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129 Seamon Road, Suite A, Farmington, ME, 04938

Community Connect Classes ~Informal adult learning for all abilities 

Weekly on Wednesdays 

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Goal of Community Connect:

Continuity of quality literacy instruction, both in person and remotely, will be ensured. Adult Learners will use digital literacy and grow in confidence to see themselves as members of literacy communities, able to both share ideas and ask questions. 

3 modules per semester:

Book Discussions: A curated selection of topics around the theme-using texts as the basis for discussions and maybe some writing.

Creative Writing Workshops: Writing and collaging together, following a text-based prompt. 

Community Connect: Participants will learn information about a contemporary topic from a community presenter. Larger group and smaller group discussions follow (using “breakout rooms”)

Theme for the 2022 Winter/Spring  semester: “We Move Together"

Participation is welcome per session or for all! Weekly on Wednesdays, 10-12, using Zoom with physical classroom spaces available. 

Materials: Participants are requested to bring pencils, paper, glue and scissors.

Presenters/participants might stay for the entire session or a block of time at the beginning, middle or end. Sessions will be facilitated by staff, who are also available to help tailor presentations for the hybrid classroom and discussion based format. 

History:

In 2020, we developed a weekly, semester-long “Community Connect” group tutoring program, offered several times a year, and it now averages 18 participants per session, from 12 towns and 4 counties, linking 6 physical hybrid classroom settings with individuals in homes/cars/restaurants/libraries. 

  • We utilize texts to design, develop, adjust, and implement contextual, collaborative, discussion-based learning experiences.
  • Three modules: book discussions, creative writing workshops, and Community Connect; when representatives from health, financial, social service and civic organizations join us to present information on learner chosen topics. 
  • Tutors take part by modeling and encouraging discussions in the large group and breakout rooms, and, if necessary, assist learners with reading and/or writing during class. 
  • Books are provided at no cost to registrants, through a collaboration with Devaney Doak & Garrett Booksellers and the Maine Humanities Council.

 

Comments/Testimonials from Community Connect

  • “This is great. I just love how you read a book during Book Discussion then use the same theme for a Writing Workshop. That is so clever. Thank you again.”
  • “This session was just beautiful. It was nicely organized and the flow was great. I enjoyed how everyone was so willing to write and then share. Such an engaging class. I can't wait for the next one. Thank you everyone.”
  • “Love the class. The strength everyone shares.”

 

List of learner suggested Community Connect topics

Math, Science, cartooning, writing, spelling, Mother Nature, other cultures, music, feelings about friends (not hurting others feelings), painting goldfish, questions about wearing a mask, and the vaccine, poetry, drawing, social studies, more book discussions, goal setting, what it means to amend a constitution, wildflowers/birds, where can i get help with different things, Native American culture, help with why we need to wear masks and why we need to after the vaccine, community, more water protecting - ways to protect it, learning how to read, more math strategies, more of the same! Books, books, books! 

 

 Our Community Connect partners 

Franklin County Adult Ed., Spruce Mountain Adult Ed., Skowhegan Adult Ed., United Way, Healthy Community Coalition, Phillips Public Library, Maine Humanities Council, ME LV Affiliates, LEAP Inc.,Treat Memorial Library, Work First, League of Women Voters, Seniors Plus,Twice Sold Tales and Devaney Doak & Garrett Booksellers bookstores. 

2022 Community Connect

Winter/Spring Schedule