WAYFINDER EDUCATOR TRAININGS

Interested in implementing the Wayfinder Navigation Toolkit in your school or program? The first step is to attend a Project Wayfinder Educator Training. There are two ways your educators can train with us:

  • OPTION 1: Attend one of our annual multi-school Summer Educator Trainings

  • OPTION 2: Host a 2-day On-Site School Training (we are booking now for March 2018 on)

Attending a Wayfinder Educator Training is essential for educators who wish to purchase our curriculum and implement our Toolkit in their classroom or program. 

OPTION 1: ANNUAL SUMMER TRAININGS

Our 4-day immersive trainings equip educators to lead and support their students on the Wayfinder Journey, while also allowing educators themselves to reflect deeply on their path as wayfinders. Our trainings are open to high school educators including advisory teachers, administrators, school leaders, and counselors. 

Last summer we held Educator Trainings at Stanford University, California and at the University Lab School, Hawaii, in conjunction with the Polynesian Voyaging Society.

In June 2018, Project Wayfinder will be hosting two 4-day trainings, one in California and another on the east coast. We will be announcing the official dates and accepting applications for these trainings in January 2018. Please join our newsletter to stay updated.

OPTION 2: ON-SITE SCHOOL TRAINING

Project Wayfinder is available to come to your school and lead a 2-day training for your educators. The size of these on-site trainings has ranged from 6-60 teachers.

Day 1 Sample Schedule

9:00–9:30 Introductions // Mindfulness
9:30–10:00 Backstory // Overview of Curriculum
10:00–11:15 Activity from Self Awareness Set
11:15–11:25 Break
11:25–12:00 Preview Self Awareness Set
12:00–12:30 Lunch
12:30–1:30 Activity from World-Awareness Set
1:30–2:00 Debrief // Q+A
2:00–2:30 Prep to Facilitate Activity with Students
2:30–3:30 Facilitate Activity With Students
3:30–3:45 Debrief with Students
3:45–4:00 Debrief // Q+A // Closing

Day 2 Sample Schedule

9:00–9:30 Mindfulness //  Wayfinder Guide Story
9:30–10:20 Sharing Our Personal Journey Maps
10:20–10:30 Break
10:30–11:00 Preview World-Awareness Set
11:00–12:00 Activity from Empowered Action Set
12:00–12:30 Lunch in Teams
12:30–1:00 Preview Empowered Action Set
1:00–3:00 Teachers As Designers: Planning Ahead
3:00–3:30 Final Q+A
3:30–4:00 Closing Activity

TRAINING FEATURES

Navigation Toolkit + Extensive Digital Resources

Each educator in our training will be provided with a Wayfinder Navigation Toolkit and access to extensive digital resources through our Online Teacher Platform. You can read more about what is included in the Teacher’s Toolkit here.

Diverse and Experienced Wayfinder Guides

We have carefully selected and trained Guides with excellent facilitation experience and who embody wayfinding traits and values. Our Wayfinder Guides are located across the US and come with diverse experiences in areas including education, social work, meditation, wilderness education, activism and the arts. You can learn more about each of our Guides here on our website.

First-Hand Experience as Wayfinders

Your educators will get to fully experience four activities from our Navigation Toolkit, and will receive comprehensive overviews of the rest of the activities. Unlike most professional development workshops, our trainings encourage educators to connect deeper through vulnerably sharing their personal experiences, values, and visions.

Practice Leading Students Through a Wayfinder Activity

We invite students to participate in one of the training modules to give educators an opportunity to facilitate a Wayfinder activity from start to finish. After they complete the activity, educators hear feedback from students about their experience and ideas about how Wayfinder could be most effectively implemented in the school’s current curriculum.

Lesson Planning and School Implementation Support

To conclude, teachers will spend time crafting their plan for implementing the Wayfinder curriculum in their classroom or advisory. Guides will be fully available to support in brainstorming or providing deeper insight into any of the Toolkit activities.

NEXT STEPS

If you would like to bring us to your school for a 2-day training with the intention of rolling out Project Wayfinder at your school for the 2018-2019 school year, please fill out this form and we contact you shortly about possible dates, pricing, and other logistics.

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