FIRST® Certified Professional Development and FIRST Certified Teacher Trainer

 

FIRST Certified Professional Development

For over 25 years, FIRST has been inspiring young people to be science and technology leaders, by engaging them in exciting Mentor-based programs that build science, engineering, and technology skills, that inspire innovation, and that foster well-rounded life capabilities including self-confidence, communication, and leadership. The FIRST Certified Professional Development program is dedicated to helping teachers get the most out of FIRST programs and the accompanying educational resources.

FIRST provides professional development for teachers to acquire or strengthen their facilitation skills for project based learning curriculum and 21st century skills such as creativity, problem solving and teamwork in an active learning environment. FIRST Certified Professional Development is a two-day learning experience that will provide teachers with all the tools they need to bring one of the FIRST programs to their classroom or as an extracurricular activity. These professional development programs are led by FIRST Certified Teacher Trainers.

FIRST Certified Professional Development is available for FIRST LEGO League Jr., FIRST LEGO League and FIRST Tech Challenge and can be offered on site at your location or at one of our centrally located options. If you are interested in bringing FIRST Certified Professional Development to your school or attending one of our regional options, please contact us for more information.

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FIRST Certified Teacher Trainers

Are you interested in supporting and inspiring teachers to develop their skills while learning to deliver FIRST programs? FIRST is looking for highly qualified, dynamic individuals to become FIRST Certified Teacher Trainers.

FIRST Certified Teacher Trainers participate in a 3-day Certification Training in Manchester, NH. These trainings are generally held in the summer. FIRST offers training courses for potential trainers for FIRST LEGO League Jr, FIRST LEGO League and FIRST Tech Challenge. Potential trainers may qualify and choose to train for multiple programs. All training courses are free of cost and travel, lodging and reasonable expenses associated with participation will be reimbursed by FIRST.

Upon successful completion of the training, you will be provided with high quality training materials that have been tested and are ready to use. You will become a part of the FIRST Teacher Trainer network where you will connect with other trainers and FIRST staff to continually improve your training skills and share ideas. You will be compensated competitively and expenses covered for any professional development that you provide as a FIRST Certified Teacher Trainer

FIRST Certified Teacher Trainers are not training new coaches but are training teachers to bring FIRST programs into the school setting. To become a FIRST Certified Teacher Trainer, you need to meet the requirements and criteria listed below.

Trainer Requirements:

  • Experience as a coach or mentor of a FIRST team. To become a trainer for FIRST LEGO League Jr. or FIRST LEGO League, an applicant must have experience with at least one of these programs but not both. To become a trainer for FIRST Tech Challenge, an applicant must have experience with FIRST Tech Challenge.
  • K-12 teaching experience at the appropriate grade level(s) associated with the program(s) you want to be certified for. Applicants should have teaching experience at the elementary and/or middle school level to be considered for FIRST LEGO League Jr. or FIRST LEGO League. An applicant should have teaching experience at the middle and/or high school level to be considered for FIRST Tech Challenge.
  • Extensive knowledge of the K-12 educational sector;
  • Ability to navigate within the many areas and requirements teachers face daily; and
  • understand and communicate fluently in English, as all training and training materials are in English.

Certification Process and Content

  1. Application-Complete all steps of the application process to be considered for the FIRST Certified Teacher Trainer program.
  1. Confirm that you meet the prerequisites listed above.
  2. Email the FIRST Education team at FIRSTEducation@firstinspires.org to determine if we are currently hiring trainers in your area.
  3. Complete the FIRST Certified Teacher Trainer application form (form will be sent after initial inquiry) and send a one-minute introduction video to FIRSTEducation@firstinspires.org .
  4. If you are selected, information will be sent to you regarding the training process.
  1. Pre-Training-Participate actively in all assigned pre-training activities which can include any of the following.
  1. create required accounts to access resources
  2. prepare a short introduction of yourself
  3. participate actively in online discussions
  4. participate in online pre-training sessions
  5. read any materials provided
  1. On-Site Training-Participate in 3 days of face-to-face training which will include:
  1. know and practice the FIRST Education Philosophy
  2. know and practice the fundamentals of the program(s) for which you are being certified
  3. understand best practices in project based learning and team management
  4. familiarize yourself with the FIRST Certified Teacher training materials
  5. understand your role as a FIRST Certified Teacher Trainer
  6. understand basic principles of adult learning
  7. practice facilitation skills
  8. run your own workshop followed by evaluation
  1. Post Training-After face-to-face training, there are additional tasks that must be completed to earn FIRST Certified Teacher Trainer status and to remain a Trainer in good standing.

To complete the training program, you will

  1. send a one-hour long uncut video of a FIRST Certified training session or be observed by designated representative of the FIRST Education team
  2. participate in online coaching sessions
  3. submit a reflection or review of the training

To remain in good standing, you will

  1. attend or review online meetings or webinars
  2. review new training materials or program updates as they are released
  3. continue to develop your training and facilitation skills and deepen your program knowledge
  4. participate in FIRST Certified Teacher Trainer gathering in person held once every other year