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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 http://www.umb.edu/news_events_media/events/lynton2014.

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

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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, www.nytimes.com/edu. 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 www.nytimes.com/edu/video.
  • 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 www.nytimes.com/edu/video.

Please contact me at lynn.hall@nytimes.com 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 NYTimes.com, including virtually unlimited access to its archived articles back to 1851.* Prices start at only $1.88 per week for access to NYTimes.com plus the NYTimes smartphone apps.

To learn more and order, visit nytimes.com/CollegeDiscount.

*Restrictions apply and prices are subject to change.

Partner Spotlight: NCoC’s new Issue Brief “Civic Health & Unemployment II: The Case Builds”

Better Civic Health means Lower Unemployment

Civic Health and Unemployment II: The Case Builds is the National Conference on Citizenship (NCoC)’s latest issue brief. This 2012 Issue Brief explores the relationship between civic engagement and economic resilience. It finds that the density and type of nonprofit organizations in a community, as well as its social cohesion (the level at which citizens trust, talk to and help neighbors and socialize with family and friends), are important predictors of that community’s ability to withstand unemployment in a recession.

“Civic Health and Unemployment II: The Case Builds” is released by NCoC in partnership with the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation with research by CIRCLE (the Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement), Civic Enterprises, and Saguaro Seminar.

This brief is a continuation of research that began in 2011 with a brief called “Civic Health and Unemployment: Can Engagement Strengthen the Economy?” That brief found that five measures of civic engagement – attending meetings, helping neighbors, registering to vote, volunteering and voting – appear to help protect against unemployment and contribute to overall economic resilience. See the related 2011 brief.
The research will be presented this week in Philadelphia during the National Conference on Citizenship’s 67th annual conference, which brings together civic leaders, educators, CEOs and government representatives to address issues related to our nation’s civic health.

Viewers can watch the conference, including the announcement of the winners via livestream from 1-5:30 p.m. ET on Friday, Sept. 14th. There will be a panel exploring the link between civic engagement and employment at 1:45 p.m ET.

To join the conversation on Twitter, follow @NCoC and @CivicData and the hashtag #NCoC, or on its Facebook page. The conference will include questions from Twitter followers as part of the conference.

Authors: Kei Kawashima-Ginsberg (CIRCLE), Chaeyoon Lim (University of Wisconsin) and Peter Levine (CIRCLE).

ADP Campus Coordinators’ Corner: Shaping Our Future

By Gregg Kaufman, ADP Campus Coordinator, Georgia College

Shaping Our Future: How Should Higher Education Help Us Create the Society We Want? is a National Issues Forum issue book developed in conjunction with the American Commonwealth Project and as a deliberative forum aid to A National Call for Action: A Crucible Moment: College Learning & Democracy’s Future prepared by The National Task Force on Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement. The NIF web site (www.nifi.org) offers free Shaping Our Future resources and a brief seven-minute introduction to the subject to use for deliberative forums.

How do we plan to use Shaping Our Future on our campuses and in the communities to which we relate? Is it possible to convene forums inclusive of citizens as well as college students, professors, and staff? NIF will collect feedback from forums across the country b using a convener/moderator survey form. In anticipation of the ADP Tenth Anniversary Meeting in Denver (June 6-8, 2013), it would be great to report that a healthy percentage of ADP campuses conducted forums and perhaps develop a presentation that would offer findings.

Please share your plans relative to incorporating Shaping Our Future into your 2012-13 ADP programming, by emailing Jen Domagal-Goldman, ADP National Manager at adp@aascu.org.

Have a great year!

Partner Spotlight: NCoC’s Civic Data Challenge

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Countdown to Civic Data Challenge Deadline: Turn Raw Data into Community Tools

Believe that communities can take better advantage of key data in their decision making? Join the Civic Data Challenge and help turn the raw data of civic health into useful community tools. The deadline for submission is July 29th.

The first-ever Civic Data Challenge will bring new eyes, new minds, new findings, and new skill sets to the field of civic health. It’s a project of NCoC (the National Conference on Citizenship), in partnership with the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, as well as other great partners like Code for America and the Case Foundation. Kaggle, DataWeek, and GOOD are all contributing exciting prizes. The Salesforce.com Foundation has announced their commitment as a top-line sponsor—contributing $25,000 in cash prizes for Challenge winners!

Participants in the Challenge will turn the raw data of “civic health” into beautiful, useful applications and visualizations, enabling communities to be better understood and made to thrive. NCoC is providing its civic health data, as well as other data on the important topics of health, safety, education, and the economy.

You’re invited to collaborate with others, analyze the data, and create something amazing to showcase what you find. Designers, data scientists, researchers, and app developers are especially encouraged to join the challenge. All entries must be received by July 29th, so make sure to join the Google Group now!

The challenge has exciting prizes for the winners, who will be selected from each category — health, economy, safety, and education. As a participant, you will be competing for cash and other cool prizes including the opportunity to host your own data competition on the Kaggle platform, to present your winning insights at Data Week in September, and to feature your submissions through the GOOD platform.

You’ll also have the chance to get your work in front of an awesome team of judges including:

  • Leslie Bradshaw, President, COO and Co-founder of JESS3
  • Beth Kanter, Author, Blogger, Trainer
  • Henry E. Brady, Dean and Professor at the Goldman School of Public Policy, University of California, Berkeley
  • Matt Mahan, President and Acting CEO, Causes
  • Jake Porway, Founder and Executive Director, DataKind
  • Darell Hammond, CEO and Founder of KaBOOM!
  • Maria Teresa Kumar, Founding Executive Director of Voto Latino
  • Ryan Resella, Technical Lead at Code for America
  • Sonal Shah, former Director of the White House Office of Social Innovation and Civic Participation
  • Michael D. Smith, Senior Vice President of Social Innovation at the Case Foundation
  • Christie George, Director of New Media Ventures
  • Craig Newmark, Founder of Craigslist and Craigconnects
  • Vivek Kundra, Executive Vice President, Emerging Markets, Salesforce.com.

Winners will be announced at the 67th Annual National Conference on Citizenship on September 14 in Philadelphia.

Watch the Civic Data Challenge team launch the Challenge at the Data 2.0 Summit in San Francisco: http://www.civicdatachallenge.org/blog/post/civic-data-challenge-launched-at-data-20-summit_1

How to find the Challenge:
www.CivicDataChallenge.org
www.Twitter.com/CivicData
www.Facebook.com/CivicDataChallenge


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