Training & Workshops

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PACT offers individualized training sessions and group workshops on the following topics. We can also create a program tailored to your specific needs. Classes can be held at your location or off-site. Contact us today to learn how we can train you and your team.

Coaching for Success

Management and supervision is constantly changing in these challenging economic times and leaders must be prepared to delegate, collaborate, facilitate, support and coach others.  No longer does controlling, and simply organizing succeed in the workplace but rather helping others to grow and to develop professionally. The principles behind coaching are to lead and teach others.  It is a way of allowing employees to see themselves differently through a combination of confidence building, self-evaluation, planning and supportive relationships. Workshop participants will recognize their strengths and be able to address the challenges they face in working with others.

Critical Thinking Skills

Critical thinking dissects thinking and weaves in new ideas with the old.  It is about making thinking better, more concise, accurate, relevant, deeper and of course, more effective.  This workshop will explore the principles of being an active thinker and systematically looking at their own thinking for clarity, significance and depth. Participants will be engaged in the process of solving problems, achieving goals and evaluating particular issues.  We will incorporate the four models of:  Active, Systems, Strategic and Creative Thinking.

Diversity in the Workplace

Benefits of effectively managing and valuing a changing workforce are instrumental to workplace productivity as well as workforce behaviors.  We must not be blinded by the success of our old paradigms and can choose to change, see and understand new world views.
This workshop will explore cultural norms, prejudice, stereotyping and tie in key concepts of ethnocentrism and cultural pluralism.  Hands-on activities and role play will contribute to the understanding and acceptance of others.

Differentiated Instruction

Differentiation consists of the efforts of teachers to respond to variance among learners in the classroom.  The elements of differentiation are based on student readiness, interest and learning profile.  Teachers will understand about the content, process, products and learning environment. Especially important, is the wide array of on-line resources that is available for the classroom teacher including text-to-speech software, digital text and readability resources, leveled reading and differentiating text.  Instructors will walk away with an understanding of the resources that could assist them in developing individualized lesson plans for their classroom learners.

Facilitation Skills

Effective Facilitation is a crucial skill in moving a project or meeting forward.  It is the responsibility of the facilitator to be neutral about the content of the meeting and to be an advocate for the process.  The facilitator may need to be a negotiator, a task master and a time keeper. This workshop will help individuals focus their skills, talents, and energy into an agreed-upon task through the timely use of appropriate interventions.

Fundamentals of Videoconferencing

Videoconferencing, often referred to as distance learning, is a live connection with a remote location such as a museum, zoo, government entity, business or other educational content provider anywhere in the world. Classrooms and businesses utilize this technology by transmitting through their high speed lines and connecting through Internet protocols.  This hands-on training will allow participants to apply ground rules, become comfortable with the equipment, learn to make call, utilize camera sources, and how to prepare documents for display.  Participants will become familiar with various content providers as well as the numerous applications of this technology that can help reduce operational costs.

Grant Writing

Getting grant proposals approved is a methodical process that involves three steps:  researching the best funders for your idea, formulating a well developed proposal, and utilizing contacts that people may have from within the organization.  From here you need to have a sound needs statement, measurable objectives, realistic timelines and a methodology that is creative to move your concept forward.  Putting together a good budget and budget justification are critical as well as your evaluation, supporting partners, and letters of recommendation.

Internet and On-line Safety

We all know about the open access that the Internet allows in finding anything or practically anyone.  However this freedom of access also welcomes those that are deviant to lure the unsuspecting, lonely, curious and adventurous individuals to places or people that appear legitimate in cyberspace. This workshop will focus on the concepts of staying informed, being smart, and staying alert.  It will also focus on Identify Theft and Name Exposure and what individuals and parents can do to prevent unwanted solicitations.

Meeting Effectiveness

The Wharton Center for Applied Research found that, excluding preparation time, senior executives spend 23 hours a week in meetings, but consider only 58% of that time effectively spent. Understanding the purpose of meetings with well defined agendas will yield the expected results. This workshop will focus on participant roles, concise directions, purposeful understanding, people that need to attend, keeping on task, and managing the group dynamics.  Closure-focused discussion and open discussion will be explored as well as reflective discussion.

Strategic Planning

We will facilitate the process for a 3 to 5 year plan by identifying your primary objectives, your program mix, and the resources you will need to make it happen. Through several planning sessions with managerial staff, governing board and line staff, there will be a blueprint for your business or organization's future.  We employ the planning model of Edie Holcomb’s “Asking the Right Questions” which include these fundamental areas: