Assessment, Teaching, and Learning Quarterly Retreats are designed to strengthen and bolster our emergent community of practice (CoP) for practitioners in our system charged with professional development. The retreats are an opportunity for us to enjoy the social nature of learning (community) as we support each other in our shared domain (professional development in the context of the system and our colleges) and reflect upon and improve our practices.
Educators charged with (or who have a keen interest in) professional development. This includes outcomes assessment coordinators, faculty committee chairs, directors of teaching and learning centers, facilitators of faculty learning communities, instructional deans, eLearning directors, or other educators charged with leadership positions that focus on issues of teaching and learning.
Build a Shared Vocabulary and Deepen Our Collective Understanding of the Field
This year we will do a group reading of relevant sections of Coming in from the Margins: Faculty Development’s Emerging Organizational Development Role in Institutional Change by Connie M. Schroeder. Schroeder conducted a study to address questions regarding the current and future role of professional development within institutions facing significant institutional change agendas (sound familiar, anyone?); in her study, she explored Teaching and Learning Centers (TLCs) positioned “in the center” as well as at the margins of institutional missions and change. In this book, she argues that TLCs must broaden and expand to include approaches that impact more than one faculty member at a time.
Experience a Distributed Leadership Model
Everyone is invited to take on a leadership role in our CoP. At the 2016 ATL conference, Bev and Etienne Wenger-Trayner introduced their practice of setting up Leadership Groups in Social Learning Contexts. At the retreats, participants sign up for one of the seven groups — each group is responsible for stewarding one part of the learning process for the group. Leadership here is seen as an act of service, that is, not leadership in terms of telling others what to do, but helping the group develop itself as a learning partnership.
ATL Quarterly Retreats 2017-2018
- Fall ATL Retreat: Oct. 12-13, 2017
- Winter ATL Retreat: Feb. 8-9, 2018
- Spring ATL Retreat: May 4-5, 2018
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