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Hybrid Paideia Training for Schools

image of laptop computer, pen, and notebookWe have developed a number of hybrid training approaches to meet the challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic. We have two standard asynchronous courses with recorded online modules that can be accompanied by live synchronous sessions, and are also now offering custom module development to meet specific needs or requirements. By following the virtual schoolwide training with technical support (virtual or on-site), we can create a fully functional contractual partnership with a school community even in these trying times. We have great flexibility in how we can tailor these offerings to any school environment.

Introduction to the Paideia Seminar

By incorporating our basic asynchronous “Introduction to the Paideia Seminar” online modules with synchronous interactive follow-up instruction, schools can use this training to provide much-needed professional development to administrators, teachers, and teacher assistants who need seminar training but can't meet face-to-face or can’t host trainers on site.

The asynchronous training consists of eight 25-30 minute modules recorded by NPC Director Dr. Terry Roberts. They introduce the theory and practice of facilitating seminars, along with sessions on text selection, question writing, and integrating the seminar cycle into the life of your school or classroom. These sessions can be accessed 24 hours a day, allowing great flexibility. In addition to the module component, participants could engage in a virtual Paideia Seminar (via Zoom or a similar platform) with an experienced seminar leader and/or participate in follow-up synchronous question-and-answer periods designed to extend their learning. Each participant also receives access to the online Seminar Plan Library, which will enable them to start using seminars with students as soon as possible.

Facilitating a Virtual Seminar

This three-module course is designed for schools who need guidance in conducting online seminars with students. Recorded by Dr. Roberts, the modules cover how to prepare for and facilitate online seminar dialogue. The first module teaches how to best lead pre-seminar process and content work; the second, how to facilitate quality online seminar dialogue; and the third, how to build on those experiences in post-seminar reflection and writing. As with the Introduction to Paideia Seminar modules, these sessions are available 24/7 and can include synchronous interactive Q&A with NPC staff.

Custom Asynchronous Modules

We are currently developing hybrid courses for individual schools and districts that need to meet specific criteria. We are happy to discuss your needs, develop a syllabus, record the modules, and lead synchronous follow-up sessions to deliver a robust training experience for your staff. 

If you have questions about any of these models and/or would like to inquire about rates for hybrid training, contact Director Dr. Terry Roberts or Assistant Director Jeremy Spielman.

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