June 2018
THANKS FOR YOUR PARTICIPATION IN THE 
2018 TRAINER CONFERENCE!


The learning opportunities were wonderful and it was a great pleasure to see everyone and have the opportunity to visit with each other. We hope to see everyone again next April! Be on the look out for the date so you can add it to your busy calendars early.
From the Trainer Conference...

If you attended the Trainer Conference-or even if you didn't-Christina Carter's keynote on boosting the impact of learning into the performance environment is a topic worth revisiting. In this article, Christina talks specifically about the post-training learning-retention-and-retrieval strategy called "spaced learning."

Flattening the Forgetting Curve...One Space at a Time

See if this sounds familiar: You've just attended a great workshop, full of exciting new concepts and strategies you can't wait to apply. You're positive you'll remember it all because it was so compelling and so relevant to what you do. But life gets in the way and it ends up being a week or more before you can use it. And now you realize the bulk of it is gone-and even your notes and handouts don't seem all that clear anymore.

What we're talking about is called the forgetting curve-a natural and well-documented phenomenon which says that (without reinforcement) you'll forget anywhere from 70-90% of what you learn within a week of learning it. It isn't your brain malfunctioning-it's your brain making in-line decisions to keep or purge information based on whether or not it's being used.

This creates an obvious dilemma when we deliver training days or sometimes weeks from when it's likely to be applied. Let's face it, staff and caregivers are busy folks with lots of competing priorities. No matter how great or how relevant the training is, there are often unavoidable factors that delay its application.
The good news is that a strategy called spaced learning can assist in flattening the forgetting curve until application is possible. Spaced learning involves sending strategically timed booster emails to remind participants of key concepts covered in training and jog their brains to retrieve those stored memories, thus marking the information as "needed."

The idea is to estimate the average time that will pass between initial learning and real-world application for your target audience, and then space email boosters to keep their brains retrieving key concepts during that gap.
It's important to note that we're not talking about re-training the information. We're talking about providing opportunities for them to retrieve what they've already learned, by jogging a few key concepts. Your memory connects information that was learned together. By jogging retrieval of a single key concept, your memory retrieves other information that was learned adjacent to that concept.

Ideally, spaced retrieval exercises require no more than two or three minutes of participants' time. This could be asking a couple of quiz questions, emailing a set of conceptual flashcards, or asking them to consider how they would apply what they learned to a sample scenario. The retrieval exercises can be as creative as you are, and low tech can be as effective as high tech. You could simply ask a few key-concept questions in the body of your email and attach a PDF containing the answers.

And we're not talking about flooding participants with emails. In fact, spaced learning is more effective if the boosters are sent some distance apart. Your brain works a little harder to retrieve memories it hasn't used in several days than it does to retrieve something it used yesterday-and harder work equals stronger memory trails. So, if you're boosting content to cover a two to three-week gap, you might be sending two to three booster emails spaced evenly across that period.

You may be thinking, "Who has time to do this?" Ask yourself this: if it means the difference between participants retaining or losing a significant amount of what you trained, can you afford not to find the time?

Two things to ease your mind. First, emailing even a single retrieval exercise makes a difference. In doing so, you're resetting the forgetting curve at least one time and further extending their retention of the information across the gap to performance. So maybe you just commit to sending one retrieval exercise three or four days after a workshop. To assist you, we are working with E-Track's developers to add a way for you to email an entire class roster at one time. We expect that functionality to be in place by July.

Second, if you are interested in sending a campaign of spaced retrieval emails after training-to truly bridge the divide between learning and application--there is now free technology to automate the delivery of these spacings. You design your spacing campaign one time and then technology automates the delivery of that campaign to all future attendees of that workshop.

Want to learn more? I'm piloting an online TOT on Spaced Learning on Tuesday, August 28, 2018, from 7-9 PM online via Go to Training). During the TOT, I'll explain the basics of spaced learning, provide templates to use in creating your own spaced retrieval interventions, and demonstrate building an automated email campaign to deliver spaced learning to your participants. Email me ( ccarter@-ihs-trainet.com) if you'd like to attend.

~Christina Carter~

REMINDERS

  • All OCWTP Trainers must take CAPMIS TOT by August 1, 2018.
  • Pets are not allowed to be brought to the training centers.
  • Individuals who accompany trainers but are not registered as training participants cannot remain at the training center. 
  • OCWTP Trainers are Independent Contractors and have the legal responsibility to abide by all federal copyright federal laws.
66 new learnings developed by OCWTP Trainers in 2017!


Thanks Trainers for your hard work!

Applause and Recognition 



 

Congratulations Linda Davis!



 2018 Linda Pope Award 


Congratulations Jill Roberts!



2018 Rising Star Award
Congratulations Brian Bethel!

2018 APT Student Research Award Winner
 
The Ohio Association for Play Therapy (APT) awarded member, Brian Bethel as one of two recipients of the 2018 APT Student Research Award. The APT acknowledges outstanding research by a graduate or doctoral student that significantly develops, promotes, or advances the value of play, play therapy, and credentialed play therapists with the Student Research Award. Mr. Bethel's submission will be automatically submitted to the editor of the Journal of Play Therapy to be evaluated for possible publication. The award was based upon Brian's dissertation " Stories of Healing, a Qualitative Study of Play therapy and Children with Disabilities." It explored the experiences of children with disabilities who participated in play therapy services.

Welcome New OCWTP Trainers

 

Tiffany Stacy
Cuyahoga Falls, OH

Tiffany has a Master of International Development from the University of Pittsburgh. She has worked with refugees through a resettlement program. Tiffany trains in the areas of cross cultural communication, cultural competency, communication with those who have experienced trauma, and on the effects of poverty on decision making. She is an educational advocate for Project Rise through the Akron Public Schools.


Amanda Jo Burke
Kent, OH

Amanda Burke has a PhD in Health Education and promotion. Her focus is on Community Health and her specialization is substance abuse prevention. Dr. Burke works as an AOD-Problem Gambling Prevention Specialist at Townhall II in Kent, Ohio while simultaneously functioning as an assistant professor at Kent State University in the School of Health Sciences. She holds dual national certifications serving as a Certified Health Education Specialist and a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist. Her research areas of interest include intimate partner violence, Appalachian health, community-based prevention education, and emerging trends related in gaming and gambling.


From Around the OCWTP
The Latest News, Updates, and Announcements 



 

NEORTC


NEORTC is proud to honor Ronna Johnson, RN, BSN, CPNP, as NEORTC's 2018 Trainer of the Year.  Ronna was selected by voting from our 14 county Staff and Foster Parent Training Liaisons.  This is her 2nd time winning the award having previously been named NEORTC Trainer of the Year in 2013. Ronna Johnson has been a trainer with the OCWTP since January, 2003. Ronna has 38 years of experience as an RN and Pediatric Nurse Practitioner with 34 of those years spent within the child welfare system. Her focus has been on improving the care of children with complex medical and developmental needs by training and supporting their caregivers.  As a foster and adoptive parent for children with special needs herself, she works hard to support caregivers in their efforts to provide exceptional care. 


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NEORTC had another successful Foster Parent Conference on May 3-5.  It was our highest attendance yet with 188 foster parents from 17 counties and 10 private agencies completing 1,950 hours of training. Thank you to our trainers who provided a wide variety of training - Beth Cardina, Ronna Johnson, Jody Johnston Pawel, Brian Lowery, Deanna Prezioso, Christina Rosebrough Zody, Betsy Smalley, John Ward, and David Zidar.  A special thank you to My Very Own Blanket for all the wonderful door prize blankets. Mark your calendars for the 12th Annual NEORTC Foster Parent Conference on May 2-4, 2019.    
 
WORTC

Amy Amburn stepped down from Administrator of Greene County Children Services in late April. She was replaced by a Greene County manager, Lana Penney.


NCORTC


North Central Ohio Regional Training Center is now located in the Cuyahoga County Department of Health and Human Services Westshore Opportunity Center.  The address for NCORTC at the Westshore Opportunity Center is 9830 Lorain Avenue, Cleveland, Ohio 44102.  We are proud to host the July session of CAPMIS TOT here, on July 11th. 

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NCORTC is sad to announce the passing of long-time staff member, Luke Owens, Jr., at the end of May.  Luke had been employed with Cuyahoga County for 28 years, many of them working with professional learning and development.  He often supported statewide events with his excellent photography skills and helpful demeanor. 

Resources for OCWTP Trainers 

  • Templates by 24Slides is a free online library with hundreds of PPT templates, updated weekly. If you just scroll through you can see they have some pretty cool designs. ��
  • There is a helpful Language Guide to use when writing an outline from the Wisconsin Children's Mental Health Collective Impact Partners (CIP)
  •  
    Lunchtime LIVE - Recordings of the four 2017 Lunchtime LIVE substanceabuse webinars are now accessible for OCWTP and licensure credit in E-Track!
     Go to the following link to the Lunchtime LIVE webpage (http://www.osatg.org/webinars.html)
  •  Training Magazine Network - FREE WEBINAR - July 27, 2018, 11 AM "Legally Using Video in Training" Barbara Ingrassia, President, Manage Copyright

LEARN MORE ABOUT LEARNING - Christina L. Carter, MS  


Suggestions to learn more about learning and development:
 
VIDEO
 
Short (2.5 minute) video on what people can do to get better at learning:  



Two of my own reflections while watching this short piece: 1) "I now have a good theory for why I suck at math." 2) "Should we develop a Nighttime Nuggets (TM C. Carter) exercise to send home after every learning intervention?"
 
ONLINE ARTICLES
 
 
A recent interview with Dr. Will Thalheimer that nicely summarizes the principles, benefits, and varieties of spaced learning:


 
INFOGRAPHIC
 
Infographic on the myths of millennials:
 
BOOK
 
Clark Quinn's new book: Millennials, Goldfish, & Other Training Misconceptions: Debunking Learning Myths and Superstitions

"Clark Quinn has provided an invaluable service to our profession with this incredibly useful book. He's not only explained the issues with numerous myths and beliefs, but also takes the time to give us suggestions about what we can do to make better learning experiences. It's an essential book for any conscientious practitioner." -Julie Dirksen, Author, Design for How People Learn
 

If YOU come across something useful in the field of learning and development, send it to me and I'll share it with the group!

Upcoming OCWTP Learning Opportunities for Trainers 

2018-2019 TRAINING OF TRAINERS
 
Pre-TOT (So You Want to be An OCWTP Trainer) 9am-1pm
Date
Trainer
Location
October 1, 2018
Lois Tyler
CORTC
January 14, 2019
Lois Tyler
CORTC
May 6, 2019
Lois Tyler
CORTC
 
 
Stand Up and Take Charge of the Learning Environment TOT - 9am-4pm
Date
Trainer
Location
August 28-29, 2018
Lynne Anderson
CORTC
November 1-2, 2018
Wendy Shields
NEORTC
Dec 6-7, 2018
Wendy Shields
CORTC
April 3-4, 2019
Lynne Anderson
CORTC
June 6-7, 2019
Wendy Shields
CORTC
 
 
Curriculum Development TOT - 9am-4pm
Date
Trainer
Location
August 15-16, 2018
Georgette Constantinou
CORTC
November 7-8, 2018
Georgette Constantinou
CORTC
March 28-29, 2019
Pam Reid
CORTC
June 27-28, 2019
Pam Reid
TBD
 
 
Addressing Diversity Issues in Your Training TOT
Date        
Trainer
Location
August 23, 2018
Leslie Ahmadi/Beth Ann Rodriguez
CORTC
November 15, 2018
Leslie Ahmadi/Beth Ann Rodriguez
CORTC
February 21, 2019
Leslie Ahmadi/Beth Ann Rodriguez
CORTC
May 15, 2019
Leslie Ahmadi/Beth Ann Rodriguez
TBD
 
 
 CAPMIS TOT
                              Date        
Trainer
Location
July 11, 2018
Denielle Ell-Rittinger/Dorothy Striker
NCORTC (Cuyahoga)
August 8, 2018
Denielle Ell-Rittinger/Dorothy Striker
SWORTC (Clermont)
September 12, 2018
Denielle Ell-Rittinger/Dorothy Striker
CORTC (Franklin)
October 10, 2018
Denielle Ell-Rittinger/Dorothy Striker
NEORTC (Summit)
November 14, 2018
Denielle Ell-Rittinger/Dorothy Striker
SEORTC (Athens)
December 12, 2018
Denielle Ell-Rittinger/Dorothy Striker
SWORTC (Clermont)

For more information or to register please contact  Debra Sparrow at: 
614-233-2223
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The National Staff Development and Training Association (NSDTA) 30th  Annual Education Conference will be held in Columbus, Ohio  September 30 - October 3, 2018!