Are you wondering what that little paper airplane on some facilitator photos means? Are you interested in teaching other teachers content and strategies that actually work? Do you want to be a leader in your Association? Would you like to make some extra money?
If you answered "Yes!" to any of these questions, then you should definitely consider becoming a BRIDGE class facilitator. The best part about facilitating classes to other educators on BRIDGE is learning with people from all over BRIDGE who are just like you. Every BRIDGE class gives you and other educators a chance to learn instructional and leadership strategies that truly make a difference in students' lives!
Facilitating classes on BRIDGE can definitely be intimidating, but the good news is that SDEA supports you every step of the way. The process to become a facilitator, set up a class, and get to teaching is actually pretty easy. Just take a look at this short list:
That's really all there is to it. SDEA will take care of all the technical support, marketing, credit approval, evaluations, and other questions that come up. All you really need to do is work with amazing educators on a topic that fits your passions.
Now...what about that paper airplane?
Facilitators who earn that airplane means they are WINGS certified. All of those awesome South Dakota educators have taken a rigorous, 30-hour, two graduate credit class all about online learning and facilitation. WINGS certified facilitators make more money per student who completes a class and have special recognition across the Association. To become a WINGS certified facilitator, you first must facilitate a class at the base level. You then need to complete the WINGS BRIDGE Proficiency Program that is offered every spring. Please contact Casey Kilpatrick at SDEA for more information.