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First-year Course on Northampton State Hospital

The Center for Community Collaboration (CCC) supports Professor Emeritus Tom Riddell's First-Year Seminar, "The Evolution and Transformation of the Northampton State Hospital." Students in the course have been actively involved in the State Hospital Memorial Project for about ten years. First-years have helped in the creation of text and images for a "pocket park" on the site, which will serve to memorialize the people who lived and worked at this historic location.
For more information:
See November 22-23 Daily Hampshire Gazette article.


Community Engagement and Social Change (CESC) Concentration

The CCC invites students to find out about the concentration in "Community Engagement and Social Change." This concentration will help you link what you are learning in the classroom to the needs and interests of communities locally and around the globe, and make a difference with your Smith education. Please inquire early!
For information:
Refer to smith.edu/ccc/concentration


Science Teaching Opportunities during Interterm 2014

This January, the Center for Science Outreach and the Center for Molecular Biology will offer two hands-on, experiential learning opportunities for students interested in exploring teaching and supporting local schools. These two short-term placement options will provide an excellent introduction to the teaching of science at either the high school or grade school level.

Science Teaching Fellowship
Develop your own science lesson plan and implement it at a local grade school.
Dates: January 13-17
For information: tgralins@smith.edu

Interterm High School Science Teaching Internship
Develop and teach an established lesson plan and implement it at Northampton High School.
Dates: January 6-13
For information: lbierwer@smith.edu

Application for J-term science teaching opportunities: click here.

For Students: Reflection Sessions at the CCC

Are you currently engaged in community-based work? Have you just completed a practical experience in the community? The Center for Community Collaboration (CCC), in collaboration with the Smith School of Social Work (SSW), offers weekly reflection sesssions for Smith students currently, or recently, enaged in community-based activities, whether as volunteers, service-learners in a CBL course, or as Community Engagement and Social Change concentrators. The reflection sessions offer participants a safe space to think deeply about their community engagement and its relationship to their academic work, as well as its impact on self, community partners, and society. Through interactive group activities, participants also build community with peers, aquire skills, and learn about strategies that can improve the quality of their community engagement.

While required for all CESC Concentrators, reflection sessions are open to all students engaged/recently engaged in community service, service learning, Praxis, off campus workstudy, and other paid programs.

Time: Mondays 4-5 p.m., starting September 30
Location: Center for Community Colalboration (Wright Hall 013, lower level)
Registration required: Click here.


For Faculty: Teaching Circles at the Sherrerd Center

Every semester, the Sherrerd Center for Teaching and Learning sponsors a variety of Teaching Circles where faculty come together to discuss a teaching topic of shared interest.

The Community-Based Learning/Research Teaching Circle will be offered this fall. This Teaching Circle is meant for those who teach (or are interested in teaching) community-based learning/research courses. CBL/R courses involve students in meaningful real-world activities that advance curricular goals while benefitingoff-campus communities. Participants will explore broader issues related toCBL/R pedagogy and share pedagogical strategies with which they have experimented.

This fall, Teaching Circles will meet in the Neilson Browsing Room from noon until 1:00 (with lunch provided) on the following Fridays: September 27, October 25, and November 22, 2013.

For more information: Refer to www.smith.edu/sherrerdcenter/teachingcircles.php