This issue of Diversity & Democracy highlights current research on the connections between civic engagement and student success, defined broadly across a range of outcomes. It shares civically engaged programs and related educational strategies that yield student success by a variety of measures.
The issue includes a great article, “Civic Engagement and Student Success: Leveraging Multiple Degrees of Achievement” from Portland State University Professor, Christine Cress.
The International Association for Research on Service-Learning and Community Engagement (IARSLCE) invites you to join in conversation with fellow researchers and practitioner-scholars through their second annual conference Proceedings, now available online at www.iarslceproceedings2012.wikispaces.com
The Proceedings is an online, interactive publication that provides summaries and references for the over 175 sessions to be facilitated by scholars from around the world at the 12th annual conference this fall (Sep. 23 – 25th, Baltimore, MD). It is intended to increase the public visibility of research related to service-learning and community engagement and to facilitate communication and collaboration among researchers and practitioner-scholars.
How might you use the Proceedings?
~ Discover the exciting range of current research on service-learning and community engagement.
~ Connect with colleagues.
~ Plan your participation at the conference.
~ Engage in conversation before, during, and after the conference.
~ Find new resources and references to support your own scholarship and enhance your own practice.
You do not need to be a member of the Proceedings wiki in order to access information on the conference sessions. However, you do need to be a member in order to post comments or questions. Requesting membership is quick and easy – see instructions on the wiki at: http://iarslceproceedings2012.wikispaces.com/How+to+use+the+Proceedings
The Proceedings is co-created and produced by an international team of graduate student Editorial Fellows (see http://iarslceproceedings2012.wikispaces.com/About+the+Editorial+Fellows), supported by co-editors Patti Clayton (IUPUI & UNCG, USA) and Billy O’Steen (University of Canterbury, New Zealand).
Debate Watching Guides: For students, faculty and staff planning to host debate-watching parties or just looking for advice on how to analyze what they hear when the candidates debate in October, there are plenty of great resources out there. The League of Women Voters’ Debate Watching 101 includes advice on how to prepare for the debates and what questions to ask yourself as you watch. The Commission on Presidential Debates has a guide to hosting Debate Watch parties in your community. And Rock the Vote is set to release a guide specific to the upcoming 2012 Presidential and Vice Presidential debates; we’ll include that in a future post once it’s available.
From CEOs for Cities…
In his tragedy Coriolanus, William Shakespeare wrote, “What is the city but the people?” However, a more modern question might be “What is the city but the communication among the people?” Progress happens through connections, but at times, the lines of communication are difficult to form. In his recent TEDx Talk in Harlem, Jake Barton talks about what change looks like. CEOs for Cities has a partnership with Jake and his company Local Projects to work on Change By Us, a digital platform meant to facilitate these connections. In his talk, Jake shows the comparison between a traditional community meeting and the efficient communication that can occur via Change by Us. He shows how Change By Us frames cities as a place of shared goals, such as improved safety, education and opportunity. Currently, Change By Us has been launched in Philadelphia and New York, and there are more cities to come.
A newly released report from the City Club of Portland, Educating Citizens: A City Club Report on Improving Civics Education in Portland’s High Schools, explains how. To learn more: Download a PDF of the full report or the executive summary.
Do you know CIRCLE (The Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement)? CIRCLE conducts research on the civic and political engagement of young Americans (under 30 years old).
What do you think the youth voting rate was in the primaries and caucuses? What should it be?