Faculty hosts annual appreciation luncheon for community partners

Earlier this summer, the Faculty held a year-end celebration luncheon for community organizations that are partnered with the Faculty through the Community Practicum Experience course.

The event, which was held at Black Creek Pioneer Village, provided an opportunity for guests to network, collaborate, and engage in meaningful conversations about education. It also gave partners a forum to contribute and share their voice in further shaping the community practicum experience for BEd students in the Faculty.

“The event was a way for us to acknowledge and celebrate the many offerings and learning opportunities that our partner organizations provide for our teacher candidates throughout the year,” said Lindsay LaMorre, Community Practicum Coordinator in the Faculty. “Many of our partners are doing great work in their communities through their respective organizations and we’re extremely grateful for the ongoing collaborations that we’ve had with them over the years.”

Community partners engaged in brainstorming sessions and discussions grounded in the Faculty’s Community Practicum Experience course for first-year teacher candidates. The conversations allowed for an opportunity to collaborate, listen and consolidate thoughts on successful community practicum experiences, the specific roles of TCs, faculty, and partner organizations. It was also an opportunity to discuss next steps and how to increase authentic community engagement and professional learning opportunities for BEd students.

Hear what a few of our community partners had to say about their partnership with us.