Resources for Leader Training
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- Should I apply to be a leader?
- Feedback from past leaders
- General duties of a peer leader
- Information for current and former leaders
Should I apply to be a leader?
Serving as a Workshop leader provides:
- A valuable leadership experience
- A opportunity to work closely with faculty
- Greater fluency in the subject
- The enjoyment of helping others learn challenging material
- Course credit (in most cases) for completing the leader training course
- A stipend for leading a Workshop
- Eligibility for the Citation for Achievement in College Leadership
- Meaningful work experience to list on future applications
Feedback from Past Leaders
David Feil-Seifer, a former CSC leader says “All of my teaching and mentoring experiences have been successful, in large part, due to the excellent Workshop program at the U of R… When I was interviewing for grad school, I was asked about the Workshop program in great detail. I feel that it played a large part in making me stand out from other candidates.”
Kristine Wadosky (’09), a former Biology leader, says “The UR Workshop model has played an integral role in the development of my goals.”
Seema Bhopale, a former CSC leader, says “Having been a Workshop leader, I was able to teach the kids [as a TA] in a very energetic, hands-on way, and I really believe that they responded better to me as a result…I have yet to meet anyone in graduate school who has had the formal experience in teaching and presenting that I have [via the Workshop program]…The best thing about the Workshop program for me was that it showed me how to build an effective team…I have opened many doors with confidence that rose from leadership training. And when you have confidence, people notice.”
Jenie George (’09) , a former Biology leader says “The time spent learning in Workshop, as well as being a leader, were some of my most memorable times as a UR student.”
Christopher Hergott (’09), a former Biology leader, says “Helping students gain confidence and take away a conceptual understanding from my Workshops was one of the most satisfying experiences of my life.”
Comments from Simon School leaders (2009):
“[leader training] is one of my defining experiences here at Simon.”
“[leader training] is better than any other leadership role at Simon.”
“I would rate [leader training] as one of the best experiences to have in Simon where I could interact with not only my peers but also work closely with the faculty.”
General Duties of a Peer Leader
- Enroll in the Workshop training course, CAS 352 Issues in Group Leadership and complete all assigned work for the course. Assigned work usually includes a weekly journal, several short assignments, and a research project.
- Prepare adequately for each Workshop session, including time for independent review of the course material.
- Lead weekly Workshop sessions during the designated times.
- Maintain the attendance records for your Workshop group.
- Informally evaluate the progress of individual group members.
- There may be other duties that vary by department.
Information for Current or Past Leaders
Tips on how to run a Workshop:
- Advice from Former Leaders
- Tips and Techniques for Effective Workshops
- Workshop Rights and Responsibilities
Important Readings from Issues in Group Leadership:
- Collins, A., Brown, J.S. & Holum, A. (1991). Cognitive Apprenticeship: Making Thinking Visible. American Educator, the journal of The American Federation of Teachers.
- King, A. (1990, winter). Enhancing peer interaction and learning in the classroom through reciprocal questioning. American Educational Research Journal, 27, 664—87.
- Parker, G.M. (1990). Team Players and Teamwork: The New Competitive Business Strategy, Jossey-Bass Publications.
- Roth, V., Goldstein, E. & Marcus, G. (2001). Peer-Led Team Learning: A Handbook for Team Leaders. Upper Saddle NJ: Prentice-Hall, Inc.
- Stone, D.N., Deci, E.L. and Ryan, R.M. (2009). Beyond Talk: Creating autonomous Motivation through Self-Determination Theory. Journal of General Management, 34, 75-91.
- Learning Styles
- Implicit Association Test
- How to do a Research Project:
- See the APA (American Psychological Association) web site for information on writing style and how to cite sources.
Did you know...
The connections that students make through Workshops often lead to lasting academic partnerships.