Teaching through Rekindle School

Looking for a place to offer classes in Seattle? Rekindle School is looking for great teachers!


How to propose a class:


  1. Read the information on this page first; it has answers to most questions.
  2. Then, if you want to propose a class, write up a short course proposal (see below)
  3. Email it to us at rekindleschool@gmail.com

Your proposal should include:

  1. Your name
  2. Your phone number and email address
  3. Your course title
  4. A short description (just a paragraph or two describing the course would be fine). 
  5. A note or resume about your background and qualifications for teaching the subject you’re proposing.
  6. A link to your website, if relevant.
  7. Also please mention whether you’re proposing a one day workshop or a four week class.

If your class looks like promising…

  1. If your class looks like it may be interesting to our students, we’ll contact you and set up an interview.
  2. After that, we’ll let you know whether or not your class is accepted.
  3. If it is, we’ll lock in the dates and times, and start things rolling.
  4. If your course is accepted, we’ll then get more information to write a longer description.

If you are accepted as an instructor…

  1. … we’ll create a “class page” for your course, and advertise it online through the Rekindle School website. (Our website gets about 200,000 page views a year, so it’s likely that a lot of people will see your class page.)
  2. We’ll also advertise it elsewhere on the web.
  3. Note: You are free 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 or be authorized by us.
  4. We can rent a classroom space for your course if you’d like, or you can rent one yourself if you prefer. 
  5. We’ll handle every aspect of the registration process, including processing enrollments and issuing refunds.
  6. We’ll notify students about your course location and what they need to bring (if anything).
  7. We will create a class list for you with your students’ names and contact information, which you can access online.
  8. When your class is completed, we ask instructors to invoice us. It’s fine to send an invoice by email. At that point, we’ll cut you a check for the class and mail it to the address on your invoice.

How much are teachers paid?

Instructor pay is set as a flat amount per student, times the number of students. If you rent a space at your own expense, you’re paid more. If we rent a space for you at our expense, you’re paid less, since a portion of tuition revenues will have gone to room rental costs.

If we rent the space for you, at our expense:

  1. FOR FOUR WEEK CLASSES (8 to 10 hours of classroom time): you will be paid $65 per paying student (unless the student receives a refund, or switches to another class). (EXAMPLE: you have 12 students, you’ll earn $780.00) (A typical four week class will have four meetings of 2 or 2-1/2 hours each)
  2. FOR ONE DAY WORKSHOPS: you will be paid $40 per paying student (unless the student receives a refund, or switches to another class). (EXAMPLE: if you have 12 students, you’ll earn $480)
  3. If a student switches to another quarter, you’ll be paid for the quarter in which he or she attends.

If you rent the space yourself, at your expense:

  1. FOR FOUR WEEK CLASSES (8 to 10 hours of classroom time): you will be paid $75 per paying student (unless the student receives a refund, or switches to another class). (EXAMPLE: if you have 12 students, you’ll receive $900) (A typical four week class will have two meetings of 2 or 2-1/2 hours each)
  2. FOR ONE DAY WORKSHOPS: you will be paid $50 per paying student (unless the student receives a refund, or switches to another class). (EXAMPLE: if you have 12 students, you’ll earn $600)
  3. If a student switches to another quarter, you’ll be paid for the quarter in which he or she attends.

Who sets the course fee?

We will set it for you, based on our estimate of what will feel like a fair course fee to our students. It may go up or down depending on our expenses. The course fee going up or down won’t affect your pay.


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.


How long are the classes?

You can either offer a one day workshop (between 6-8 hours long), or a 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.


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 people. Others get up to 30 people.  As an instructor, you can set your own maximum enrollment.


Can I cancel my class if it’s too small?

  • We ask students to teach if they get 5 students or more. If you get 5 or more students, and cancel your class, we will look for a replacement teacher, and will no longer offer your class on our website.

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:

  1. are highly skilled in their subject areas
  2. are good communicators, able to organize and communicate information well
  3. love teaching
  4. will conduct their classes in a safe and thoughtful manner
  5. 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.  Supply fees should reflect the actual costs of supplies provided to students, and should be listed clearly in your course description. 

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.)

 

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