Sunday 24 June 2007

Train the Trainer: Dates for September and October

I’d like to announce the first available Train the Trainer events to be held in Tucson, Arizona, USA during September and October of this year. I’m going to take this slowly instead of mapping out the entire year since it makes more sense considering my schedule to do it that way.

  • 15 – 16 September 2007
  • 29 – 30 September 2007
  • 13 -14 October 2007
  • 27 – 28 October 2007

For interested parties, I will take the first six (6) people who follow the instructions properly for each event. Here’s what you need to do:

  • Write a short cover note about yourself and what you hope to gain and offer from the event
  • Include documentation of your ability and commitment to retrain others (teaching certificate, proven affiliation with training organization, and/or letter from organization or company stating their commitment to empower you to train others). This documentation should be sent in PDF format on letterhead as an attachment to the email address I provide below
  • Include your preferred dates and secondary date options. If they don’t fall on any currently available dates, suggest your best weekend
  • Note if you are able to sponsor and/or contribute to sponsorship of coffee service, lunch, and final night event
  • Email this information to: ttt[at]

I ask you to please follow these directions exactly to make my life on this end easier. Queries about the program rather than actual submissions for attendance should be posted here in comments and not emailed to the Train the Trainer email address. If you are accepted, you will receive a letter of agreement plus some information to fill out regarding any special needs or concerns you might have. I will also provide plenty of travel tips and a selection of local accomodations at a variety of prices. There will be WiFi available for free during the event and you are encouraged to bring your laptops. There will be no hands on demos in the actual sessions, although people will be encouraged to share during lunch and break discussions.

Also, it would be very nice if the supporting organizations sending people along could assist with sponsorship of coffee service, casual lunch and the planned Sunday dinner, but if those aren’t covered they will be provided anyway. Ideally, we would have some sponsors for those oh-so-human needs.

Here’s an overview of the program content:

Day One

  • 8:30 – 12:00: HTML & XHTML intensive. Principles, best practices, issues of concern
  • 12:00 – 13:00: Lunch discussion: Open discussion of issues and concerns to group
  • 13:00 – 17:30: CSS Theory Part I
  • 17:30 – Dinner on your own, downtime for me :)

Day Two

  • 8:30 – 12:00: CSS Theory Part II, contemporary design considerations
  • 12:00 – 13:00: Lunch discussion: Open discussion of issues and concerns to group
  • 13:00 – 17:30: Standards workflow, SEO, basic Accessibility, intro to Microformats
  • 17:30 – 19:00: Time on your own
  • 19:00 – 23:00: Dinner and drinks at a local Sonoran Mexican restaurant including vegan & vegetarian as well as a wide range of other options
  • Let the fun begin!

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Posted by:   Molly | 14:35 | Comments (16)

Comments (16)

  1. That’s awesome Molly, good luck!

  2. Molly: I sincerely admire this effort and wish I could do the same – I do think I have enough knowledge and experience in the field to share. Unfortunately I do not have much experience as a speaker, let alone as a tutor. Creating tutorial material would take some time as well.

    I might convince my boss to let me use the office space in weekends, but I’m not so sure about my wife and my 2 year old son whether they can miss me every other weekend or so.

    Anyway; I’m contemplating it – I think an approach like this makes sense, especially if you can reach the right people.

  3. @aaron: Thanks, hope you’ll join at some point for a special event including scripting, as we discussed.

    @Tino: Do it once a quarter then! I can provide some help with materials.

    @Steven: Thank you so much for that very important reminder. This actually is a work-life balance opportunity. Note that I’m asking people to come to me. This places MUCH LESS wear and tear on the old girl here, yet the model extends beyond. But I do so appreciate your concern, we all know where burnout has gotten me in the past. :/

  4. Molly: if you can help with materials that would be great! I already sent you an email with about the same request. Ofcourse I realise that I’m not obliged to keep any kind of schedule so I can just create my own. I’ll talk to my boss tomorrow :)

  5. Hi,

    I work at an established canadian organisation. Our main “projects” are funded by the Canadian goverment. We work with group from the public and the private sectors. The four main services of interest that I’m responsible for are Technology transfer, Web site localization and internationalization, Web site analysis and evaluation, Web site auditing, Web site optimization for search engines. We’re also running a Technology related group of small business in which there are five business in the Web site development field.

    I admire what you’re doing and am really interested. Do you think there is somehow a possibility to have access to the training on the Web? following a training from a recognized expert free of charge. I’m sure my boss would approve that :)

  6. Lukas,

    Certainly an online course would be helpful, but I have several reasons for not doing that. First, I’m a far more effective person to work with in person. Second, I have to make a living, too, so if I were to go down that route, which would cost me considerable money to set up, maintain, advertise for and so on, I’d have to charge. It’s just not the approach that suits me best for now.

    Convince Canada to send you along. So long as you are able to commit to and be supported in extending your knowledge to others, I’d be delighted for you to attend.

  7. Alright! I understand your point.

    I’ll see what I can do and email you with the asked informations.

  8. I met you briefly at SxSW back in 2005 and was amazed by the things that I learned there. Been a fan of the CSS Zen Garden for a long time and have been trying to figure out ways to bring this information to my students (I am a professor at a small private university) and this sounds like a golden opportunity to learn something that I can share for years to come. I think that my university can fund this trip for me. If they can, I’ll apply.

  9. I’m wondering how much training/knowledge someone should have before they apply for the program. Any rough info on what someone should know in advance or at what level someone should be comfortable with? Thanks.

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