Week 1 – August 1st, 2023 Theme: Grant Research Tools

Internal tools like event lists are not the only options for conducting Prospect Research. Many grant and foundation databases offer a wealth of information. For example, they often list the names of the people who serve on the boards of the foundations who care most about your mission. You can then use that information to find networks of philanthropists and allies in your service area. Learn more about what they offer and what a few of the top databases are here: https://www.councilofnonprofits.org/running-nonprofit/fundraising-and-resource-development/grant-research-tools

Week 2 – August 8th, 2023 Theme: 10 Simple Principles of Adult Learning

As Parent Centers, we know that adult learning is unique. Sometimes it is hard to engage learners in the complex content we need them to learn. Reviewing these 10 Simple Principles of Adult Learning can help you and your staff think about how to embed activities in your trainings for next year: https://www.wgu.edu/blog/adult-learning-theories-principles2004.html#close

Week 3 – August 15th, 2023 Theme: 15 Top Strategies for Teaching Adult Learners

Now that you have reviewed the principles of adult learning, it’s time to think about how to operationalize them during training. When you have to lecture, these 15 strategies with 5 additional resources to learn more give will you options to keep your adult learners engaged: https://pce.sandiego.edu/15-top-strategies-for-teaching-adult-learners-faqs/

Week 4 – August 22nd, 2023 Theme: 18 Instructor-led Training Activities

Games and activities give adult learners the brain breaks they need to succeed. Here are 18 fun ways to insert movement and discussion in your training: https://endurancelearning.com/blog/18-instructor-led-training-activities-to-engage-learners/

Week 5 – August 29th, 2023 Theme: 10 Audience Engagement Tools You Need to Know About

Adult learners often have their cell phones in hand. Why not use that phone as an engagement tool? This list of 10 audience participation apps gives ideas for including polls, word clouds, ranking, lists and more in your trainings with both adults and youth: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/blog/audience-interaction-tools-ds00/