Five Steps to Forming a Commonway Module Training Group
1. DECIDE ON A GROUP.
The ideal size is between 5 and 10 participants. The absolute minimum is 3 participants. As many as 20 can work, but with more than 20, it is suggested that you form two groups. The larger the group, the more time it takes for group activities, and the more difficult for the group to bond.
2. REGISTER PARTICIPANTS, ORDER THE MATERIALS AND REGISTER THE GROUP WITH CSM/COMMONWAY:
by sending contact information for participants to us. Within two weeks, you will receive training materials for the group:
• A workbook for each participant
• One Facilitator’s Handbook
• One training video
3. SET A TIME AND PLACE TO MEET.
Because the Modules are self-paced, it is impossible to know in advance how long it will take to absorb the material. On average, each module takes 20-30 hours. (A few groups have gone through the materials in as little as 15 hours; one group took an entire year!)
The exact times and days of meeting may be arranged as preferred by each group. For example:
• two full Saturdays in a row, (not recommended)
• once a week for 8 weeks,
• one full day and 4 evenings,
• other arrangements.
Some groups prefer to arrange only the first meeting, and allow the participants to select a schedule that will work best for them. Others set the entire schedule ahead of time.
Start inviting people who have attended the Orientation or otherwise have some background in the concepts of inclusivity and the necessity for a new society. Without this, the trainings won’t make sense. Consider inviting people who have already expressed some interest in the subject of Inclusivity. This may include people who are in religious/faith organizations, diversity programs, peace groups, etc.
The group may choose one facilitator for the Module, or may share the job or rotate in whatever way is agreeable to all. (Most groups rotate facilitation by chapter.) This is usually decided at the first meeting. The agreed-upon facilitator then conducts the trainings by following the Facilitator’s Handbook.
5. PLEASE KEEP IN TOUCH AND LET US KNOW HOW IT’S GOING!
If questions arise in your local group that you cannot resolve, or if you need clarification of the training materials (or any other reason!), please contact us. We will send out updates and additional materials as needed. Let us know when you’re finished, so that we can start the certification process. (IMPORTANT: With regard to the Module materials, we will respond to questions only AFTER you have tackled the question within your group. The real learning takes place when you test your concepts face to face with your peers.)