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Oct. 2nd Facilitator Workshop

Attention: Faculty and Staff with leadership qualities who can make a several-year commitment

The League for Innovation's Faculty Voices <>  Project is holding a free workshop for community college academic chairs, directors, coordinators, and similar positions who want to hone facilitation skills or learn new ways of engaging faculty in discussions about student success and completion.

The 5-hour workshop will be held on Friday, October 2, 2015, from 11:30 AM – 4:30 PM in Monroe A. A light lunch will be provided.

There is no charge for the workshop, but space is limited. To reserve your space, email Emily Putnam at <>  with your name and job title as you would like it to appear on your name badge.

About the Workshop

Facilitated Conversations. Bringing together key stakeholders for dialogue and deliberation fosters mutual understanding and collaboration. Well-facilitated conversations help people examine their own views and understand the views of others.

Facilitators help participants work through the pros, cons, trade-offs, and contradictions of approaches to complex and divisive issues. In productive conversations, participants move from exploratory dialogue to concrete implications and next steps.

Choicework Dialogues. The Faculty Voices workshop will feature one type of facilitated conversation called a Choicework Dialogue. Choicework Dialogues employ a discussion starter that supports dialogue and deliberation.

The Choicework Dialogue used in the workshop, "Expanding Opportunity for All," was developed for Faculty Voices by our project partners at Public Agenda, a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that for decades has been facilitating Choicework Dialogues on a wide variety of issues with journalists, researchers, faculty, students, and communities.

Workshop Format and Goals. The facilitator workshop will be delivered through a mix of lecture, small group conversation, exercises, video demonstrations, and role play. The goals of this workshop are:

*       Provide an orientation to the Choicework Discussion Starter tool;
*       Improve your ability to plan productive dialogues, facilitate constructive conversations, and analyze and report results; and

*       Introduce and prepare you to facilitate discussions around the "Expanding Opportunities for All" Choicework.

The workshop is sponsored by Faculty Voices <> , an initiative of the League for Innovation in the Community College that is engaging community college faculty in the national conversation about student success and completion. If you have any questions, please contact Emily Putnam, <> .

Emily Putnam