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Engaging Your Community, EDL 900

Instructors: Bridget Gothberg, Tom Lisec, Bob Wittman & Sally Winifred Latimer

Topic: Administrative/Leadership
Audiences: Specialist/Counselors & Pre K-12

This course explores the role of schools and community educators in the process of establishing, encouraging, and maintaining an active relationship with surrounding communities. It emphasizes the importance of purposeful planning in preparation for advisory groups and council meetings, how to create groups that are representative of their communities, and the skills necessary to enhance inclusive communication.

One-credit course expectations:

The learner's participation for one credit will be verified by:

  1. Completing the two categories of written assignments.
    1. At the end of each layer the learner will submit a few well written but concise remarks to address the layer's content.
    2. A one page summary reflection that is written upon completion of all of the modules incorporated in the selected UND course. End of Course Reflective Statement Requirements are provided. The final reflection must be sent as an attachment to the instructor of record at
  2. Checking the time stamp in the module indicating the amount of time the student spent studying the contents of the module.

Two-credit course expectations:

  1. The learner must complete one or more Authentic Practice Sets completing a minimum of 15 hours of additional work, beyond the requirements for the first credit, for a total of at least 30 hours for two credits.
    1. The additional 15 additional hours is focused on preparation of a portfolio exhibit that documents the design, implementation, and appraisal of an Authentic Practice Set applied to the content of the course.

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About Your Instructors

Bridget Gothberg Bridget Gothberg

Bridget Gothberg is an international speaker and trainer with more than 30 years of experience as a community educator. Gothberg consults in the areas of leadership development, facilitation, and coaching. She is also an adjunct faculty member at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota, and has served as a regional trainer in the 21st Century Community Learning Center program.

Tom Lisec Tom Lisec

Tom Lisec is a former journalist and newspaper editor, public relations professional, community education director, and adjunct faculty member at Metropolitan State University in the Twin Cities. He has three degrees from the University of St. Thomas, including a BA in Journalism, an MA in Community Education, and an Education Specialist in Education Leadership. Tom retired from Burnsville Public Schools in Minnesota, where he served for more than 25 years as the executive director of Community Education and Community Relations. Since then, he has been doing organizational and workplace consulting, writing courses, and coaching.

Bob Wittman Bob Wittman

Bob Wittman is a past-president of the National Community Education Association and has served as the president of the Minnesota Community Education Association. He has also been the co-chair of the National Council of State Community Education Associations and has chaired numerous state and national association committees.

Bob has a master's degree from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota, has an undergraduate teaching degree, and is a Bush Education Leadership Fellow. Wittman is an executive member of the University of Minnesota Scholia Club for Education Leaders and is a past member of the TwinWest Chamber Board of Directors. He is honored to be a member of the distinguished Department of Education Alumni Wall of Fame at the University of St. Thomas, and in 2007 was the named as the National Community Educator of the Year.

Wittman has taught as an adjunct faculty member for the National Community Education Center and has been a guest presenter for the University of St. Thomas. He is a published author and international speaker with speaking experiences in Australia, England, and Canada.

Sally Winifred Latimer Sally Winifred Latimer

Sally Winifred Latimer, EdD is a partner in Global Solutions International, specializing in leadership development and strategic planning for communities and organizations. She is a retired assistant superintendent and community education director. In 2003, the Minnesota Community Education Association named Latimer the Minnesota Community Education Director of the Year. She has served as President of the Downtown Rhinelander, Wisconsin Mainstreet program, a place where community capital is developed every day.

As an adjunct professor at the University of Minnesota, she teaches community education and introductory courses to administrative licensure students. She earned her EdD in Educational Leadership from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota.

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