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Staff Room to Classroom: Level III

Presentation/Facilitation Skills

Robin Fogarty & Associates, Ltd. Professional Development 


Designing Skills: Honing the Role of Designer
Did You Know?

•    PD initiative can be top down or bottom up?
•    Training has five elements: theory, demonstration, practice, feedback, coaching?
•    The training design is the most important component of sound PD workshops?

How does the staff developer create the setting for relevant, purposeful and meaningful professional learning? What are the specific elements that make an effective training design?  How does the change agent shape a professional learning experience that embraces the three areas of designing expertise: planning the context and content of the training, preparing the site for optimal learning and providing the creature comforts that can make or break the event?  From designing dynamic session that will engage all learners and creating the appropriate climate for the adult learner to the logistical details of arranging the room, to ensuring that all the “creature comforts”, are in place, the role of designer demands the dual skills of an artist and the administrator.

Presentation Skills: Honing the Role of Sage On the Stage
Did You Know?

•    Presenters have 90 seconds to capture the audiences’ attention!
•    Presenters captivate the audience with emotion, to enhance understanding!
•    Presenters close with targeted points that recap the key information!

How does the expert present information with wit, with authority and with ease? What makes an effective, “Sage on the Stage"?  How does the presenter share his/her knowledge base with skill and grace? These are the questions addressed in this highly interactive session. The content focus is on three distinct skill sets: capturing attention, captivating audiences and closing appropriately. Using a fine and full bag of tricks, that includes:  creating credibility, demonstrating “stage presence”, sharing compelling stories, using unforgettable quotes, creating tempo and pacing, implementing engaging activities, demonstrating the power of humor, stunning them with visuals, and packing  closures with a punch, this session is a must for presenters to excel at their craft.

Facilitating Skills: Honing the Role of Guide on the Side
Did You Know?

•    Facilitation focuses on the means and methods of group interactions ?
•    The “guide on the side” shifts the focus from the SD to the participants?
•    Skillful facilitation requires “on your feet” decisions about pacing and purpose?

How does the skillful facilitator guide the PD plan, monitor moment-to-moment pacing, and determine the wants and needs of the groups? How does that guide on the side” invite the interaction, involve all participants and  help interpret the enduring results of the group work? Highlighting knowledge and skill with collaborative processes, the facilitator must balance the focus from social etiquette and productive communications skills to leadership responsibilities for each member, to the precarious skills of conflict resolution. The facilitator guides the processing skills from brainstorming a wealth of ideas to reaching authentic consensus. Through learned pragmatic practices, the facilitator leads the group along the journey from setting goals to accomplishing them.

Coaching Skills: Honing the Role of Mediator in the Field
Did You Know?

•    Peer coaching, if managed well, can be as effective as mentor coaching?
•    Coaching increases the chance of transfer and application to 80%?
•    Literacy, math, inclusion coaches embody best practices in coaching?

How does the academic coach create rapport, craft a coaching plan and couch expertise and wisdom into a working model? How does that “coach in the field”, judge the need for support, understand the kind and amount of intervention affordable and  provide the skillful synchronization necessary to move their charges along?  Based on three inextricable traits, the truly effective coach must focus on trust-building for real communication, talking-time for in-depth understandings, and transfer strategies for authentic change and improvement. Using journal, partner dialogues, video analyses, and cueing questions, the coach mediates learning by fostering linkages to prior knowledge and building bridges to future applications for deep understanding and transfer.