Creating Professional Development—Available Anytime, Anywhere
Economical, Sustainable Approaches to Reach Dispersed Audiences
Paraeducators: What We Do Matters
School staff members want to do what’s best for kids, and the state education agency needs to ensure they have the necessary skills and knowledge to support student learning. To that end, we created 12 engaging, self-guided modules that can be accessed online by nearly 25,000 paraeducators across Washington state.
Online Learning Customized for Caring Adults
YouthBuild National Mentoring Alliance
To scale up effective youth mentoring, we created a series of online modules to recruit and train mentors across the nation. Combining inspirational stories from young people, evidence of mentoring’s benefits, and detailed information that mentors and youth need about college and career readiness, the modules prepare caring adults to make a difference.
A Cost-effective Approach to Coaching
Talking It Through
Coaching can help staff members and volunteers develop valuable skills, but in-person coaching is expensive to provide at scale. As a cost-efficient alternative, we created this custom online coaching experience. The 13 videos, interactive activities, and integrated knowledge checks build participants’ skills, confidence, and experience—anytime, anywhere.
Making Complex Information Engaging And Accessible
Fifty Years Of Federal Policy in Two Minutes
How Poverty is Measured in the United States
Onboarding often requires new staff members and volunteers to master highly technical information. This animated orientation video applies best practices in adult learning to make an arcane government formula easy to understand.
More Than Compliance—Improving Job Performance
Equality versus Equity
Understanding the difference between equal treatment and equitable treatment can be difficult, but when it comes to what students need to succeed, equitable treatment is the only legal choice. By creating a memorable and inviting visual metaphor, this short animation demonstrates why equity matters—and what staff can do to promote equity in every classroom.
Putting Best Practices at Everyone’s Fingertips
A SMART Approach to Training Literacy Volunteers
When we redesigned online and in-person onboarding for the statewide nonprofit Start Making A Reader Today (SMART), we created support materials that are attractive and functional, as well as informative. These just-in-time job aids provide exactly what SMART reading coaches need to know.
Designing And Delivering Training That’s Effective And Replicable
Reaching Large Audiences with the Same High-quality Onboarding
VISTA Pre-Service Orientation
The more staff members or volunteers you add, the tougher it is to ensure everyone is well prepared to carry out your mission. Every year, 5,000 people participate in AmeriCorps VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America), serving for 12 months at organizations across the country that help eradicate poverty.
Online Training Options to Ensure No One is Left Out
Online VISTA Pre-Service Orientation
Online learning should never be a “second-best” option. For VISTA members who can’t travel to orientation, we developed a facilitated blend of synchronous and asynchronous learning activities that optimize online delivery to meet the same learning objectives as the in-person orientation.
Raising the Bar on Quality, Consistency, and Sustainability
MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership
Even the best curriculum isn’t effective without buy-in from those who are supposed to use it. When MENTOR wanted to create a nationwide curriculum, we collected and assessed the materials used in each state and thoughtfully engaged stakeholders as we created 12 “best of the best” modules and facilitator guides.
Online Courses That Build Skills Through Personalized Feedback
Resource Development: Fundraising & Grant Writing Course
Fundraising is one of the most important—and sometimes intimidating—responsibilities that nonprofit staff members and volunteers have. Participants in this online course work at hundreds of organizations across the US., with highly varied missions and resources.