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Teaching and Learning Principles
for Pet Professionals Program


This 9-hour program will provide participants with an overview of adult learning principles, the ADDIE model for instructional design, and large and small groups facilitation principles.  This program consists of three, 3-hour live and interactive sessions.  At the end of this program, pet professionals will be able to apply the content learned to enhancing small and large group classes as well as educational program design and content for pet owners, staff, and volunteers.

Please note that each session builds on the next.  You must complete Session 1: Adult Learning prior to Session 2: Addie; and complete Sessions 1 & 2 before Session 3: Facilitation fundamentals.  However, you can mix Summer sessions with Winter sessions. Each session will require participants to engage in active discussion and activities and will not be recorded.


The instructor for this course is Mara Velez. Mara has more than 20 years of experience in developing high-quality learning and organizational change interventions in pharmaceutical, banking, construction, telecom, not-for-profit, and higher education industries. She develops programs and courses for learners at all levels, from entry-level positions to managers of managers and C-suite leaders. In addition to developing, designing, and implementing high-quality learning interventions, Mara possesses a master’s degree in industrial and organizational psychology and bachelor's degree in psychology and has completed all of the course work for a doctorate in international and multicultural education.

Program learning objectives:

  • Articulate the considerations for adult learners when designing training interventions

  • Describe the principles and practices of instructional design using the ADDIE model

  • Determine effective facilitation strategies for a variety of content and design elements and audience characteristics

Series cost (includes $35 Kolb assessment):
Non-shelter attendees: $400
Shelter staff or volunteers: $275 (use the SHELTERTEACH discount code to save $125)

Session registration cut-off dates:
Spring session: February 25, 2023 at 3:00 pm PDT

Winter session: October 7, 2023 at 3:00 pm PDT

Session dates:

Spring session:

March 4, 2023, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm (PDT)

April 1, 2023, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm (PDT)

April 29, 2023, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm (PDT)


Winter session:

October 14, 2023, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm (PDT)

November 11, 2023, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm (PDT)

December 9, 2023, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm (PDT)


CPDT: 8.5 CEUs | IAABC: 8.5 CEUs


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