Hello Everyone, What a great conference. I have been asked to try to determine the level of interest in a regional SWIS facilitator training. This is a great opportunity to make SWIS more accessable here in Maine! Please let me know if you are intereseted in such a training and I will compile a list to send along.
SWIS faciliators go through a 3 day training in the following areas:
- How to use SWIS
- How to train others to use SWIS
- How to respond to the most common problems
- How to help teams use SWIS information for effective decision-making
- How to maintain SWIS use across normal school perturbations.
SWIS Facilitators are selected by local school/district/county/region/state personnel. SWIS Facilitators have been most effective if they come to training with the following:
- A clear role and dedicated time (e.g. FTE) to work with multiple schools to build capacity in the use of information to improve the local social climate. On average, a SWIS Facilitator dedicates 40 hours per school over an academic year during the first year a school adopts SWIS. Time to support a school after the first year, typically drops dramatically. SWIS Facilitators work with as few as 5 schools, and as many as 30.
- Experience in presenting workshops/training to teachers and/or administrators.
- Computer skills that include use of a word processing program (e.g., Microsft Word), and use of a spread sheet (e.g., Excel)
- Experience working on the development of individual student and/or school-wide behavior support systems.
- The ability and interest in helping other people (especially school-based teams) become more successful.