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Partner Spotlight: 3rd Annual Lynton Colloquium on the Scholarship of Engagement

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NERCHE and CED Present the 3rdAnnual Lynton Colloquium on the Scholarship of Engagement

The Next Generation of Engaged Scholarship: Make Your Voice Heard

Monday, September 15, 2014
9 AM to 3:30 PM
University of Massachusetts Boston

On Monday, September 15, 2014, the New England Resource Center for Higher Education (NERCHE) will host its 3rd Annual Lynton Colloquium on the Scholarship of Engagement at the University of Massachusetts Boston.  The event will build upon the success of the 2013 Colloquium, where nearly 150 faculty and higher education administrators from New England (and beyond) gathered to reflect upon the pioneering work of Ernest A. Lynton and the legacy of his contributions to publicly engaged scholarship.

The 3rd Annual Lynton Colloquium will feature a keynote presentation by the recipient of the 2014 Lynton Award (to be announced in August 2014). It will also help launch a new research initiative co- sponsored by New England Resource Center for Higher Education (NERCHE) and the Center for Engaged Democracy (CED). Grounded in the work of NERCHE’s Next Generation Engagement project and the CED’s focus on academic programs in civic engagement, this initiative aims to identify key issues in the field and sponsor research working groups on each of them. The goal is to foster sustained and systematic investigations and documented outcomes that will support deeper understandings of and clearer actions around such issues. Registration for the Colloquium is at

Download the 2014 Lynton Colloquium flyer.

CIRCLE Working Paper Examines Civics, Digital Badges and Alternative Assessments

CIRCLE LogoWith support from the S. D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation, CIRCLE published “New and Alternative Assessments, Digital Badges, and Civics: An Overview of Emerging Themes and Promising Directions” (March 2013) which explores digital badges and alternative assessments for civic skills, knowledge, and dispositions. This working paper also considers ePortfolios, rubrics, games, simulations, and other assessment and learning tools that might expand options for those committed to improving civic education.

States are, to a greater extent, using multiple-choice-only tests that focus primarily on memorizing information, rather than demonstrating civic skills. Furthermore, assessments focus mostly on the history and geography of the United States; far fewer states assess students in world affairs or economics. Are we preparing and assessing students to be engaged citizens?

CIRCLE explores this question and the broader landscape of alternative assessments, here, in an online presentation.

For more information, go here.

CIRCLE’s Free Online Seminar RE: Youth Engagement Report

CIRCLE LogoCIRCLE Launches Free Online Seminar to Discuss Youth Engagement Report

In October, we released All Together Now: Collaboration and Innovating for Youth Engagement,” the report of our Commission on Youth Voting and Civic Knowledge. Since then, we have spoken with a wide range of stakeholders interested in improving youth civic and political engagement .

To enhance and broaden those discussions, we have developed a FREE, five-week, open online seminar that will extend research and recommendations from the report.

The seminar will start the week of January 13 and is open to individuals and groups interested in strengthening youth engagement. We welcome and encourage young people, parents, educators, policymakers, youth advocates, researchers, and others to join this learning community.

We hope you will join us, and please share with those in your network whom you think would benefit from the seminar.

For details and sign-up information, go HERE.

Improving Classroom Civic Education: A Reflection Guide for Teachers

All Together Now highlights the importance of civics and government classes in preparing the next generation of knowledgeable and politically engaged Americans. The data for the report included our survey of more than 700 teachers, who responded to questions about their teaching styles and goals, the resources at their disposal, and the level of support they enjoy from their school and community.

We have developed a reflection guide for teachers that includes several noteworthy findings from that teachers’ survey and encourages educators to consider how their experiences are similar—and how they may differ.

The guide also includes specific recommendations from the report and invites teachers to reflect on which ones would or would not work in their classrooms, and to think about any additional resources and support they may need to implement these and other suggestions for improving civic education.

View and download the full teacher reflection guide HERE.

Sponsor Spotlight: The New York Times in Education

Guest Post by Lynn M. Hall, National Education DIrector, The New York Times


You’ve known us as The New York Times in College, but we have taken a new name — The New York Times in Education – to better communicate with audiences abroad as well as here in the U.S.

We’ve also launched these exciting resources that we hope you will view and share:

  • An elegant new Web site at our old address, We welcome your contributions to our Classroom Ideas section!
  • The New York Times in Education YouTube channel, where you can watch exclusive, 30-minute Webcasts with Times journalists addressing focus areas of our Leadership and First Year programs. Visit
  • An inspiring, two-minute video that introduces our multimedia journalism: “The New York Times: Because The World Has a Lot To Teach.”  Watch in at

Please contact me at if you wish to contribute your classroom ideas to our new Web site, or for further information about our program.

Partner Spotlight: Get a 50% Discount on a New York Times Digital Subscription

The New York Times is a founding partner of AASCU’s American Democracy Project. We are proud that our relationship continues now into the 2nd decade of ADP. The New York Times inCollege is sponsoring our upcoming ADP National Meeting in Denver and we hope you’ll stop by their table as well as consider their special digital subscription rates below!

Get a 50% Discount on a New York Times Digital Subscription

NYT in CollegeEducators across the country value The New York Times for its high quality of news and analysis, and AASCU members can take advantage of a discount of 50% on digital subscriptions that is available to college faculty, staff and students.

A digital subscription provides unlimited access to, including virtually unlimited access to its archived articles back to 1851.* Prices start at only $1.88 per week for access to plus the NYTimes smartphone apps.

To learn more and order, visit

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