Gephardt Institute Resources
The following resources were developed by the Gephardt Institute to provide faculty with scaffolding helpful in developing and teaching a community-engaged course. For course-based funding opportunities through the Gephardt Institute, please learn more about our Civic Engagement Fund.
Course Planning Checklist
The Course Planning Checklist provides a list of details to think about when developing a community-engaged course.
The Partner Agreement is designed to outline the expectations of the community partners. This form can be adapted to specific community-engaged courses or programs with the exception of the release which informs community partners that the projects are completed by students and may not meet professional standards.
Partnership Orientation Handbook
The Partnership Orientation Handbook provides an overview and guidelines for community-engaged teaching to community partners, including helpful tips on supervision of students.
The Student Agreement is designed to inform students of the unique roles and responsibilities of a community-engaged course. This form can be adapted with the exception of the release that informs students that their work is the property of the community partner unless otherwise agreed upon.
The Partnership Agreement is designed to facilitate communication among students, faculty, and staff. It communicates expectations for students, community partners, faculty, and Gephardt Institute staff (if applicable) and provides a structure for students to meet with their partner agencies to develop project objectives, descriptions, and tasks.
This is a standard liability waiver for community-engaged courses and programs. It has been vetted with WU General Council and can be adapted to specific community-engaged courses and programs.
Faculty might also find these external resources valuable during course development and implementation.
General and Comprehensive Guides:
Toolkit for Designing Community Engaged Courses
Faculty Toolkit for Service Learning in Higher Education
Community Engaged Teaching Step by Step
Guide to Service Learning Pedagogy
Service Learning Models
Principles of Partnership
Community Partnership Models, Development, and Agreements
Toolkit for Preparing Students for Community Engagement
Community Perspectives on University-Community Engagement:
Building Partnerships with College Campuses: Community Perspectives
Community Voices: A California Campus Compact Study on Partnerships
Other Academic and National Resources:
The Michigan Journal of Community Service Learning
National Society for Experiential Education
National Youth Leadership Council
For further resources or technical assistance, please contact Cassie Power at firstname.lastname@example.org.