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Wednesday, August 21, 2019

GPA WEBINAR - GPC Virtual Study Groups: How to Plan, Facilitate, and Participate in a Live National Learning Experience

Date(s): August 21, 2019

Time: 1:00 PM  CST - 2:00 PM  CST

Webinar Description: 

This webinar on GPC Virtual Study Groups: How to Plan, Facilitate, and Participate in a Live National Learning Experience will present effective methods, resources, results, and recommendations from facilitators of the first live national GPC Study Group conducted from February to April 2018. The group presented an exciting opportunity to learn together and effectively assist regular attendees in studying for and passing the GPC exam. Grant professionals who are interested in facilitating future groups for a chapter, regional or national audience will receive practical information for study group planning including how to prepare and facilitate weekly discussions focused on the GPC competencies and manage virtual meeting technology. Future participants will learn more about the benefits of attending this type of study group. The presenters will share the challenges they experienced while conducting the first GPC Virtual Study Group, the outcomes, offer recommendations to future facilitators, and respond to questions.
This webinar will provide grant professionals with a beta-tested format and effective methods for a nation-wide virtual study group to prepare for the GPC exam. Attendees will learn the cost and benefits of specific web meeting platforms and which technology best supports a multi-user virtual meeting space. The presenters will discuss the unique challenges for this type of virtual meeting space and suggest alternate plans of action.
Future facilitators will gain an understanding of the group process and content preparation including discussions of eligibility and grant competencies. Individuals who are considering the GPC will gain an appreciation of the self-assessment and readiness issues to consider in joining a GPC Virtual Study Group.
Katherine will present: (1) how the GPC Virtual Study Group started, (2) scheduling and structuring meetings, (3) preparing and posting resources for study at meetings, (4) discussing group expectations and GPC eligibility, (5) discussing exam questions through competency-based scenarios, (6) providing a writing prompt with individual feedback and final group discussion, (7) following up with participants, and evaluating qualitative and quantitative results, (8) unexpected challenges, (9) group results and recommendations for facilitating future groups, and (10) benefits for volunteer facilitators and participants.
JulieAnna will present: (1) free technology options for virtual meetings, (2) rationale for selection of and Google Docs to support the first GPC Virtual Study Group, (3) procedures for initial setup of selected technology, (4) initial communications with interested participants, (5) getting participants onboard as users of the meeting group technology, (6) managing and troubleshooting initial and ongoing virtual meetings, (7) tracking participation, managing weekly assignments and meeting updates, (8) responding to unanticipated challenges, and (9) recommendations for managing virtual meeting technology in future groups.


Katherine F.H. Heart, GPC, M.Ed., President of Heart Resources, LLC, is a grant consultant, and trainer/coach for early career grant professionals, and author of GrantepreneurTM (Red Engine Press, 2016). She facilitated discussions and evaluated the GPC Virtual Study Group based on a previous GPC Study Group for the GPA-Western PA Chapter.  

JulieAnna Carsen, GPC, B.S., Senior Grant Support Specialist for the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College, Arizona State University, has contributed to research on virtual and hybrid learning at ASU. JulieAnna facilitated technology and weekly meetings for the GPC Virtual Study Group, earning the GPC after the study group concluded.

Skill Level:
All Levels

Learning Track: 
Other: Facilitation Skills & Virtual Study Options

GPC Competencies:
Practices and services that raise the level of professionalism of grant developers

Oregon & SW Washington GPA Chapter Meeting - Equity: Reducing Barriers to Grant Funding

Date(s): August 21, 2019

Time: 11:30 AM  PST - 1:30 PM  PST

Remote call in option:  
go to 
or call 1 (872) 240-3212; access code 149-436-837 

Parking: Parking in one of OMSI's parking lots is free for those attending the GPA meeting.  Just make sure to note your parking space number!

Program: Equity: Reducing Barriers to Grant Funding
Join us to continue the conversation around DEI (Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion) from last September's GPA/WVDO Grants Conference! We'll review the process of the Equity Grant given at the Conference, and the recommendations on reducing barriers to grant funding developed by the Review Committee. Carly Brown from Oregon Community Foundation (who was instrumental in OCF's funding of the Equity Grant) and Carol Cheney, Diversity Equity and Inclusion Manager at Meyer Memorial Trust, will join us to share their experiences and lessons learned in looking at the grant application process through an Equity lens. And together we'll explore how grant-makers and GPA/grant professionals could work together to address/overcome Equity-related barriers to grant funding.

Cost:  Free for GPA members; $15 for non-members. 

Food: Bring your own lunch!  Or come early to grab lunch at OMSI's in-house eatery or a nearby restaurant:
Theory (at OMSI):
Sugar Street Bakery:
Boke Bowl:
Bunk Bar (and restaurant):
Produce Row Café:
OMSI will provide water, hot water for tea, and coffee.

RSVP: Please register above or email by Monday 8/19 if you plan to attend.

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