I may have blogged a little too quickly yesterday, about the two courses being cancelled due to under-enrollment.
In separate conversations with educators in both Virginia and Maryland, we were able to do some out-of-the-box thinking about other approaches that may work.
One colleague suggested front-loading the training next year, during school sessions. It would mean his teachers wouldn't necessarily have madrichim the first couple of weeks of school, but it would allow the participants to be trained during their already-committed time.
Another colleague suggested offering the course weekly during second semester, instead of spreading it out over the entire year. The compressed time might work easier for participants.
Another idea that surfaced was the possibility of a weekend retreat at the beginning, followed by intermittent "check-ins."
So maybe it's not a lost cause.... Sounds like a brainstorming session might be in the works for after our community-wide Education Day in early November.
I'm feeling better....