Bringing It

Dear friends,

These last few weeks have been wonderfully hectic for BTtoP.  We’re still riding on the energy from our discussions at the AAC&U Annual Meeting in Atlanta; it was a joy to connect with friends old and new.  We are excited at the response to our RFP for Multi-Institutional Innovation Grants, having received some 95 proposals.  (We will announce the grant selections in mid-March.)  We have just issued our second RFP for “AMP Grants”—see below for details.  And we are delighted to welcome our new intern, Georgetown senior Katie Altman, who introduces herself below.

Dear friends,

The three of us returned from the AAC&U Annual Meeting full of new ideas, new energy, and lots of work to catch up on. In this Bringing It, each of us gives you some personal thoughts about the conference. As we mentioned in our latest number, if you were in Atlanta, please do send us a brief post about the most important insight, session, inspiration, or worry that you took away from the Annual Meeting. We would love to publish an array of brief responses in our next number.

David’s Reflection

Dear friends,

We hope you had a restful, joyful break over the holidays.  This week’s Bringing It brings you important notices about BTtoP grant opportunities and BTtoP events at the upcoming Annual Meeting of AAC&U (Atlanta, January 23-26, 2019).  We hope you can join us in Atlanta!

Final Reminder to Apply for Our Multi-Institutional Innovation (MIG) Grants

Dear Friends, 

MISSION TALK AND ELEVATOR PITCHES

This summer we sent you a brief survey, seeking feedback about BTtoP’s mission, history, achievements, and next steps. We got back some sixty responses, which were enormously thoughtful and helpful. Thanks to everyone who contributed.

Dear friends,

As the season of holidays approaches, this number of Bringing It offers you several small gifts: some civic wisdom from a friend, an opportunity for colleges to enrich the experience of their students, and our own thanks to you.

What We’re Learning From Our Friends & Partners

This is our first Bringing It in a few weeks, following two recent e-blasts to the full contact list of the Association of American Colleges and Universities. One is the fall issue of our triannual newsletter focused on the role of creativity and creative practice in the kind of holistic, engaged education to which BTtoP is committed. The other is an infographic that offers an overview of the accomplishments of Bringing Theory to Practice in our first fifteen years. (We’ve been struck by responses to our recent survey that many friends and participants may not be aware of the full range and extent of this work.) We hope you received these; we invite you to look at them if you haven’t had the chance already.

Dear friends,

Welcome back to Bringing It. Today’s number links you to a short essay that David just published, and launches two mini-features, What We’re Learning From Our Friends & Partners and What We’re Reading. It ends with an invitation that we hope you’ll consider.

“How Does Change Really Happen in Higher Ed?”

Welcome to the first number of “Bringing It,” our new, biweekly letter to the BTtoP community. You may have noticed that since the summer, we’ve been sending you regular communications: David’s “call to community,” the announcement of our Advisory Board, a notice honoring our late friend and colleague Lee Knefelkamp, and the Survey Monkey questionnaire.

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