Workshops and Training

Faculty Training

Through a blended model of online courses, in-person workshops, and international travel, Envoys works to improve the core competencies of faculty in order to ensure that they reach their maximum potential.

Training themes include:

We build knowledge and facilitate reflective conversations around how the ideal abstractions of global citizenship are translated into the realities of our personal and professional lives. Participants delve into the history of global citizenship education, looking at how different countries have taken alternative approaches to preparing youth to engage with the world.

We learn to design more effective learning contexts, including both structured and unstructured pathways for transformational learning experiences to occur. Focusing on program design, we learn to develop ‘SMART’ objectives for our programs and how to sequence activities to expand student comfort zones and create leadership opportunities.

We learn how to fulfill the role of an educator outside of the context of our classrooms, building the skills to manage groups, develop teamwork, and support students through their learning journeys abroad. Participants develop confidence in the ‘nuts and bolts’ of experiential education, including:

– Setting expectations and helping students to develop objectives
– Framing activities and allowing ‘challenge by choice’
– Adapting to change and taking advantage of ambiguity
– Managing groups and building student leadership
– Facilitating meaningful reflections
– Maintaining relationships with community partners

We learn to help students transfer skills, maximize opportunities and translate the knowledge gained abroad into action when they return home.

Adding global dimensions to individual identities lies at the heart of global citizenship education. We learn about ways that educators can authentically and honestly include their students in ongoing struggles with these concepts.

We analyze what is innately ‘global’ about various subjects, determining the respective foundations on which we can build new practices. Teachers are then challenged to develop minor, medium, and major activities that can be undertaken within their classroom settings.

Case studies and workshops push faculty to think through issues around risk management, logistical planning, and potential issues that could arise ‘in the field.’ Using a “probability/consequences” model, faculty learn how to make judgements in the face of uncertainty and develop confidence in their programming decisions.