Liberal Education & America's Promise
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Liberal Education & America's Promise

Keeping Connected through LEAP

Nov 30 - Dec 4, 2020


Keeping Connected through LEAP
was a celebration of the varied pillars of Liberal Education and America’s Promise at UW-Whitewater. As instruction moved remote, UW-Whitewater continued to enhance the quality and value of the student Warhawk experience. The week of November 30, 2020, we connected to celebrate the many aspects of LEAP with sessions discussing topics relevant to current issues relating to High-Impact Practices, Principles of Excellence, Essential Learning Outcomes and Inclusive Excellence.  

Date/Time

Event

Mon., November 30

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LEAPing Towards Student Success: A Connected System Approach

Presenter:  Dr. Heidi Leming, TBR – The College System of Tennessee

This session will provide an overview of the work being coordinated by the TBR System Office to support student completion and success across Tennessee's community and technical colleges. With support from the Gates Foundation, the System is in its fifth and final year of strategically providing campus level support to increase student completion through several interventions including high impact practices, co-requisite remediation, guided pathways, and a focus on academic mindset.

Tues., December 1

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Maintaining High Impact Practices in Unchartered Territory: A discussion with Community Engaged Faculty and their CBL Partners and Students

Presenters:  Kelly Hatch, Jodie Parys, Sara Nichols, Ola Bamgbose, Jennifer Betters-Bubon, Kate Ksobiech, Ted Bradford, Taneah Braxton, Quintin Caithamer, Benjamin Ciembronowicz, Jermaine Copeland, Sydney Hazan, Brooke Helsel, Autumn Kielsmeier, Macey Scanlon, Kyle Schierts, Rachel Stone, Jake West, Bill Westley, Rob Williams-Harris, Alexis Zello

This panel presentation will focus on strategies used by experienced practitioners of Community-Based Learning to pivot their CBL partnerships to an online or virtual format during the COVID-19 pandemic.  The presenters will share the ways in which they transitioned existing CBL partnerships to fit their Hyflex, Remote and/or Online courses for the 2020-2021 academic year. They will share tools, resources, and platforms that helped make this transition successful, as well as feedback from community partners and students.

Wed., December 2

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Building Relationships for Students for Success using Best Practices

Presenters:  John Ejnik, Kim Naber, Chris Veldkamp, Robert Rider, Madisyn Ingalls, Jack Pettey, Julien Trujillo

The session will be about building a relationship with students in classes by creating a solid foundation with classroom best practices.  Utilizing Canvas, clear syllabi, timely grading and feedback, to keep track of students that are struggling, etc.  The session will have a panel of three instructors with four students that will discuss what works for students in the classroom and makes students successful.

Wed., December 2

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Civil Discourse:  A Key Element in Relationships and Influence

Presenters:   Jay Craggs, Jan Bilgen, Tom Kind

Civility is central to how you are perceived by others, and influences both personal and professional outcomes.  In times of stress it is even more important to interact with others in a civil manner.  Learn about this important topic and improve your relationships with others through interesting  discussion, timely examples, and role-play opportunities. 

Thurs., December 3

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Adding an International Perspective to Your Course

Presenters: Rossitza Ivanova, Andrea Schwartz, Jodi Simek

Even during a pandemic, international perspectives remain important. The purpose in this interactive discussion is for participants to share strategies that they have used to infuse international perspectives in their courses, to obtain new ideas from one another, and to network with each other. 

Thurs., December 3

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Reshaping and Fulfilling America's Promise Virtually

Presenters: Justin Wesolek, Elizabeth Gartland, Eric Loepp   

The COVID 19 pandemic has fundamentally shifted the way we deliver education to students.  Because we do not get that face to face interaction that we normally would, we are redefining what success looks like.  This panel will focus on exactly that; how we successfully reshape and fulfill our LEAP principles in this new and uncharted virtual environment.  By featuring instructors and students, a multitude of benchmarks and goals for success will be presented and discussed in this hour long panel.  

Fri., December 4

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Liberating/Liberal Education Today

Presenters: David Reinhart, Jenna Cushing-Leubner, Kenny Yarbrough, Isabella Carime Virrueta, Brandon Pope

Who must, what must, Liberal Education liberate? How does Liberal Education liberate? The UWW LEAP workshop annually reflects upon the meaning of America's Promise and the Wisconsin Idea to arrive on a trajectory moving toward inclusive excellence.  This panel will discuss the priorities and values that facilitate liberations so crucial to Liberal Education in pursuit of inclusive excellence.  

 UW-Whitewater is a proud supporter of the LEAP (Liberal Education and America’s Promise) initiative and the value of a well-rounded liberal education. Across the university, we believe all students deserve the opportunity to gain valuable experiences and skills that are transferable throughout their lives and career paths. We listen to employers and community leaders to learn what they want, and we use this to enhance the quality and value of learning for all students.  Wisconsin is the original LEAP state, and campuses all across the UW System have partnered with the LEAP initiative from the  Association of American Colleges & Universities to improve student success and make excellence inclusive for all students ( http://www.aacu.org/leap). 

A special thank you to the 2020-21 LEAP Council for their guidance and organization of Keeping Connected through LEAP:   Diane Bahmann, Jessica Bonjour, Jes Cisneros, Jay Craggs, Nicholas French, Kelly Hatch, Zachary Klotz, Elena Levy-Navarro, Alexis Piper, Kristin Plessel, Kristen Prock, David Reinhart, Vicki Schreiber, Terry Tumbarello, Artanya Wesley.