*SAMPLE* Student Training Curriculum

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*SAMPLE* Student Training Curriculum

  1. 1. DCI STUDENT TRAINING CURRICULUM 2008-2009 Training Topics Assessment Evaluation What we will teach… What we need to know from students for the next training… How we will gauge where we are at… August September October November Summer Orientation DCI Student Retreat Partnerships Social Justice 1: Structures of Inequality Team Diagnostics Mapping Partnerships Community Issues Brainstorm: Reflecting on SJ Issues with your volunteers • • • • • December Reflection & Recognition Identify Leaders for Next year • • January February March April Winter Orientation Social Justice 2: Advocacy & Activism Leadership Development Celebration Training Eval Training Eval Training Eval Training Eval Student Performance Assessments (begin) Student Performance Assessment (Continues) Program Summaries • • End of Year Evaluation Program Summaries Identify
  2. 2. August – Summer Orientation Topic Our Stories What is DCI? Policies & Procedures Team-building Community Basics Volunteer Recruitment Program Ideas Content/Goal Students will: (Students and staff will) express the reasons/paths that brought them to DCI Understand the Mission and make-up of DCI Understand how to work in the DCI offices Develop a sense of group identity and team cohesiveness Gain basic skills in contacting and working with community members Learn about a variety of strategies for recruiting volunteers Brainstorm event ideas Activity Motivation Bubbles Introduce the Handbook, go over content Tour of DCI Team Diagnostics Community Partner Role Play (using brochure) Volunteer Facilitation Exercise (Update premises to reflect tabling events and office visits by volunteers) Program Idea exchange - Brainstorm by program, then as a group developing purposeful collaboration between areas
  3. 3. September – DCI Student Retreat/MCC Camp Topic Opening Forming Storming Norming Performing Adjourning (closing) Content/Goal Students will: Identify the role they do/wish to play in DCI Understand the Forming Stage of team development Activity Group Mandala Strip of Fabric Bridge-Building (or similar) Practice skills in forming teams Understand the Storming Stage of team development Program Mission Statement Clothespin Tag (High Energy) Discuss ways to address the challenges of the storming stage Understand the Norming Stage of team development Brainstorm/Share stories Develop methods to encourage positive team norms Understand the Performing Stage of team development Community Mapping Identify ways to maintain a strong team during this stage Understand the Adjourning stage of team development Reflection on BFL Activity Brainstorm ideas for positive adjourning practices Team Norms Activity Blindfold Follow the Leader Backup Buddies • Fill out Buddy cards • Exchange/Assign buddies • Promise to contact Passing the Torch • Begin with end in mind • Constant process of sharing
  4. 4. October – Authentic Community Partnerships Topic Collaboration Community Partnerships Volunteer Support Content/Goal Students will: Understand the factors of successful collaboration Discuss current and future partnerships Activity Practice strategies for developing meaningful partnerships Understand the elements of positive volunteer experiences CBO Checklist (Modified version for students) Delegation activity (Justin & Lindsey’s version of these) Assess current strategies for supporting volunteers and develop ideas for new strategies Putting them back in the position of taking direction & orders from someone (more intensive version of Volunteer Facilitation) “Success Factors of Collaboration” (VISTA Resource Binder) Anatomy of Community Partnerships
  5. 5. November – Social Justice 1: Structures of Inequality Topic Introduction to Open Space Rules & Intentional Conversations Intentional Conversations Content/Goal Students will: Understand the rules and methodology of Open space & Intentional Conversations Activity Possible Topics: • Causes, Effects & Possible Solutions of Poverty • Racism: Not just a Black & White Issue, Why do these racial divides exist? • Justice, Social Justice, Ecojustice – Where can we find the hope? Staff members will agree to “chair a topic” and encourage discussion. Introduction, explain the rules, post the topics Staff plays the role of facilitator, not participant, so students have the chance to hash out their ideas together. Staff will act as the “keeper of the rules” At a staff retreat, staff will identify Concluding the Day Students will reflect on the personal impact of the day’s discussions As a group students will discuss strategies for using what they’ve learned today in their programming and daily lives Facilitated discussion (Staff)
  6. 6. December – Reflection & Recognition (VISION Student Coordinator) Topic Triumphs of the Fall Semester Content/Goal Students will: Identify and share their successes of the Fall Semester Mock Awards Award and recognize each other as teammates Recognition of Volunteers Students will create recognition pieces for volunteers/people they have been working with (i.e. SSC April 08 workshop) Activity Group Scrapbook – each person brings or submits a photo and a story or quote to go with it. After they share their story, they add the page to the group scrapbook. VISION Student Coordinator will create award categories and have people vote Materials: Space, random craft items, paper, etc.
  7. 7. January – Winter Orientation Topic Content/Goal Students will: Activity February – Social Justice 2: Advocacy and Activism Topic Introduction Intentional Conversations Concluding the Day Content/Goal Students will: Understand the rules and methodology of Open space & Intentional Conversations Possible Topics: • How to contact legis At a staff retreat, staff will identify Students will reflect on the personal impact of the day’s discussions Activity Introduction, explain the rules, post the topics Staff members will agree to “chair a topic” and encourage discussion. Staff plays the role of facilitator, not participant, so students have the chance to hash out their ideas together. Staff will act as the “keeper of the rules” Facilitated discussion (Staff) As a group students will discuss strategies for using what they’ve learned today in their programming and daily lives March – Leadership Development Topic Content/Goal Students will: Activity April – Celebration Topic Triumphs of the Winter Semseter Mock Awards Content/Goal Students will: Identify and share their successes of the Fall Semester Award and recognize each other as teammates Activity Group Scrapbook – each person brings or submits a photo and a story or quote to go with it. After they share their story, they add the page to the group scrapbook. VISION Student Coordinator will create award categories and have people vote
  8. 8. Warm Fuzzies

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