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Instructional Skills Workshop (ISW) Facilitator Training

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The activities of the Instructional Skills Workshop form the nucleus of the ISW Facilitator Training, a five-day workshop to prepare experienced faculty to facilitate the Instructional Skills Workshops. Participants refine their teaching techniques through the mini-lessons, and with guided practice and feedback, develop strategies for facilitating the group process. Participants have the opportunity to develop new knowledge and techniques for facilitating group development, to explore other teaching methods, to explore formative evaluation techniques, and to receive feedback on their own teaching and facilitating skills. Some chairpersons participate in the Facilitator Training to enhance their competence in providing constructive feedback for their teaching colleagues. The Facilitator Training provides an opportunity for individuals to concentrate on their own professional development in a challenging and supportive atmosphere. Participants can become part of a larger instructional development network.

In addition to delivering workshops, ISW Facilitators often assist in a variety of activities related to the improvement of instruction. Classroom observation visits, video-taping, involving students as a means of eliciting feedback to the instructor, and individual consulting and facilitating services are often provided. These activities are offered only at the request of individual faculty members and all interchanges are confidential. Facilitators with highly developed communication skills are often called upon to assist with college-wide in-service days, institutional evaluation, departmental meetings, and retreats. When upward mobility is not always an option, being an ISW Facilitator may provide alternate leadership development opportunities.

The third level of the tier is the ISW Trainer Development Workshop (TDW) where individuals who have completed the Facilitator Training can learn how to train Facilitators.

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Joan McArthur-Blair

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Dr. Joan McArthur-Blair is an inspirational speaker and facilitator. She brings to her consulting practice over twenty years experience in higher education in formal and informal leadership roles, most recently as the President of Nova Scotia Community College. Over a broad ranging career she has worked as a leader in higher education, in faculty development, international projects, women in development and the mentorship and education of other leaders. She has particular expertise in the development of leaders, appreciative inquiry in strategic planning, diversity, women in leadership, and is a sought after speaker in the areas of leadership risk, innovation, change and the development of the inner life of leaders and generating positive change.

Joan has fulfilled faculty, department head, dean, vice president and president roles over her career at four diverse Canadian Colleges. She has been faculty and chair of the Association of Canadian Community Colleges’ National Executive Leadership Institute which prepares academic leaders across Canada. As well, she has worked around the world in India, Pakistan, Qatar, and the United States from her bases in British Columbia and Nova Scotia, Canada. In 2010 Joan amalgamated her experience into a consulting practice with a particular focus on the possibilities of leadership and the fostering of leadership in others.

Grounded in her doctoral research (2005), Joan has made a study of the inner life of leaders and how it is that leaders survive in the day to day of their work. Recently her focus has been on the notion of hope, despair and forgiveness in leadership as three tenets that can guide leaders over time.

Joan has a BA in English from the University of Western Ontario, the British Columbia Instructor’s Diploma, a MEd from Simon Fraser University and an EdD from the University of British Columbia.

Joan has been certified by Company of Experts.net as both an Appreciative Inquiry Facilitator and an appreciative Inquiry Facilitator Training (AIFT) Trainer.

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  • Appreciative Inquiry
  • Facilitator and Trainer Development
  • Inclusion and Diversity
  • Instructional Skills Workshop (ISW)
  • Keynote Speaker
  • Leadership as Narrative
  • Leadership Development
  • Leadership Theory and Practice
  • Motivation / Passion for work
  • Narrative Inquiry in Research
  • Positive Change
  • Strategic Planning
  • Vice President and Chair Development
  • Women in Leadership

Charles Miller

Charles Miller

Charles R. Miller was a full-time member of the faculty at a northern California community college for 31 years, serving as an instructor, learning specialist and coordinator of faculty and staff development. He also served as adjunct faculty at the University of San Francisco and The Professional School of Psychology.

Charles was the vice president of Company of Experts.net for ten years. He is now an Expert on Call with the same company, specializing in Appreciative Inquiry and the Enneagram. He has been certified by COE.net as an Appreciative Inquiry Facilitator and as an Appreciative Inquiry Facilitator Training (AIFT©) Trainer.

Charles works as a consultant, facilitator, and trainer throughout the world. He was the national director of the Instructional Skills Workshop (ISW), a training program for college and university faculty. Miller has an extensive background in conducting workshops for faculty, staff, and colleges, including Active Learning, Appreciative Inquiry, Classroom Assessment, Collaborative Learning, Enneagram, Great Teaching Seminars, Instructional Skills Workshops, Presentation Skills Workshops, Relationship Training, Right to Succeed/Helping Students Succeed, Strategic Planning, and Student-Centered Instructional Principles & Practices©. His clients have included dozens of schools, community colleges, and four-year colleges and universities, including Concordia University in Montreal, Golden Gate University, Sonoma State University, and Samuel Merritt College. In 1995, Miller received the John Fry Individual Leadership Award from the National Council for Staff, Program and Organization Development. In 1996, he received the Lorraine Barry Individual Leadership Award from the California Community Colleges Council for Staff Development (4C/SD).

Charles has completed the coursework in a doctoral program in clinical and organizational psychology at The Professional School of Psychology in San Francisco. He holds a master of arts degree in psychology from Sonoma State University, a master of arts degree in English from San Francisco State University, and studied at Rikkyo University in Tokyo, and Mexico City College. He holds a bachelor of science degree in marine engineering from the California Maritime Academy.

Charles was trained as an Appreciative Inquiry practitioner by Jane Magruder Watkins and Ralph Kelly; and as an Executive Coach with an Appreciative Approach by Bill Bergquist and Kathleen O’Donnell. He is an Expert on Call with Company of Experts.net, co-Owner of Appreciative Inquiry Consulting (AIC), LLC, and a member of the Positive Change Corps.

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  • Active Learning
  • Appreciative Inquiry
  • Appreciative Inquiry Facilitator Training
  • Building Teams
  • Collaborative/ Cooperative Learning
  • Creating a positive environment for learning
  • Department Chair Training and Development
  • Emotional Intelligence across the curriculum
  • Enhancing adult motivation to learn
  • Enneagram
  • Experimental Learning
  • Self-esteem building
  • Faculty training and development
  • FISH! and FISH! sticks
  • Great teaching or great teacher seminars(TM)
  • Instructional Skills Workshops (ISW)(TM)
  • Instructional Skills Workshops (ISW) Facilitator Training(TM)
  • Leadership Training and Development
  • Outdoor Leadership Initiatives
  • Presentation Skills Workshops(TM)
  • Right to Succeed Workshops(TM)
  • Technology-Mediated Teaching (TMT) Facilitator Training(TM)

Earl Bloor

Earl Bloor

Earl Bloor has a diverse background spanning higher education, government and industry, including twenty-five years as a chemistry instructor and administrator of a wide range of college-level programs, including arts, sciences, health occupations, technology, and trades programs. He has managed major instructional divisions in colleges in Canada, Massachusetts and California, and in Abu Dhabi (UAE). In government, he has worked with departments focusing on human resources development and apprenticeship training. For a two year period, he coordinated corporate development and training programs for a Middle Eastern oil operating company. With his wife, he publishes a regional magazine which focuses on sustainability issues.

Earl has managed major curriculum development projects, such as the Competency Based Apprenticeship Training Program in Alberta (Canada) and the Adult Applied Academics Project in British Columbia (Canada). Earl was one of the first Facilitators/Trainers of the Instructional Skills Workshop Program, now a major element in instructional improvement programs in colleges and universities around the world, and one of its original Directors. Earl has been certified by Company of Experts.net as both an Appreciative Inquiry Facilitator and an Appreciative Inquiry Facilitator Training (AIFT©) Trainer.  He is also a certified Team Coach.

Earl’s experience has led him to understand that empathy is at the root of every successful human relationship. “My approach to supervision is relationship-based. I believe that every employee seeks to do the best job s/he can do. If there are factors preventing peak performance, these need to be identified in a non-threatening manner and addressed. This belief is at the base of the work I do to help organizations plan to achieve the goals that are most important to them.”

Earl earned a Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of Western Ontario (London, Canada) and conducted research at the University of Illinois and Simon Fraser University (Canada) before settling into a long and rewarding career based in community colleges around the world.

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  • Appraising
  • Appreciative Inquiry
  • Coaching
  • Consulting
  • Counseling
  • Curriculum Development
  • Delegation
  • Effective Communications
  • Empowerment
  • Instructional Skills Development
  • Leadership
  • Presentation Skills
  • Strategic Planning
  • Teaching & Learning Styles
  • Team Building
  • Teamwork

Kay Weiss

Kay Weiss

Kay Weiss is a community college administrator and has extensive experience in professional and organizational development.   In addition to teaching, Kay has served as a division dean, department chair, committee chair, and Standard Chair for Accreditation. She received the outstanding professor of the year award at her college in 1999 and, in 2000, the Golden Apple Award from the San Bernardino Education Roundtable. In 2006, was the recipient of the National Leadership Award presented by the National Council for Staff, Program and Organizational Development (NCSPOD.)  Kay has been certified by Company of Experts.net as an Appreciative Inquiry Facilitator Trainer and an Instructional Skills Workshop Trainer.

Kay has been an extremely active volunteer with NCSPOD, serving as Western Region Vice President, President Elect, President, and Past President. She currently serves as Certificate Program Liaison, working with newer practitioners and mentors on NCSPOD’s professional certificate process.  She has served as facilitator for the New Practitioners Institute, the Summer Institute and the International Professional Developers Workshop for NCSPOD.

She has also served as the lead facilitator for various Campus Great Teachers Format Seminars, including Great Staff Seminars, and the Great Online Teachers Seminar and has utilized both Appreciative Inquiry and the World Café Model to facilitate dialogue about topics “that matter most” in a variety of settings..

Kay is a long-time member of the California Community College Council for Staff and Organizational Development (4C/SD), the International Reading Association, and the California Reading Association.

She holds a doctorate in educational leadership from the University of Southern California, a master of arts in education degree from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, and a bachelor of science degree in general studies/education from the University of Southern California.

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  • Appreciative Inquiry
  • Appreciative Inquiry Facilitator Training
  • Classroom Assessment TechniquesTM
  • Customer Service
  • Department Chair Institute
  • Great Teaching or Great Teachers SeminarTM
  • Instructional Skills Workshop (ISW)
  • Workshop Facilitator Development (FDW)TM
  • Leadership Training and Development
  • Learning Communities
  • Learning Styles
  • Online Education
  • Orientation Programs
  • Presentation Skills Workshops (PSW)TM
  • Student Learning Outcomes & Assessment
  • Technology-Mediated Teaching (TMT)TM
  • True Colors