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Designing impactful Educator Workshops

Medha has years of experience delivering workshops to our employees and partners in the education space. Our workshop model builds participants’ capacity to deliver our curricula through effective facilitation and activity-based learning.

Here we lay out the essence of our model - what we call our Learning Journey. This model is flexible and can be adapted for any education or curriculum workshop, training of trainers (ToT), or capacity-building program.

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Designing impactful Educator Workshops

  1. 1. Designing Impactful Educator Workshops - Our Learning Journey -
  2. 2. Applications and Approach This toolkit is designed to help organizations execute high-impact, capacity-building programs to train participants to deliver content, with a focus on facilitation and activity-based learning. The Medha Learning Journey has two distinct parts: 1. ‘The Workshop’ ○ Multi-day, face-to-face sessions that bring together participants. ○ Optional “refresher” workshops may be offered as needed. 2. ‘The Ongoing Support’ ○ Depending on the timeline of your project, provide a few weeks or months of ongoing hand holding, coaching, and structured feedback to ensure learning objectives are met. ○ Peer networking and best practice sharing to support and accelerate the learning curve.
  3. 3. Learning Journey Timeline Conduct workshops Ongoing support phase (weeks or months) New material/program is developed Options include, but are not limited to: ● Individual visits from organization for observations and feedback ● Online peer communication/support ● Offline, in-person participant meet-ups (depending on geographical distribution of participants) Implementation begins Conclusion & celebration!
  4. 4. Workshop Objectives Participants should leave feeling… ● optimistic about activity-based learning and planning facilitations. ● like they understand the next phase - ongoing support. ● capable of working with the new content or curricula on their own.
  5. 5. Meet your participants where they are. Evaluating your group’s starting point is an essential first step. To be thorough, do a need analysis survey prior to the workshop. Think about: ● Demographics ● Years of experience ● Pre-existing opinions or mindsets A carefully planned need analysis could also serve as a pre-assessment survey!
  6. 6. Workshop Flow Before you enter the ‘ongoing support’ phase, the workshop is your chance to be hands-on with your participants! When designing your workshops, consider the following: Opening sessions will: - Introduce everyone - Make clear the objectives - Set community expectations and workshop ground rules - Structure the rest of the learning journey - Orient participants to the new content or curricula Main sessions will have participants: - Understanding activity-based learning and facilitation methods - Experiencing demonstrations by the facilitation team - Working in small groups - Visualizing activity-based learning in their own context - Identifying potential hurdles - Brainstorming strategies for solutions Final sessions should: - Give participants the opportunity to “teach back” - Introduce the ‘ongoing support’ phase - Include time with other participants - Measure growth, improvement - Summarize learning, debrief - Collect feedback
  7. 7. Time Breakdown How much time do you want to dedicate to each category during your workshop? Here’s how we divide our time: ● Facilitation Skills - 30% ○ Methods for facilitating interactive lessons and implementing activity-based teaching ● Demonstrations from Content - 25% ○ Practice/rehearse how the material will be delivered ○ Can be facilitator-led or participant “teach backs” ● Primary Training - 15% ○ Instruction in elements of the content or curricula the participants may not be familiar with ● Debriefing - 15% ○ Summarize learnings and reflect ● Laying Groundwork - 8% ○ Setting norms, discussing expectations, investing time to create a “group culture” ● Activities - 7% ○ Icebreakers, energizers, etc.
  8. 8. Utilizing Small Groups Participants The Cooperative Learning Center recommends a small group size of about 2-4 for a typical classroom setting.1 3-5 We’ve found that this size enables each member to get a fair portion of the “talk time.” Facilitators Any available staff can float amongst the groups to: ● Answer questions ● Ask probing questions to spur deeper learning ● Guide conversations in the right direction
  9. 9. Takeaways and Tips Establish a Culture ● Share both facilitator and participant expectations ● Set ground rules collectively Monitor Energy ● Stagger activities to keep people interested and engaged ● Schedule breaks, energizers with group energy in mind Avoid Jargon ● Consider group language abilities and adjust accordingly ● Clearly define frequently used terms Reflect and Debrief ● Curate a reflective environment ● Project or read aloud the day’s activities to help recall
  10. 10. Collecting Feedback Data We Recommend: ● Writing post-surveys so that the data can easily be compared to the pre-survey (need analysis) ● Asking for constructive feedback about the quality of the sessions and effectiveness of the facilitators ● Depending on the size of your group, consider limiting yourself to multiple choice or qualitative questions only, for ease of analysis Example: I feel capable of making lesson plans from the given manual.
  11. 11. About Us Medha is a non-profit organization that improves employment outcomes for youth. We deliver 21st century skills training, on-the-job work experience, and ongoing placement and alumni support to students across India. This toolkit comes from... Medha’s experience delivering learning journeys for: ● >100 Medha employees who provide training and career counseling support to students at their existing educational institutions ● Existing government faculty members across ITIs, Polytechnics, and Universities ● Skill training facilitators and volunteers within NGOs, CSR initiatives, and Skill India partners
  12. 12. Reach out to Medha’s Capacity Building Team! Preety Thapa A passionate and empathetic facilitator, Preety has over 8 years’ experience and is certified by the National Skills Development Corporation. Shivani Sharma A valued member of Medha’s Knowledge Team, Shivani played a key role in writing the national employability skills curriculum. Neelam Ahlawat Specializing in state government partnerships, Neelam played an instrumental role in scaling up Medha’s training program. Aslam Noor As a former instructor himself, Aslam became a facilitator to incorporate experiential learning into mainstream education.
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