Introducing MCTC Resources Round Table Dialogue series

The Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) would like to introduce you to a new series entitled Resources Round Table Dialogue.

The vision for the Resources Round Table Dialogue is not only to create a forum for exchange of dialogue between students and faculty, but also to build community, make connections, share resources, ask questions, inspire new ideas, and gain new knowledge.

Each Resources Round Table Dialogue event will be 60 minutes in length and will include participants (individuals or small groups) who volunteer ahead of time to share and/or facilitate on a specific topic. The amount of time each individual or small group has to do this will vary depending on the number of  participants. The rest of the participants will listen, ask questions, and engage in dialogue.

In order for this new series to be a success, we need YOU to participate and to encourage your STUDENTS to participate. Students and faculty have both expressed a desire for more opportunities to speak to and/or hear from one another outside of the formal classroom setting, and this is your chance!!!

The first CTL Resources Round Table Dialogue will be held on Friday, November 30th from 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. in the General Mills room, L3100. CTL is is partnering with the student organization EMU (Education Majors Union) for this first event. Students from EDUC 1900: Public Works in Urban Schools will facilitate the dialogue on the topic of the “Educational Achievement Gap.” Here’s a statement from the students about the conversation they hope will take place between faculty and students:

“We are concerned about the achievement gap but want to call it an empowerment gap because although individual students should take some responsibility in closing this gap, teachers should also take the responsibility to create classrooms where student voices are trusted to share and create their own knowledge. We would like to start a discussion about alternative educational practices that will empower students to generate knowledge rather than memorizing facts and tasks, thus allowing students to become more critical and more successful.”

If you would like to attend this dialogue or have ideas for future dialogues, please let us know here.

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