You’ve been selected to attend national training because your local union believes you have the qualities to become an effective professional development instructor. Your local and the AFT are investing significant resources to support your leadership development and the courses are designed for you to get the most out of your experience.
AFT courses offered at Summer Educator Academy are designed to be train-the-trainer models. This means that participants receive both pedagogy and content with the expectation to deliver the content to others. Participants who attend should know this in advance and understand that there are follow-up commitments required to successfully complete the program. All participants are expected to fulfill the following responsibilities.
Before the Academy
- Create an account on the AFT Professional Learning site to access necessary documents and course information.
- Complete requirements for Delivering Effective Professional Development (DEPD), which will include online assignments due prior to attending the academy.
- Complete any other pre-academy reading assignments for your course before the academy begins.
At the Summer Academy
- Attend all scheduled course and general sessions on time. In the event of an emergency, notify the instructor.
- Professionalism and respect for colleagues are expected.
- Complete daily assigned readings.
- Record concepts/strategies and notes in the Course Notebook (double-entry journal).
- Review the Criteria for Effective Presentations (Rubric) and the Practice Presentations Guidelines.
- Deliver a practice presentation on an assigned topic at the end of the course.
- Update contact information on sheet passed around in classroom.
- Complete the online evaluation prior to leaving the academy on July 24, 2019.
Post Academy—Course Completion (as applicable)
- Implement your selected strategies and concepts in your classroom and/or work setting and complete your Reflection on Research Concept Application (RORCA) or performance-based project according to the timeline you will be given during the academy.
- Upon your local’s request, agree to train locally upon successful completion of all requirements.
- Work with the course coordinators to ensure that you are prepared to train.
- At the end of the academy, all participants will receive a certificate of participation documenting the number of professional development hours acquired.
- Participants who complete all of the participant responsibilities outlined above will receive a certificate of completion, certifying that they are qualified to serve as a local trainer.