Teacher Development Program

Due to overwhelming response, we are currently on a waitlist for the 2021 Teacher Development Program. If you're interested in participating, join our waitlist and we will contact you as spots become available.

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A community of teachers helping others love and obey God as we learn from His Word together.

 

Vision

Teacher Development exists to help every partner of The Austin Stone know, experience, and respond to God more deeply as they pursue growth in the area of teaching.

 

We’re all teachers, so let’s be good ones.

Everyone who follows Jesus is called to help others know and love Him too. Whether in our homes, workplaces, communities, or the church, all of us are saying something about who God is. The Austin Stone Teaching Community wants to help you be a better teacher wherever God has placed you. Click below to stay up-to-date on all our upcoming gathering and training events.

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Start the Teacher Development Program

If you want to dedicate intentional time to grow as a teacher and explore whether you may have a unique gifting in this area, we encourage you to go through our Teacher Development Program launching Fall 2021. This ten-week program focuses on shaping your mind, heart, and skills as a teacher with biblical truths and research-based methodologies. This program is for anyone who wants to grow in their ability to teach others in the contexts God has already placed them, whether that’s in the home, neighborhood, workplace, small groups, or other learning environments. Additionally, all applicants must be partners of The Austin Stone.

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Program Length:

10 Weeks

Program Cost:

$100

Program Style:

Cohort-Based

 

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Teacher Development Program?

 
This program is designed to provide a biblical foundation and tactical approach to teaching for partners at The Austin Stone who desire to grow in this skill within their current spheres of influence. Students will interact with biblical principles and research-based learning theories (andragogy) while receiving consistent feedback from peers and instructors in a cohort-based environment. The aim of this course is to help partners better know, experience, and respond to God as they pursue growth in the area of teaching.


What does my program fee cover?

 
In order to cover program costs including facility fees, resources, and deliverables, there will be a $100 program fee for each participant. However, we don’t want finances to be an inhibitor of participation. Please email Val Hamilton to discuss any concerns regarding this fee.


Who should apply?

 
This program is for anyone who wants to grow in their ability to teach others in the contexts God has already placed them, whether that’s in the home, neighborhood, workplace, small groups, or other learning environments. Additionally, all applicants must be partners of The Austin Stone.


When is the deadline to apply?

 
Applications are due by May 31, 2021, or until program reaches capacity.


Who should I contact with specific questions?

 
Please email Val Hamilton with any questions not addressed in this FAQ and she will be happy to help you!


What is the structure of this program?

 
This course will run for a ten-week period beginning at the end of August and ending in the middle of November. The curriculum is designed to address the mind, affections, and skills of the teacher through biblical principles along with scientifically-supported learning theories and tactics. Topics covered in the program include the importance of character for teachers, creativity in curriculum, and the structure and delivery of a lesson. Students will be placed in a cohort with others representing their ministry or congregation context who will provide support, collaboration, and feedback throughout the program. The final project will include a 90-minute capstone lesson incorporating the principles from the program and a section presentation to program assessors.


When will I know if I am accepted to the program?

 
You will receive a confirmation email on completion and receipt of your application. All applicants to the program will receive a final response regarding program participation by August 1, 2021.