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A Day of Dialogue

Developing Core Competencies: A Day of Dialogue

Friday, June 1, 2018

9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
William & Mary School of Education


SCHEV's "Day of Dialogue" brought together faculty, staff and community partners from a variety of institutions, departments, and professional roles to discuss experiences and strategies related to teaching and assessing core competencies (particularly those required in the SCHEV assessment policy -- critical thinking, written communication, quantitative reasoning and civic engagement).

Given the very high level of interest in civic engagement, SCHEV was pleased to partner with the Campus Vote Project (CVP) for this event. The CVP, together with faculty from Piedmont Virginia Community College and James Madison University, offered two breakout sessions related to civic learning. The other breakout sessions consisted of facilitated conversations among the attendees on specific competencies--critical thinking, written communication, and quantitative reasoning, as well as a session on one or more other competencies of interest to the attendees (e.g., information literacy, professional readiness).
Although some institutions were invited to offer brief remarks about their own experiences as a springboard for discussion, most of the day's program was not about learning from the "experts." Rather, the goal was to create a space where people who share a commitment to deep learning could talk about their challenges and successes, explore "what ifs," and consider what we might do--as individuals, as institutions, and as a state--to promote higher levels of learning by all students in these vitally important domains.

The opening plenary session, civic engagement breakouts, and closing plenary conversation were available via livestream for those who were unable to travel to Williamsburg. A recording of those sessions is linked below. For those in the southwest region, an alternate venue was available at Virginia Tech, where up to 25 people could watch the livestream together and participate in facilitated conversations similar to those being held in Williamsburg. 




Questions? Contact Jodi Fisler at or by phone at (804) 371-0023.   

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