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Returning Participant Workshop Roles

2005 PDW Roles for Returning Participants (pdf)

The CfAO strongly encourages participants to return to the Professional Development Workshop (PDW) for multiple years, with increasing leadership. In addition to providing advanced training for participants, the quality of the workshop is significantly enhanced by the perspectives and experiences of returning participants. Participants who would like to return are asked on the application to indicate their top three choices for roles they would be interested in taking on.

NOTE: Almost all of the roles below preclude attending the tour of Haleakala, due to training during that time period. Training for most of the roles occurs on-site at the PDW; however, some roles require some pre-workshop time, and inquiry co-facilitators must arrive one day early to the PDW. Detailed information is given in the description of each role.

1. Returning Participant

Description: Individuals who have not had the opportunity to design or teach using inquiry may apply to return for a second workshop. A returning participant will participate in the same activities as first-time participants but will be asked to reflect on those activities in a different manner. This may entail keeping a reflective journal for writing in response to questions posed about each activity and participating in an additional discussion based on these reflections.

Requirements: Commitment to get involved in CfAO EHR in 2005.

2. Inquiry Co-Facilitator

Description: Inquiry co-facilitators will provide facilitation for investigation groups during the inquiry portion of the Maui workshop. The co-facilitators will work in partnership with senior CfAO workshop facilitators.

Requirements: Attendance at two or more CfAO PD Workshops and participation in the design and/or teaching of an inquiry-based session in an EHR program. Must be available for a training session to be held March 16 beginning at 9:00 AM, at the PDW site on Maui (arrive by the night of 3/15). Must also be available to debrief during the PD Workshop. Participants in this role will not be able to go on the tour of Haleakala, as the training and preparation occurs at that time.

3. Introductory Activity Co-Facilitator & Discussion Group Leader

Description: In this role you will co-facilitate the introductory hands-on activity, which will be either Three Kinds of Hands-On (foam activity) or something else. After the activity you will be a discussion leader and will co-facilitate a discussion with a staff member. You will be responsible for getting the discussion started, making sure the discussion accomplishes the discussion goals, and encouraging participation by group members. The staff co-facilitator will be there to support you and assist you in accomplishing your goals. Discussion group sizes are usually about 12 people. This is a good opportunity to experience leading a small group discussion and learning about principles of discussion design and facilitation.

Requirements: Participants in this role will not be able to go on the tour of Haleakala, as the training and preparation occurs at that time. Also, you must be available to attend a debrief session of the discussion to be held during the PD Workshop.

4. Shadowing an Inquiry Facilitator

Description: As a shadower, you will have a chance to follow either a peer in the role of inquiry facilitator or a staff member or both. A shadower has the opportunity to experience the inquiry from different perspective, not as participant or as facilitator but as someone who can watch how a participant experiences the inquiry at different points along the way and how the facilitator supports the learning goals: content, process and attitudinal. A shadower’s role is to be as unobtrusive as possible in observing participants and facilitators. It is a kind of inquiry experience as well. It is helpful to have a question or questions in mind while shadowing to know what to focus your observations on and how to draw conclusions that are meaningful to you in your understanding of and applying the inquiry process.

Requirements: Full participation in at least one, preferably two, PDW optics inquiries. Participants in this role will not be able to go on the tour of Haleakala, as the training and preparation occurs at that time. Also, you must be available to attend a debrief session of the discussion to be held during the PD Workshop.

5. Design Team Leader

Description: Lead a small team (3-5 people) in the design of a new educational activity, the re-design of an existing activity, or the refinement of an existing activity. The CfAO has a number of new and ongoing education projects that are ideal settings to pilot new educational activities designed at the workshop. Your role as a Design Team Leader will be to establish learning goals, informally present your plan during the Design Gallery, establish objectives for the design team to accomplish during the design sessions of the workshop, report progress at the workshop, and outline next steps. You will be asked for information on your design project prior to the workshop.

Requirements: Involvement in a CfAO EHR program, ideally in a teaching capacity, but enough to understand the program, student audience, etc. Design Team Leaders should have a specific educational activity they are working on, and a strong interest in integrating other workshop participants into their team. Familiarity with setting educational goals, or a willingness to do provided background reading, is necessary. Participants in this role will not be able to go on the tour of Haleakala, as the training and preparation occurs at that time. Also, you must be available to attend a debrief session to be held during the PD Workshop. Design Team Leaders will be asked to lead a meeting after the design has been taught (fall-winter, 2005) to discuss the actual implementation of the design and the outcomes.

6. Theory and Practice Co-Facilitator

Description: Work with PDW staff to create a session that includes concrete examples illustrating the connections between theory and practice. Participants in this role will give a presentation at the PDW on their inquiry design that will provide a discussion point for the PDW staff and participants. This role requires a strong interest in applying theory to practice, how practice informs theory, and how scientists can be engaged in these connections.

Requirements: Attendance at two or more CfAO EHR workshops and/or Education 286. Design and completion of at least one inquiry activity. Must be available to work on developing the presentation before the PD Workshop. Must also be available to debrief either during or after the Maui workshop. Participants in this role will not be able to go on the tour of Haleakala, as the training and preparation occurs at that time. Also, you must be available to attend a debrief session of the discussion to be held during the PD Workshop.

7. Other Advanced Roles

Participants who have attended multiple PDW’s in a range of roles, and who have designed and taught several inquiry activities, may want to return to the workshop in an advanced role. See: Advanced Roles.

Last Modified: Oct 19, 2004 

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