4.10 Instructors Certification Course- March 8 to March 10, 2022
March 8, 2022 - March 10, 2022
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Please register by Sunday, February 27, 2022.
Open only to wallers who hold Level 2 (Intermediate) or higher DSWA-GB Certification
If you have already earned DSWA-Stone Trust Instructor Certification, please join us free of charge to learn about our new training sites, to share your thoughts about improving our curriculum and instruction, and to refresh your teaching skills.
Up to 18 participants. March 8-10. $775
Winston Prouty Center, Brattleboro, Vermont
Holton Hall, Fourth Floor
Lunch will be provided.
In 2011, the Stone Trust created the opportunity for Dry Stone Walling Association (DSWA) Instructor Certification through the Stone Trust. Since then, wallers who hold DSWA-GB Intermediate, Advanced and Master Craftsman certification have come to Vermont every two years or so to add instructor certification to their skill sets and credentials. Existing instructors also use this opportunity to refresh their knowledge and boost their instructing skills.
In 2020, the last time the course was offered, fifteen of us gathered for a two and a half day certification course that teaches how to teach. In 2022, in order to promote the development of a teaching-learning community with the capacity to carry high-quality instruction in dry stone walling to all of the places people are coming to learn, we have expanded the course format to three full days.
DAY 1, TUESDAY MARCH 8, 2022: In the morning, Stone Trust training site facilitators Martin Beevers, Kim and Jerry Coggin, Dan Peterson, Pete Ryder, Michael Weitzner, and Brian Post present an interactive panel discussion to help you understand their aspirations for their sites, the status of their outdoor classroom spaces, and the participation they invite from you. View presentations, ask questions, make comments, and help us move the conversation about building walling communities across the continent forward.
In the afternoon we will dive into aspects of our curriculum and course content that make Stone Trust Workshops the best place to learn dry stone walling. Participants will learn what is expected of them when they teach, in terms of content, setup and clean up, and conduct as a representative of the Stone Trust. We will also have a discussion for your ideas about improving the Stone Trust learning environment. We’ll talk about learning objectives, workshop formats, scheduling, materials, equipment, and more.
This course will include reading material that you will need to read prior to the course. Expect to spend several hours reviewing content in the week prior to the course.
Days 2 and 3 make up the DSWA-GB Instructor Certification course. Once you complete this course you are qualified and certified to teach dry stone walling. There is not a pass/fail aspect to this course, only completion. After taking this course, you can begin teaching at Stone Trust workshops as assistant instructors. To become a lead instructor at Stone Trust workshops, you will need to gain teaching experience. Additional instructor training may also be recommended.
To qualify to take this instructors course you must meet all three requirements:
Whether you have immediate plans to teach, or just want to get better at communicating with and training your employees, you will find great value in learning the communication skills taught in this course. You will also add another important professional waller credential.
We also invite existing instructors who are professional members back to share their experiences and get a refresher of the information. In order to stay a Stone Trust/DSWA Certified Instructor you must maintain your membership to the DSWA-GB.
Remember Stone Trust professional members get 10% off of this course, so don’t forget to add in your discount code at checkout.
The registration deadline is February 27, 2022. The Stone Trust is the only place outside of the Great Britain to offer this course, and we do not offer it every year. Don’t miss this important opportunity!
Once you take this course you will be eligible to teach dry stone walling through the Stone Trust. The Stone Trust is actively looking to increase the number of instructors available to teach workshops.