Lessac Certified Trainer Candidacy Procedures
LESSAC CERTIFIED TRAINER CANDIDACY PROCEDURES
Upon receiving a letter of acceptance for candidacy, the individual will be assigned a MENTOR. The Mentor will provide guidance throughout the candidacy procedures. A Mentor will always be a designated Master Teacher or a Certified Trainer appointed by the Master Teachers Council. The procedures include a written examination, continued guidance in self-awareness/application of the work, observation/assessment of teaching and completion of the Lessac Teacher Training Workshop.
A. CANDIDATE’S DOSSIER
During the candidacy, the candidate will establish a DOSSIER, kept on file with the Director of Certification. The candidate and/or the Candidate’s Mentor will provide the following documents for the CANDIDATE’S DOSSIER:
- CANDIDATE’S COMPLETED APPLICATION
- RESULTS OF THE CANDIDATE’S ORAL EXAMINATION
- RESULTS OF THE CANDIDATE’S WRITTEN EXAMINATION
- RECORD OF PARTICIPATION IN ONE LESSAC TEACHER TRAINING WORKSHOP
B. THE CANDIDATE’S MENTOR
A MENTOR will be assigned to each accepted candidate. The MENTOR will serve as an advisor to the candidate throughout his/her candidacy. The Candidate is expected to establish an ongoing dialogue with his/her mentor and the Mentor may determine that a schedule of communication be established and that journal keeping be recommended to facilitate this dialogue. The Mentor will be the primary observer and assessor of the candidate’s teaching. A mentor may determine that a candidate be required to complete supplemental studies in related fields as a requirement of certification.
C. CERTIFICATION TEACHING ASSESSMENT PROCEDURES
During the certification candidacy, multiple teaching observations are expected to be arranged. When a certification candidate and mentor have agreed to begin observations and assessments of the candidate’s teaching the following procedures are to be implemented:
Video recorded observations:
- Be sure candidate’s video equipment is compatible to mentor’s equipment.
- Teaching must be taped from an angle that includes front or profile views of the candidate AND front or profile views of the students.
- Audio must be recorded with a high quality microphone.
- Prior to the video recording, the candidate must present a written lesson plan (with objectives) to the mentor.
- Prior to sending the video recording to the mentor, the candidate must view the recorded lesson and write a self-assessment of his/her teaching. This self-assessment should accompany the tape sent to the mentor.
- At least two videotaped lessons of a class and two videotaped sessions “coaching” individual students should be arranged between the candidate and mentor prior to an on-site observation. On-site observations should also be recorded on tape (not by the visiting mentor) for observation by two other mentors.
- Class lessons chosen for videotaping must be introductory lessons. Optional On-stie Observations:
- The mentor in consultation with the candidate determines on-site observations.
- It is the candidate’s responsibility to cover all travel, lodging and food expenses for the visiting mentor.
- Candidates are encouraged to seek institutional support for this event as a means towards professional development.
- On-site observations should be recorded for assessment. The visiting mentor should not be in charge of videotaping.
D. ALTERNATE TEACHING ASSESSMENT OPPORTUNITIES
Not all candidates are employed by an educational institution, have regular teaching assignments in voice/speech or have a private studio practice. In turn, these candidates may be challenged to establish teaching assessment opportunities. Candidates are encouraged to discuss alternate opportunities with their mentor. These may include:
- Participating in the Lessac Institute Teacher Training Workshops with the intent of being assessed as part of the certification process.
- Requesting a colleague to allow you to guest teach their class.
- Requesting a certified Lessac teacher to allow you to guest teach at their institution.
- Some candidates may be invited by the Lessac Institute’s Master Teachers to serve as teaching interns for a Lessac Intensive Workshop.
E. LESSAC TEACHER TRAINING WORKSHOP
Candidates for certification must participate in at least one Lessac Teacher Training Workshop. At the conclusion of the first workshop, candidates should consult with their mentor and the Teacher Training Workshop Instructor(s) about progress toward certification and if additional workshops are recommended.
F. THE WRITTEN EXAMINATION
The written examination assesses the candidate’s mastery of basic principles, training activities and phonetic information of the Lessac work. It is administered by at least one Master Teacher. During an individual’s candidacy, a time for the written examination will be determined through consultation between the Candidate, the Mentor and the Master Teachers who will administer the exam.
G. FINAL TEACHING ASSESSMENT
Upon recommendation of the Mentor, a final observation should be arranged for evaluation. This will be observed and assessed by the Mentor and the Master Teacher Council.
H. CANDIDACY TIMELINE
There is no set duration of time for candidacy. Upon acceptance, the Lessac Master Teacher encourages candidates to work continuously toward certification. However, Lessac Master Teachers also encourage a timeline best suited to the candidate in consultation with his/her mentor.
I. LESSAC TRAINERS CERTIFICATE
The Director of Certification will notify the Candidate when he/she has been approved for Certification and a Lessac Trainers Certificate will be granted to the candidate.
J. EXCEPTIONS TO CANDIDACY PROCEDURES
The Lessac Master Teachers may grant exceptions to the Candidacy procedures for individuals who may have acquired equivalent training opportunities with Lessac Master Teachers or possess what the Lessac Master Teachers believe to be appropriate equivalent field experience and/or education.
For additional information Contact:
Barry Kur, Director of Certification
609 Fairmount Ave
State College PA 16801
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