Administration Ren Module 2017
Type of event: Training
The Administration Renaissance Module will be offered in an online format by the Central East Region. This training requires that you attend 5 online sessions from 12-2 pm ET on May 31, June 5, June 7, June 12 and June 14. Registration is limited to 10 participants and the fee is $175 per person. 1/2 scholarships are available to those in the Central East Region. Registration deadline is May 19, 2017.
The leaders are Beth Casebolt, CER Congregational Life Staff and Layne Richard-Hammock, DRE at West Shore UU Church, Rocky River, OH.
Welcome to the Administration as Leadership Renaissance module, an online learning experience comprised of five two-hour webinars with reading and other assignments for each session. Credit will be offered for full participation in the module. Full participation includes:
- Online attendance at five two-hour sessions
- Reading and reflection to prepare for each session
- Responses to Reflection Questions on the Discussion Forum after each session. Note: The Discussion Forum will remain active until two weeks after the module closes.
- Submission of final evaluation within a week of the ending of the module.
All of the module materials will be accessed from a learning portal on uua.org. Registered attendees will receive an email invitation to join the class group. Required readings, a forum to post reflections and daily class agendas will be accessed her
Goals of the Module
Because there are so many facets to the overall responsibility of a religious educator, it is imperative to keep in mind the big picture of the role. It is easy to get bogged down in a maze of administrative details or to see this as the limit of what the religious educator is capable of offering to the congregation. Learning effective management and organizational strategies will help the religious educator gain the perspective needed to achieve a healthy balance among all the elements of religious education leadership. Capitalizing on one’s energy for the work and acquiring a solid foundation in the management skills that are needed will free up the time needed to strengthen other aspects of religious education leadership.
The overall goals of this module are:
- To set the administrative duties in the context of the larger portfolio of religious education leadership
- To appreciate the importance of strong organizational and management skills in administration
- To survey effective means for educating, engaging and appreciating those who share in faith development
- To explore strategies for healthy communication, decision making and delegation.
Effective management and organizational skills are critical to the administrative role. Over the course of the module the following areas will be explored:
- Being a professional consistent with official employment documents and the guidelines of LREDA (Liberal Religious Educators Association)
- A collegial and collaborative staff dedicated to right relations
- The art and science of orienting, recruiting and appreciating volunteers
- Policies and procedures to ensure a congregation that is safe for all.
- Healthy and effective means of communication
- Normalization of conflict and guidelines for resolution
- Delegation that helps to manage the time of the religious educator and volunteers
- Learning about a range of decision making strategies and when to use each appropriately.
- Using technology more effectively to store and easily access relevant data
The webinar platform is Zoom, which you can download from Zoom.
Participants are encouraged to use a laptop or computer with headset (not ear buds) and camera (does not work as well from iPad); have phone handy in case you need to call in instead of using computer audio.