Trainer Duties and Agreement¶
As of May 2017, the Trainers group adopted a Trainer Agreement outlining Trainer duties, and as of September 2019 a Trainer Alumni status was created for inactive Trainers. Only active Trainers are voting members of the Trainer community; however, Trainer Alumni are invited to participate in discussions and contribute to decision-making processes, and may choose to become active again at any time.
I understand that the secondary learning outcomes of workshops are as important as their stated goals. I will:
Communicate The Carpentries community values to trainees and model that behaviour myself in how I teach
Provide a welcoming and supporting environment for trainees
Model our “show, don’t tell” policy in instructor training
Connect the principles used in The Carpentries workshops with other teaching contexts
I understand that it is important to keep up to date and in touch with the Trainer community so that my teaching will reflect current practices and curriculum. Therefore, to be an active Trainer, I agree to:
Teach at least two instructor training events per year
Host on average four teaching demonstrations per year (1 per quarter)
Regularly attend Trainer meetings when possible and read meeting minutes/notes when I am not able to attend
Read emails sent to the Trainer listserv
Keep up-to-date with the instructor training curriculum
Teach a curriculum that fulfills all of the current requirements for instructor certification
Provide feedback to other trainers and Carpentries staff about training events to help continue developing our offerings
I understand that The Carpentries staff need an accurate understanding of Trainer availability in order to plan instructor training events. If at any point I am no longer able to serve as a Trainer, I will let The Carpentries staff know. I understand that only active Trainers are voting members of the Trainer community, but that I will be able to re-activate my Trainer status at any time by making arrangements with staff for re-onboarding.
Trainer Alumni Status¶
Active Trainers may elect to become inactive by requesting Trainer Alumni status at any time by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org.
Trainer Alumni will not be permitted to:
teach Carpentries Instructor Training workshops
host teaching demonstrations Exceptions may be made at the discretion of The Carpentries staff. To request permission to teach or host a demo, contact email@example.com.
Trainer Alumni may select to:
continue to receive Topicbox Instructor Training emails & participate in conversations
continue to participate in the Slack private Trainers channel
receive an annual newsletter during agreement renewal with community updates and details on how to return to Active status.
A Trainer who wishes to return to Active status will have a different path depending on the amount of time they’ve been inactive:
< 3 months no requirements - contact firstname.lastname@example.org to request reinstatement
3-12 months: meet with Trainer Lead to catch up on latest news & discuss plans for re-activating
12 months: review Trainer Training curriculum, observe part of an Instructor Training workshop, and meet with Trainer Lead to catch up and discuss plans, including re-introduction to the Trainer community via meetings or other arrangements.