@TisForTraining 310: Wagner is a great stealth name

Pat WagnerTonight Pat Wagner joined us again. Pat is “closing up one tent in order to open up another.” We’re grateful that she came back to impart more wisdom. Pat was joined by Jill Hurst-Wahl, Paul Signorelli, Diane Huckabay, and Maurice Coleman.

Pat is an educator, not a fixer. She began with a story about a situation that was presented to her which required “training.” When she looked into the situation, she found one where the management had tolerated bad behavior which training would not fix. She is pro accountability. If an organization is not willing to be accountable, it will continue to have the same problems.

Pat, in her storytelling, connected to the conversation we had started early in the show about diversity, equity, inclusion, accessibility, acceptance, and belonging. That thread of diversity ran through the entire show!

We want to thank TalkShoe for the background noise that they added in. It was like being on an old-fashioned party line, where two conversations were overlapping. Thankfully, we were all good humored about. We also played a game of telephone because Pat could not hear Maurice. Ah…technology!

Remember you can listen to T is for Training on the TalkShoe website or wherever you get your podcast episodes.

Addendum (05/08/2022): Here is a resource that Pat mentioned during our conversation: List of Learning Theories compiled by Richard Culatta.

@TisForTraining 309: It Won’t Make You Famous

Tonight Maurice Coleman, Paul Signorelli, Tom Haymes, and Jill Hurst-Wahl talked about websites and blogs, which are tools that teachers-trainers-consultants use to promote themselves. We talked about our own websites and blogs, how we think about them, how they can be dynamic, QR codes, LinkedIn, and more (e.g., what is your online business card). It was a fun conversation! We did refer the conversation about posting presentations online to later, knowing that those could become part of someones website.

You can listen to the entire episode on TalkShoe or wherever you listen to podcasts.

Our websites:

In two weeks, our guest will again be Pat Wagner.

@TisForTraining 308: It’s a General Show Title

On the call were Maurice Coleman, Tom Haymes, Diane Huckabay, Jill Hurst-Wahl, Paul Signorelli, and Andrea Snyder. Andrea told us about the Public Library Association Conference, which was the first large in-person conference she’d been to since February 2020.  She started with a thank-you to the Network of the National Library of Medicine, which provided funding to her. She noted that NNLM provides free health resources which libraries can use for programs.

According to Andrea, 4000-5000 people attended conference in-person (half the size of their pre-pandemic conferences) and there were also virtual program offered at the same time for those who were not at the in-person event.  PLA reported 6000 people total between in-person and virtual. Masks, etc., were required for the in-person event.

The most impactful thing Andrea got from the conference was the concept that libraries are micro colonizers.  She picked that up from Julian Gooding‘s lightning talk entitled “How to Decolonize Your Library Programs.”  Description:

The effects from hundreds of years of colonization continues to harm cultures, language, and literacy development. Using the lived experiences of Native Americans and African Americans, documentary filmmaker and adult services librarian Julian Gooding will discuss his journey to decolonize his own mind and recognize unconscious bias and microaggressions as a Black man delivering programs within BIPOC and white communities. Participants will learn to look within their own thinking and apply the strategies of restorative practice for healing and growth.

We talked about the program Andrea did with Cassie Guthrie on “Pathways to Professional Diversity Through Library Internships.”  Then we talked about internships, being a generalist, and more. We also talked about the book:

David Epstein. (2021) Range: Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World. (paid link)

Have fun listing to the episode. There are a few laughs that you’ll enjoy as well as good info,

@TisForTraining 307: What a minute, hold my beer!

Pat Wagner at Niagrara Falls

Tonight Pat Wagner (seen in the photo with a book in hand) joined this library trainer podcast to talk about her career in training-teaching-learning, tell stories about what has worked for her, gives us somelasting truths.  Also on the call were Andrea Snyder, Jill Hurst-Wahl, Paul Signorelli, Tom Haymes, and Maurice Coleman.

Pat started her career as a poet and will return to her writing career at the end of 2022. For her, this is a year of transition. She has loved working with all of her library clients, but feels that going back to writing is “going back home.”

As a trainer, Maurice notes that Pat doesn’t need any PowerPoint or anything fancy. She can capture a room with a flip chart and marker. For her, training is a dialogue with the audience. This led us to tell technology fail stories and the need to select the right technology for the job.

Evergreen principles of training:

    • 95% of the learning happens outside of the classroom. That is when they use what they learn, so the learning really sinks in.
        • Retention and application. Think about how you want people to apply what you’re teaching them.
    • {Okay…Jill didn’t capture her second point. And so what else did I miss?}
    • Content is king.

What would she toss out?

    • Teaching to a model or author, rather than looking at it as a starting place.
    • Being too clever.
    • Trying to cram too much into a webinar.

Near the end of the hour, Pat talked about people being addicted to “struggling.” While that seems odd, it was a really interesting – and important – part of the conversation.

You can listen to this episode on TalkShoe and wherever you get your podcast episodes.

Resources:
And now, everyone, it is my pleasure to introduce you to everyone else!
 

@TisForTraining 306: Don’t Know How Many Saturday Nights I Have Left

The learning pyramid (Learning Pyramid, 2020).Tonight’s episode continued an extremely fruitful exploration, which started in Episode #304, of lifelong learning from the perspective of lifelong learners who help others with their lifelong learning. On the call were Maurice Coleman, Andrea Snyder, Tom Haymes, Jill Hurst-Wahl, and Paul Signorelli. This episode wandered through different types of learning and ended with the idea that education is a goal and school is a tool.

BTW we learned tonight that Tom’s new book is now widely available!

Haymes, Tom. (2022) Discovering Digital Humanity: A Practical Guide to Creativity and Innovation in the Digital Age or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Technology.

@TisForTraining 305 Help Me Understand the Spawn of Satan

100_0488Tonight T is for Training welcomed Casey Davis, who is the author of Digital Civics and Citizenship: An Applied Approach.  Joining Casey were Maurice Coleman, Paul Signorelli, Tom Haymes, Diane Huckabay, and Jill Hurst-Wahl. The description of Casey’s book is a good introduction to this episode.  It says:

More and more individuals today are “digital natives.” They are comfortable with all of the advances in technology, using it every day. However, while they may be able to access the digital world easily does not translate into being able to successfully navigate it. Regardless of age and experience, young adults must be mindful of their digital presence in the expanding digital world. This book provides a guide for librarians, educators, counselors, and administrators to guide secondary and higher education students in successfully practicing responsible citizenship and civics in the digital world. In our world where our social credit is held increasing value, digital civics and citizenship are powerful tools, especially for students just venturing into this expansive realm.

The book is meant to be read by selecting the sections you want to focus on first. Casey described it as for just-in-time training.

Our topics included civics, citizenship, humor, identity, and transparency. Yes, we acknowledged that the word “citizen” can be used in a divisive manner, but the word in this context is as a person being a “citizen” (an inhabitant) of a specific online platform. (There was a lively chat/text conversation about this.)

You can listen to the show on TalkShoe or wherever you get your podcast episodes.

Additional Resource

Andrew Tarvin. (2019) Humor That Works: The Missing Skill for Success and Happiness at Work. (Paid link)

 

@TisForTraining 304: I Have a Sidebar

On the call were Charles Joseph (a first timer), Andrea Snyder, Diane Huckabay, Jill Hurst-Wahl, Paul Signorelli, Tom Haymes, and Maurice Coleman. This week we turned our attention to Maurice, who recently received his bachelor’s degree, and asked him questions about life-long learning. It was an insightful conversation about motivation, perseverance, and the options people have – or should have – after graduating high school.

Maurice ColemanBy the way, Charles pulled a “Paul” – an inside joke – by mentioning a relevant book, Ideas for Action: Relevant Theory for Radical Change by Cynthia Kaufman (paid link).

This was a conversation that needed more time, so we’ll return to it in four weeks on March 10.

You can listen to this episode on TalkShoe or wherever you get your podcasts.

 

 

@TisForTraining 303: Culture Eats Strategy

Howard started by telling us the inspiration for the book and then dug into the neuroscience behind “making someone’s day.” (page 34)  Yes, science! And there is a boomerang effect and ripples. Wow!
How can we make everyone feel like a VIP? Howard gave us his VIP model (p. 127).  We need to observe what is happening around us, identify a need or opportunity, and act.
We spent the rest of the show telling stories and highlighting how people’s days have been made better.  Howard shared stories from the book. We shared stories – positive and negative – from our work lives. We even talked about how introverts can make someone’s day (chapter 6).  The conversation was interesting with lots of information, and uplifting.
You can listen to the show on TalkShoe of wherever you get your podcasts.
Resources

Upcoming Episodes (Jan./Feb. 2022)

The next three episodes of T is for Training continue our practice of featuring an interesting mixture of guests and topics designed to inspire positive action among our colleagues in training-teaching-learning.

Howard Prager, a cherished colleague from ATD (the Association for Talent Development) will be with us this evening (Episode 303) to discuss his book Make Someone’s Day: Becoming a Memorable Leader in Work and Life and how it applies to our training-teaching-learning environments. Howard, as he notes on his own website, “is President of Advance Learning Group, an author, speaker, executive coach and leadership consultant who strengthens people and organizations through insightful talks, workshops, leadership and management programs.” Additional information about Howard and that engaging book is on my own website.

Maurice Coleman

We’ll be turning everything on its head here at T for Episode 304 (Thursday, February 10, 2022) when we put show host Maurice Coleman at the center of a conversation about trainer-teacher-learners as lifelong learners to celebrate Maurice’s achievement in having recently returned to school to earn a B.A.

Casey Davis, author of Digital Civics and Citizenship: An Applied Approach, joins us for Episode 305 (February 24, 2022) to discuss the themes in his book and how they apply to our own work in training environments across the U.S. Casey is an educator with more than 20 years of experience working with diverse learners in a variety of settings and is among the colleagues I’ve met through the ShapingEDU community, under the auspices of Arizona State University.

All three hour-long episodes will be recorded, as usual, at 9 pm ET/6 pm PT on the dates listed in this preview. Archived recordings will be posted here on the T is for Training blog.

–Paul Signorelli

@TisForTraining 302: Say Yes To Say No

On this first episode of 2022, we had Jared Bendis, Jill Hurst-Wahl, Diane Huckabay, Paul Signorelli, and Maurice Coleman.  This entire episode was Jared and Jill talking about U.S. copyright and education! They provided explanations, great examples, and occasionally dug into the weeds.  It was glorious!  What is missing from the recording are the visuals of the nodding heads as Jared and Jill agreed with each other, and the looks when they got into the details. Every educator, teacher or trainer should listen to this episode. You can listen to the episode on TalkShoe or wherever you listen to your podcast episodes.

Resources: (Updated on Jan. 14, 2022)
Other Stuff:

This is from the NYS Committee on Open Government 2021 Annual Report. Amazing the places you can find copyright law mentioned!

Text from NYS Committee on Open Government 2021 Annual Report

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