Spring 2009 “Community Engagement Skills-Based Workshop Series”

Changemakers presented a semester-long for students working at community-based internships. This series is to provide students with the tools to effectively engage in their internships and better equip them to make meaningful contributions to their community placement organizations.

February 6 & 9, 2009: Orientation and Ethics Training

Come learn the necessary skills, protocols and guidelines for your community-based experience this semester. This training will provide the necessary information for work with CEC partner organizations and can help you choose the site of your community internship.

February 17, 2009: Teaching Skills and Learning Theories

Come learn some basic classroom skills, teaching theories and the strategies, tools and resources for teaching and interacting effectively with our community sites. This is a valuable and free workshop for those interested in teaching, in careers in education or with an interest in working with CEC education-based community sites. Facilitated by DeLacy Ganley, a faculty member of Claremont Graduate University’s School of Educational Studies and co-director of its Teacher Education Internship Program since 2004.

March 6, 2009: Teaching English as a Second Language

Define your role as an English teacher or tutor, recognize different levels of proficiency, understand the “affective filter” of your students, learn to practice communicative language teaching and create effective lessons. Hosted by Jenifer Onstott, English Language Faculty. For the past six years Professor Onstott has been teaching Language and Community: Principles and Practice of Teaching ESL, in which students teach ESL to adults and young people in the multilingual communities in and around Claremont, including The Pomona Economic Opportunity Center and Renacimiento Center in Pomona, Newcomer School in Ontario, and to food service and maintenance personnel on campus at Pitzer, Scripps and HMC.

April 1, 2009: Power Analysis and Introduction to Community Organizing

Hosted by Pitzer in Ontario faculty member Tom Dolan, Pitzer College student organizers and Inland Congregations United for Change. For the past five years Professor Dolan has organized local high school students to struggle for change in their community. These student organizers will share their stories of power and will be joined by Pitzer student organizers who will lead workshop participants in a discussion and analysis of power at Pitzer College. Frederick Douglass affirmed, “Power concedes nothing without a demand.” Analyze who holds power — both visibly and not — in the Pitzer community. Explore questions of agency and find your own power to achieve your goals. Understanding the power structure lets us
know how things get done and how to build power for our efforts to make change.