Instructor Trainers (‘Trainers’) are certified to teach at all authorized Carpentries Instructor Training workshops, onboarding new Instructors who may in turn become certified to teach Data Carpentry, Library Carpentry, and Software Carpentry workshops. Trainers also play a role in the Instructor ‘checkout’ process, evaluating trainees’ teaching demonstrations. The Trainer community plays a leading role in The Carpentries, maintaining our flagship Instructor Training Curriculum, contributing to relevant policies, and bringing instructional practices to bear in leadership roles across our local and global communities.
Trainers benefit from being part of a global community of pedagogically trained professionals with a shared interest in promoting robust teaching practices and propagating data skills worldwide. Trainers continually build on their own pedagogical and communication skills through co-instruction and monthly community discussions about Instructor training. Trainers have opportunities to influence what we teach, through curriculum maintenance, and to steer the progress of this community, through leadership roles. Trainers often play leadership roles in their home communities, mentoring local Instructors, and modeling best practices.
Active Status Renewal Process
Version 1.0.1 – Approved 8 February, 2023
Active status for Instructor Trainers is renewed annually in March.
New Trainers who have not yet been certified for a full year and Trainers who have returned to Active status within the past year will automatically be renewed.
Active status may be renewed by either:
A) participating in curriculum and community activities during the prior year, as described below OR
B) meeting with the Director of Instructor Training (DIT) to catch up on curriculum and community changes and discuss plans for the coming year
Trainers who do not renew their Active status before the deadline will have their status changed to Alumni. Instructions for Alumni returning to Active status are detailed below.
In the case of option A, above, certification will be renewed automatically when records indicate that Trainers have completed all activities expected for Active Trainers, detailed below. If records are incomplete, Trainers may self-report their activities via a form. The Trainers Leadership Committee will review form responses and recommend either renewal or a meeting (option B) based on reported activities.
Participation Expectations for Active Instructor Trainers
In order to be renewed based on prior participation, a Trainer is expected to participate as follows during the 1 year period prior to renewal:
teach at least 1 Instructor Training event, and
host at least 2 teaching demos, and
attend at least 4 Trainer community meetings
equivalent engagement with curriculum, trainees, or the Trainer community, as approved by the Trainers Leadership Committee
As a general rule, equivalent activities must be self-reported via form submission. Trainers Leadership will provide guidance to help Trainers choose what to share in the form, and when to select a meeting instead.
Trainer Alumni Status
Active Trainers may elect to become inactive by requesting Trainer Alumni status at any time by contacting email@example.com. Alumni may also submit re-activation requests to the same address.
Trainer Alumni will not be permitted to:
teach Carpentries Instructor Training workshops
host teaching demonstrations
vote in Trainer community elections
Exceptions may be made at the discretion of The Carpentries Core Team. To request permission to teach or host a demo, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
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:
0-12 months: meet with Director of Instructor Training to catch up on latest news & discuss plans for re-activating
more than 12 months: review Trainer Training curriculum, observe part of an Instructor Training workshop, and meet with Director of Instructor Training to catch up and discuss plans, including re-introduction to the Trainer community via meetings or other arrangements