Facilitation for College Access                  Ryan Fewins-Bliss          Consultant, Fewins-Bliss Consulting   Collecti...
FACILITATIONThe process of making something easier…The process of assisting in the progress of…
Potential LCAN Needsfor Facilitation   Asset Mapping   Network Building   Strategic Planning   Forming a Common Agenda...
Qualities of aGreat Facilitator• Flexibility    • Nonjudgmental• Organization   • Challenging• Energy         • Encouragin...
Pre-Meeting      Responsibilities of the Facilitator•   Send out meeting reminders•   Ensure there is an agenda•   Gather ...
In-MeetingResponsibilities of the Facilitator                  • Provide a warm, inclusive welcome                  • If a...
Post-Meeting      Responsibilities of the Facilitator• Follow up as promised• Wrap up loose ends• Distribute minutes/notes...
The Toolbox       ICEBREAKER                  ENERGIZER                     ACTIVITY  Used to build connection Used when a...
Areas of PotentialConflict •   Data •   Philosophy of Education (or anything else!) •   The process •   Blame •   Credenti...
GraphicFacilitation• Immediate record of what is  said + Permanent record for  official minutes• Express complex ideas• Gi...
Conference &Skype CallsSometimes our work calls us touse technology to reach a largeraudience. Often, we meetwholly using ...
Conference &Skype Calls• The facilitator must model  inclusion of everyone –  sometimes calling on people  by name since y...
Resource:Do’s, Don’ts & Role of theFacilitator: http://bit.ly/Tqhp2N
Contact:Ryan Fewins-Bliss517-898-6353ryan@micollegeaccess.org
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Facilitation 101: Facilitation for Local College Access Networks

  1. 1. Facilitation for College Access Ryan Fewins-Bliss Consultant, Fewins-Bliss Consulting Collective Impact Coach, Michigan College Access Network
  2. 2. FACILITATIONThe process of making something easier…The process of assisting in the progress of…
  3. 3. Potential LCAN Needsfor Facilitation Asset Mapping Network Building Strategic Planning Forming a Common Agenda Data Analysis Action Planning Everyday Meetings & Convenings
  4. 4. Qualities of aGreat Facilitator• Flexibility • Nonjudgmental• Organization • Challenging• Energy • Encouraging• Charisma • Content• Welcoming Knowledge• Inclusive • Humor• Listener • Memory
  5. 5. Pre-Meeting Responsibilities of the Facilitator• Send out meeting reminders• Ensure there is an agenda• Gather your materials & resources• Plan the space• Test the technology!• Plan for food and/or drinks• Know the expected attendees• Anticipate potential questions• Optional: Plant a ringer
  6. 6. In-MeetingResponsibilities of the Facilitator • Provide a warm, inclusive welcome • If appropriate, allow introductions • Ensure the group understands the process/plan/goals • Spark & Guide the discussion • Be mindful of time • Ensure notes are being taken • Use names! • Use experience to illustrate points • Speak as little as possible/necessary • Ask clarifying questions • Provide content knowledge • Affirm participation • Boomerang, when necessary
  7. 7. Post-Meeting Responsibilities of the Facilitator• Follow up as promised• Wrap up loose ends• Distribute minutes/notes• Reach out appropriately to those not able to attend• Touch base with at least one attendee to get some feedback• Move the conversation/initiative forward to next steps or meetings
  8. 8. The Toolbox ICEBREAKER ENERGIZER ACTIVITY Used to build connection Used when a group is losing Used to illustrate or provide between a team – to learn energy/interest/focus – often content to a group – oftennames – no content outcome good after a meal or long time consuming – sometimes – short – typically not used meeting – no content high risk – experiential – once a team has been outcome – often physical – requires a debriefingworking together for a while very quick EXAMPLE: “Find someone EXAMPLE: Head, Shoulders, EXAMPLE: Stand and Declare who…” Bingo Knees and Toes or The Poverty Simulation
  9. 9. Areas of PotentialConflict • Data • Philosophy of Education (or anything else!) • The process • Blame • Credentials, Manufacturing, Definition of College • Necessity of post-secondary education • Students who aren’t “college material” • Parents • What college used to be
  10. 10. GraphicFacilitation• Immediate record of what is said + Permanent record for official minutes• Express complex ideas• Gives everyone a common concept• Makes group more accountable• Addresses multiple learning styles
  11. 11. Conference &Skype CallsSometimes our work calls us touse technology to reach a largeraudience. Often, we meetwholly using technology and justas often one or two participantsare using technology to join anin-person meeting. The role ofthe facilitator is extremelyimportant in these cases.
  12. 12. Conference &Skype Calls• The facilitator must model inclusion of everyone – sometimes calling on people by name since you cannot see body language.• Encourage people to use the mute function – or force them to.• If possible, do a roll call.• Send materials beforehand.• Be wary of breaks.• Have the right equipment – microphones, cameras, internet connection…
  13. 13. Resource:Do’s, Don’ts & Role of theFacilitator: http://bit.ly/Tqhp2N
  14. 14. Contact:Ryan Fewins-Bliss517-898-6353ryan@micollegeaccess.org

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