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Facilitation

Definition of Role

A facilitator is usually someone from the school or district who has the time, authority, influence, and knowledge to shepherd the Make It Happen! process through awareness, start-up, curriculum design, implementation, and reflection/expansion. Knowledge is needed not only about adult learning and team dynamics, but also about inquiry-based learning in general and the I-Search process in particular.

A facilitator can face many challenges in leading a team of teachers through the I-Search process. Some of these challenges are directly related to the process of introducing innovation into the school context, while other challenges are related to the interpersonal nature of the Make It Happen! approach.

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Facilitators

Listen to audio clips and view movies of facilitators speaking about the challenges and rewards of their experiences.

Audio files are .wav format and the movies are .qt format. Please be patient while the files download!


Photo of Judith Zorfass facilitating a group of teachers Judith Zorfass (standing), Lead Developer of Make It Happen! and Project Director since 1986

audio Hear her talk about being a facilitator (1.9 MB).
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video icon View Nina talking about being a facilitator (1.8 MB). Read transcript


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Photo of Harriet Copel working with a teacher Harriet Copel (standing), Principal, Mattlin Middle School, Plainview, NY
audioHear her talk about being a facilitator (1.3 MB).
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Photo of Carol Howard interviewing 2 teachers Carol Howard (on the right), Research Assistant on the Make It Happen! Impact Study
audio icon Hear her talk about being a facilitator (1.5 MB)
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Photo of Barbara Zeno   Barbara Zeno (on the right)
audio Hear her talk about being a facilitator (840 K)
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