LBS Practitioner Training

Professional development support for Literacy and Basic Skills educators in Ontario

6. Professional Issues

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Introduction

Practitioners who work in the field of adult literacy education know that there’s a lot more to job satisfaction and overall success than simply the ability to develop a good program and deliver effective training. There are other important skills, knowledge and behviours that make a difference to the quality of a person’s day-to-day life at work and achievements as a literacy practitioner. This course, Professional Issues for LBS Practitioners explores issues related to four areas of common interest that were identified by Ontario literacy professionals who work in Literacy and Basic Skills programs across the province. While this training has particular focus for the school board sector, it has value for practitioners from all LBS agencies.

Practitioners are interested in the additional skills you need for working efficiently and effectively with learners in a classroom setting and with other colleagues in the workplace.  They want some discussion around meeting various levels of expectation as an employee, and some help in goal-setting as professionals who are committed to life-long learning. In response to those requests, this course looks at principles of classroom management, administrative responsibilities, collaborative relationships in the workplace and ongoing professional growth. The goal is to help instructors improve their way of working and experience greater success and satisfaction at the end of the day.

Course Overview

“Effective” and “efficient” are the two buzz words that are most commonly used in discussions about quality in adult literacy programs. The assumption is that practitioners who combine effective methods with efficient processes provide the best programs and get the best results. This course looks at four areas of the literacy professional’s work for the purpose of bringing to light a number of skills and knowledge that contribute to greater effectiveness and efficiency. While this by no means exhausts the subject, it does give some attention to areas that many practitioners have found difficult.
This module is organized this way:  

6.1 Classroom Management
1    Established routines and standard procedures
2    Behaviour management

6.2   Administrative Skills and Knowledge
1    Information management
2    Clear communication
3    Time management and organization

6.3 Expectations in the Workplace
1    School Board policies and procedures
2    Common knowledge in LBS
3    How we do things here
4    Hostile environments

6.4  Life-long Learning and LBS Professionals
1   Taking stock: professional self-evaluation
2    Setting goals for personal and professional growth

3    Working successfully in a climate of change.

Course Outcomes

Generally speaking, when LBS practitioners add efficiency to effectiveness, they accomplish more and experience a greater sense of satisfaction in their work. When they follow principles of good practice when working with others, they get better results. This course will help practitioners examine their current methods of management, as well as their relationships with other people at work, in order to look for ways that will make their  experience of work more satisfying and more productive. Upon completing this course, you can expect to be able to demonstrate:

• strategies that increase efficiency and productivity in the classroom
• strategies for preventing and responding to difficult behaviour from learners
• greater awareness of both written and unwritten expectations at work
• ways that promote good relationships in the workplace
• a concrete plan for personal and professional development for the next 10 months.

PLEASE NOTE: The content for this course will be available by June 30, 2013

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