Conversation Cafes

Clark Conversation Cafes ~ Learning at Clark

Clark Conversation Cafes

Description                                                                                                      

The Teaching and Learning Center is sponsoring a series of 5-6 Conversation Cafes for all of Clark’s community to discuss questions that matter. The initial conversation questions center on Clark’s focus on the quality of life-long learning. These initial questions will in turn spur other questions that will be addressed in the subsequent cafes.

These conversations link and build on each other as people move between groups, cross-pollinate ideas, and discover new insights into the questions or issues that are most important in their life, work, or community. Read past participants' reflections on the value of these cafes.

The up coming cafe "Listening Salon" has a more in-depth look at really listening. Read for more information.

In addition to the cafes, which are based on the World Café Model described in the various articles below, one of the cafes will be a Listening Salon which will help us learn and practice the skill of really listening, a core skill for conversation and life-long learning. This process has been designed and piloted by Marcia McReynolds, adjunct professor in theater at Clark, and trainer of over 10,000 people in the skills of really listening.

Overall Goals:

  1. For everyone in the Clark Community to develop a deeper understanding of the learner centered/long term learning approach to education.
  2. To positively effect Clark’s campus climate through the promotion of universal belonging, open, holistic communication, and student involvement.
  3. To increase retention of students through making the educational process in every Clark arena, meaningful, relevant, and hospitable to their individual needs and goals.

These cafes are open to any faculty, staff, or administrator employed at Clark College and any interested Clark student. Seating will be available on a first-come first-served, space available, basis and the total number will be dictated by the size of the room.

Links

Links on Conversation Cafes/World Cafes

http://theworldcafe.com/

http://www.conversationcafe.org/

http://www.neighborhoodlink.com/org/conversation cafe/

http://cafe.recminusa.org/

http://www.amazon.com/World-Cafe-Shaping-Futures-Conversations/dp/1576752585

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