Guidelines for Teaching for the TLA Network
The TLA Network seeks experienced transformative language artists to teach online classes for us. We currently offer 12+ classes each year, and will be expanding offerings over the future. We envision our online classes as one way we can support TLAers making a living and cultivating Right Livelihood – creating work of meaning that serves the community. At the same time, the classes greatly serve the TLA community, which is rather dispersed, by allowing people to make community while learning about TLA. The TLA Network is an Equal Opportunity Employer and welcomes proposals and applications from individuals of color, PGBTQ people, people living with serious illness or disability, and others marginalized at times in our culture.
We are now soliciting classes for our 2020 Sept. 23 - Nov. 3, Nov. 4 - Dec. 15, and Jan. 6 - Feb. 16 sessions.
Teachers need to be seasoned TLAers, which means they would have some or all of these qualifications:
We seek to bring into the fold teachers with a social change focus, internationally-experienced teachers, and others to complement our current course offerings and help us grow TLA for many populations and communities around the world. At the same time, we give preference to people who have studied and practiced TLA.
Timeframe: Classes are usually 6-week sessions but may in some circumstances be shorter or longer.
Online Platform: We use Wet Ink as our main platform, which allows students to work on the class at any time, day or night, and which allows you a lot of flexibility as to what you post. Wet Ink is very flexible and user-friendly.
Conference Calls: You are also welcome to do Zoom calls (we have an account you can use), Skype or Google Hang-Out, although we strongly encourage teachers to make the bulk of the class on Wet Ink.
Setup: Our managing director will orient you and provide technical support for you and the students — you’ll be oriented to Wet Ink through a series of videos, and you can set up a call with our staff as well. Students will be oriented to Wet Ink and will have an email to write to if they run into issues. Once your class is approved we can set you up with a Wet Ink page so you can begin designing your class.
Grading: We don’t require grades to be assigned, however there are some requirements for people doing the TLAN certification.
Class Focuses & Certification
We actively seek classes on a variety of TLA genres – writing, storytelling, theatre-making, expressive arts, etc., as well as mixed-mediums (such as storytelling and writing) – and on a variety of topics, such as health and healing, social transformation, right livelihood, engaged spirituality, and ecological literacy.
Take a look at past classes here.
Our introductory certification, TLA Foundations, requires people to take 2-4 classes (depending on whether they attend the annual conference). For people counting a class as part of fulfilling their certification requirements, teachers must assess whether students have completed at least 80% of the assignments (we have an easy way to do this that requires minimal work).
Money & Marketing
Marketing: If you want to teach for us, you need to participate strongly in helping market your class. We meet you half-way: we will promote your class through emailings, our newsletter, our website and facebook page, and we’ll even meet with you to brainstorm ways you can reach your audience. But what we’ve found is that successful classes always have one major thing in common: the teacher is cultivating a solid following through regular outreach (via facebook, website, twitter, other social media, in-person presentations, word-of-mouth, etc.). We require a marketing plan in which you can list your ideas for getting started on outreach. We also find that teachers who teach successful classes often then get a following among our people for future classes.
Money: After extensive research into pay scales of other non-profits that offer online classes, and after looking at how we can use the classes to both enhance our teachers’ right livelihood and sustain the TLA Network, we came up with a simple formula. We split all net proceeds for each class with the teacher. This comes out to be close to the same or more than as many organizations offering on-line classes with more complex formulas.
Apply to Teach a Class
Please submit this form, Teach for the TLA Network, and email your resume or CV (no more than 4 pages) to firstname.lastname@example.org. The form will include areas for:
Please do not hesitate to contact us with questions at email@example.com. We look forward to hearing from you!