District 84’s Trainers Academy: Progress, Learning & Growth

In July 2023, District 84 proudly launched the Trainers Academy, an exclusive initiative designed to empower members with interest, passion, and potential in the field of facilitation and training. This one-year program has been a transformative journey, equipping participants with invaluable skills to excel in their roles. Led by a distinguished panel of master trainers, the Academy aims to build, inspire, and empower a core group of effective facilitators dedicated to serving the District. Read on to learn more about our initiative.

Curriculum Highlights

The Trainers Academy curriculum has been carefully crafted to cover a spectrum of essential topics, ensuring a comprehensive learning experience. Participants have delved into “Creating Learner-Centered Experiences,” “Mastering the Art of Effective Facilitation,” “Powerful Presentations,” “Understanding Instructional Design,” and “Harnessing Adult Learning Theories & DEI.” The latest module provided a unique opportunity for participants to showcase their skills by delivering a teach-back in front of their peers while being observed by the master trainers who offered feedback.

Professional Development Opportunities

Upon completion of the one-year program, participants will emerge with a professionally curated portfolio, a revised LinkedIn profile, and the chance to be part of an elite group within the District. This not only enhances their personal brand but also boosts their sense of confidence and opens doors to new opportunities for career growth and development.

Mission and Future Endeavors

The Trainers Academy is driven by a mission “to build, inspire, and empower facilitators ready to serve District 84 effectively.” Future modules will explore topics such as “Knowing Your Group and Achieving Your Goals,” “Unlocking Engagement,” and “Preparing for Training.” These topics will culminate in the program showcase and graduation, marking the participants’ successful completion of the transformative journey.

Facilitated by Trainers for Trainers

The Trainers Academy is privileged to have master trainers with a combined experience of over 100 years. Hector Javier Rocafort, Edith Tiencken, Rebecca McGilton, Marie Loeffler, Rachael Assignon, and the esteemed Education Chair, Dr. Maria Martinez, have played pivotal roles in the selection process, curriculum development, and project execution. Their expertise and collaboration have enriched the learning experience, providing participants with insights from seasoned professionals. We also thank our Program Quality Director, Felicia Shorter and our senior leadership, for their relentless and continued support.

“True teachers are those who use themselves as bridges over which they invite their students to cross; then, having facilitated their crossing, joyfully collapse, encouraging them to create their own.”

–Nikos Kazantzakis


District 84’s Trainers Academy stands as a testament to the commitment to continuous learning and growth within the Toastmasters community. With a dynamic curriculum, experienced master trainers, dedicated participants, and a clear mission, the Academy is paving the way for a new generation of skilled facilitators. Stay tuned for future updates! As participants progress through the program, they not only enhance their abilities but contribute to the overall strength and effectiveness of District 84 creating ripples of positive impact personally and professionally. The Trainers Academy is not just a training program; it’s a journey towards excellence and empowerment.

For comments or questions, please contact Education Chair Dr. Maria Martinez, DTM at education@toastmastersd84.org.

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