2013 Teacher Training Summit | June 7 - 9, 2013
The PMA’s Teacher Training Summits provide a forum for delegates to deliberate over issues critical to the future of Pilates education. To date, we have held two Summits, in 2009 and 2011.
In brief, the aims of the 2011 Summit were to:
The outcome we sought was to establish a recommended basic template for the minimum essential components of a comprehensive Pilates teacher training program that would lead to minimum competency.
The 2013 Summit continues the work begun at the 2011 Summit, specifically the exploration of the components of teacher training programs. Our intention is to agree upon a template delineating the minimum essential components required for comprehensive Pilates teacher training.
The Summit investigation involves gathering data from a large number of Pilates schools from around the world (our goal is 100 schools), in order to reveal to the delegates a suggested minimum template for teacher training, as drawn from the data. The delegates will review the proposal and make whatever changes they deem appropriate. The resultant template will then be shared with the larger Pilates community.
In 2011, the investigation included data from 20 schools. During the 2011 Summit, the delegates determined that some of the questions asked in the data gathering process were too ambiguous, and that notions of self-practice, observation, and teaching hours were too subjective. For the 2013 Summit, the survey questions have been made clearer and more succinct, with the goal of achieving a more accurate revised template proposal.
In addition to the minimum template discussion taking place on Saturday 8 June, there will be a guest speaker representing the vocational licensing of schools. Mr. Pat Sweeney, School Administration Consultant from the Wisconsin Educational Approval Board will speak on the morning of Sunday June 9. This segment will offer delegates the opportunity to learn about the benefits, challenges, and processes involved in school licensure. Mr. Sweeney has already made great contributions to our understanding of this area, and is a supportive advocate of the licensure of Pilates schools.The 2013 Summit promises to be an exciting and informative event. No other organization has undertaken such an industry-wide investigation of teacher training activity, and no other gathering of educators are working to shepherd the Pilates teacher training community forward in this way.