Community Developent Institute to Train Community Leaders

Community leaders from across Arkansas and surrounding states will gather at the University of Central Arkansas from July 29 – August 2 for the annual Community Development Institute. This year’s theme is Sustain, Transform, and Empower Your Community.

Established in 1987, the Community Development Institute-Central (CDI) trains community and economic development professionals through a combination of lectures, small group discussions, simulations and individual projects, each focused on best practices and current trends in the industry.

The most notable additions to this year’s CDI are two new simulations, the Futures Game Simulation and Miller County Simulation, each designed as eye-opening experiences through unique hands-on learning activities.

Participants leave the institute with an enhanced ability to assess their community, build the capacity of community leaders to collaborate on development efforts, and set goals to improve their community’s quality of life and place.

Mayor Gary Baxtor, CDI Class of 2013 believes his experiences at CDI have provided him with the tools to bring economic development and community development together. “After attending CDI Central for two years, I have taken back to my community valuable ideas and techniques that I have put into action, some almost immediately,” said Mayor Baxtor.

The complete CDI experience is a three-year training program, with one week of training per year. Participants progress through the program curriculum in cohorts and are exposed to a comprehensive, applied approach to the field of community and economic development.

For more information, visit uca.edu/cdi.

Arkansas Studies Bouquet Workshop Offered in August

Due to popular demand, the workshop An Arkansas Studies Bouquet: Mix of Free Resources and History Topics, will be offered again on August 2nd. The workshop offered on July 31 is full and will no longer accept registrations.

An Arkansas Studies Bouquet: Mix of Free Resources and History Topics is a free workshop for educators focusing on Arkansas studies. It covers a wide variety of topics and helpful resources that will facilitate the teaching of Arkansas studies frameworks. More information can be found on the Educator Development Page.

 

 

New History Workshop Offers Helpful Resources For Teachers

Outreach is pleased to offer a new workshop for educators, An Arkansas Studies Bouquet: Mix of Free Resources and History Topics. This free workshop, scheduled for July 31st, provides educators a variety of resources to help facilitate the teaching of Arkansas studies frameworks; including lesson plans, presentations and training on the comprehensive website, Arkansas History Hub. More information can be found on the Educator Development Page.