Special program for student leader advisors!
If you are a student leadership advisor, plan to attend the Advisor Training Experience presented by Leadership Trainer. By participating in the Advisor Training Experience, advisors will receive a specially-curated, comprehensive, and engaging train-the-trainer experience. Specifically, Leadership Trainer will lead a hands-on experience for student leader advisors that enhances their leadership training and facilitation skills—particularly with experiential learning and reflective dialogue.
Advisors will learn inclusive best-practices to ensure all participants can access the training message and material, internalize learning, and apply their learning to their practice. This is achieved through:
- Facilitating experiential learning activities
- Hosting reflective dialogue
- Coordinating training preparatory measures
- Engaging in identity exploration and development
- Navigating training obstacles
- Communicating effectively as a trainer
Student Leader Advisor Bonuses, Incentives, and MoreNCSL student leader advisors will receive a dynamic and engaging leadership train-the-trainer experience as well as other bonuses, goodies, and incentives. Specifically, this includes:
- A specially curated training curriculum led by master trainers and expert facilitators.
- Hands-on learning opportunities to experiment with dynamic facilitation techniques.
- A digital copy of Leadership Trainer’s 330-page Training Manual. This includes overviews of dozens leadership theories and practices, an in-depth review of Leadership Trainer’s Narrative Approach (methodology and pedagogy), instructions on how to facilitate an extensive array of experiential learning activities, and space for reflections and notes—all packaged in a colorful, creative, engaging, and inspired format.
- A trifecta of digital resources including our:
- Training Preparation Checklist,
- 90 Ice-Breaker Questions for Meaning and Depth,
- 18 Go-to Reflective Dialogue Questions pdfs.
- Access to Leadership Trainer’s private Facebook group and unlimited monthly Jam Sessions to further their leadership training and development.
- Intentional networking and relationship-building opportunities—at NCSL and beyond—with a community of passionate leadership educators.
10:45 am–11:45 am
Welcome, Community Building, and Program Overview
In our inaugural session, we’ll build community amongst the student leader advisors and provide an outline for these two days. This hour will be spent engaging in icebreakers, crafting community agreements, and reviewing the schedule for this experience.
1:45 pm–5:00 pm
Experiential Learning and Reflective Dialogue: Overview and Hands-on Practices
Experiential learning activities and reflective dialogue, when utilized in tandem, are what enables training experiences to be transformative. During this session block, student leader advisors will explore the core facets and nuances of experiential learning and reflective dialogue before having ample time to experiment—as both participants and facilitators—of them.
Meet Your Leadership Trainer Presenters
Jonathan is a leadership educator and entrepreneur. He began his career in Student Affairs by focusing on leadership development, community engagement, and reflection initiatives. He has co-founded two leadership training businesses and, during the last decade, has facilitated over 250 leadership workshops, retreats, trainings, and conference presentations to over 1,000 participants on four continents. Formally, Jonathan is the founding Executive Director of Leadership Trainer while also serving as a Lecturer in the Professional Leadership Studies program and Acting Director of Academic Programs in the School of Professional Studies at the University of Rhode Island.
Jonathan has earned a PhD from Fielding Graduate University in Leadership with a focus in Group Mentoring. He consults, writes, and teaches about leadership and mentoring.
Sarah Kutten, EdD is an adult education scholar-practitioner with over a decade of experience developing innovative programs and resources for diverse learners. Dr. Kutten currently serves as the Director of Student Services and Deputy Title IX Coordinator at the University of Oregon in Portland where she facilitates the leadership and social justice development of students, faculty, and staff. Striving toward equity and inclusion has been her foundation throughout her career and she uses this lens to train leadership facilitators to maximize transformational learning.
Dr. Kutten earned a doctorate from Portland State University in Educational leadership. As a scholar, Dr. Kutten is fascinated by the transformation that takes place as students navigate post-secondary education experiences. Her ongoing research leverages Critical Race Theory to explore how racism informs the adult identity formation of Black college students.