ACLC Retreat workshops are designed to be interactive, with the goal of providing participants with practical applications based on solid learning community research and principles. Workshops are offered in blocks of 90 or 120 minutes. Facilitators focus on sharing best practices and research from the field while engaging participants in active discussion and/or hands-on training. Participants should leave each workshop with a better understanding of a particular practice and with tools to take to their home institutions. Facilitators do not read papers or lecture to participants. Preference will be given to proposals submitted by representatives from more than one institution. Student participation in workshops is welcomed and encouraged. Proposals featuring student work/artifacts will be given special consideration.
We especially welcome proposals on the following topics:
Innovative ways of creating learning communities, integration, and collaboration Collaboration among varied campus and community stakeholders Faculty professional development and learning communities Reimagining learning communities and integrative learning Unconventional collaborations and innovations Assessment in and of learning communities Integration of disciplines and assignments in especially innovative ways Student leadership and peer mentoring in learning communities
ACLC Retreat poster presentations highlight the success of learning communities and integrative learning by showcasing artifacts of successful learning community and integrative learning work. This can be a traditional or electronic poster presentation and may include practical and/or scholarly components, including videos of class activities and/or student presentations, samples of student work and assignments, etc. These will be shared during the Wednesday evening reception and will be displayed throughout the retreat.
Please submit your complete workshop and/or poster presentation proposal using the form below. The deadline for proposal submissions is Friday, May 3, 2019. More information about the Atlantic Center for Learning Communities and the 2019 Curriculum Planning Retreat can be found at atlanticcenterforlearningcommunities.org.
Questions? Please email George Hill at email@example.com or Terry Novak at firstname.lastname@example.org.
*What is a “curriculum planning retreat”? Quite simply, this event provides time for learning community teams and/or individuals to step away from the hectic academic halls to reflect on their work and to work undisturbed in teams or individually while also having the opportunity to attend workshops designed to strengthen and enhance their work in learning communities. Participants may network, work alone, or find a balance between the two.
**Why a Catholic retreat house? The Atlantic Center for Learning Communities (ACLC) is a nonsectarian, inclusive community of learning communities’ scholars and practitioners from various institutions of higher education. While we hold our annual curriculum planning retreat at a Catholic retreat center, we are not affiliated with any religious group. We use this retreat facility as a means of keeping costs down for our retreat attendees and because the facility provides us with meeting, collaboration, and reflective space that is highly conducive to our work. All are welcome! Alternative housing is available near the retreat center, for an additional cost.