Retreats

The Atlantic Center for Learning Communities sponsors curriculum planning retreats for teams of faculty and administrators. Past retreats have focused on assessment in learning communities and fostering interdisciplinary connections within learning communities. Attendees can spend time in teams from within their institution, or in interactive workshops where an emphasis is placed on sharing ideas and resources across institutions.These are ideal settings for networking and renewal with learning community colleagues. 

Recent retreats have been held at the Holy Family Passionist Retreat Center in West Hartford, CT. When we have compared retreat locations on cost, space, cleanliness, food, and proximity to transportation options, we have yet to find a site that can beat this religiously-affiliated retreat center. We believe that keeping the cost down, and keeping the access of campus teams up, has been critical to the ongoing involvement of participants.

West Hartford, CT is a wonderful town filled with many attractions just minutes away from the retreat center.  Sites of local interest include: Wadsworth Atheneum, The Harriet Beecher Stowe Center, and Mark Twain’s House & Museum.  Our participants not only join enriching discussions at the retreat, but can enjoy the various amusements and history nearby.  For more attractions in the area, click here.

Past retreat topics:

2014 – Full STEAM Ahead

Keynote speaker: Piet Hut, Ph.D., Astrophysicist and Professor of Interdisciplinary Studies at Princeton University’s Institute for Advanced Study

2013 – Creating and Sustaining Community in Challenging Times

Keynote speaker: Paul Loeb, author, Soul of a Citizen

2012 – Integrated Learning for All: Engaging Students at Every Level

Keynote speaker: Gillies Malnarich, Co-Director of the Washington Center for Improving the Quality of Undergraduate Education.

2011 – Learning Communities and the First-Year Student

Keynote speaker: Betsy Barefoot, Vice President and Senior Scholar, John N. Gardner Institute for Excellence in Undergraduate Education.

2010 – Best Practices in Learning Communities: ACLC Celebrates a Decade of Progress

Keynote speaker: Barbara Walvoord, Professor Emerita of the University of Notre Dame.

2009 – Learning Communities in the Community: Practicing Civic Engagement

Keynote speaker: Richard Guarasci, President of Wagner College.

2008 – Using Learning Communities to Promote Student Success in Math and Science

Keynote speaker: Ellen Goldeye, Professor of Biology, Wofford College

2007 – Integrative Learning: What does it Mean? How do We do it? How Do We Know it Works? Why is it Important?

Keynote speaker: Veronica Boix-Mansilla, chair of the Future of Learning Institute at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and Director of the Interdisciplinary Studies Project at Harvard, Project Zero.

2006 – Learning Communities: Creating Cross-Campus Conversations

2005 – Assessment in Learning Communities

2001 – 2004 – curriculum planning retreats, no themes

Recent retreats have been held at the Holy Family Passionist Retreat Center in West Hartford, CT. When we have compared retreat locations on cost, space, cleanliness, food, and proximity to transportation options, we have yet to find a site that can beat this religiously-affiliated retreat center. We believe that keeping the cost down, and keeping the access of campus teams up, has been critical to the ongoing involvement of participants.