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 Frequently Asked Questions 

What’s a National Gathering?

Click here to find out more about the National Gathering.

What’s included in the price of the National Gathering?

In planning the National Gathering and setting the cost, Educators for Community Engagement and the local planning committee try to include all or the majority of the meals, a full day of workshops and community excursions, in addition to the one and a half day learning circles that are at the center of the National Gathering. In addition, whenever possible the local planning group tries to plan nightly entertainment at no additional cost. Registration costs also includes a year’s dues for Educators for Community Engagement.

While not included in the registration costs, Educators for Community Engagement endeavors to provide low cost housing, room shares, and scholarships for people attending the National Gathering.

What are Learning Circles?

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Who belongs to Educators for Community Engagement?

We began as mostly faculty and staff in higher education, but as we build a active democratic organization committed to achieving a national voice, we welcome and encourage membership from community partners and students involved in the service-learning effort. The cost of membership is built into the cost of attending the National Gathering, so if you attended last year’s National Gathering, than you are currently a member. If not, it is easy to join – just click here.

What does Educators for Community Engagement do?

Members of Educators for Community Engagement actively explore collaborative and democratic methods of teaching and learning. We participate in learning circles and meetings such as the National Gathering that allow us to learn from other innovators and practitioners in the field. Through sharing and learning we are inspired to bring new service-learning opportunities to our own institutions and the communities in which we live. Some members attend one meeting a year, other members facilitate or participate in learning circles throughout the year. For some examples of this work visit the articles section of this website.

What are the benefits of membership?

Membership is your key to joining a host of discussions, both virtual and in person.
  • Educators for Community Engagement has a membership email list that allows practitioners to ask questions, announce events, and make connections with learning circles or other democratic teaching groups.
  • Membership will keep you up to date about special events such as the National Gathering and smaller learning circles happening around the country, hosted by Educators for Community Engagement members.
  • In addition, membership in Educators for Community Engagement allows you to publish articles through the ECE website (contingent upon editor’s approval).
  • Membership also gives you voting privileges for officers and other matters being discussed at our annual meeting, held on the last day of the National Gathering.
  • Finally, you will have a voice and a hand in shaping a unique all volunteer organization specifically created by and for educators and their collaborators in community service-learning.

How do I join?

Click here to complete the application form and send it in with your dues. You will be contacted by someone from the membership committee to welcome you to the organization and tell you about exciting future events and opportunities.

How can I become more involved in the work of Educators for Community Engagement?

  • Attend the National Gathering.

  • Join a committee. Educators for Community Engagement is governed by a volunteer steering committee that depends on an open committee structure to accomplish its goals. We welcome new members (or old members) to contribute to the work of our many committees. These committees include (but are not limited to): Finance, External Relations, and National Gathering Planning.

  • Host a local learning circle or learning circle training. Educators for Community Engagement can provide advice and put you in contact with skilled facilitators in your region.

To get more involved contact us at ece@gmail.com