Call for Workshop Proposals
Call for Workshop Proposals
Fortifying Father Involvement Toolkit
Dad Central Ontario is developing a toolkit to support communities’ efforts to engage fathers. This toolkit is being funded by the Counselling Foundation of Canada and will be disseminated across the country. Among other things, the toolkit will include a number of self-directed workshops for fathers. These workshops are to:
- focus on the role of a father within the context of the topic;
- provide helpful and relevant ideas for fathers to be involved with their children;
- include information to increase knowledge of child development;
- offer opportunity for discussion and connection between fathers.
We are seeking individuals with expertise in the following areas to design 90 minutes workshops for fathers:
- Aboriginal fatherhood
- Fathers role in supporting academic and career choices
- Single fathers
- New Fathers
- Newcomer fathers
- Fathers with children with special needs
- Young fathers
In order to maintain consistency within the toolkit, all the workshops will be based on common principles and themes, which will include, but not be limited to,
- core principles of Father Involvement (FI), as outlined on pg 9 Involved Fathers: a guide for today's dad.
- why FI matters to children and families, and
- information on child development, including relevant resources on early child development, adolescent development, etc.
Workshops are to be designed to be delivered to fathers and reflect adult learning principles, i.e., a variety of learning formats, handouts, discussion, etc. They are to be self-directed, in that they should be deliverable straight from the toolkit, without any training for people facilitating them.
Outcomes for the workshops:
- Fathers will gain information and practical ideas to apply to their parenting.
- Fathers will gain a sense of importance to their role (empowerment).
- Fathers will gain knowledge in child development and understanding their children.
- Fathers will feel less isolation after connecting with other men.
Proposals need to include the following:
- Topic of interest (see above)
- Overview of the relevant content/issues that you would address within the topic of your choice (200 words max).
- Learning objectives (3 – 4).
- Learning formats to be implemented in the workshop.
- A list of references and resources to be used in creating the workshop.
- Your resume or CV.
** If submiting more than one proposal, please complete a separate form for each proposal.
Should your proposal be accepted, you will be expected to:
- Design a 90 minute workshop for fathers on the topic described in your proposal (Nov 1, 2013 – Feb 2, 2014).
- Pilot the workshop once (Feb – Mar 2014).
- Make adjustments to the content and design based on feedback from the pilot workshop (Mar 2014).
- Give permission for the workshop to become the property of Dad Central Ontario as part of the Fortifying Father Involvement Toolkit.
Dad Central Ontario will:
- Provide an honourarium of $1250 upon completion of the workshop and the deliverables listed above.
- Provide necessary support in the development of the workshop.
- Give credit to the author.
Please forward proposals to:
Brian Russell, Provincial Coordinator
mail: 185-5th St, Toronto, ON M8V 2Z5
Deadline for submissions: Sept 30, 2013