Teaching a Freeskool Class
Sharing your knowledge, talents, skills, and interests with the community via the Ithaca Freeskool is easy. Meet new people and make Ithaca more knowledgable about things that you find fun and/or important. Got an already existing free event? Put it on the Freeskool calendar and bask in the free advertising!
Freeskool is decentralized non-institutional project. In other words, you and I make it happen. Therefore, you have certain responsibilities as a teacher. Promote your class through word-of-mouth, flyering, community outreach, and online. Work with other freeskoolers to post calendars and flyers. Be prompt and reliable. Keep in touch with students. And take good care of the spaces that host your class. Most importantly, be open to others’ ideas and beliefs… be respectful.
We will not accept any racist, sexist, classist, or hetero-sexist proposals. Thanks!
We ask that our teachers review the following documents:
Each semester is 3 months long, and there are 3 semesters per year. You choose how often in that three months you want to teach your class and what days work for you. Single-session classes are just fine if you prefer to teach stand-alone workshops. You can check with us (in advance of the proposal deadline, please) to try to avoid conflicts.
Finding a Space for Your Class
Classes can take place anywhere – people’s homes, public parks, local businesses, etc. For a list of spaces that welcome classes click here. You can download a PDF directory of all the available meeting spaces in Tompkins County from the Human Services Coalition website. If you’re having trouble, get in touch with us and we’ll if we can help.
Session Dates & Deadlines
The Ithaca Freeskool runs year-round. The three terms are 3 months each, with one month off, in between.
Fall-Winter Session: Oct. 1 to Dec. 31 (class proposals due Sept. 1st)
Winter-Spring Session: Feb. 1 to April 30 (class proposals due Jan. 1st)
Summer Session: June 1 to August 31 (class proposals due May 1st)
SUBMIT A CLASS!
Promoting Your Class
All the classes will be listed on this site and distributed in printed calendars around the community, but you can take additional steps to get the word out. Be strategic – you probably have limited time, so focus your efforts on reaching the people who would be most interested in your class. Sometimes all you need is word of mouth. Or to reach a broad audience you could make a Facebook event page, put up eye-catching flyers around town, send an event blurb to email lists, and even contact local newspapers and other media outlets. It helps to start a buzz a few weeks before your class, and then send a reminder a day or two before the event.
Here are some local websites and email lists where you promote your class:
WSKG Community Education Calendar
Email the Share Tompkins list
Email the Tompkins County Human Resources list
Email the Finger Lakes Permaculture list
Email the Sustainable Tompkins list
Questions, ideas, etc?
e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Wondering what it’s like to teach for Ithaca Freeskool? Click here to watch “We Are All Teachers”