2019 Community Development Education Symposium

Detroit, MI!

Symposium Overview

Over the last few decades, the community development field has grown substantially, creating a need for further professional training. Today, there are approximately 50 graduate and undergraduate community development programs across the United States. While this growth is positive, community development education remains splintered. No shared standards, core content, or teaching practices have been identified or agreed upon by educators who span diverse disciplines and community contexts. There is also a lack of communication among community development educators about what new knowledge and methods are emerging, and where the field is going. In response, is current pedagogy relevant to the training of future practitioners?

The 2019 Community Development Education Symposium focused on community development education and educational delivery for undergraduate and graduate students. It brought together community development educators to share knowledge, best practices, and innovative ideas for teaching and learning. The gathering created a space for community development educators to explore:

  • What is shifting in community development education? 

  • Where is knowledge emerging? 

  • Are there new models for community development education? 

  • What changes in the community development field inform education? 

  • What are innovative methods for teaching and learning community development?

Through keynote speakers, conversation exchanges, and tours, the symposium discussed current program designs and educational practices. It also showcased emerging and innovative curricula, educational methods, and student and professional development that advance the impact of Community Development Education.