Some good articles/links for the start of semester

Welcome sign in chalk and flowers

(Photos: McKay Savage)

Semester 2 starts on Monday so I’ve been busy getting a number of subjects ready. This semester I’m responsible for two undergraduate electives (Engaging communities and Volunteerism – perspectives and management) and a postgraduate subject (School and community partnerships). Because of other commitments I won’t be active in them (they’re all online) but have been preparing the course outlines, the blackboard sites and other teaching materials, and will coordinate the teaching. This week’s readings will thus focus on interesting resources that focus on community engagement, volunteering or school-community partnerships. So welcome to any of my students who happen to read this and happy semester!

Community at the Center: Building the Field of Community Engagement via Nexus Community Partners – a great video (18:03 minutes) in which people from five North American community organisations (who work with communities of colour) discuss community engagement: what it is, strategies, underlying principles, the importance of relationships, and various other issues.

Family/Community Engagement: Community Partnerships by Jennifer Doucette – a short (3:27 minutes) video discussing how her school in Milwaukee involved the community more.

Improving the Health of Communities Through Participation by Jane Farmer via Latrobe University – a short video (2:27 minutes) and other information about a three year project supporting rural communities to design, develop and implement locally responsive and sustainable health services.

Tipping the scale — unconscious barriers to community engagement by Brett Powell via TEDxChemungRiver – a video of a short (11:49 minutes) TEDx talk about four barriers to volunteering and ways they can be overcome.

How everyone wins from an effective community engagement programme from the Guardian – how the Guardian and community groups benefited from a week-long volunteering project that was based on sharing their technology skills.

Community engagement via PwC – how a large Canadian corporation describes its corporate social responsibility program.

One from the vaults

Online teaching and social inclusion

If you liked this post please follow my blog (top right-hand corner of the blog), and you might like to look at:

  1. Previous weekend readings
  2. Teaching community engagement to students from 29 disciplines
  3. 3 types of community engagement (with related concepts and literature)
  4. Selecting an example of community engagement to critique
  5. 10 things I’ve learnt about strengths-based community engagement
  6. Making parents feel welcome in schools

About Graeme Stuart

Lecturer (Family Action Centre, Newcastle Uni), blogger (Sustaining Community), Alternatives to Violence Project facilitator, environmentalist, father. Passionate about families, community development, peace, sustainability.
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2 Responses to Some good articles/links for the start of semester

  1. elleran says:

    Graeme Luke Kerr is our team leader, do contact him if you would like to discuss Real time Learning. thank you, Narelle


  2. elleran says:

    Graeme, love your blog about volunteerism. I am working in a ‘Real Time Learning’ program that gives young Victorian Mount Eliza secondary students the opportunity to volunteer a whole day a week for two years. Do come and visit us, look at for details also check out the school website. we are happy to provide your students opportunities to experience what we are providing for our students if they wish to visit. Thank you, Narelle Debenham. m.0431791379

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