Educational Philosophy

The word “educate” means not simply to train, or teach, but rather to “lead or draw out.” We find this meaning to be extremely apt in understanding the Shriver
Center Training Program’s work and mission: to effectively “draw out,” spark and nurture the talents, expertise and wisdom of equal justice advocates nationally.

Based on best adult learning practices, Shriver courses have you learn by doing. With the help of experienced facilitators, you’ll not only read about and observe advocacy skills, you’ll also get the chance to practice them through exercises and realistic simulation. And you will get specific feedback and pointers on how to improve your skills.

Online, In-Person, and Blended Course Structure

The Shriver Center offers three types of courses: online, in-person, and blended.

  • Online Courses: Shriver online courses eliminate travel expenses and geographic obstacles while incorporating proven methods and technologies. Participants work with legal aid advocates from across the country trained in adult education best practices and online instruction, gaining new knowledge, a wide network of peers, and resources available long after the training concludes.
  • In-Person Courses: In-person courses allow equal justice advocates to learn from each other and course faculty in an intense, structured learning environment. Experienced facilitators guide participants through written and electronic materials, utilizing adult education best practices and diverse training techniques.
  • Blended Courses: Many of our courses combine the best of online and in-person learning for a more rounded training experience. Participants begin by building knowledge and community in the Shriver Center's online campus, which offers discussion forums, supplementary materials, interactive "wikis," assignment calendars, and more in order to facilitate adult learning. After the online portion concludes, participants meet face-to-face to develop relevant skills within a supportive training community.