Education

The aim of education is positive change – for our students and our communities. Yet, educators are rarely given the time or space to think and talk with one another about the kinds of change they are making in the world. Civic reflection helps educators, students and administrators not only process what they learn or how they teach -- but why they wake up every morning and do what they do. Civic reflection also offers those in education a unique space to connect with one another, combat attrition and job dissatisfaction, and communicate their questions, hopes and concerns.

CIVIC REFLECTION AND EDUCATION
CIVIC REFLECTION AND EDUCATION

Higher Education

From community colleges to four-year universities, civic reflection has proved to be a powerful tool for achieving civic goals on the college campus and building the capacity of faculty, students, and staff.

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Teachers' Inquiry Project

The Teachers’ Inquiry Project, a partner of the Center for Civic Reflection, provides teachers with an opportunity to think, talk, and connect with one another about the challenges and hopes that animate their day-to-day efforts.

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What People Are Saying

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I think that knowing there are people out there in the community that care about education like I do was most worthwhile & learning how many people are really different but are happy trying to make change.

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--Teaching, Learning, and Power Community Discussion Participant

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Taking time to slow down and reflect is as important as spending time and energy in action to transform the institution. The work of transformation is not only “out there”; it is about transforming what is “in here,” our own internal views and assumptions.

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--Laura I. Rendon

Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, Iowa State University

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CCR provided an important reflection session that bridged community experiences with the pedagogical process. Through the lens of the short story, teachers were able to see the process of educating through a new lens and that set the stage for an introduction to various community-based pedagogical strategies.

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--Jon Schmidt

Service-Learning Manager, Chicago Public Schools

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