How to Become a Facilitator
Facilitators conduct workshops to train educators, providing them with an understanding of the mission, vision, and goals of PLT and engaging participants in experiencing, processing, generalizing, and applying tools and strategies through actively participating in hands-on activities and lesson planning.
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 conducting his or her own workshops.
There are two ways to become a PLT facilitator in Florida:
1. Attend a facilitator training
Facilitator trainings are typically 1-2 days and provide facilitators with an opportunity to:
- Learn about PLT's goals, curriculum offerings, and curriculum framework.
- Plan and conduct PLT professional development trainings.
- Develop facilitator outcomes-based professonal development agendas.
- Practice facilitating PLT activities.
- Learn about National and Florida PLT facilitator requirements.
Email us to find out about upcoming facilitator training opportunities.
2. Participate in the Florida PLT Facilitator Mentoring Program
This program provides a method for training individuals to become certified Florida PLT facilitators through the mentorship of experienced facilitators. Trainees will learn how to be a facilitator in a real-world professional development training setting. The designated mentor will guide the trainee in the process of planning a professoinal development training and integrate the trainee into the training at various levels to provide experience. Click here for the Florida PLT Facilitator Mentoring Program Guidelines.
Candidates who successfully demonstrate their ability and commitment to becoming a facilitator will be certified as a PLT Facilitator.
As a PLT facilitator, you are responsible for planning and conducting a minimum of one six-hour workshop each year. We encourage you to team up with other facilitators and resources specialists, and we welcome alternative professonal develpoment training sytles.
A facilitator serves as a guide, helping professional development training participants gain an understanding of the PLT program, its use, and potential impacts on students’ awareness, knowledge, and appreciation of the environment. As a facilitator, you set the stage for learning and encourage participants to explore and develop as professionals.
For more information on a PLT facilitator's responsibilities, please review the PLT Facilitator Handbook.