About The Assistant Teacher Training Program
Pure Dance Works students ages 12-18 who have completed at least one semester of classes are eligible to apply to become a member of our Assistant Teacher Training Program (ATTP). This program has three tiers: Classroom Helper, Assistant Teacher, and Student Teacher. This is a great opportunity for students who may have an interest in teaching dance someday. Learning to teach is different than learning to dance, and the Assistant Teacher Training Program is designed to train teacher hopefuls in the intricacies of effective instruction and provide valuable classroom experience and leadership development under the mentorship of a skilled teacher. You will be trained, evaluated and held accountable for showing progress in the qualities necessary for effective teaching in all age groups.
Classroom Helpers (Ages 12-14)
Classroom Helpers do not need any formal training beyond having at least one semester of experience in the style they are helping with. Classroom helpers must consistently demonstrate kindness, respect, and responsibility. Beyond these things, they just need a desire to shadow a teacher and simply help out in class – reading stories, tying shoes, handing out props, running music, etc. Classroom Helpers gain valuable classroom experience and leadership development by participating in class and observing the teacher each week. Students who have been Classroom Helpers and enjoy the experience may wish to participate further in the official Assistant Teacher Training Program course to advance their training as potential teachers.
Assistant Teacher Training Program (Ages 12-18)
The Assistant Teacher Training Program is open to students ages 12-18 who have at least one semester of experience in the style(s) they wish to assist with, demonstrate positive character traits such as responsibility, respect, and kindness, and who enroll in and successfully complete the required course of study. Students will participate in 12 hours of study, including training in learning styles, classroom management and conduct, musicality and vocabulary, writing lesson plans for various styles of dance, and assistant roles and responsibilities in the classroom. Students complete 5 online training modules (one hour max per module), a 2 hour session at the studio with the ATTP Coordinator, and 5 hours of classroom observation time. Coursework for Assistant Teachers will be assigned in August and early September. The total cost for the ATTP Coursework is $100. Those who complete the course will go on to participate in a volunteer apprenticeship as Assistant Teachers. Assistant Teachers assist the Lead Teacher in class, and over the course of the year will be given small sections of class to lead. Assistant Teachers may fill in as substitutes for other helpers and assistants, and on a rare occasion, for the lead teacher.
Volunteer Hour Requirement Fulfilment
Students who participate in the Classroom Helper or Assistant Teacher programs may report their hours as volunteer service to the National Honor Society or any other program requiring volunteer hours.
Student Teachers (Ages 16-18)
Students ages 16-18 who have successfully completed the ATTP Coursework and have helped and/or assisted for at least two years may apply to become Student Teachers with compensation for their leadership abilities, and perhaps one day, full-fledged teachers. Student Teachers whose applications are accepted are are given their own class(es) to teach, and are compensated with a tuition credit towards the cost of your own classes. Student Teachers may be called on to substitute teach or assist in a variety of classes held at the studio.
Expectations Of All ATTP Members
Members of all levels of the Assistant Teacher Training Program are required to uphold high standards as model students and follow specific expectations. Please click here to view the Policies & Expectations of ATTP Participants.
Ready To Apply?
Click here to fill out the application for all levels of the Assistant Teacher Training Program. There is a student section and a parent section; be sure to get one of your parents or legal guardians to fill out the Parent section. Once you have been accepted, you and your parents will sign a social contract with your specific hours and responsibilities listed.
Your participation in this progressive leadership development program will help to build a solid foundation for future opportunities. We look forward to receiving your application, and if you are placed in a classroom, watching you blossom under the mentorship of an experienced teacher this year!