Do the youth in your program have opportunities to work together in groups, teaching and learning from each other? Cooperative learning is an excellent way to nurture youth leadership, build community, and keep things fun. This interactive workshop will equip participants with grouping strategies and ways to think about building cooperative learning into any program offering.
What is Cooperative Learning?
Cooperative Learning is a purposeful learning structure coordinated and facilitated by the adult where youth work interdependently with one or more peers. Groups can range from pairs to small teams and be formed based on certain criteria, planned by the adult, self-selected by the youth participants, or formed randomly to promote interaction.
Why is Cooperative Learning important?
Research demonstrates that young people can benefit in many ways from Cooperative Learning Structures when they are implemented well. Specifically, benefits have been found for motivation, retention of facts, intergroup relations, a sense of individual control, and even for those youth who are generally high-achieving or extroverted as well as those who are more introverted.
a. Be able to define Cooperative Learning.
b. Gain experience using a variety of group forming strategies (Group Formers) and group work structures (Group Structures).
c. Understand how Cooperative Learning helps to meet the social and intellectual needs of youth.
d. Learn how to apply four complementary strategies to engineer successful Cooperative Learning structures.
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Sharp Insight’s Founder and Principal, Jana Sharp, is a strategic consultant focused in the areas of evaluation and performance measurement. Since 2002, Jana has supported over 100 clients in the nonprofit, foundation, and public sectors. While initially drawn to the field of evaluation through her work in education and public health, Jana is continually inspired by the challenge of bridging research and practice.
Her deepest sense of professional fulfillment comes from partnering with organizations to uncover how their staff and leadership define “success” and better understand the difference they are making in their communities. Jana earned her undergraduate degree from Northwestern University and her Master of Public Health from the University of Maryland. As a former middle school teacher in the New Jersey and Illinois public school systems, Jana carries with her a passion for supporting youth-serving organizations.