How to Become a Facilitator
Facilitators design and implement educator professional development training experiences, providing them with knowledge, skills, experience, and resources to become comfortable incorporating PLT activities into their classrooms or programs.
PLT facilitators are the lifeblood of the program. Educators who are trained in PLT actively use it—according to a 2018 National PLT survey of PLT educators, over 85% use PLT activities in their classrooms and other settings (PEER). Educators agree that PLT is good for getting children outside and having fun while learning about the environment. They also agree that the curriculum materials are useful for teaching academic standards.
PLT uses a “train the trainer” approach in that individuals interested in becoming facilitators are provided with training in skills, tools, and techniques as well as resources to assist them in designing and implementing their own professional development training experiences.
To become certified as a Florida PLT facilitator you can either attend a facilitator training or participate in the Facilitator Mentoring Program.
Facilitator trainings are typically 1-2 days and provide facilitators with an opportunity to:
- Explore PLT’s goals, history, and curriculum offerings.
- Learn the roles and responsibilities of a Florida PLT Facilitator.
- Participate in PLT activities.
- Glean tools and resources for designing, implementing, and evaluating PLT educator professional development training experiences.
- Share ideas and network with other new Florida PLT facilitators.
- Plan your very own PLT educator professional development training experience!
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Facilitator Mentoring Program
The Florida PLT Facilitator Mentoring Program provides an alternative method for individuals to become certified Florida PLT facilitators through a mentorship with an experienced facilitator(s). Individuals participating in the mentoring program will learn how to be a facilitator through direct experience planning and implementing Florida PLT professional development training experiences for educators under the guidance of the designated mentor(s).
Review the Florida PLT Facilitator Mentoring Program Requirements for more information and to apply.
Candidates who successfully complete the requirements of the mentoring program will submit a self-assessment which will be evaluated by the FL PLT Coordinator/Assistant Coordinator.
Roles & Requirements
National PLT and State PLT programs depend on facilitators to deliver programming that reflects the
organization’s commitment to and standards for high-quality environmental education.
Review the Florida PLT Facilitator Roles & Requirements for more information.