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Clinton School Director of Field Service Education, Marie Lindquist, set to host her workshop, “Using Liberating Structures to Teach, Reflect, and Work Differently,” at the 2014 Gulf-South Summit at Auburn University next spring.
More about the workshop:
Liberating structures are simple and easy-to-learn microstructures that create unique spaces for full participation. Conventional microstructures that are well known include managed discussions, presentations, brainstorming sessions, and status reports. Liberating structures, on the other hand, change the basic expectations to create new ways of interacting. They can quickly inspire participation by everyone, even in large groups. They allow participants to control the content as opposed to the facilitator or leader. Evolving from complexity science, they tap into the collective intelligences of participants by making it possible to include all stakeholders in the conversation.
“I have incorporated the structures into my field courses as a way to teach, reflect, generate ideas, share knowledge, troubleshoot problems, and more,” Lindquist said. “Through my own experience, I have found liberating structures to be a wonderful tool for faculty to use in their service-learning courses, as well as administrators and students to use in their meetings.”
Each of the over 30 liberating structures have minimum requirements regarding time, space arrangement and actions taken by participants. They can be easily learned and applied in a variety of settings depending on the intended result. Some are better for reflection, others help participants solve problems, and still others help appreciate and share the expertise that the participants bring to a topic.
In this interactive workshop, participants will engage in some of the liberating structures while learning more about what they are, how they work, and how they could be used. The structures will include:
- Impromptu Networking – focuses on the power of making connections with others
- 1-2-4-All – allows for thoughtful reflection, discussion, sharing, and common insight
- Troika Consulting – participants gain insight from their colleagues
- Open Space Technology – participants generate the agenda to allow for targeted action, innovation and problem solving
During the liberating structures, discussions will focus on service and service-learning. After each liberating structure, the group will discuss both the content of their discussions as well as the structure. The specific directions about how to facilitate these structures as well as the basic building blocks on which all liberating structures are developed will be discussed. Additional topics of the workshop will include:
- The ten values that are highlighted when liberating structures are used.
- How to learn to facilitate the liberating structures through practice.
- The basic structure of all liberating structures.
- Resources to help participants explore liberating structures on their own.
To read more about the 2014 Gulf-South Summit, hosted by Auburn University Outreach, click here.
The following blog post originally appeared as a profile on City Year’s website. You can view the original article, as well as other alumni spotlights, here.
Derrick Rainey’s red jacket sits on the back of his chair at Shady Hill School in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He is part of their Teacher Training Course (TTC), a yearlong program immersing him in a classroom as an apprentice teacher with a master teacher and mentor. Above his desk, a sign displays the things he loves: Playing Cello. Wearing Bowties. Public Service. As a senior in high school, Derrick first served as part of City Year Little Rock/North Little Rock’s first corps, painting murals and beautifying his high school; he knew he wanted to seek out more opportunities to continue his service. Throughout his tenure at Morehouse College, Derrick served. He spent his first collegiate summer teaching youth with Summerbridge in Cambridge, MA, and he continued to serve as a mentor for a math program in Little Rock, AR. The importance of fostering community and service to others was reinforced. Derrick took to heart the words to his first class by Morehouse’s then-President, Dr. Robert Michael Franklin, “You are global leaders, but you must have a local mindset.” He graduated, and then moved back home.
Derrick served with City Year Little Rock/North Little Rock for two years. He made sure his service was connected back to the community he had been a part of as a child, including the schools and the local Boys & Girls Club he had attended. Even though he was in familiar surroundings, it was a challenging experience. In the middle of his first service year, his team of ten had declined to a team of six. A student approached Derrick and said, “Mr. D, why is everyone leaving? You’re going to quit, too.” This pivotal moment motivated Derrick to prove that student wrong: he wasn’t going to leave. He knew he needed to stay because the kids expected him to walk out on them. In 2009 he completed his first year and then served a second. He even considered staying on at the site as a staff member, but was encouraged to participate in another opportunity for growth.
He applied to the Clinton School of Public Service at the University of Arkansas, and was accepted. He spent the next two years learning the importance of community engagement and understanding the philosophies of “serving not steering” and “creating a shared vision with those we serve.” Derrick further used his time at the Clinton School to give back to his community and had the opportunity to serve abroad in Zanzibar, East Africa to teach English and music to adults.
Upon graduation from the Clinton School, Derrick brought his passion for music to the classroom. An accomplished cellist, he was able to serve his community by filling a long-term substitute position while sharing his talent. Through that year, Derrick learned that while he was teaching a subject he loved he still had skills to learn and felt he could have a bigger impact by teaching core curriculum. He reached out to a mentor from his early college years, Desiree Ivey, Director of the Teacher Training Course at Shady Hill School, and was soon applying to the TTC.
He chose this program because he knew it would bridge his past teaching experience with his future goals of educational leadership. He knew it would be a fulfilling experience and that Shady Hill would develop him into the teacher he wants to be.
He is now working in a 4th grade classroom alongside his Directing Teacher, who mentors him through his experience. In January, Derrick will join other apprentices at the Lawrence School in Brookline. He is one of seven apprentices who will have a dual experience in independent and public schools. While learning how to teach with a master teacher, Derrick also participates in regular workshops in reading instruction, classroom management, curriculum development, child development, mathematics, and social studies. These workshops are taught by Shady Hill faculty, administrators, and other educators from different schools and community organizations. They will provide him with strategies and techniques that will him enable to be successful in the classroom.
It hasn’t always been easy, but his passion for service is genuine. Derrick left his home and family in Little Rock, Arkansas for Cambridge, and he admits one of his biggest challenges has been finding a LACY plan that works. But now he can look back on his experience and see how it’s been beneficial. He was awarded the TTC’s Katharine Taylor Fellowship, an award granted to an individual who demonstrates a commitment to teaching children and who demonstrates an interest in leadership. When he teaches, his students are engaged, inquisitive, and challenged. He’s a natural, and it’s no surprise his experience has brought him to the classroom. In his own words, “It’s who I am – I love service.”
Clinton School graduate Beatrice Biira, class of 2010, recently met with Rajiv Shah, the administrator of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), in Shah’s office in Washington D.C.
When Shah came to Little Rock earlier this year to speak at the Clinton School, he visited Heifer Village, where he saw a copy of “Beatrice’s Goat”, a children’s book based on Biira’s childhood in Uganda and her connection with Heifer International. Shah said that he often read “Beatrice’s Goat” to his own children.
Current Clinton School student, Mara D’Amico, has been invited to speak at two Universities, Central Michigan University and the University of Miami, on the issue of violence against women.
Mara will be be traveling home to her alma mater, Central Michigan University, this weekend to give the keynote speech, present at two workshops on violence against women, and facilitate the reflection at the end of the day for Issue Day. Issue Day is a one-day advocacy conference that’s designed to educate and empower students to take action on a variety of social justice issues. Throughout the day, participants will attend three breakout presentations of their choosing. There is a wide range of topics to choose from, ranging from Tom’s Shoes to Habitat for Humanity.
On the weekend of November 16, Mara will be traveling to the University of Miami to present at the Women’s Leadership Symposium, where she will be giving a workshop on violence against women. The University of Miami Women’s Leadership Symposium will serve as a forum for University of Miami students to gain insight on how to become an effective leader in their community. The objective is to utilize the talent in the community as a resource for students while identifying the day-to-day triumphs and challenges women face in the professional, college, and community spheres.
Clinton School students are organizing Movember events all through month of November to raise awareness and funds for men’s health issues, all while growing a moustache. So start growing out your upper-lip fur and join Clinton School students at the events below!
Schedule of Events:
Beard Shaving Auction
Nov. 1, 5-7 pm, White Water Tavern
Generous, bewhiskered men will be donating their beards to Movember by auctioning off the right to be shaven. The formerly-bearded philanthropists will then have to wear whatever is shorn onto their face for a day before trimming into the official facial hair of Movember, the moustache. The auction will start promptly at 530 and the shaving will occur right after on WWT’s back patio. This is a free event. Donations can be made in cash or through the Movember website. A laptop will be set up to take donations there.
Nov. 14, 7 pm, The West End
The West End has donated two pool tables for the Clinton School Caterpillar Lips and friends to host a pool tournament. Entry fee is $20. First place will receive $30, Second place $20, and third place $10. The rest of the proceeds will go to Movember. Email email@example.com.
Monday Night Football
Nov 18, 730 pm, Dugan’s Pub
Dugan’s Pub has agreed to donate a portion of their sales during the Patriots and Panthers game to Movember. Show up, watch some football, eat, drink, and support cancer research.
Clinton School Music Revue and Talent Show
Nov. 24, 6 pm, The Afterthought
The Afterthought has agreed to open up for us on Sunday evening to hold our second annual Clinton School Music Revue and Talent Show for Movember! This event will include raffle items, a 50/50 drawing, individual fundraising prizes, moustache awards, and of course performances by Clinton School students. $10 entry fee.
More About Movember
Movember aims to forever change the face of men’s health through the power of the moustache, by raising vital awareness and funds for men’s health issues to combat prostate and testicular cancer and mental health challenges. Movember programs are focused on awareness and education, living with and beyond cancer, and research to achieve our vision of an everlasting impact on the face of men’s health. Since 2003, three million participants have raised over $446MM for the cause, funding more than 570 programs globally, with official Movember campaigns taking place in 21 countries. Movember is fully accredited by the Better Business Bureau, and for the past two years, has been named a Top 100 best NGO by The Global Journal. For more information please visit Movember.com. Movember is a registered 501(c)(3) charity.
Bill has volunteered for more than six years and logged over 5200 hours with the Clinton School and the Clinton Presidential Center. He has been a tremendous help during countless public programs and he’s been a huge part of many students’ lives.
He’s often been the first person to greet you when you walk in the door at Sturgis Hall and whether you’re a new student, a guest speaker, staff or faculty, or a new volunteer, he always did it with a smile.
Thanks for all that you’ve done for us here at the Clinton School and the Clinton Presidential Center.
Happy retirement, Bill!
Jose Eduardo Guzzardi, a 2009 Clinton School graduate, has been selected to speak at the Organization of American States (OAS) Youth Conference in Washington, D.C.
As the world’s oldest hemispheric multilateral institution with convening power to bring together all independent nations of the Western Hemisphere, the OAS is guided by the pillars of democracy, human rights, development and a multidimensional approach to security. Headed by Assistant Secretary General Albert Ramdin, OAS Youth is aimed at promoting democracy and facilitating equality, opportunity and prosperity in the Americas.
Jose Eduardo Guzzardi manages institutional relations for Walmart in Brazil, including government relations on a wide range of issues, such as international trade, sustainability and corporate social responsibility. He also represents the company in several associations, and is on the Board of Directors of the Brazilian Association of Textile Retailers.
Prior to joining Walmart Brasil, Guzzardi worked in the United States leading Heritage Care, a small non-profit healthcare organization in Maryland and was part of the Brazil team at McLarty Associates, a prestigious strategic consulting firm based in Washington, DC.
A Brazilian native, Guzzardi has a Bachelor’s degree in International Studies from the University of Central Arkansas and earned his Master’s of Public Service degree from the Clinton School of Public Service.
Read more about the conference and see a full list of speakers here.
The Arkansas Department of Human Services (DHS) has chosen three new Fellows, including two Clinton School students, to join DHS for the 2013-2014 year. During their year with DHS, Fellows work on specific projects that address real DHS issues, policies, strategies, or problems. The DHS Office of Policy and Planning oversees the program for DHS and this is its fourth year. The program’s purpose is to expose the Fellows to the state government sector in hopes they will pursue jobs in public service.
The Fellows work part-time at DHS for a year for up to 1000 hours and are assigned to a division project supervisor who looks at day-to-day aspects of the project. About 70 percent of the Fellows’ time will be spent on their specific project and the remaining 30 percent will be focused on career development and training by taking the Career Development Program through the DHS Organizational Development and Training as well as other training opportunities.
Clinton School DHS Fellows include:
Angela Bukenya, a Master’s of Public Service student at the Clinton School of Public Service, has experience in nursing, public administration, human rights, advocacy, small business management, and many professional and personal experiences with health care in the U.S. She has a passion for access to health care and is very excited about the opportunity to learn about Arkansas’ health care system transformation and how it will impact Arkansans. Angela will work closely with the Health Care Innovations Team as well as several other partner organizations to evaluate consumer understanding, satisfaction, and engagement in the Arkansas Payment Improvement Initiative.
Neena Viel, a Master’s of Public Service student at the Clinton School of Public Service, has a background in communications, and has worked on several qualitative research projects that assessed the needs of underserved youth in poverty, foster care, and other high-risk communities. She has worked on projects that included the Arkansas Out of School Network, Nyaka Aids Orphans Project, and Children’s Homes of Paragould. Neena will work closely with the Social Emotional Health Work Group and the DHS Divisions of Behavioral Health Services, Child Care and Early Childhood Education and Children and Family Services, as well as several other public and private organizations to support the implementation of recommendations from the Work Group’s strategic plan. This may include evaluating the feasibility of implementing the goals and strategies laid out in the plan, working with DHS leadership to determine which strategies should be prioritized, and identifying specific activities needed to support implementation.
“Wave,” author Sonali Deraniyagala
Monday, November 4, 2013 at 6:00 p.m. (Sturgis Hall) *Book signing to follow
- On Dec. 26, 2004, Deraniyagala was vacationing with her husband, two sons, and her parents in Yala, Sri Lanka. Within a matter of minutes, the sea had wiped out life as she had known it. In “Wave,” she recalls her experience with the tsunami that killed more than 200,000 people, including her own family. She is currently an Adjunct Associate Professor at the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University in New York, working on issues of economic development, including post-disaster recovery.
“Hyrdofracking: What Everyone Needs to Know,” author Alex Prud’homme
Tuesday, November 5, 2013 at 6:00 p.m. (Sturgis Hall) *Book signing to follow
- “Hydrofracking” explores the debate surrounding hydrofracking and provides a clear guide to the science underlying the technique. In concise question-and-answer format, Prud’homme cuts through the maze of opinions and rhetoric to uncover key points, from the economic and political benefits of fracking to the health dangers and negative effects on the environment. He has written for The New York Times, The New Yorker, Vanity Fair, and Time Magazine. He is the author of five books, including “The Ripple Effect: the Fate of Freshwater in the Twenty-First Century,” and the co-writer of Julia Child’s bestselling memoir, “My Life in France.”
“A Buyer-Led Approach to Creating Jobs for the Poor,” development economist, James Riordan
Wednesday, November 6, 2013 at 6:00 p.m. (Sturgis Hall) *Book signing to follow
- Riordan challenges conventional wisdom on international development work in his book, “We Do Know How: A Buyer-Led Approach to Creating Jobs for the Poor.” With practical guidance, he shows how to build on the incentives that drive businesses and, in the process, expand the incomes of poor people. Riordan takes buzzwords commonly used in development circles–”demand-driven,” “results-oriented,” “accountability”– and makes them real, spelling out a proven approach to drive economic growth. With more than 35 years of experience working in the public, non-profit and academic sectors, Riordan has designed and implemented anti-poverty, food security, business development, rural development, and policy reform programs in 59 countries.
“Getting Better: Why Global Development is Succeeding,” development economist, Charles Kenny
Thursday, November 7, 2013 at 6:00 p.m. (Sturgis Hall) *Book signing to follow
- “Getting Better” lays out the evidence on growing income disparities between the global rich and the global poor and explains the failed search for a silver bullet to overcome economic malaise. Kenny, a senior fellow at the Center for Global Development, discusses the considerable successes of development, pointing to global progress in health, education, civil and political rights, infrastructure, and even access to beer. He argues that ideas and technologies are the driving forces behind progress and suggests what the success of development and the importance of innovation to that success mean for policies in the developing world.
“Proof of Heaven: A Neurosurgeon’s Journey into the Afterlife,” author Dr. Eben Alexander
Wednesday, November 13, 2013 at 12:00 p.m. (Clinton Presidential Center, Great Hall) *Book signing to follow
- New York Times best-selling author and neurosurgeon, Dr. Alexander, explores his journey into the afterlife after slipping into meningitis-induced coma for seven days. Alexander’s near-death experience has changed him and the way he thinks about the brain forever. Alexander and his book investigate the true nature of consciousness through his miraculous experience.
“Makers: Women Who Make America,” a film screening and discussion
Thursday, November 14, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. (Arkansas Union Theatre, Fayetteville Arkansas)
- The University of Arkansas Diane D. Blair Center of Southern Politics and Society and the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service will co-host “18 Million Cracks: The Legacy of Second-Wave Feminism,” the fifth symposium in the Blair Legacy Series. As part of the symposium, the public is invited to a free screening of the PBS documentary “Makers: Women Who Make America” at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 14, in the Arkansas Union Theatre. Sara Evans, one of the film’s advisers, will lead a discussion following the viewing, and a reception will follow the program. For more information about the Blair Legacy Series or the film screening, please see the Blair Center website.
“A Rich Spot of Earth: Thomas Jefferson’s Revolutionary Garden at Monticello,” author Peter Hatch
Wednesday, November 20, 2013 at 12:00 p.m. (Sturgis Hall) *In Partnership with P. Allen Smith
- Hatch is a professional gardener and historian with 38 years of experience in the restoration, care, and interpretation of historic landscapes. A celebrated author of four books on the gardens of Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello, where he served as Director of Gardens and Grounds for 35 years, Hatch has lectured in 36 states on Jefferson and the history of garden plants. Presently, he gardens and botanizes from his home on Lickinghole Creek in Crozet, Virginia and consults on the installation and maintenance of both public gardens and private estate landscapes
“The Future of Korea and US Relations,” Consul General Suk-bum Park
Friday, November 22, 2013 at 12:00 p.m. (Sturgis Hall)
- Ambassador Park, as the current Consul General of the Republic of Korea, is responsible for promoting the relationship between Korea and five southern states in the United States. Having served as Ambassador in Bangladesh and Iraq, as well as a key member of the negotiating team for the historic Korea-U.S. Free Trade Agreement, he has an extensive knowledge and background in promoting trade, cultural awareness, exchange programs, and building relations with Korea on an international level. In his presentation, Ambassador Park will highlight recent major events, milestones and developments that affect the Korea-U.S. relationship to illustrate the importance of reinforcing the Korea-U.S. collaboration in the future.
“Political Branding 101,” political consultant Hogan Gidley
Monday, November 25, 2013 at 12:00 p.m. (Sturgis Hall)
- Gidley is a leading communications and political consultant with over 15 years of experience on both the statewide and national stages. Most recently, he served as the National Communications Director for the Santorum for President campaign. Prior to that, Gidley served as the Director of Communications for then-Governor Mike Huckabee and the Executive Director of HuckPAC, served as the Executive Director of the South Carolina Republican Party and worked on behalf of a number of Republican candidates, including U.S. Senator Elizabeth Dole. Gidley is a regular on-air political contributor to CNN, MSNBC, ABC, and FOX News and he holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism, and Minor in Political Science from the University of Mississippi.
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