Supercharged Storytimes for All: Train the Trainer FAQ

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How is Supercharged Storytimes for All different from the earlier versions of WebJunction’s Supercharged Storytimes?

The program’s core curriculum will include expanded materials to cover foundational early literacy concepts and align with other library training that educates parents and caregivers about their role in supporting early literacy. Project partner, The Campaign for Grade-Level Reading, will support training on effective community outreach to children and families from diverse backgrounds to the program. Finally, the course will include instruction on using Project Outcome evaluation tools to capture the community impact of storytime programming.

What is OCLC’s WebJunction looking for in a strong state or regional library training partner?

A strong state or regional library partner will be a supporter of early learning at public libraries. Additionally, the library partner can articulate how Supercharged Storytimes for All will enhance current priorities in early learning, can demonstrate a need for this early literacy training, has capacity to deliver the trainings, and has a strategic plan about how and by whom these trainings will be disseminated. The partner will be able to select well-qualified trainers to learn and disseminate Supercharged Storytimes in their state or region.

How many training partners will be selected?

Up to five state agencies or regional library systems will be selected to join three committed partners from the state libraries of New York and Minnesota, and the Southeast Florida Library Information Network.

What is the Train the Trainer course?

WebJunction, along with Saroj Ghoting and Project Outcome staff, will deliver this fully online 6-week train the trainer course based on the expanded Supercharged Storytimes for All curriculum. It will consist of a highly interactive combination of live sessions, threaded discussion, media content and assigned activities.

How much will it cost?

The training is fully funded by OCLC and a grant from IMLS, with no cost to the participating state or regional libraries or the trainers.

What are the expectations of the training partner?

The state or regional library partner will provide a consistent point of contact with WebJunction. The partner will select, coordinate, and support the trainers as they go through the Train the Trainer course and participate in evaluation activities. Partners will then ensure trainers have the infrastructure they need to conduct online or blended (combination of online and face to face) trainings. The partner is the primary communication channel between WebJunction and the trainers, and will be expected to sign a Memorandum of Understanding with OCLC. For more details on the partnership, visit the State and Regional Library Training Partnership.

What infrastructure is recommended to support online training for practitioners?

Effective online training includes delivering live online sessions using a web conferencing tool (WebEx, Adobe Connect, Zoom, etc.) and providing some mechanism for virtual communication with learners that allows for peer conversation and reflection around session material (online forums or groups) and exchange of resources (documents, videos and other web resources). The optimal mechanism is a learning management system like Moodle, but other tools could work, such as Google groups, Google drive, Facebook group or library system intranet.

What are the qualifications that make a trainer a good fit for the Train the Trainer course?

State and regional partners should identify professional trainers who have experience delivering live, online training and facilitating conversations in online discussion forums; ideally, they will also have experience with storytimes and/or early learning. These trainers will need to make a commitment to fully participate in all facets of the course, provide feedback at several points, and coordinate with the state or regional library to disseminate training during the project time period.

How many trainers can I send to the Train the Trainer course?

Each partner can send three to five trainers.

When will the Train the Trainer course happen?

The 6-week fully online training will occur during May-June 2018.

What is the time commitment for the trainers?

During the course, the live online class will meet weekly for 90 minutes over six weeks. Additionally, trainers will have supplemental readings to do, videos to watch, observations to attend, and forums to participate in. Trainers can expect a weekly commitment of 4-6 hours.

What is expected of the trainers upon completion of the Train the Trainer course?

Each trainer will be expected to deliver at least two online or blended format trainings through their statewide or regional library networks by March 2019, and to provide evaluative feedback on those trainings. Blended format is a combination of face to face session(s) and online session(s).

What is the general structure and length of the training that will be delivered by the trainers who complete the Train the Trainer course?

The core curriculum be divided into four modules of content, which may be delivered in a combination of face to face and online sessions. A critical component of the learner experience is supporting ongoing participation in an online learning community and allowing enough time in between modules for learners to apply the learning, reflect on it and share their reflections and ideas with their peers. This means that although the actual content training time may be approximately 6-8 hours, it’s important to spread it out over a multi-week period of time.

When will the live, online Train the Trainer sessions occur?

Sessions will be from 11-12:30 pm PT / 2-3:30 pm ET on the dates listed below. Sessions will be recorded so if a trainer has an occasional conflict, they can watch the recording.

Wednesday, 5/9
Wednesday, 5/16
Wednesday, 5/23
Thursday, 5/31
Thursday, 6/7
Thursday, 6/14

If the Train the Trainer course is not a good fit for my state or regional system, what other opportunities do library practitioners in my area have to be involved in Supercharged Storytimes for All?

In fall 2018, WebJunction will publish a self-paced, online course that will be open to all library practitioners via the WebJunction Course Catalog. This course will include a learning assessment and certificate of completion.

In September-November 2018 WebJunction will offer a 4-week online training program for up to 100 library staff to serve as training facilitators for the self-paced Supercharged Storytimes for All course. Facilitators will learn how to guide a group of library staff who take the self-paced course together as a learning cohort. The training will use live video interaction, online discussion, media content and written resources, including a dedicated facilitation guide.

What is the application process?

Interested state and regional library networks should complete the application by January 26, 2018, 5:00 pm PT. WebJunction will notify selected organizations by mid-February.

Additional questions? Please contact Brooke Doyle (, Project Coordinator Supercharged Storytimes for All. 

This project was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services [grant number RE-95-17-0085-17].

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