| Volunteer Training and Professional
The Training page for Volunteer Today has historically focused on tips for trainers. Each issue will now have information on some aspect of professional development for managers of volunteers and some articles on how to be a better trainer of volunteers. The author of this page, Nancy Macduff, is open to ideas and suggestions from readers on what might be useful information in the area of professional development. You can email her at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
~ April 2008 ~
The Difference Between Men’s and Women’s Brains
A friend passed along an online video that humorously describes the difference between men and women’s brain. A crucial point to understand as a trainer. Have a good laugh. Visit the site where Dr. Mark Gungor describes the differences.
Changing Learning Activities To Benefit Memory
The ability to maintain learning attentiveness, or focused attention is affected by fluctuations in brain chemistry. This occurs at 90-minute cycles throughout a 24- hour day. Our brain learns best when learning is interrupted by breaks of two to five minutes so it can diffuse, or process, information.
How long should a workshop be? What should happen when breaks are taken between activities? The statement above is from research on brain chemistry activity. It tells us that about every 90 minutes something chemical takes place in the brain that helps us stay focused or pay attention. If we skip giving the brain a break it can impact how well we store those memories from the learning activities What does this mean for a trainer?
Helping Volunteers Make Decisions
A decision grid is a way for a committee to make decisions about their plans for events, projects, or fund raising. Here are some directions to use this grid with your volunteers. Teach them to use it when you are not around.
This can clarify the choices and point the way to a decision. It can also save time, as it is an organized way to hear everyone’s opinion, but does not take forever.
Washington State University
Volunteer Management Institute
When: Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, September 16, 17, and 18, 2008
If you are in charge of volunteers or anticipate that you will be, this is the program for you! The Volunteer Management Institute is a program designed to help you be a successful manager of volunteers. Your instructors will provide you with new and practical information and many excellent resources to give you the skills you need to be a confident and productive manager of volunteers.
WSU's Volunteer Management Institute will help you to:
At WSU’s Volunteer Management Institute trainers will engage you in a variety of teaching activities, such as: case studies, work groups, mini-lectures, discussions, panels, videos, etc.
Where: Sacramento, CA on the campus of the University of Phoenix
COLLEGE PROGRAMS ON NONPROFIT AND VOLUNTEER MANAGEMENT
Close to 200 colleges and universities offer academic programs on nonprofit and volunteer sector management. They are usually master's degree programs, but not always. American Humanics sponsors undergraduate programs, as well. If you are looking to push out the professional development window, consider taking a course at one of these colleges. A full list resides at http://tltc.shu.edu/npo/. Thank Roseanne Mirabella, of Seton Hall University for keeping up with this list.
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