unreflectively Relates and distinguishes evidence and argument Principles are not distinguished from examples Organizes and structures content into coherent whole Task is treated as an external imposition Emphasis is internal, from within the student Emphasis is external, from demands of assessment
  15. 15. How Do We Accomplish D & I Learning? Through the pedagogy of triangulatedlearning2013 Upper Midwest Civic Engagement Summit
  16. 16. • Comprised of three key components:1. Traditional learning2. Peer (collaborative) learning3. Experiential learning**Intent is to forge links between deep thinkingand leadership educationTriangulated LearningWaldstein, F. (2009). Triangulated learning: A bridge for deep impact pedagogy andleadership education.
  17. 17. Triangulated LearningTraditionalPeerExperientialTabb, M. (2011). The Sacred Acre: The Ed Thomas Story. Zondervan: Michigan.Heifetz, R. and Linsky, M. (2002). Leadership on the Line: Staying Alive Through the Dangers ofLeading. Harvard Business School Press: Massachusetts.Discussion,reflection,presentationsLeadership on the Line & TheSacred Acre , worksheets CommunityBuildersorIndividualizedServiceProjectDeep andIntegrativeLearning
  18. 18. Traditional Learning2013 Upper Midwest Civic Engagement Summit
  19. 19. Peer (Collaborative) Learning2013 Upper Midwest Civic Engagement Summit
  20. 20. Individualized Service Projects (ISP’s)Experiential Learning (Service-learning) Upper Midwest Civic Engagement Summit
  21. 21. What is One Way That D & I Learningcan be Attained? Reciprocal, significant, and meaningfulpartnerships2013 Upper Midwest Civic Engagement Summit
  22. 22. Arrange yourself into five diverse groups.Let’s Create GroupsDo not open until5/20/20132013 Upper Midwest Civic Engagement Summit
  23. 23.  Satisfy a community need Reciprocal and beneficial Common goals established Expectations clearly articulated Resources allocated appropriately Expenses and costs “shared” Invest in social capital Transparent and frequent communication Continuous assessment AND evaluation Admit and “accept” failures Celebrate and promote successesEssential Characteristics of Effectiveand Meaningful Partnerships….2013 Upper Midwest Civic Engagement Summit
  24. 24. Director of CCE – Dr. Daniel R. KittleSchool Partnerships Coordinator – Mrs. Mandie SandermanInternship Coordinator – Ms. Jo DorranceService-Learning Coordinator – Miss Renee SedlacekCoordinator of Church Relations and Faith CommunityOutreach – Mrs. Gail SextonOffice Coordinator – Mrs. MaryBeth KobernaFive work study studentsCenter for Community Engagement2013 Upper Midwest Civic Engagement Summit
  25. 25. • Began in 2000• Intergenerational S-L project involving 6thgraders,Wartburg students, and Adult Volunteers• Embedded within a leadership course (ID 315) andthe Institute for Leadership Education (ILE)• Uses Triangulated Learning as a pedagogy• Service-learning component of ID 315• Awarded McJannet Prize for Global Citizenship in 2010• Involves an assortment of local & national partnershipsOverview of Community Builders – anexemplary program and partnerships2013 Upper Midwest Civic Engagement Summit
  26. 26. School PartnershipsWaverly-Shell Rock Community School Districtand St. Paul’s Elementary• All 6thgrade students• Utilize district standards and benchmarks for academicobjectives (• Utilize Iowa Core standards ( Upper Midwest Civic Engagement Summit
  27. 27. Local Partnerships• Waverly Police Department• Self Help International• Waverly City Hall• Waverly Recycling Center• KWAY Radio station• Trinkets and Togs• Bartels Lutheran Home• Waverly-Shell Rock SportsBooster Club• The W (Wartburg)• Waverly Public Library• Shell Rock Public Library2013 Upper Midwest Civic Engagement Summit
  28. 28. Local PartnershipsTrinket and Togs The W – recreation centerVolunteer Action CenterPublic LibraryRecycling CenterKWAY Radio Station2013 Upper Midwest Civic Engagement Summit
  29. 29. Local PartnershipsGoodwill Industries Sports Booster Club Self Help InternationalWaverly Police DepartmentWaverly Health CenterNorth Star Community Services
  30. 30. International (3 minute video)• Self Help Internationalwww.selfhelpinternational.org (2 minutes)2013 Upper Midwest Civic Engagement Summit
  31. 31. Future PartnershipRetrieving Freedom, Inc.Retrieving Freedom, Inc. is an organization that trains service dogsfor disabled veterans and children with autism. (3 minutes)RFI will serve as a local community site for Community Builders aswell as a site for students wanting to complete an IndividualizedService Project.2013 Upper Midwest Civic Engagement Summit
  32. 32. How were/are Partnerships Established?Maintained? Assessed? Personal relationships Communication through websites, email, phone, letters Verbal contact between collegiate participants and sitesupervisors Successes with other initiatives Luncheons and celebratory events Reciprocal nature and meets a community needAssessment is often times very organic and anecdotal Combination of both quantitative and qualitative data2013 Upper Midwest Civic Engagement Summit
  33. 33. 1. What are you currently doing in yourposition/role to help foster and improvepartnerships?2. What do you want/need to do to furtherdevelop partnerships?Peer Learning Experience2013 Upper Midwest Civic Engagement Summit
  34. 34. What External Entities Influence YourPartnerships and Programs?2013 Upper Midwest Civic Engagement Summit
  35. 35. Questions andComments?2013 Upper Midwest Civic Engagement Summit
  36. 36. Thank you for your attentionand insight.Dan Kittle daniel.kittle@wartburg.eduBill Soesbe