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Upcoming convenings and events are listed in sidebar calendar.

“The convening has been an eye opening experience. Transformational.”
– Dr. Godfrey Saunders, Montana State University @ October 2016 Convening

What is a CPED Convening?

The signature activity of many Carnegie Foundation programs is a "convening." The term is meant to convey not only that these meetings are different from traditional conferences, but also that the central feature is coming together.

There are five key features that make the convening unique:

In addition, CPED has added the following component to represent the work that we do as a consortium.

  1. Idea Centered: key questions and proactive ideas focus each convening and engage participants in discussing and defining the future of the education doctorate.
  2. Mix of Pedagogies: plenary sessions, campus team-work time, structured small groups,presentations and social occasions make up the structure of a convening and promote intellectual community.
  3. Multiple Voices: A crucial component of the CPED convening is the voices of multiple stakeholders—faculty, deans and graduate students.
  4. Unstructured Conversations: convenings include the all-important social components to build personal connections and strengthen intellectual connections.
  5. High Expectations: CPED asks each institution team to complete several assignments in advance, which often involve consulting widely with leadership and other members of their institution.
  6. Critical Friends: In CPED, the role of critical friends is to support and empower each other by demonstrating a positive regard for people and providing an informed critique of processes and practices (Swaffield, 2005). 

    A set of Convening Norms of Engagement have been established by our members to foster this unique environment.

Types of CPED Convening Sessions

In 2013, CPED leadership redesigned convening sessions to:

1) Accommodate the growing numbers and diverse needs of members;
2) Provide more ‘hands on’ learning about program design and push our thinking;
3) Learn from and with each other and as we do strive to improve CPED programs;
4) Offer an academic opportunity for those presenting; and
5) To continue the to work together as a consortium to develop, test, and improve CPED notions for professional practice preparation.

As a result of this thinking, two formats for sessions were created.

Learning Exchanges (Professional Development Sessions): provide members the opportunities to both lead learning exchanges and have the option to select among sessions that will be more beneficial to their home campus work.

Full Consortium Sessions
: group time to work together on developing CPED ideas as well as address CPED governance issues.


View resources from past convenings here!

Carnegie Project on the Education Doctorate (CPED)
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