This essay describes a cross-age project between a fourth grade class and university students in which the two groups of students worked together on a dramatic performance of Paul Fleischman’s Seedfolks (1997, 2014).
Community-Engaged Learning integrates meaningful community engagement with instruction and reflection to enrich the learning experience, teach civic responsibility, and strengthen communities. Students apply knowledge and skills gained though their courses in the real world while addressing community needs, creating mutually beneficial relationships that improve learning experiences, prompt meaningful classroom reflection and discussion, and aid local governments, nonprofits, and the common good.
The Community-Engaged Learning Program works with community partners and faculty to find project matches that benefit the community while meeting course learning objectives. The program also manages course designations to ensure faculty and students are recognized for the work they complete in the community.