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Workshops That Really Work
The ABC’s of Designing and Delivering Sensational Presentations



September 2005 | 120 pages | Corwin
'Anyone who reads this book for personal reasons or adopts it for his or her school will soon discover the wealth of information it contains' - Dr. Carol A. Mullen, Editor, The Mentoring and Tutoring Journal

'This book is thorough, informative, helpful, collegial, and supportive. A 'must-have' and great guide for everyone involved in professional development, training, or consulting' - Genny DiTrani, Professional Development Consultant, New Jersey Education Association

At some point in their careers, many experienced educators decide to move from education into consulting. However, most educators don't possess the for-profit business skills essential for success. In addition, many novice consultants are coming straight from the classroom and need guidance in how to plan workshops for adults.

Workshops That Really Work: A Guide for Staff Developers and Trainers in Education bridges the gap between the worlds of education and consulting for those already working as consultants, just moving into consulting, or considering consulting.

 
Introduction
 
Acknowledgments
 
About the Author
 
1. Assessing Your Potential as a Presenter
 
2. Understanding Adult Learners
 
3. Designing the Presentation
 
4. Presenting the Workshop
 
5. Growing as a Presenter: Expanding Beyond Your Own School
 
Resource A: Learning Style Inventory
 
Resource B: Web of Connections
 
Resource C: Standing Offer
 
Resource D: Evaluation Letter
 
Resource E: Three Self-Check Lists
 
References
 
Index

"Anyone who reads this book for personal reasons or adopts it for his or her school will soon discover the wealth of information it contains. Novice presenters and those seeking to improve their presentational workshop style will encounter such important, community-centered notions as those involved in converting one's 'mental frames' into 'common frames' that are inclusive of one's participants and their ways of understanding. I highly recommend this book for any practitioner."

Carol A. Mullen, Editor
The Mentoring and Tutoring Journal

"This book is thorough, informative, helpful, collegial, and supportive. It is to all trainers and presenters what they themselves strive to be to all their audiences. A 'must-have' and great guide for everyone involved in professional development, training or consulting."

Genny DiTrani, Professional Development Consultant
New Jersey Education Association

"Throughout the book are a variety of exercises, tools, and tips for planning, designing, delivering, and evaluating workshops. This book can be a very useful resource for novice presenters and can even be of value to more experienced presenters."

PsycCRITIQUES, January 2006
Vol. 51

"Walks readers through the process of designing successful workshops, whether they are first-time presenters who need lots of support or seasoned educators who would benefit from some fresh ideas."

Curriculum Connections, Spring 2006

"An excellent resource for both new and experienced presenters. Breaks presentations into manageable pieces, allowing the reader to thoroughly understand and reflect on what makes an effective workshop."

NACADA Journal, Fall 2006

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Hal Portner

Hal Portner is a former K-12 teacher and administrator. He was assistant director of the Summer Math Program for High School Women and Their Teachers at Mount Holyoke College, and for 24 years he was a teacher and then administrator in two Connecticut public school districts. From 1985 to 1995, he was a member of the Connecticut State Department of Education’s Bureau of Certification and Professional Development, where, among other responsibilities, he served as coordinator of the Connecticut Institute for Teaching and Learning and worked closely with school districts to develop and carry out professional development and teacher evaluation... More About Author

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