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Welcome to the Center for Experiential Learning's Engaged Teaching and Learning Newsletter! We hope this newsletter finds you resting and relaxing after wrapping up another wonderful semester of teaching and learning! This edition of the newsletter looks ahead to events and opportunities to deepen your teaching practice this spring. Explore how you can get involved below!

This monthly newsletter shares the latest news, events, and programming related to teaching and learning across Loyola. In the December edition, you'll find: 

Upcoming Events
CEL Workshops, Programs, and Events
Teaching and Learning On Campus
Teaching and Learning Resources

Have an event, opportunity, or resource you would like to share? Email us at to be included in the next edition. 
Upcoming Events

Focus on Teaching and Learning
January 9th • 9:30AM - 3:30PM • Schreiber Center

How do you and your faculty and staff colleagues animate and bring to life Loyola’s mission through your support of our students’ learning? How does Loyola’s mission influence your strategies for how you teach, design courses, and/or develop student learning and formation? Please join us at the January Focus on Teaching and Learning (FOTL) event, Loyola’s semi-annual educational development program to build capacity and enhance teaching and learning strategies for Loyola’s faculty and staff educators. FOTL will take place on January 9th on the Water Tower campus in Schreiber Center from 9:30am-3:30pm. Please be sure to register.

On Thursday, January 24th, the CEL will host the annual Non-Profit Opportunities Fair from 2:00-4:30PM in the Damen Den. Dozens of organizations will be on hand to recruit service-learners, interns, volunteers, and employees. This is a great opportunity for your students to get connected, find Engaged Learning placements, and for you to get to know local organizations! 
Partners in Learning: Building Towards Co-Education
January 24th • 12:00 - 1:30PM • Location TBD

Join the Center for Experiential Learning for a lunch workshop in conjunction with our annual Non-Profit Opportunities Fair!

The idea of faculty and community partners working together as “Co-educators” in community-based learning experiences is at the core of Loyola’s mission and the work of the Center for Experiential Learning. Join us for a panel of faculty and community partners as they discuss their victories, challenges, and hopes for this model of co-education in community-based learning.
CEL Workshops, Programs, and Opportunities

CEL on the Water Tower Campus!
Feb. 13th • Feb. 27th • Mar. 20th • Apr. 17th

The Center for Experiential Learning is headed to the Water Tower Campus! The CEL will be hosting downtown editions of the Active Teaching Reading Group and the Write Now! Workshop Series on select Wednesdays from 9:00AM-12:00PM (location TBD). To find out more or get involved, email Susan Harman (

Certificate in Experiential Learning 
Feb. 1st • Feb. 15th • Feb. 22nd • Mar. 15th • Mar. 29th

Designed as a flexible series of workshops, this spring's Certificate in Experiential Learning Program explores course design, assessment, civic dialogue, classroom community, and cultural competency. Workshops are held on Fridays from 11:30AM-1:00PM in Mundelein 1410. Join this year's certificate program here or email Susan Haarman for more information.

Social Justice Pedagogy Reading Group
Jan. 29th • Feb. 19th • Mar. 12th • Mar. 26th

As conversations around social justice intensify on the national level, the CEL invites you to explore how you can cultivate a just classroom environment through how you teach. The group meets on select Tuesdays from 11:30AM-12:30PM in Damen 216. Readings and lunch will be provided. To join, email Susan Haarman.

Active Teaching Reading Group
Jan. 30th • Feb. 20th • Mar. 13th • Mar. 27th

Join us for a reading group centered on James Lang's Small Teaching. Build a toolbox of daily classroom activities and tangible tools for teaching. The group meets on select Wednesdays from 11:30AM-12:30PM in Cuneo 318. Books and lunch will be provided. To join, email Susan Haarman

Write Now! Writing Workshop Series
Feb. 1st • Feb. 15th • Mar. 15th • Mar. 29th

Join the CEL for a series of workshops designed to provide dedicated time and space for scholarship of teaching and learning and engaged scholarship across Loyola. Write Now! meets Fridays from 9:00-11:00AM (location TBD) and offers a supportive interdisciplinary atmosphere, guided writing sessions, and refreshments. For more information, email Susan Haarman.

The Communities in Solidarity program funds community immersion in engaged learning courses. Apply for up to $500 each semester to help your class connect to Rogers Park and Edgewater. Take your class to a local organization, restaurant or museum or support their Engaged Learning efforts through honoraria for speakers and/or facilitated training from community partners. Apply below!

Priority will be given to participants in the Certificate in Experiential Learning Faculty Development Program

Apply Now!
Teaching and Learning On Campus
Share Your Events, Workshops, and Programs!

Do you have an upcoming event, workshop, program, or opportunity related to teaching and learning at Loyola? We'd love to feature them in our monthly newsletter and continue building a vibrant teaching and learning community on campus. To be included in upcoming Engaged Teaching and Learning Newsletter, email us at and include "Engaged Teaching and Learning Newsletter" in the subject. 
We invite you to join us for the 2019 Undergraduate Research & Engagement Symposium which will be held on Saturday, April 13th! Each year, as part of Loyola's Weekend of Excellence, we celebrate outstanding undergraduate research and community engagement during the academic year! Find out how you can get involved below!
Encourage Your Students to Participate
The Undergraduate Research & Engagement Symposium features undergraduate research (as part of academic courses, LUROP fellowships, external programs, or independent study) and celebrates undergraduate scholarship in community engagement, including projects from service-learning courses, academic internship courses, and community partnerships.

Registration is now open! Please encourage your students to share their fall and/or spring semester research and community engagement scholarship as part of this year's symposium! We are also available to share this opportunity with your students. Please reply to this email or contact us at to request a class visit.

Nominate a Community Partner

Have you or your students worked with a particularly outstanding community organization that has been a true co-educator? Consider nominating them for our Community Partner Award for Coeducation! The winning organization will receive $500 to support their great work. Find out more about nominating a community partner here
Nominate a Student

Each year, we honor outstanding undergraduate student scholarship in community engagement and research. Please consider nominating students' outstanding work in undergraduate research, community engagement, and/or learning portfolios this fall for one of the awards below. 
Outstanding Undergraduate Research Awards
Community Engagement Awards
Learning Portfolio Reflection Awards

Become an Evaluator

The Undergraduate Research and Engagement Symposium invites you to serve as an evaluator for Loyola students’ research, creative activity, and community engagement projects. This celebration of students’ scholarly work is a meaningful opportunity to review and engage with our Loyola students in the context of the community-based learning work and research projects with which the students have engaged over the past year. Please consider becoming an evaluator for the 2019 Undergraduate Research & Engagement Symposium!
Student Workshops

This year, we'll be co-hosting a series of workshops to help students prepare for the 2019 Undergraduate Research & Engagement Symposium. Stay tuned for upcoming workshops on writing abstracts, designing posters, developing oral presentations, and honing public speaking skills to share with your students!

We are also available to work directly with classes or student organizations. Please reply to this email or contact us at to request a class visit or workshop.
Teaching and Learning Resources
CEL Community Resource Site

The Center for Experiential Learning has a vibrant library of teaching and learning resources for Loyola faculty. You can access and contribute to these resources through our CEL Community Resources site available through Sakai at the link below. You'll find forms, readings, curriculum  modules, reflection resources, syllabus language, and more. Our hope is that this site will be a living resource where faculty and staff can share further research, examples, articles, assignments, and resources.

Click the button below to view and contribute to this growing collection of resources.
Teaching and Learning Resource Site
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