Facilitator Requirements

2017 Facilitator Requirements

We are seeking exceptional professional development coordinators, science/STEM curriculum coordinators, college faculty, and any individuals who support 6-12 grade in-service teachers on a regular basis to apply to attend our POD Facilitation Academy to learn to replicate POD Teacher Workshops across the nation. Teams are especially encouraged to apply together.


  1. Applicants may be teacher educators from informal or formal education, K-12 teachers, coordinators, or post-secondary educators – anyone who supports in-service teachers (as opposed to pre service teachers) on a regular basis. Teacher Educators will become POD Facilitators.
  2. Facilitators MUST recruit at least fifteen 6th-12th grade in-service teachers to attend each of TWO approximately 35-hour POD Teacher Workshops. Teacher participants may be from U.S. alternative, public, charter, or private schools, but they must teach face to face courses, not virtual learning academies.
  3. Facilitators may charge a fee to cover the cost of offering TWO approximately 35-hour POD Teacher Workshops to a minimum of fifteen 6th-12th grade in-service teachers each.
  4. Applicants must submit two recommendation forms from professional colleagues, administrators, and/or supervisors who can comment on
    • their abilities to lead formal professional development opportunities for secondary in-service teachers and
    • their access to a proper facility to host TWO approximately 35-hour POD teacher workshops for 15 teachers each.
  5. After application is received, applicants will be required to submit a GST (Geospatial Technology) proficiency survey.

Facilitators will receive:

  • A high quality professional learning experience.
  • Access to an online Facilitation Guide which includes sample agendas and recruiting materials, lessons and presentations, data, and evaluation forms.
  • $900 stipend to offset cost of travel to Flagstaff. Suite style dormitory housing  is available for PARTICIPANTS ONLY for approximately $52 per night double occupancy/$62 per night single occupancy including three meals per day or $28 per night double occupancy/$38 per night single occupancy lodging only.  **Participants who choose dormitory housing will have this amount deducted from the $900 travel stipend** All other travel arrangements are the responsibility of participants.
  • $500 after completion of the Facilitation Academy in Flagstaff, Arizona, (June 19-23, 2017).
  • Support from the POD team as you implement POD Teacher Workshops.
  • $500 after the completion of each of the TWO approximately 35-hour POD Teacher Workshops delivered in the U.S. (as evidenced by submission of a PD implementation form and POD Teacher Workshop Evaluation Forms – $1000 total).
  • $250 after submitting data from POD Teacher Workshop participants and their students for each of the two POD Teacher Workshops ($500 total).
  • In-service teachers who attend the POD Teacher Workshops offered by the Facilitators will also receive compensation from the project.

Although certain content that reflects POD’s core values and understandings will need to be implemented with integrity, Facilitators will retain the flexibility to decide the format of the POD Teacher Workshops they offer (successive weekends, 3 days in summer, after school, as a college course, etc.). By the end of the Facilitator Academy, facilitators will submit plans for implementing the two POD Teacher Workshops.

We will ask you to participate in data collection and evaluation to guide the revision of the materials and help us to research the scalability of the POD project in different contexts.

Interested in becoming a POD Facilitator?  We will be recruiting for our second cohort POD Facilitation Academy which will be held June 19-23, 2017. Subscribe to our mailing list by clicking the button.