Train the Trainer: Partnership and Community Collaboration Fundamentals

3-day Onsite Workshop and Webinar 
Cohosted by 

USDA Office of Partnerships & Public Engagement (OPPE)

Partnership and Community Collaboration Academy

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Thursday, August 30, 2018

Closing Webinar: TBD

National 4-H Conference Center

7100 Connecticut Ave

Chevy Chase, MD 20815


There will be a shuttle to and from USDA each day. 

Shuttles will leave NLT than 7:15. 

Those seeking to take the shuttle should RSVP to by COB on August 20.

Each day, 8:00AM - 5:00PM

All days will include a15 minute break in the morning and afternoon, and a 1-hour lunch break at noon.

Please bring your lunch or plan to purchase lunch at the On-Site Café, open 11:30-1:30 for lunch. (Sample Menu)

Day 1: Wearing the Trainer’s Cap

  • Welcome, introductions and overview

  • USDA OPPE Strategic Priorities and Programs Overview

  • Focus on the Trainer

  • Focus on the Audience

  • Training Best Practices

Day 2: Teaching Partnership and Community Collaboration Practices

Introduction to instructional materials.

  • Cast a Wide Net: Community Collaboration, Stakeholder Analysis and the Spectrum of Public Engagement

  • Find the Common Threads: Collaborative Leadership, Partner Cultural Awareness, 21 Partnership Success Factors and Powerful Questions

  • Paddle Together: Active Listening and Persuasion

  • See the Possibilities: Leveraging Partnerships, Facilitation and Managing Conflict

  • Put the Wind in Your Sails: Partnership Assessment Tools and Accountability

  • USDA OPPE Outreach Applications

Day 3: Practice, Practice, Practice
  • Training team demonstrations: preparation

  • Training team demonstrations: delivery and peer critique

  • Reflections and Transitioning to the Filed

  • USDA OPPE: Making a Difference

Lessons Learned Webinar: Date TBD

This webinar is facilitated by Academy instructors and OPPE coordinators for OPPE NCR trainers. At the Lessons Learned Webinar, we will discuss regional workshop evaluations and gather feedback from NCR trainers about their experience as instructors. This webinar will be hosted following the first regional workshop presentation.

You will receive a link to this webinar via email. Participation in the webinar will complete your training to earn a Train-the Trainer Partnership and Community Collaboration Fundamentals certificate.


Certificates of Completion for Train-the-Trainer Workshop will recognize 40 hours of professional development for NCR trainers, including workshop and webinar participation, and preparation for the delivery for Regional Workshops.

Workshop Overview


Liz Madison

Partnership and Community Collaboration Academy

Anne Desmarais 

Assistant Director
Partnership and Community Collaboration Academy

Case Studies

Instructional Videos


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