CGOA Wants You to Teach Online!

Beginning January 2021, the Crochet Guild of America (CGOA) will launch a year-round online education program. Founded in 1994, CGOA provides education and networking opportunities, and sets a national standard for the quality, art and skill of crochet. We seek a diverse group of instructors ready to teach a range of live, virtual classes geared to the enthusiastic emerging crocheter, the experienced master crocheter and every crocheter in between. CGOA wants knowledgeable teachers who will help students reach their creative goals.

The Plan

Quarterly, beginning October 2020, the Online Education Committee will accept class proposals. We plan to offer our first online class in January  2021. Each proposal will be evaluated, ranked and discussed by the committee. We seek instructors who are comfortable using Zoom video software. We’d like a balance between technique and project classes. In every case, we expect that a typical 2- or 3-hour face-to-face class will be divided into two or three sessions with homework/skill building/project progress between each session. 

Tips for your Proposals

  • The class description you submit with your application should be thorough and engaging. Keep in mind, your class description will be used to advertise and sell the class!
  • Your proposal should include at least two options for when you might teach the class. Keep in mind that your students will come from a variety of time zones and with a variety of work and family commitments.
  • To maximize your class time, consider homework as a teaching tool.  Whether assigned before the first session or between sessions, homework can help set class expectations and maximize instructional time with your students.  
  • Please include information about you as a fiber artist, such as the number of years you’ve been crocheting and teaching.  
  • Pictures are a plus! And, good ones will help us sell your class!  Remember you’re introducing yourself to a new audience.  Compelling photos help tell your story as a teacher and as a fiber artist.

The Fine Print

CGOA compensates online instructors at a rate of $100 per hour for each hour of class time. Every CGOA class must have a minimum of ten students registered at least 15 days in advance of the first scheduled meeting. Otherwise, the class will be canceled. 

  

CGOA 2021 Conference Education Proposal

Deadline for Submissions: November 2, 2020

The CGOA Chain Link Conference will be held July 13– 17, 2021 in Denver CO.

We would like to see a diverse offering of teachers, topics, and skill levels.

The Selection Process

After the submission deadline, the Education Committee members review the proposals and independently rate each class. The committee then meets (on the phone) to select classes for the conference, starting with the highest average ratings. 

If a class was offered in a previous year, we also take into account how many people took it, and the class evaluations.

We look for teachers with enough highly rated classes to fill a full conference schedule wherever possible. This means submitting more, quality class proposals greatly increases your chances of being selected. 

Tips for your Proposals

· You must teach a minimum of 12 hours to be eligible for full reimbursement and the compensation package. We recommend that you submit a minimum of 15-18 hours to allow for duplication in topics by multiple teachers. 

· The schedule allows for three-hour morning and afternoon time slots for classes and we like to offer a few six-hour classes that take up 2 slots / a full day.

· The class description you write in the proposal may be the only information we have so be thorough. 

· Please proof and edit your proposals before submitting for review. If accepted, your proposal information will be published AS SUBMITTED. CGOA staff are not responsible for errors in class descriptions. 

· We want classes for all levels of crochet-beginning, intermediate, and even a few expert.

· We want a balance between technique classes and project classes. 

Have Questions? 

Caroline Brocato, last year’s Education committee chair, has offered to answer them! This is offered through the Professional Development committee and not the Education committee. That way you can ask any question, knowing it will not affect your chances of being selected in any way. Please email your questions to Caroline directly, at cabcrochet@comcast.net 

We look forward to seeing your class proposals!

 

Crochet Guild of America