How to Design & Facilitate Engaging Meetings

We are all tired of online and in need of some 'spice'. This course will help you maintain engagement in your meetings.

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1 class per week, for 2 weeks

Multi Class Course

55 minutes

Class Duration

2-15 students

Class Size


Per Student

Many of us have just spent over a year in an online setting for both work and school. There has been a lot of learning about how to keep people focused and engaged in this environment. This course is designed to help you as a meeting facilitator or teacher learn more about what happens mentally for those participating in your sessions and give you a toolbox of strategies to help sustain engagement and productivity. Within this course, these strategies will be modelled so that you are able to experience the impact and determine if they can work for you.

Lesson 1: We will do some ice breakers and team building so that we get to know one another. Included will be a special technique that is often forgotten when meeting with groups that are familiar with one another. Following we will discuss different meeting formats, outcomes and identify our collective challenges.
Lesson 2: Mara, the teacher will provide you with a few strategies to address the challenges and model these techniques.

After the lesson, Mara will then share a resource compiling the top strategies to consider trying.

The goal is to help you improve your meetings with your teammates and make them more impactful.

To prepare for our session have a reflection about your best meeting experience and why it was positive. Please come to the session prepared to participate and share as this will help you get the most out of it. Be sure to have your camera and mic on and it would be helpful to have some scratch paper available for any quick notes you want to jot down.

Mara has over 25 years of experience in education and 20 years in leadership roles. Academically she holds a PhD in Urban Leadership, Masters in Education and a BA in Politics. Professionally she has lead teams of school leaders along with leading her own schools for over 15 years. Most recently she lead a teacher training programme in the UK and now is working with other non-profits with writing their school leader training modules. Her focus is on how to engage the unengaged and collaborate across groups while sustaining focus on the goal.
She has lead over 5,000 sessions to all ages and works constantly at improving participant engagement.

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Mara Simmons, PhD

A Tinker in Education that Promotes Joy and Curiosity
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About Me

Teaching is my life, my parents would say. In my young adult life I took great joy at creating explanations for things and sharing new knowledge with others. As I matured I learned that much of teaching is learning, listening and understanding others' perspectives and experiences and the combination of learning with my love for sharing knowledge helps define my approach in any course I teach.

I have been privileged with having a long and varied teaching career that includes teaching math, science, history, leadership and English to young students in Los Angeles for nearly 10 years in mostly low income, culturally diverse communities. In addition, I have served as a school head, director and school founder for 12 years and most recently was a program manager for teacher training in the UK where I shaped what teacher training can look like for the post 16 sector.

Choosing to teach online is a new venture for me and an opportunity for me to grow. I appreciate the in-person sessions and look forward to cultivating discussion and learner engagement. Also, I believe education should be about choice, and I love that here you choose what you want to study.

The subjects I will teach will be relevant to those wishing to improve their professional skills, whether it be working with others, ways of writing, or how to increase colleague engagement and enthusiasm. In addition, I hope to bring in some courses specifically for teachers and presenters around how to prepare lessons and how to increase student engagement and joy for learning. Lastly, I am interested in teaching about how to cope with remote learning and working as I have observed and at times struggled with these issues in the past and have found some useful strategies that have worked.

In my classes you will never be quiet for an entire session, nor have to listen to me lecturing - I am a believer in collaboration, discussion and facilitated learning. Problem-based, project-based learning is my approach in a school setting; here online we will have a version of it. At the end of each session, we will re-cap to make sure that you have left with a nugget of learning or provocation to go further along with some extra tools to be that value add.

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