Practitioner Training ProjectAugust 1, 2008 – January 31, 2011Agreement # 6345169funded by HRSDC Office of Literacy and Essential Skills
Project Objectives • Ensure adult learners have access to well trained, certified practitioners who understand the adult learning process and appropriate teaching methodologies that address learning barriers. • Provide a more accessible training and certification program that will accommodate the learning styles, travel constraints and IT access issues of literacy practitioners. • Strengthen the capacity of every community-based literacy organization in the province (and beyond) to deliver effective learning programs, enabling adult learners to participate more fully in family, workplace and community life.
Activities Initial Phase (months 1- 6) Research Phase (months 1- 7) Content Development Phase (months 5- 14) Pilot Phase (months 12- 24) Implementation Phase (months 24- 30)
Initial Phase Project management structures set-up: • Hire project staff • Develop an administrative plan • The advisory group (AG) will be created and meet quarterly throughout the year to provide insight to the work group • The work group (WG) will have direct input for the design and implementation of the training program, and will meet on a monthly basis.
Research Phase • Review provincial, national and international practices • Literature reviews • Practitioner surveys
Content Development Phase • Develop the 9 program modules: • understanding the definitions of literacy and essential skills • understanding the psychology of the adult learner • the teacher/learner relationship • assessment principles and strategies • reading instruction, theory and practice • writing instruction, theory and practice • math instruction, theory and practice • integrating information technology into instruction • planning for successful teaching and learning • Develop various models of multi-media delivery and support • Edit the program modules for the pilot sites • Determine pilot site locations
Pilot Phase • Delivery of the program modules to 3 pilot sites • Weekly meetings with Facilitator • Develop Facilitator Manual • Complete rewrites based on feedback from the pilots • Advisory Group meets as necessary
Implementation Phase • Develop an implementation plan • Establish funding and delivery mechanisms • Determine whether training will be mandatory for all new practitioners; • Publish the program • Final evaluation and report
Outputs & Outcomes • OUTPUTS: • 9 new training modules • 20 practitioners are trained in 3 regions • 2000 adult learners are affected by the practitioner training and updated curriculum • Report outlining best practices for practitioner training • Foundational training program for new practitioners with several delivery means functioning • OUTCOMES: • Increased participation of vulnerable learners • Accessible and consistent training thereby reducing practitioner drop-out and increasing benefit for learners • The provincial government incorporates the program into its professional training plan and designates funding
Time lines Research: Oct 08- Feb 09 Content Development: Jan 09- Nov 09 Pilot: Sept 09-Aug 2010 Implementation: Sep 2010 – Jan 2011 Acronyms ED - Executive Director PM - Project Manager WG - Work Group AG - Advisory Group CW - Curriculum Writer IT – Information Technology Specialist Responsibilities
Questions • Concerns? Questions? • Does everyone understand their role?
Discussion What would “the ultimate” foundational practitioner training program look like?
Questions to consider • What would a successful, “the ultimate” foundational practitioner training program look like? • How would it feel to practitioners and tutors, to the facilitator? • How would it meet the learners needs? • Who will be taking the training? • Who will deliver? • How will the costs be covered? • What is a reasonable cost? • Who should pay? • Certification, from whom? For what? • Will training be required for employment or volunteer? Conditional employment, timelines?
Adult Learning Program Curriculum Meredith Hutchings & David Pilmer
Work Group November December January * February March April May June * Advisory Group *January (Nov – Jan) April (Feb – April) * June (May – July) October (Aug – Oct) Meeting Schedule
Surveying the field Practitioners • Who needs to be asked? • What do we need to be asking? • What do we need to keep and what do we need to get rid of? Research • Where should we be looking? • What do we need to investigate?