Keys to Success for Effective Instruction


Keys to Success for Effective Instruction - Online Classroom

Evening webinar designed to strengthen the facilitation skills of Mountaineers instructors. Co-led by Joe and Michelle Harper Kowalczyk. This session will be online only.

  • Casual

6:00-8:00pm via Zoom Meeting
Meeting link will be sent to registered attendees on the day of the session.

Workshop Description

The longevity of the Mountaineers relies on effective engagement and instruction of its students. Not only are they the future climbers, kayakers, hikers, campers, and more - they are also the future instructors and leaders of our branches. Course and field trip leaders are in the strongest position to impact the legacy of our organization. 

This workshop is designed to strengthen the facilitation skills of course or field trip instructors. It will focus on creating a welcoming learning environment, developing coherent instructional flow, and evaluating learning. Participants will engage in interactive activities and discussion. They will leave with ideas for creating instruction that is centered on the student experience.  

Joe Harper Kowalczyk serves as an Academic Services Director in the School of Public Health at the University of Washington. He has been an educator and administrator for over 13 years, working in university and K-12 settings in Washington, Colorado, Maryland, South Africa, and Switzerland, as well as an instructor with the Tacoma Mountaineers for over six years. Joe's recent adventures have him running and hiking with his toddler around the forests of Northern Ohio.

Michelle Harper Kowalczyk earned a BA in Elementary Education in 2007 and her MS in Student Affairs in Higher Education in 2010. Since then, she has served in a variety of settings as a classroom educator, teacher trainer, university administrator, and workshop facilitator. She currently serves as the Learning & Development Manager for City Year in Cleveland. In her spare time, she assists in instructing lectures through the Tacoma Mountaineers and her local Unitarian Universalist church.

Materials to Bring:

  • Course or field trip description
  • Pen or pencil
  • Paper

Learning Outcomes:

Participants will be able to...

  • Identify lesson delivery and flow
  • Create an environment conducive to learning
  • Raise personal awareness of students’ needs during instruction
  • Develop skills for facilitation
  • Develop personal & peer accountability during difficult conversations


This seminar will be delivered online via Zoom meeting. You will need access to a computer or device (preferably with a speaker and camera), as well as high-speed internet. Information about how to log-on to the Zoom meeting will be emailed the day of the session.


Required Equipment

Required Equipment

Computer or device (preferably with a speaker and camera), as well as high-speed internet.

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