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Visiting Scholar Program

Our first year with the Visiting Scholar Program has already been a strong success. So much so that we are pleased to announce that the Edward E. Ford Foundation awarded CSEE a grant to expand this program from one scholar to three scholars starting in 2019-20.

In this program, someone with a depth of knowledge in one of CSEE’s content areas works with CSEE for a year. This is project-based work that is done in addition to one’s regular position in a school. During the year, CSEE provides a platform for the person to share their knowledge with others in the independent school community … and also … the scholar picks one of CSEE’s areas in which they have little depth and works out a plan to increase their knowledge in that area. Following are more exact details about the program and attached is the application. Any questions may be directed to Bob Mattingly at the CSEE office.

Minimum Qualifications of Candidate
• Depth in one of the CSEE focus areas and an eagerness to teach other adults
• Desire to deepen knowledge in an unfamiliar CSEE focus area
• Ability to work remotely with ease
• Currently employed in an independent school

Responsibilities
• There is not a minimum or maximum amount of time or obligation as to when during the 12 months the work is done. Rather, Scholar should have a vision for the projects that they would undertake. The amount and schedule of time would correspond with the project undertaken.
• Communicate at least monthly with CSEE staff
• Attend at least two CSEE events (CSEE pays expenses for 2)
• Provide insight on current issues at independent schools

Some of the possible ways a Visiting Scholar might be involved
• Lead / speak at a CSEE event
• Connect with other educators / practitioners in schools
• Help determine event topics, schedules, and speakers
• Write the “Faculty or Parent Tips” or an article in Connections Quarterly
• Author a resource book
• Do Member Consultation
• Lead a “CSEE Virtual Department”
• Lead an online event
• Engage with attendees at CSEE events
• Present a faculty and/or parent webinar

How this position will be beneficial to a Visiting Scholar
• Gain experience sharing knowledge on a national level
• Deepen personal knowledge because of close contact with CSEE resources and events
• Attend any CSEE event without charge during the 2019-20 school year
• Travel costs for two CSEE events paid by CSEE
• $6,000 stipend


Key Dates
• Send notice that you intend to apply by Feb 25, 2019
• Application must be received by March 18, 2019
• CSEE will announce those selected in early April 2019

 

 

Application Information

Please send:

A)    Current CV

B)    One letter of recommendation

C)    Your responses to the following questions: 

 

1)    Understanding of CSEE

Please describe your experience with or knowledge of CSEE (events, webinars, online events, Connections Quarterly, virtual department meetings, books, or other) and your understanding of the organization’s purpose in the independent school community.

 

2)    Understanding your focus area  

Review the CSEE areas of focus under the topic area of our website. Identify which topic(s) is an area of your expertise and describe why you consider yourself well-versed in this area.

 

3)    Understanding what you wish to learn

Review the CSEE areas of focus under the topic area of our website. In which area(s) would you like to increase your depth of knowledge?

 

4)    Understanding your communication preference and ability

 CSEE communicates information in a variety of ways. Please describe your preferred means of communicating your expertise. Examples include, but are not limited to, presenting webinars, writing journal articles, presenting at in-person events and/or online events, chairing a virtual department, undertaking a school consultation, etc.

 

5)    What else? (optional)

While there is no expectation here, are there other areas of CSEE’s work in which you might be interested in lending a hand such as recruiting member schools, proofreading, website design, etc.?

 

For more information contact, Bob Mattingly at bob@csee.org, or 202-236-4603.

 

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CSEE's 2018-19 Scholar

Lauren Brownlee

is our first Visiting Scholar! Lauren is currently the Director of Social Action and co-leader of the Diversity and Social Justice Team at Stone Ridge School of the Sacred Heart in Bethesda, Maryland. She is also a board member at Sandy Spring Friends, a previous faculty member at Sidwell Friends, and a frequent collaborator / presenter / organizer (PoCC, Private Schools with Public Purpose, ComeUnity Coalition, to name a few).

There were about 50 talented people who applied for this position. Lauren stood out for her breadth and depth of knowledge in areas including student leadership and service learning, and diversity, equity and inclusion—important facets of the CSEE mission. Further, she delivers this knowledge with passion, warmth, and creativity. She writes, “There is nothing I find more satisfying than increasing people’s capacity to be leaders in their communities as they grow confident in their role of bending the arc of the moral universe.”

 

We look forward to partnering with Lauren this year and showcasing her fine work! You will see her writing in Connections, presenting in webinars, and contributing to some of our events. Join Lauren for her online CSEE course, Building the Beloved Community!


 

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