Facilitation Academies for Teacher Leaders & Staff Developers
Facilitation Academies prepare staff developers, district science leaders, and other teacher educators to effectively lead a Making Sense of SCIENCE course for teachers. Facilitation academies provide an opportunity to experience a teacher course first-hand, while also exploring the art of facilitation.
In addition to the typical teacher course components, teacher educators also explore the art of facilitation by examining the key principles of effective facilitation, exploring facilitation in the moment, analyzing facilitation cases, and practicing facilitation themselves.
Facilitation academy participants explore the strategies and principles of effective facilitation, including techniques for promoting evidence-based conversations and for supporting teachers’ analysis of student work and use of formative assessments.
Like teaching cases of actual classroom practice, facilitation cases offer an authentic glimpse into the facilitation of a Making Sense of SCIENCE course. Each case explores a different aspect of facilitation.
Built into each academy are a series of open-forum discussions and Q&A sessions that give teacher educators a behind-the-scenes look at what it's like to facilitate all the components of a teacher course. After having experienced a section of the course as a learner, Making Sense of SCIENCE facilitators talk openly with the group about what worked, what didn't work, and offer suggestions for how to tackle the facilitation of the course themselves.
There are many valuable lessons that can only be learned by doing. Academy participants have a chance to do just that. Participants have the opportunity to assist in the facilitation of a session component, then reflect on their experience with a mentor facilitator, and finally devise strategies for refining their facilitation.
UPCOMING FACILITATION ACADEMIES
Facilitation academies are offered in a variety of locations. Find one near you and register today! View a list of current offerings on the register page.