Teaching a Workshop

As an ESS faculty member you are joining a network of colleagues across the country who specialize in one or more of the seven session topics. ESS faculty are experienced practitioners who are open to learning about the specialized issues, examples, and stories from different types of foundations. These workshops are presented to community, corporate, family, independent, private, public, and operating foundations as well as giving groups who conduct grantmaking. ESS faculty should be familiar with adult learning principles and feel comfortable facilitating group exercises and discussions.

Reviewing the Curriculum

Faculty are welcome to review the curriculum and materials for session 1—Being Grounded in Philanthropy. Register to access the full curriculum by emailing leaders@cof.org. In your email, include the your contact information and the name of the sponsoring organization conducting the workshop and the site coordinator. The Council and the Forum will use this information to help create a community of ESS practitioners.

We recommend that faculty present the curriculum in its current form and not revise it. However, faculty and sponsoring organizations may add resource materials or other additional content to the workshops. To ensure the content is relevant to your audience, we encourage you to add local examples to illustrate the learning points presented on the slides.

Instructions for Faculty

While you will be responsible for conducting the workshop, we recommend that you review and consider the following:

  • The organization sponsoring the workshop that you will teach is your first and main resource for curriculum-related information. Therefore, please direct any questions and concerns to that staff.
  • We encourage you to discuss the workshop venue and logistics—how the room is set up, what materials are needed, and who is responsible for securing instructional materials—with your sponsoring organization. Optional items you may want to consider providing are rewards for exercises—such as candies, pens, or other materials.
  • Discuss with your sponsoring organization who is responsible for reproducing:
    • participant guides
    • the ESS bibliography (only one per student, regardless of how many sessions will be taught)
    • session handouts
    • any other resources you would like to add
  • Print a hard copy of the Planning Guide.
  • Download the slides for the in-class presentation. Note: Do not alter the slides or their order. The numbers on the Participant Guide pages and the numbers on the presentation slides correspond.
  • Print the "slides with delivery instructions."
  • Review the Participant Guide.
  • Review all materials thoroughly and:
    • Write down reminders of your personal career stories on the appropriate pages of the "slides with delivery instructions" document. These are your notes during the session.
    • Note the instructions for the exercises and how much time it will take for the group to complete each exercise.
    • Make a note on which slides you’ll point out specific supporting material.
  • Ask the site coordinator at the sponsoring organization for assistance during the workshop. This individual is responsible for setting up the presentation slides and exercises, handing out materials, giving rewards for exercises, handling microphones or other audio/visuals, and setting up the room.
  • Run through the entire workshop, preferably with a colleague audience. Rehearse and test the exercise instructions in the Planning Guide. The faculty that piloted the workshop noted that doing so made the workshop go much smoother.
  • Don't forget to evaluate the workshop.