Teacher Guidelines

Teacher Guidelines

Expectations regarding courses

Lesson plans and syllabi: We ask that all teachers prepare a course plan that includes lesson plan outlines for the course they will teach (topics covered, logistics such as your preferred breakdown of weeknight and weekend time, any guests they would like to invite to co-teach), and a list of recommended readings for students (include title, author, publishing date, etc.).  Syllabi must be shared at least two weeks before the course begins.

Working with our classrooms: Our classes take place at indoor classroom sites, as well as outdoor community gardens, farms, rooftops, etc.  These partnerships necessitate fluid communication with classroom contacts.  It is the teacher's responsibility to locate outdoor classes, while Farm School takes care of indoor classes.

Guest speakers: We often work with teachers to hire special guest speakers to lead part of one class session. Please coordinate hiring of guest speakers with us prior to course start date.

Weather: All classes are held rain or shine. We expect students and teachers to come prepared for each class (appropriate dress, water, sunscreen, etc). In the case of severe weather, classes will be rescheduled.

Contract: We expect our teachers to fulfill their teaching obligations in full.


Expectations regarding students

Learning levels: We expect our teachers to work with adult audiences with a wide range of experience and education levels. Classes should be designed to engage different types of learners, based in popular education and student-centered learning.

Attendance tracking: All students must adhere to our attendance and lateness policy. Teachers are responsible for tracking all student attendance.

  • Attendance policy: Student participation is integral to the learning process. Students may not miss more than 30% of total class hours in order to complete the course.
  • Lateness policy: If a student is more than 30 minutes late two times, the student will be considered absent for the day.

Evaluation: Students receive a completion based on attendance and participation. Participation can mean physical work, discussion, questions, positive engagement with the classroom site, etc.– it is not limited to verbal participation or to physical participation. Each teacher will be responsible for determining the specific indicators they will use to track students’ grasp of the course content, and for sharing these indicators with the school.


Additional expectations

Faculty meetings: We hold an annual faculty meeting, usually in the winter.