How to propose a class:
- Read the information below first. It has answers to most questions.
- After reading it, write up a SHORT COURSE PROPOSAL (see below).
- Email it to us via our contact form.
Your SHORT COURSE PROPOSAL should include:
- Your NAME, phone number and email address
- Your proposed COURSE TITLE
- A SHORT DESCRIPTION (a paragraph or two is fine)
- A note about your background and qualifications for teaching the subject you’re proposing.
- Feel free to also include a LINK TO YOUR WEBSITE, if you have one.
If your class looks promising…
- If your class looks like it may be interesting to our students, we’ll contact you and set up an interview.
- After that, we’ll let you know whether or not your class is accepted.
- If it is, we’ll then get more information to write a longer description, and lock in some dates and times.
If you are accepted as an instructor…
- … we’ll create a CLASS PAGE for your course, and advertise it on the REKINDLE SCHOOL WEBSITE.
- Our website gets over 220,000 page views a year, so it’s likely that a lot of people will see your class.
- You are encouraged to do additional advertising for your class. Any advertising you do should direct people to our website to sign up. All enrollments need to come through our program.
- We can rent a classroom space for your course if you’d like, or you can rent one yourself if you prefer. You’ll receive a higher percentage of the course fee if you rent your own space.
- We’ll handle every aspect of the registration process, including processing enrollments and issuing refunds.
- We’ll notify students about your course location by email.
- We will create a CLASS LIST PAGE for you with your students’ names and contact information, which you can access with a password on our website.
- When your class is completed, we ask instructors to INVOICE US by email, and to list the names of the students who attended on your invoice.
How much are teachers paid?
Instructors are paid 40 percent of the tuition times the number of students who sign up and pay for your class. For example:
- If the course fee is $150, and you have 10 students, you would receive $150 x 40%=$60 per student.
- So if you have 10 students, you’ll be paid $600.00.
- If you have 15 students, you’ll be paid $900.
- And so on.
If you rent the space yourself, at your own expense, we pay 50 percent of the tuition.
What are the TUITION GUIDELINES?
Our basic guideline is to price classes around $20 to $25/hour. This results in course fees of around $100 to $150 for most classes. Our students have told us that this feel feels fair and reasonable to them. For the school, it brings in enough income and allows us to pay the teachers fair compensation for their classes. There is some flexibility in terms of pricing individual classes, and we’re happy to discuss what you’d like to charge.
When do the classes meet?
We’ll contact you to set the course dates. They may sometimes depend on when the kind of space you’ll need, is available for rental, or whether you are providing your own space.
How long are the classes?
You can either offer a one day workshop (between 6-8 hours long), or a two, three or four week class (which runs for 2 hours or 2.5 hours per meeting)
What is the deadline for proposing a course?
You can propose a course at any time, but you should propose it at least THREE MONTHS BEFORE you plan to start teaching it, to give us time to do proper publicity and promotion for it.
So – for example – if you plan to offer your class in September, please apply to teach it by June.
What kinds of classes are you looking for?
Actually we’ll consider all subjects. If it’s too similar to the ones we already offer, we’re unlikely to approve of it. But if it’s something new and different, run it by us.
How large are your classes?
Class sizes vary. We have some classes that get 5 or 6 students. Others get up to 25 or 30 students.
Can I cancel my class if it’s too small?
We ask instructors to teach if they get 5 students or more. It costs us lots of work, money and time to list, promote and advertise classes, and handle the enrollments and cancellations.
If you get 5 or more students, and still decide to cancel your class, we will look for a replacement teacher for the section advertised and for future sections.
What’s the maximum class size?
It depends on the class, and also on the size of the classroom space needed. Most instructors draw the line around 20 or 25 students. But some limit their class size to 15 students or less. Assuming that we can find a space to accomodate your class, deciding on a maximum is up to you.
Where are the classes held?
We rent classroom space in various locations around the city, including the University of Washington campus, Phinney Neighborhood Center, North Seattle Community College, Lake City Community Center, Greenwood Senior Center, and other venues.
Are instructors employees of Rekinde School or Classesandworkshops LLC?
No, they are independent contractors. This means that we don’t tell you how to teach, or look over your shoulder while you’re teaching. We do need to get a good understanding of your class so that we can make sure your class page is an accurate reflection of the class, but how you teach it is up to you.
Who should apply to teach?
We’re looking for instructors who:
- are highly skilled in their subject areas
- are good communicators, able to organize and communicate information well
- love teaching
- will conduct their classes in a safe and thoughtful manner
- will treat students of all ages and backgrounds with respect
Can I charge students for materials I provide?
Yes. If you provide students with supplies, it’s fine to list a supply fee. This fee is between you and the student; you will need to collect it from the students in class. The school does not collect it for you. Supply fees should reflect the actual costs of supplies provided to students, and should be listed clearly in your course description. Any taxes related to supply fees are the instructor’s responsibility.
If I want to stop teaching through Rekindle School for any reason, how do I do so?
Just contact us by phone or email to let us know. The core agreement is, you can stop listing your class on our website for any reason without penalty, and we can stop listing your class on our website at any time, for any reason, also without penalty. (The only “penalty” would be if you decide to not teach a class with 5 or more students enrolled; if this occurs, we will drop the class or look for another instructor for future quarters.)