Thank you for your interest in Being Tea Teacher Training!
If you are planning to enroll in our program, please review the following policies and Statement of Inclusivity. Your acceptance into our program means you are agreeing to these terms. Feel free to email me with any questions at email@example.com.
Statement of Inclusivity
The work of being an inclusively-aligned educator demands that we look at what we teach beyond subject expertise. We must see and deeply value the people in our spaces. To quote Brooklyn-based school educator and social justice activist, Cornelius Minor, “I cannot be spiritually awakened and doing work that is vocationally dead.”
Being Tea Teacher Training asks teachers to commit to supporting and valuing students and fellow teachers for their unique differences across race; country of origin; gender and sexual identity; age; body form and/or disability; mental health needs; religious and cultural heritage; and socioeconomic status.
Students of marginalized backgrounds are warmly encouraged to apply! BIPOC and LQBTQ+ persons have made up nearly 50% of each cohort to date. (I, myself, am a queer-identified, non-binary, neurodivergent, sober person.) Your experiences and expertise are very welcome here.
All applicants are asked to respect that while in this program, you may hear ideas and information that challenge your own previously held views.
Racism, misogyny, anti-queer or anti-trans, xenophobic, and other similarly narrow and non-inclusive views, statements or behavior will not be tolerated here. This is for the protection of our diverse teacher trainee cohort, the Being Tea community, and the students our teacher trainees and graduates also serve. As program director, at my discretion, trainees may be asked to leave the program in the event of violations of this protection.
Since our program founding in 2019, we have never had an incident of this nature. However, as our program grows and new trainees come into the space each year, I am keenly aware of the need for drawing this explicit boundary for our community safety.
Teacher Training Program Policies
Note: These policies are subject to additions, changes and review from time to time, as needs emerge.
Basic Participation Requirements
The Being Tea Teacher Training program is a combination of a “flipped classroom” – the students study material ahead of time, then come to class prepared for discussion – and a blended classroom that includes the use of videos and other supports. This program is interactive, collaborative, and participatory.
As the program director, I reserve the ability to make a determination that this program is not suited for a student if they choose to no longer actively participate without prior communication. (ie: “ghosting” or No Call / No Show more than twice) Participation includes: the reviewing monthly lecture videos and course workbook; coming to live group workshops on time and prepared; and making time for homework or other communication on a regular basis.
Attendance for Group Workshops
Students need to maintain an attendance rate of 75% for our twice monthly group workshops in order to graduate. This means that out of 16 total workshops over the 8 month program, you need to attend at least 12 sessions. Emergency situations are an exception.
Monthly Homework and Communication
Homework assignments are ungraded – woo hoo! – and completing them is optional. I don’t chase anyone down for assignments. However, the homework assignments are created for your benefit and practice. They also give me insight into your learning, which helps me be a better teacher for you.
My policy on homework is: I ask students to keep me informed if they intend to submit their monthly homework, but need to be late. Lateness on assignments is totally ok! However, if a student goes more than two months with no submitted assignments of any sort – and no communication with me otherwise about it – I will arrange a check-in meeting to ensure the training program is still serving their needs.
Graduate Project Requirement
To graduate from Being Tea Teacher Training, students complete a capstone project: teaching a tea class they create for our teacher cohort and any friends or family they wish to invite. This class can be in-person, but there must be a web camera and audio to broadcast it to our online cohort. The class can also be formatted for online, instead of in-person. The training program itself prepares the student for assembling and refining their graduate project. Trainees have 3 months after training concludes in April to host their class.
The graduate project is not a requirement for participation in Being Tea Teacher Training. It is perfectly acceptable to take this course for personal or professional enjoyment and study! Teaching the practice class is only required if the trainee wants to graduate and join our graduate community.
Tuition, Cancellation and Refunds
Tuition for Being Tea Teacher Training is paid monthly across 12-months, starting in September. There is no deposit required upon enrollment. However, students are responsible for the full amount of their tuition once they reach the fifth month of the program (Module 5). This represents 60% of the program, which is ample time to experience the content. Students may only cancel, with no further tuition due, prior to month five. As a small business owner, I am unable to offer refunds for either used or unused tuition.
If a student in good standing needs to depart due to circumstances outside of their control (emergencies, relocation, job change, etc), they are warmly invited to rejoin us the following year – with no additional fees – and simply resume their remaining tuition payments where they left off.
I recognize that a lot of life happens over the course of a year, and my goal as program director is to support you all the way to the finish line – whenever that happens for you.