Virtual ISW Work Bee April – June 2020 – Registration closed

Date(s) - Jun 07, 2020-Jun 10, 2020
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Region: Virtual
Institution: ISW Network

Update May 29th

Hello all

We are excited to report that the Virtual ISW Work Bee (created in lieu of our face to face gathering in Abbotsford) is swarming with activity and significant progress is being made in all 4 of our Virtual Work Bee projects. Over 50 members of the ISW Network volunteered to assist with these projects! We hope to have the newly created resources available to the community within the next few months. Here is a brief recap:

The Virtual ISW Toolkit group (Co-leads: Kathryn Brillinger, Alice Cassidy, Jennifer Faubert and Cheri Macleod) is working to identify, create, and curate resources related to running a virtual ISW using both synchronous and asynchronous tools. Due to our recent need to move a typical face to face ISW into the online environment due to physical distancing measures, this group is sharing resources and experiences related to different institutional approaches and technological tools, while still maintaining the essential components and values of an ISW.

The New Facilitator Toolkit group (Co-leads: Judy Bornais and Mavis Smith) is identifying specialized resources needed by new facilitators as enhancements to those in either the ISW or FDW Handbooks. The group posted a survey to the listserv on Wednesday May 27 to gather data to support their work on the Toolkit. We encourage you to respond!

The FDW Handbook group (Co-leads: Russ Day and Jill Grose) are perusing both the 2006 and 2016 versions to update and streamline material in alignment with the ISW Handbook created in 2018. The group will be looking for feedback from the ISW Network by mid-summer.

The TDW Handbook group (Co-leads: David Tickner and Hannah Celinski) was created as an additional project group to identify resources specific to trainers and trainer trainees running either a TDW or using the apprenticeship model within an FDW. The FDW and TDW Handbook groups are working together to identify how the two handbooks can complement one another.

On behalf of the ISW International Advisory Committee we would like to thank all members of the ISW Community who are volunteering their time and expertise this spring to contribute to the Network.

Stay safe.


ISW Virtual WorkBee

Given current concerns around the transmission of the COVID-19 virus, the ISW Executive has decided to cancel the ISW Work Bee scheduled for June 7 to 10th, 2020 in Abbotsford, British Columbia. We recognize that this is a difficult time for national and international travel and that there remains uncertainty as to when restrictions might be lifted.

However, we are currently exploring ways to facilitate virtual gatherings for members of the Network to develop some of the ISW projects identified in our Work Bee planning. At this time we are looking for expressions of interest from any member of the Network who would like to participate in one of these projects between now and the end of June, 2020:

  • FDW Handbook and Resources
  • Toolkit for new ISW Facilitators
  • Toolkit for Facilitating Virtual ISWs

If you are available to join a working group for one of these projects, please complete this short survey at ISW Work Bee Survey within the next two weeks and indicate which project you are interested in.

If there are other projects you would like to see initiated at this time, let us know on the survey. We are hoping groups will meet virtually through May and June and and share monthly progress updates with the Network.

In the meantime, please stay healthy. We are looking forward to seeing many of you in person in the near future!

All the best

ISW Network Executive

For more information on the Work Bee, email one of the ISW Executive members: ISW Executive Team