Research Summary Encourage reflection during and after your program. Research shows the importance of the reflective process to learning and memory making. Tips & Takeaways Be prepared to disengage with visitors on their terms, when they’re ready. Find ways for families to continue the experience either at your institution or at home, preferably both. Quick & […]
There's no doubt how important excellent facilitation is for delivering a successful intergenerational program. Here you'll find resources for training your program facilitators along with some tricks of the trade.
Research Summary Research shows that adults offering children vague guidance, asking open-ended and reflective questions, results in more learning than precise guidance, giving the answer or solving the problem for the child. Facilitators can encourage families to converse and reflect with each other, which benefits the family. By modeling for caregivers and scaffolding both adults and […]
Research Summary Respect the family dynamic and give families choice and agency whenever possible. Facilitators should prioritize information so as to not overload participants. Stick to relatable content presented in an accessible, comfortable way. Tips & Takeaways It is part of a facilitator’s role to work throughout a program to maintain the engagement of all […]
Research Summary Use eye contact, invitations, and your words to let adults know you want them to participate with their children. Throughout the program, caregivers will constantly be negotiating their role in relation to the facilitator’s – respect the family’s agency and pre-existing relationships. Caregivers have their own personalities and parenting methods which will inform […]
Finding the Right Staff and Training Them for Family Engagement There’s no underestimating the power of great facilitation. It can transform a good program to a fabulous program, maximizing family engagement and ensuring every participant has a fun, memorable, and educational experience. Here are some resources and tips for finding the best staff and training them […]