Teacher Training Summit Group
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 three Summits, in 2009, 2011, and 2013.
The first Summit in 2009 proved to be a landmark event. Much was accomplished, but it was just the beginning. Participants in this first Summit were inspired to create a series of ‘next steps,’ to take their initial work forward. The second Summit continued the work begun in Dallas.
In brief, the aims of the 2011 Summit were to:
The 2013 Summit continued the work begun at the 2011 Summit, specifically the exploration of the components of teacher training programs. Our intention was to have delegates agree upon minimum, educational standards for comprehensive Pilates teacher training.
The 2011 and 2013 Summit investigations involved gathering data from a large number of Pilates schools from around the world in order to reveal to the delegates a suggested minimum template for teacher training, as drawn from the data. The 2013 delegates reviewed the proposal, deliberated, and made necessary changes. The resultant standards may be viewed here: PMA Recommended Minimum Standards for Comprehensive Pilates Teacher Training
Summit meetings are exciting and informative events. 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.
Please note: the establishment of minimum standards was/is not an attempt at establishing a standardized program; it is an industry's attempt at providing the public with a glimpse of what comprehensive Pilates education should provide, minimally.