Service-Learning conference will feature national education expert

On Feb. 22, Pellissippi State will host a day-long conference about service-learning and other high-impact education practices. The conference is open to any Pellissippi State employee.

The keynote speaker is Caryn McTighe Musil, who is senior scholar and director of civic learning and democracy initiatives for the Association of American Colleges and Universities. Musil is the author of “A Crucible Moment: Civic Learning and Democracy’s Future,” a 2012 national report that advocates for more civic learning and democratic engagement in traditional learning situations. Tennessee Board of Regents is now highly encouraging all faculty to use high-impact practices like service-learning in their courses.

On Feb. 22, Musil will lead the day’s discussion about high-impact practices and their connection to democracy.

More than 2,500 students at Pellissippi State annually report volunteering in the community, either in conjunction with Service-Learning in their courses or as tnAchieves or Tennessee Promise scholarship recipients.

The Feb. 22 professional development conference will also include speakers from tnAchieves, Tennessee Campus Compact (who sponsors the conference along with Volunteer Tennessee) and Tennessee Board of Regents, plus panels of community college faculty from across Tennessee and of Tennessee Promise students.

If you’re interested in attending the free conference, please contact Annie Gray,, by Feb. 12.