Archive for the ‘Instructor’ Category

Its Not My Fault!

Wednesday, March 21st, 2012

Stories about "accountability", or a lack thereof, appear regularly in the media, are frequently the topic of congressional hearings and are often the basis for civil lawsuits. We discuss accountability as a component of trustworthiness during our ethics training in the police academy. I forcefully inculcate to the ...

Effective Instruction Should Be Your Objective

Wednesday, May 14th, 2008

It is no secret that top-level athletes, successful business people and achievers in all fields have at least one thing in common, they all tend to be compulsive goal-setters. They use short-term, intermediate and long-term goals to provide motivation and to serve as a road map to success. This ...

Crater Academy, Instructor Development and Grocery Lists

Sunday, March 16th, 2008

A while back, I had the pleasure of visiting the Crater Criminal Justice Training Academy, a regional criminal justice academy located in Disputanta, VA, to teach an Instructor Development course. There were fifteen instructor candidates from a variety of agencies enrolled in the course and they definitely earned their ...

Audio Resources For Teachers

Sunday, November 4th, 2007

Many people use the internet to visit the same websites day after day. Maybe you get your news from the local newspaper 's website or you spend your time clicking through your favorite sports news website. Wake up! There is a ton of information on the net ...

Impacting Student Learning

Thursday, June 28th, 2007

When I teach new instructor candidates, I always include statistics about how different teaching strategies can impact learning. To be honest, I never knew the source of the information I was using until a couple of days ago. My son was doing research on effective teaching methods for ...

Older Driver Law Enforcement Course Available

Wednesday, May 30th, 2007

NHTSA is in the preliminary stages of planning a Train-the-Trainer session for the Older Driver Law Enforcement Course. NHTSA will reimburse travel, lodging, per diem, and provide training materials for attendees. It is anticipated that the training will be held in Charlotte, NC, area in August 07. The training will accommodate ...

We Don’t Fail Students Out Of The Academy

Saturday, May 12th, 2007

Anyone that is involved in the recruiting process for a criminal justice agency knows that it is getting increasingly more challenging to find qualified applicants. Candidates that look good at first blush are often eliminated due to criminal or serious traffic convictions, past employment issues, drug use, financial missteps ...

Fonts, Graphics, PowerPoint And Professionalism

Wednesday, May 2nd, 2007

In a previous blog entry entitled "More Than You Care To Know About Fonts", I discussed the difference between serif and sans serif fonts. However, for most of us, we are only really interested in fonts when we are putting together a PowerPoint presentation. Unlike desktop publishing where ...

Innovative Training Now Available With Inversion 180

Tuesday, April 3rd, 2007

I am happy recommend a great new training company that is owned and operated by David Maddox, a well known figure on the Virginia training scene for nearly 20 years. Dave has earned a reputation for bringing innovation to the criminal justice classroom on a variety of topics. As an ...

Our Future Is Bright – New Instructors Shine

Monday, March 19th, 2007

Twenty hearty souls decided to take on the great Cardinal Challenge and enroll in the Instructor Development course. The official training announcement says that this is "the entry level instructor course required for the Department of Criminal Justice Services general instructor certification." However, the best description I have ...

Quality of Academy Instruction Takes a Hit

Friday, March 9th, 2007

Several years ago, when I worked for the Division of Forensic Science, we were responsible for a statewide police Breathalyzer operator certification program. During an internal review of operator performance, we realized that a higher than acceptable number of operators were not retaining sufficient job knowledge and technical skills. ...

Adult Learning – Quick Tip #5

Monday, February 12th, 2007

This is the fifth (and final) segment in a series of Quick Tips covering a wide range of adult learning principles. So if you are an inexperienced instructor, you may want to read these tips carefully and think about how you can incorporate them into your curriculum. If you are ...

Adult Learning: Quick Tip #4

Saturday, February 10th, 2007

This is the fourth segment in a series of Quick Tips covering a wide range of adult learning principles. So if you are an inexperienced instructor, you may want to read these tips carefully and think about how you can incorporate them into your curriculum. If you are an experienced ...

Adult Learning: Quick Tip #3

Wednesday, February 7th, 2007

This is the third segment in a series of Quick Tips covering a wide range of adult learning principles. So if you are an inexperienced instructor, you may want to read these tips carefully and think about how you can incorporate them into your curriculum. If you are an experienced ...