Staff Development Series: Training for Trainers

Module 1: Connect With Respect—Adult Learning Theory and Practices

This session allows participants to experience connecting with RESPECT: honoring the principles of motivating adult learners to partner with the trainer in mastering and applying course content. Focus also includes linking the policies, procedures and practices in your training to reach the ultimate desired outcomes: safe, healthy, self-sufficient families and communities. Participants will also learn how to help their trainees reconnect with the overall objectives when they are learning how to perform these tasks—even when the trainees may be feeling “cognitive overload.” Connect with RESPECT also incorporates employing respectful engagement methodologies and respecting diverse learning style preferences as well as trainee levels of expertise.

Topics Include:

  • Examining the role of training in an organization
  • Differentiating between the goals and methodologies of the presenter, trainer and facilitator
  • Exploring strategies for training adults in the workplace that increase participation and reduce resistance
  • Discussing the benefits and challenges of adapting training methods to engage diverse learning style preferences, communication styles, cultures and levels of expertise
  • Exploring whole brain and body engagement training designed to enhance transfer of learning and training

Module 2: TOL Leads to TOT: Training in a Transfer of Learning/Transfer of Training System

The transfer of learning (TOL)/transfer of training (TOT) process is an interrelated series of tasks performed by supervisors, managers, trainers, learners and co-workers before, during and after a learning intervention. This process occurs in order to maximize the transfer of knowledge and skills that will improve job performance for training participants. This session focuses on promoting effective learning experiences and partnerships that will facilitate the transfer of information, skills and attitudes learned during training, so that they are incorporated directly within the daily practices of staff.

Topics include:

  • Defining transfer of learning/transfer of training related to working within an organization
  • Acknowledging the concept of learning as a process beyond the “training event”
  • Reviewing research on the impact of the “12 moments in transfer time”: before, during and after the training event
  • Clarifying the roles and behaviors in the transfer of learning/ transfer of training partnership
  • Exploring “driving forces” to support transfer and strategies to reduce “restraining forces”
  • Creating an action plan for activities and opportunities for trainers to promote transfer before, during and after the training event

Module 3: The Nuts and Bolts of Building a Course (2 Days)

Turning content, a task or a concept into a lesson plan for training delivery, such as in-service sessions or induction modules, requires a blueprint—a plan! Course designers start with foundational principles: building the framework, adding the supports and decorating with creativity to reach their final product. This session will offer models and tools that participants can use for constructing lesson plans to deliver program content.

Topics include:

  • Assessing the training needs of employees and the organization
  • Constructing outcome-based training objectives
  • Employing standard course design and organization models
  • Incorporating basic principles of cognition and adult learning theory
  • Sequencing content according to levels of learning and the workshop objectives
  • Selecting appropriate delivery and reinforcement methodologies
  • Creating peripheral supports

Module 4: Creative Training with the Brain in Mind

This workshop offers foundational concepts and practices designed to expand the trainer’s toolbox, including strategies for delivering program-related material. When the ultimate goals for training include engaging the learner, facilitating retention, and promoting the direct transfer of training to the workplace, current neuroscience informs us that creativity and innovation are essential elements. By using lessons learned about how our brains work, and thoughtfully integrating the information into training plans, trainers can enhance the learning process for their training participants.

Topics Include:

  • Recognizing connections between learning environments and liberating the brain—so learning feels safe for adult learners
  • Increasing awareness on the research of how innovation and creativity enhance learning
  • Experiencing the impact of adding training elements that accelerate the transfer of learning and transfer of training
  • Understanding how to employ cognitive engagement interventions to boost retention
  • Practicing diverse instructional delivery methodologies—no more “death by PowerPoint!”

Module 5: Ready, Set, Deliver!

In this final session of the series, participants will have the opportunity to practice and reinforce a variety of topics, resulting in the enhancement of their professional presentation skills. Participants will also be able to demonstrate their understanding of incorporating the major concepts and practices covered through content supporting newly acquired knowledge and skills.

Topics include:

  • Assessing training delivery strengths and opportunities for growth
  • Adopting tips and strategies designed to enhance presentation styles
  • Exploring how to infuse appropriate humor and creativity into content-based training topics
  • Exploring tips for avoiding common presentation pitfalls—nerves, fears and challenges
  • Matching content and delivery with the context of the presentation: audience and targeted outcomes
  • Incorporating the delivery of diverse adult learning style preferences
  • Practice: delivering a brief presentation and receiving structured, constructive feedback
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