Virtual ISW Work Bee Update May 1 to Sept. 30 2020

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Update ISW Virtual WorkBee projects – August 9, 2020

In June of 2020 we replaced the ISW Spring Institute with a Virtual ISW WorkBee focusing on 4 essential projects. What follows is a summary of each project and links to the resources created. We would like to thank all members of the ISW Community who contributed to this important work!

The Virtual ISW Toolkit group (Co-leads: Kathryn Brillinger, Alice Cassidy, Jennifer Faubert and Cheri Macleod along with 18 colleagues) has created a suite of digital resources designed to assist those running a virtual ISW using both synchronous and asynchronous tools. Link to the Virtual ISW ToolKit: https://www.iswnetwork.ca/resources/virtual-isw-toolkit-resources/

Coming soon!
The New Facilitator Toolkit group (Co-leads: Judy Bornais and Mavis Smith) are identifying specialized resources needed by new facilitators as enhancements to those in either the ISW or FDW Handbooks.

The FDW Handbook group (Co-leads: Russ Day and Jill Grose) is creating a draft of a new streamlined 2020 Handbook designed to be used by participants in the FDW. Supplementary resources will be accessed through the ISW website.

The TDW Handbook group (Co-leads: David Tickner and Hannah Celinski) is creating a guide specific to trainers and trainer trainees running either a TDW or using the apprenticeship model within an FDW. This guide is meant to be used in conjunction with the FDW Handbook.

As the above three projects are interconnected, it is expected that the resources from each group will be available once the work of all projects is finalized.

We would like to thank all members of the ISW Community who have and who continue to volunteer their time and expertise on these activities.

 

Update May 29th:

Hello all

We are excited to report that the Virtual ISW Work Bee (created in lieu of our face to face gathering in Abbotsford) is swarming with activity and significant progress is being made in all 4 of our Virtual Work Bee projects. Over 50 members of the ISW Network volunteered to assist with these projects! We hope to have the newly created resources available to the community within the next few months.

Here is a brief recap:

The Virtual ISW Toolkit group (Co-leads: Kathryn Brillinger, Alice Cassidy, Jennifer Faubert and Cheri Macleod) is working to identify, create, and curate resources related to running a virtual ISW using both synchronous and asynchronous tools. Due to our recent need to move a typical face to face ISW into the online environment due to physical distancing measures, this group is sharing resources and experiences related to different institutional approaches and technological tools, while still maintaining the essential components and values of an ISW.

The New Facilitator Toolkit group (Co-leads: Judy Bornais and Mavis Smith) is identifying specialized resources needed by new facilitators as enhancements to those in either the ISW or FDW Handbooks. The group posted a survey to the listserv on Wednesday May 27 to gather data to support their work on the Toolkit. We encourage you to respond!

The FDW Handbook group (Co-leads: Russ Day and Jill Grose) are perusing both the 2006 and 2016 versions to update and streamline material in alignment with the ISW Handbook created in 2018. The group will be looking for feedback from the ISW Network by mid-summer.

The TDW Handbook group (Co-leads: David Tickner and Hannah Celinski) was created as an additional project group to identify resources specific to trainers and trainer trainees running either a TDW or using the apprenticeship model within an FDW. The FDW and TDW Handbook groups are working together to identify how the two handbooks can complement one another.

On behalf of the ISW International Advisory Committee we would like to thank all members of the ISW Community who are volunteering their time and expertise this spring to contribute to the Network.

Registration for the Work Bee is now closed.

Stay safe.

For more information on the Work Bee, email one of the ISW Executive members: ISW Executive Team