The National Training School is finalizing the rollout of its Train the Trainer program, designed to grow and develop the skills of its current and future instructors.
According to LJ Lynes, Education Committee Chair, NTS wanted to develop a program to "make our instructors better instructors and to teach new folks how to be an instructor."
"When we did our strategic planning six years ago, Paul Baran [former education committee co-chair] and Isat down and looked at where our weaknesses were," says Lynes. "With an aggressive plan to grow the courses, we needed an aggressive plan to grow the instructors."
Now that NTS has rolled out a number of new and updated courses, the focus has shifted to making the instructors even better.
The Train the Trainer program will consist of a compilation of adult learning techniques and adult learning courses in a one day session. The first part of the day will be learning methods and adult learning skills, while the latter part will be presentation skills and oral communication skills, including speaking and giving lectures in front of the other instructors.
"When we get the education committee members trained on the Train the Trainer, they will go and teach it in their regions," says Lynes. He expects the program will be available to the public around September of this year.
"I think the biggest benefit is being able to assist our current instructors with updated techniques and bringing on new instructors," he says. There are currently 130 instructors in the instructor pool, but less than 50 of them are active and teaching classes.
The program will solely be focused on instruction techniques, and not on course content. New instructors will also learn what's expected of an NTS instructor.
Lynes says the Train the Trainer program will make NTS courses an even better experience for both the students and the instructors. "The courses will run better, students will learn better and they'll have a better experience when they take the course," he says.