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Convenings & Events are for members only.
Upcoming convenings and events are listed in sidebar calendar.

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.

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

There are five key features that make the convening unique:

  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.

Convening sessions are aimed at:

  1. Accommodating the growing numbers and diverse needs of members;
  2. Providing more ‘hands on’ learning about program design and push our thinking;
  3. Offering opportunities to learn from and with each other and as we do strive to improve CPED programs;
  4. Offering an academic opportunity for those presenting; and
  5. Working together as a consortium to develop, test, and improve CPED notions for professional practice preparation.

As such the convening offer the following professional development sessions

Learning Exchanges: Break out session that 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
: All members come together to work on developing CPED ideas as well as address CPED governance issues.

View resources from past convenings here!

Carnegie Project on the Education Doctorate (CPED)
Headquartered @ The University of Pittsburgh School of Education
5522 Posvar Hall - 230 S. Bouquet Street - Pittsburgh, PA 15260
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