Our professional development training offerings are designed to support STEM community managers at various career stages, who might be working in contexts that range from professional associations to research collaborations, infrastructure organizations to academia. You can join us for an online workshop, a multi-week course, or sign up to participate in our next cohort of the CSCCE Community Manager Certification Program. Or, you can reach out to us directly about working with us on a private cohort for your organization or local region.
In this training update:
Register for CEF24W, our next cohort of Scientific Community Engagement Fundamentals – our foundational training that more than 250 STEM community managers have taken to date
Register for PBK24W, a NEW, workshop-style course that takes you through the process of creating and socializing a community playbook
CSCCE’s Community Manager Certification Program builds upon our foundational Scientific Community Engagement Fundamentals (CEF) course to create a longer-form, multi-component, online program for STEM community managers. The program equips community managers and their organizations with necessary skills and frameworks to ground their work in a community-centric leadership approach – and to signal those qualifications to others.
Participants in CSCCE multi-week courses attend two live sessions per week, receive access to slides and course materials via Canvas, our learning management system, and are awarded a digital badge upon successful completion to demonstrate their new qualification.
Scientific Community Engagement Fundamentals
Scientific Community Engagement Fundamentals is an eight-week course designed to offer new or existing community managers core frameworks and vocabulary to describe their community’s purpose, refine or create strategic programming to engage community members around their shared goals, and identify ways to lower barriers to member participation.
Playbooks or collaboration guides are written hubs that keep your community members, community champions, or community team on the same page by making visible the norms of your shared work. In this workshop-style course, we’ll talk about the different contexts in which playbooks are useful, different strategies for creating and maintaining them, and support participants as they create a “lite” playbook of their own.
CSCCE Mini-workshops are 90- to 120-minute sessions that introduce discrete ideas in community management or go deeper on a core framework.
Enacting culture change – The Four-Frame model
Many culture change projects are met with general enthusiasm at the conceptual level, but fall short during their implementation. In this Mini-workshop, participants will reflect on their own role as change agents and use Bolman and Deal’s Four-Frame Model to assess and describe different types of barriers to culture change initiatives (structural, human resources, political, and symbolic). We will then use the model to identify where community managers might exert leverage – and what specific actions could help to overcome the identified barriers.
Date and time: Wednesday, 29 November 2023 from 11-12:30pm EST / 4-5:30pm UTC Registration deadline: Friday, 24 November 2023
In this first of a two part series of two-hour workshops, participants will explore dimensions of team readiness for large, multi-stakeholder collaborative initiatives and how a team readiness assessment can be used to identify the stage of their project and which areas they need to address as a priority. By the end of this workshop, participants will have drafted a survey for their project, and be ready to determine how to translate the survey responses into practical next steps in the second workshop.
Date and time: Wednesday, 10 January 2024 from 11-1pm EST / 4-6pm UTC Registration deadline: Friday, 5 January 2024
Prerequisite: Preparing for large-scale collaborations (Part 1)
In this second workshop of a two-part series, participants will debrief the team readiness surveys they drafted in workshop one. They will explore how to deploy the survey and how to report the results back to the community and determine next steps. Then, using a framework describing collaborative approaches, participants will identify which combination of approaches or activities will be helpful for the next stage of their collaboration.
Date and time: Wednesday, 7 February 2024 from 11-1pm EST / 4-6pm UTC Registration deadline: Friday, 2 February 2024
More mini-workshops will be added to the calendar in the new year, and will include:
Making a PACT for engaging virtual meetings and events
Making decisions during virtual meetings
Selecting supplementary tools for virtual meetings and events
Working with volunteers
Planning to facilitate
Being an effective meeting facilitator
What our learners say
“The content is and facilitation was excellent, the activities to think about my community [were] directly useful to my work, and honestly feeling validated in what felt right to me was hugely helpful at rebuilding my confidence in this approach.”
– CEF23Sp participant
“The course was delivered in such a professional manner – thoughtful structure, meaningful sequence, supportive environment. It was a real pleasure to turn up each week.”
– CEF23Aus participant
“I would recommend this for someone looking for tools to support their role and a space for intentional learning and strategizing, particularly if they are looking for an ongoing community and support. I think this is helpful at multiple stages of development within a scientific community.”
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