Below you will find questions pertaining to Municipolitics Instructors.
– HOW CAN I APPLY?
Before filling out our electronic volunteer form, take a moment to ponder your cultural footprint. Am I interested in connecting high school students to the larger London community? Have I already, or would I be willing to expand my network of contacts? Do I enjoy conversing with younger folks about opportunities that are available?
If you see yourself as a capable communicator, and wish to further develop more comprehensive skills in the classroom and local events, follow the link below.
*Link coming soon*
– WHERE ARE MY RESOURCES?
As an instructor, many opportunities and resources will be at your disposal. For instance, our two weekend training blocks focus on developing facilitation mechanics. These activities strengthen your classroom management and communication skills while learning our lessons and programming simultaneously.
Without a doubt, the Municipolitics team is our greatest resource! Each member brings a unique perspective and set of experiences which benefit our collective and the overall quality of each workshop. Each lesson will have two instructors so as to help new instructors implement the effective facilitation techniques they learned in training.
Arguably, the next most important resource that we offer is our network of contacts and partnerships. Instructors will have the opportunity to discuss local issues with community leaders and actors on a personal basis or at networking functions.
After training, not only will you have an account created on the Municipolitics website in order to be able to post and retrieve data, but you will be able to access our online database which hosts hundreds of research papers with both local knowledge on a variety of topics including London policy briefs, case studies, civics theory, youth-organizing initiatives around North America. and teaching strategies. If you have no used Google Drive, feel free to watch the video on the link below.
Considering the importance of communication, Municipolitics has adopted Trello as it’s management system. With a clear and concise task descriptions, deadlines, and delegation, you will have an online system for organizing your personal responsibilities. If you have not used Trello, feel free to watch the video on the link below.
– WHAT CAN I GIVE THE STUDENTS I INTERACT WITH?
Before each lesson, students will be provided a handout which follows the lessons. Students can choose to answer these questions. In addition, our website allows students to continue connecting by commenting on blogs, reading articles either written or gathered by the Municipolitics team. If students are interested in connecting with groups, they can contact our staff directly by email, phone, twitter, or facebook.
Phone: 519 614 2607
– WHAT CAN I GIVE TO MUNICIPOLITICS AS AN ORGANIZATION?
Our team is always expanding the quality of our programming and online presence. Thus, there are a multitude of options and skill sets we are looking for. In addition to our instructors who will be going into classrooms, we are looking for enthusiastic, passionate, and internally motivated individuals who want to research and share London’s stories.
As an interviewer, you would be responsible for either updating or creating new case studies and/or policy briefs. We are looking for self-reliant, organized individuals who enjoy meeting one-on-one, and exhibit strong interpersonal and written communication skills to further develop our local knowledge.
As a blogger, your responsibilities would be similar but involve more general happenings in London. You would write blurbs and posts about influential individuals, events that you have attended, or issues happening in London.
– WHAT DO I GET OUT OF THIS AFTER I’M DONE?
As is often the case with volunteer positions, you get as much as you put in. You will receive either one or more mentors depending on availability and your level of commitment. In general, you will develop your ability to work both independently and with a team.
As an instructor you will gain firsthand classroom experiences including public speaking, management, and time-organization which are transferable to many occupations. You will also build a network of teachers in the TVDSB.
As a blogger or interviewer, you will develop journalistic skills including research, writing, and professionalism. You will be up close and personal in London activities, follow leads for interviews, and build your own network.