The Super-T is for trainers and facilitators at any level of experience who want to take their work to a new level of creativity and effectiveness, as well as new trainers who want to learn the major principles of this rapidly developing field. The Super-T is ideal for a trainer’s sabbatical, for facilitators looking for inspiration and fresh approaches, and for international trainers wanting to make a study trip to North America.
In this “super-training”, take your facilitation to a new level of creativity, range and effectiveness. The Super-T is an intensive 17-day super-training. It consists of 4 state-of-the-art workshops, with a day’s rest between each, sequenced for maximum growth for participants.
APPLYING TO THE SUPER-T: We will accept applications from international participants currently living outside the U.S. starting in November, 2017. Applications from within the U.S. will be open January, 2018.
We receive and accept applications on a rolling basis, but aim to confirm all participants well in advance of this training. We’re mindful that folks coming from out of town need time to book travel, and we’ll follow up as soon as possible about the acceptance process. Please don’t book travel or accommodations until we confirm registration.
We’re committed to accepting a diverse group for each training and to supporting folks with less access to resources to attend. People of color, working class folks, and folks from less-resourced organizations are encouraged to apply. We also aim to accept people with specific groups, projects, or organizations back home to apply what they learn.
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SCHEDULE OF ALL WORKSHOPS
MAY 30 – JUNE 17, 2018
ORIENTATION FOR INTERNATIONAL PARTICIPANTS
MAY 30-31, 2018
Because we have so many international participants, we offer a special session just for them: the Orientation for International Participants. In two days, you’ll get a chance to meet the other international visitors, adjust to the time difference, deal with culture shock, and meet some U.S. activists. You’ll even find out how to use Philadelphia’s public transportation system.
TRAINING FOR SOCIAL ACTION TRAINERS
PART 1: JUNE 1-3, 2018
Part one of the Super-T, Training for Social Action Trainers, is an intensive workshop designed for experienced facilitators wanting to revitalize their work, new trainers wanting to inspire, teachers, community leaders, activists–anyone who needs to take their skills to the next level and learn how training can be used more effectively.
Format: The workshop begins with dinner and registration at 6 p.m. Friday and runs until 6 p.m. Sunday.
Cost if taken separately: If taken separately, this workshop costs $200-$700 US, sliding scale based on income. The fee includes over 23 hours of training, meals from Friday dinner through Sunday lunch, and simple lodging in neighborhood homes for people who request it.
PART 2: JUNE 5-6, 2018
Part two of the Super-T, Adventure-Based Learning, is designed to introduce trainers to a set of invigorating tools that you can use to build group cohesion, explore conflict, examine leadership roles — and just have fun!
Adventure-based learning provides physical and intellectual problems for groups to solve. The “group challenges” help people explore issues of leadership, cooperation, and conflict. The hands-on activities provide a laboratory for people to experiment with different ways to lead or support a team. As with other experiential training, at the end of each exercise participants explore options for greater effectiveness. This workshop helps trainers incorporate challenges into their training designs so that they are more effective in building teams, developing leadership, and resolving conflicts.
Format: The workshop begins with breakfast and registration at 8 a.m. Tuesday, and runs until about 6 p.m. Wednesday.
Cost if taken separately: If taken separately, this workshop costs $125 US -$450 US, sliding scale based on income. The fee includes over 16 hours of training, all meals on Tuesday and Wednesday, and simple lodging in neighborhood homes for people who request it.
CREATIVE WORKSHOP DESIGN
PART 3: JUNE 8-10, 2018
Part three of the Super-T, Creative Workshop Design, gives you a chance to let your mind loose in a liberating learning environment and get a fresh look at creating workshops, classes, seminars and trainings. This fun, intense 3-day workshop is for trainers who want to design engaging, impactful workshops, teachers who want to add spice to existing curriculums, and anyone who needs to communicate with groups in a way that empowers. You will…
• Increase your ability to design educational experiences and invent new activities
• Explore the art of arranging activities in the most powerful sequence
• Learn how to increase a group’s flexibility and openness to using powerful exercises
Format: The workshop begins with registration at 6 p.m. Friday and ends at 6 p.m. Sunday.
Cost if taken separately: If taken separately, this workshop costs $200-$700 US, sliding scale based on income. The fee includes over 22 hours of training, meals from Saturday breakfast through Sunday lunch, and simple lodging in neighborhood homes to people who request it.
ADVANCED TRAINING OF TRAINERS
PART 4: JUNE 12-17, 2017
In part four, the Advanced Training of Trainers, you’ll deepen and broaden your facilitation skills. It’s a rigorous training open only to people who’ve taken our introductory Training for Social Action Trainers, whether in Philadelphia or elsewhere. As a participant, you will…
• Receive in-depth, personal coaching on your goals
• Prepare for cross-cultural work, including international training
• Use more practice time to experiment with new approaches in a supportive setting
• Learn about more training tools and how to use them effectively
• Meet trainers with a range of life experiences
Format: The workshop begins with dinner and registration at 6 p.m. Tuesday and ends at 4 p.m. Sunday (Super-T graduation ceremony will from 5:00-6:30 pm). That makes it almost three times the length of the basic training: 14 sessions compared with 6!
Prerequisite — Part 4: This workshop is open only to people who’ve taken the introductory workshop, Training for Social Action Trainers.
Cost if taken separately: If taken separately, this workshop costs $400-$1,300 US, sliding scale based on income. The fee includes over 45 hours of training, all meals from Tuesday dinner through Sunday lunch, and simple lodging in neighborhood homes for people who request it.
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In a non-judgmental, supportive setting, participants will...
Build confidence in their ability to address racism through action; increase their understanding of how racism functions and what their role in it is; explore their internal racism and barriers to working on it; develop a personal vision for racial justice; build their skills in being accountable allies to people of color and working in coalitions; develop strategies for interrupting racist situations; increase their ability to support other white people doing racial justice work; and build an action plan of concrete next steps.
What participants say about this workshop...
- “What a breath of fresh air.”
- “Great progression from feelings to history to internal/self to group to system level to fears to real actions.”
- “I learned that I don’t need to let white guilt keep me from addressing racism or utilizing my white privilege for the good.”
- “Good balance of serious focus and lightheartedness and fun.”
- “I finally saw the importance/value of taking small, tangible steps.”
- “I found a ready, willing, and friendly group of people representing a fairly diverse set of backgrounds.”
- “I came in without knowing what I didn’t know, and am leaving with awareness and humility, and coming to terms with my upbringing.”