Mark your calendars for the Learning College Summit!
Overland Park, Kansas
June 8-11, 2008
Hosted by Johnson County
Now in its sixth year, the League's Learning College Summit is scheduled for June 8-11, 2008, at the Doubletree Hotel Overland Park-Corporate Woods in Overland Park, Kansas, and is hosted by Johnson County Community College. Plans are fully under way for this innovative gathering, which brings together educators from around the nation and world who are committed to a deliberate, powerful focus on learning at their institutions. As an integral facet of the League's Learning Initiative, the Learning College Summit is designed to benefit colleges that are beginning the journey toward becoming more learning centered as well as veteran learning-college institutions that are well on their way.
In a small, conference center hotel set in the verdant Corporate Woods of Overland Park, the 2008 Learning College Summit will serve as a working retreat for college teams or for individual representatives from colleges to connect with colleagues and to share experiences, discuss issues, and explore strategies for overcoming obstacles and meeting challenges. This gathering of community college educators is designed to foster networking and collaborative opportunities among colleagues, and is a vehicle to investigate ways colleges have successfully undertaken significant organizational transformation to improve student learning.
The 2008 Learning College Summit offers participants opportunities to explore in depth five topics as they relate to creating a college culture of learning:
Each topic is the focus of deep examination during its own morning or afternoon session. Each half-day session features a symposium, forums, and conversations about learning.
Symposium. Each half-day session begins with a plenary symposium focused on the topic for that session. Each symposium features a discussion by leaders and practitioners in the specific topic area, followed by a question-and-answer period involving Summit participants. Participants are encouraged not only to ask questions of the panelists, but also to share brief descriptions of ways their colleges are working to make that aspect of their institution more learning centered.
Forums. Held concurrently, the forums for each half-day session follow the symposium and feature a team of two or three participants from a college presenting successful approaches to achieving educational transformation in the topic area. Presenters provide specific examples of successful strategies and practices used at their college. The call for proposals for forum presentations will be issued November 5, 2007.
Conversations About Learning. Each half-day session ends with conversations about learning designed to provide college teams the opportunity to regroup and reflect on their experiences at the Summit and to begin discussing ways to apply their learning at their college. Teams may choose to use this time to meet with other college teams and/or individuals. For participants who are the sole representative from their institution, these conversations offer an opportunity to continue symposium and forum dialogues and to discuss challenges, obstacles, and successes with others. Individuals may also choose to use this time for meeting with specific college teams or individuals.
The 2008 Learning College Summit has the following goals:
Provide a comfortable setting for educators to share the successes and challenges of transforming institutions to become more powerfully focused on learning.
Increase understanding of the concepts of the Learning College as a framework and inspiration for affecting institutional change to improve student learning, performance, and success.
Provide a forum for the exchange of innovative processes and approaches to transforming undergraduate education and improving institutional student outcomes.
Facilitate participant interaction and development of new networks of colleagues who support Learning College concepts.
If you want to learn more about the process of transforming the structures, procedures, and practices of your institution to focus on producing meaningful and successful student learning, the 2008 Learning College Summit is the place for you. The Summit also gives you an opportunity to share your ideas, approaches, and experiences with colleagues in higher education. For more information, contact Cynthia Wilson at firstname.lastname@example.org or 480-705-8200, ext. 238.