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Instructor Forms



Thank you for your interest in teaching with The Folk School.  Instructors are a key piece of our success in helping others explore their passions.

The first step to making your class happen is the completion of the online class proposal form (there is a link below).  Within the form, you will be asked to describe the class you would like to teach and provide the parameters to support the learning of the class.  We encourage you to be creative and thorough with your description and responses.  Include several photos to help portray the learning experience and, of course, at least one of yourself, along with biographical information.

The Folk School strives to be a safe place for everyone. If this is the first time you’ve taught a class with The Folk School, we will follow up your submission with a phone conversation and require background information/references to ensure a safe learning environment for all students and members.

**If you will be teaching a children’s class (where children under the age of 18 will be participating without parents or guardians present), please note that all of our children’s instructors must undergo a professional background check through the National Center for Safety Initiatives. (The Folk School will pay the fee and help you through the process.) This background check will be valid for a two year period. While not always possible, we also have a preference that all children’s classes have at least two adults present at all times.

As an instructor, you can expect full support from The Folk School, including:
1. A safe and comfortable space to hold your classes.
2. Insurance covering instructor, volunteers & students.
3. Advertising and promotion for your class.
4. Registration and administrative / office support.
5. Contract: Instructors are considered contractors and will be provided a written contract plus 1099 for tax purposes. In accordance with IRS rules, you’ll also need to provide TFS with a Form W-9.

Class Fees and Instructor Compensation:  The Folk School generally proposes a class fee of $11/contact hour for Folk School members (non-member rate is higher).  Instructors are compensated for 1/2 (50%) of the Folk School member rate for the class.  For example, if a class will last 3 hours, the student member fee is $33.  If 5 students register, a total of $165 is collected.  The instructor would be paid up to $82.50 for that class. As an instructor you may agree to this standard student fee and compensation, propose a different fee and compensation rate, or choose to donate the instructor’s fee to The Folk School.

To Propose a Class:

Please click on the link below, fill out the proposal form, and then click on “Submit”. Folk School staff will review your form and contact you to schedule the class and discuss details. (You should also receive a copy of your proposal form via email.)

Online Class/Presentation Proposal Form

You may also print a paper version of the form by clicking on the link below:

Class Proposal Form (print version)


ByDemand Classes:  Are you willing to teach a class by demand? This means that if a group of people decides they would like to take your class, you will work with them to develop a class schedule that works for you and the group.

ByDemand Class Proposal Form

ByDemand Adult Social Class Proposal Form (classes are completed in one session and provide an opportunity for a group of friends to complete a project or activity in a fun and social manner)

Feel free to email or call us if you have any questions! We are happy to help you through this process.




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