Explore learning theories and community development

Community Engagement Fellows: State-of-the-Art is intended for educational leaders who are considering establishing a version of the Fellows program in their region.  We welcome participants from higher education, public libraries, county extension offices, P-12 school systems, faith communities, and other community-based educational organizations.


We will explore the learning theories and community development philosophies underlying this work, discuss the program's structure and evolving practices, demonstrate methods, and share about ongoing innovations.

We hope participants leave with the confidence to use new methods within existing or new programming, and feel that they are a contributor to a dynamic and evolving network of social learning practitioners.

The event is being hosted by members of the Community Engagement Fellows Coalition, including those leading versions of the program in three distinct regions: Bellingham, Tacoma, and Cheney/Spokane.

Those hoping to participate should complete this form:


After you fill out the form, Travis Tennessen will contact you to set up a video-conference conversation that will allow us to get to know each other better, and set us up for a successful time together.


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Previous Retreats

February 19-21, 2020: State of the Art (Bellingham (Xwotqwem), WA)

Co-hosted with Eastern Washington University, University of Puget Sound, and Whiteswan Environmental

August 1-3, 2018: Community Engagement Fellows Retreat (Bellingham (Xwotqwem), WA)

Co-hosted with Whatcom Community College and Whiteswan Environmental

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