Assistant Teacher Training Program

ASSISTANT TEACHER TRAINING PROGRAM

For students 11 years or older who enjoy working with young people, the Contemporary School of Dance CSD Assistant Team provides a wonderful opportunity to assist teachers in our younger students’ classes.  Teaching Assistants are a very important component to running successful classes at CSD, as it improves the teacher-student ratio and it helps make the classes run more smoothly.  Assisting is a great learning experience, and a whole lot of fun!  This is an extremely valuable experience for those students who may be interested in pursuing a career in teaching and/or wishing to broaden their own dance education.

Students interested in applying for a volunteer teaching assistant position must submit a letter of application to the Director.  Students’ acceptance into the program is based on a review of their application letter, general enthusiasm and attitude demonstrated in all dance classes, and overall dance ability and technique.  They must have the maturity and disposition to work with children in a dance class, and they must have reached an acceptable level of proficiency in their own dance training.

Eligibility for CSD Assistant Team

•    Minimum age 11 years old
•    At least 2 years of class participation at Contemporary School of Dance
•    Commitment to volunteering for the year (September – June)
•    Acknowledges responsibility to be a role model and positive example both inside and outside the school
•    Agrees to follow dance uniform policies at all classes
•    Has parent or guardian approval in order to participate
•    Must maintain academic grades at a level required by parent/guardian

As part of the Program, Teaching Assistants are responsible for keeping track of their volunteer hours and communication sheets in the Assistant Log Book.

We also have Teaching Assistants during our summer camps!  Again, students can apply by submitting a letter of application.

In addition to gaining important leadership skills, participation as an Assistant Teacher may also offer students the opportunity to acquire community involvement hours necessary for the completion of the Ontario Secondary School Diploma.