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Slide Ranch

Name Slide Ranch Email [email protected]
    Steward(s) Selected Lecca –  –
Training Start Date January 22, 2018 Training End Date November 30, 2018
Steward Training Hours per Week 42.5  
Compensation (Stipend or Wage) Yes If Yes, how much/how often? $6.64/hour
 
Non-Monetary Compensation and Estimated Value With a base wage of $10/hour, we deduct $3.36/hour for the value of food, housing and utilities. In addition, 4 entire weeks of the 10 month period plus 9 hours weekly are dedicated to orientation and ongoing professional development.
Name of your Workers’ Compensation Carrier 501(c) Agencies Trust
Will your Workers’ Compensation policy cover the Steward? Yes
Number of Employees at training location 11
Number of Interns/Trainees/Apprentices at training location 7 year-long, plus 3 additional during summer months
Annual Revenue $0 to $3 Million
 

[Phase 1]

Phase Name Initial 3-Week Training
Start Date of Phase January 22, 2018 End Date of Phase February 17, 2018
Primary Supervisor during this phase Julie Hartman Supervisor Title Program Manager
Email [email protected] Phone Number 4153816155
 
1. Describe the Trainee/Steward’s role for this phase

Our Trainee will receive orientation in the residential systems, farm work, and an introduction to our organization, educational program formats and pedagogy, as well as becoming familiar with the Golden Gate National Recreation Area and this bioregion.

2. Specific goals and objectives for this phase

The trainee will be prepared to conduct himself as a steward of the land and facilitator of our programs and will have starting proficiency in a range of areas including: animal, garden and facilities systems, introduction to facilitating experiential learning and our thematic curriculum, background knowledge and ability to lead children on trails and at tidepools.

3. Primary Supervisor’s qualifications

The Program Manager has a Master’s of Education degree, a current California teaching credential and over 6 years experience supervising trainees at Slide Ranch.

4. What plans are in place for the Trainee/Steward to participate in cultural activities while in the United States?

Trainee will participate in approximately 8 development days, including off-site field trips to other related organizations such as production farms, outdoor education organizations and other programs focused on experiential environmental education. He will also facilitate and participate in Slide Ranch Family Farm Days, which celebrate the changing seasons as events on the farm (Halloween, Harvest, Spring Fling, Sheep Shearing, etc.). Trainee will also have opportunities to interact and form relationships with peers, trainee alumni and other local leaders in the field through trainings, Development Days, an alumni reunion, e.g.

5. Specific knowledge, skills, or techniques to be learned during this phase?

Trainee will learn the conceptual foundations of the approach that we use in our organic garden including composting, crop rotation and intercropping. He will be trained in the basics of animal husbandry including how to carry out the basic farm chores to tend sheep, goats, chickens and ducks including feeding, watering, egg collection and egg washing. They will also be trained on detecting signs of labor in our goats. Trainee will receive an introduction to honeybees and beekeeping. In his training as a teacher, he will learn the basics of child development, positive discipline, how to structure a single activity and a full day or overnight thematic program, including the logistics of schedule-making. Trainee will receive an introduction to native plants and animals, including the major tidepool organisms.

6. How specifically will this knowledge, skills, or techniques be taught? Include methodology of training and chronology/syllabus.

The three-week training aims to layer content in a logical sequence, beginning with the most fundamental essentials of residential systems, orientation to the farm, and finally the details of how we facilitate our educational programs. This rich and varied content will be taught in 2-3 hour workshops, led primarily by the Program Manager, Animal Care Manager and Garden Manager, as well as by specially-contracted, expert, outside trainers. The training will include the use of an extensive Training Manual as a resource provided to each trainee, which includes detailed standards, curriculum write-ups, background information about farm animals, the garden, the tidepools, etc. Workshops will include a combination of seminar and project-based activities. Trainee will have the opportunity to observe staff and former trainees teaching a program, to gain a fuller understanding of how these skills are applied in action. Trainee will also teach with different partners (team teach) during the final week.

7. How will the Trainee/Steward’s acquisition of new skills and competencies be measured?

The trainee will be observed by the Animal and Garden Managers in his daily chores and have opportunities for 1:1 check-ins and feedback in these areas. He will also be observed by the Program Manager and informally evaluated based on their participation during trainings, including debrief discussions. During their final week of phase one, he will team-teach and be observed by the Program Manager and supporting staff. Trainee will complete a training evaluation that gives feedback to the Program Manager, including the trainee’s self-assessment.

8. Additional Phase Remarks (optional)
 

[Phase 2]

Phase Name Spring Program Season
Start Date of Phase February 17, 2018 End Date of Phase June 1, 2018
Primary Supervisor during this phase Julie Hartman Supervisor Title Program Manager
Email [email protected] Phone Number 4153816155
 
1. Describe the Trainee/Steward’s role for this phase

During the spring season, the trainee is putting his training into practice. He is carrying out a daily farm chore (that rotates every few months) as well as taking on a Stewardship day, (approximately once every three weeks) where the trainee covers all the farm chores, supervised by the Animal Care Manager. The trainee facilitates a wide range of programs as a teacher and as a “Lead Teacher,” a weekly responsibility of transforming coordination details into a program schedule for the team to follow. The trainee also participates in on-going training through daily “Afternoon Sessions” where the Program Manager, Animal and Garden Managers offer relevant professional development in 2 hour workshops.

2. Specific goals and objectives for this phase

The primary goals for this phase are for the trainee to apply the training and gain skills through experience with farm work and teaching and coordinating programs. Specifically, one major objective is for the trainee to successfully accomplish his first “Stewardship Day,” accomplishing all the farm chores, and become successively more independent and competent in carrying out the Stewardship day and other chore work in the future. Another primary objective is for the trainee to gain experience with our different program formats (short day for preschool, longer overnight format, school group versus family programs, etc.) and adapting his planning and teaching to varied audiences, using developmentally appropriate content and language for example.

3. Primary Supervisor’s qualifications

The Program Manager has a Master’s of Education degree, a current California teaching credential and over 6 years experience supervising trainees at Slide Ranch.

4. What plans are in place for the Trainee/Steward to participate in cultural activities while in the United States?

Trainees will participate in approximately 10 development days, including off-site field trips to other related organizations such as production farms, outdoor education organizations and other programs focused on experiential environmental education. They will also facilitate and participate in Slide Ranch Family Farm Days, which celebrate the changing seasons as events on the farm (Halloween, Harvest, Spring Fling, Sheep Shearing, etc.). Trainees will also have opportunities to interact and form relationships with peers, trainee alumni and other local leaders in the field through trainings, Development Days, an alumni reunion, e.g.

5. Specific knowledge, skills, or techniques to be learned during this phase?

Trainee will learn specific methods and skills related to organic gardening including making a crop plan, sowing seeds, up-potting, bed preparation and transplanting. He will learn how to milk goats (and develop stamina to milk up to 5 goats consecutively). He will learn about sheep shearing and wool processing, kidding, bottle-feeding and animal slaughter and processing (chickens and lamb). Trainee will learn how to design program schedules with varying criteria (including time frame, group size, activity requests and theme) and how to use effective group management strategies, inquiry-based discussion strategies, and generally maximize engagement for a variety of audiences in varied outdoor environments. Trainee will gain skills facilitating a range of hands-on activities that teach basic gardening, cooking, milking goats and interacting with a herd of goats and sheep, exploring chicken and duck coops, observing bee hives, hiking and tide pooling with a wide range of youth.

6. How specifically will this knowledge, skills, or techniques be taught? Include methodology of training and chronology/syllabus.

Ongoing training will be offered in daily 2-3 hour workshops, led primarily by the Program Manager, Animal Care Manager and Garden Manager. These Afternoon Sessions include a weekly Program Meeting and Planning Session, forums for peer support and 1:1 mentorship. Trainee will continue using their Training Manual as well as our resource library. Trainee will have the opportunity to observe his peers leading a program on a day when they are not themselves teaching and reflect on what they observed.

7. How will the Trainee/Steward’s acquisition of new skills and competencies be measured?

The trainee’s farm activities will be reviewed by the Animal and Garden Managers, and discussed in 1:1 check-in’s. The Program Manager will conduct a formal teaching observation and provide a detailed write-up using a rubric based on teaching standards introduced during the initial training. This feedback will be offered during a 1:1 meeting with the Program Manager and trainee.

8. Additional Phase Remarks (optional)
 

[Phase 3]

Phase Name Summer program session
Start Date of Phase June 1, 2018 End Date of Phase August 17, 2018
Primary Supervisor during this phase Julie Hartman Supervisor Title Program Manager
Email [email protected] Phone Number 4153816155
 
1. Describe the Trainee/Steward’s role for this phase

During the summer season Slide Ranch’s program focus is channeled into 10 weeks of day camp. The trainee will have the opportunity to lead a different group of campers each week.

2. Specific goals and objectives for this phase

While many of the programmatic areas are consistent from spring to summer, the extended week-long format offers many opportunities for creativity and experimentation with more in-depth, multi-day projects, greater team building, etc.

3. Primary Supervisor’s qualifications

The Program Manager has a Master’s of Education degree, a current California teaching credential and over 6 years experience supervising trainees at Slide Ranch.

4. What plans are in place for the Trainee/Steward to participate in cultural activities while in the United States?

Trainee will participate in approximately 10 development days, including off-site field trips to other related organizations such as production farms, outdoor education organizations and other programs focused on experiential environmental education. He will also facilitate and participate in Slide Ranch Family Farm Days, which celebrate the changing seasons as events on the farm (Halloween, Harvest, Spring Fling, Sheep Shearing, etc.). Trainee will also have opportunities to interact and form relationships with peers, trainee alumni and other local leaders in the field through trainings, Development Days, an alumni reunion, e.g.

5. Specific knowledge, skills, or techniques to be learned during this phase?

The trainee will learn how to design a program schedule that spans 5 days, incorporating team building, goat milking, chickens and ducks, cooking, garden projects, hiking, and crafts. He will also have the opportunity to develop group dynamics and conflict resolution skills, as well as parent interactions.

6. How specifically will this knowledge, skills, or techniques be taught? Include methodology of training and chronology/syllabus.

This phase begins with one solid week of training to prepare trainees for the transition to the summer camp program format. As in the initial three-week training, there will be a variety of 2-3 hour workshops led by the Program, Garden and Animal Managers. Some of these topics include camp themes, multi-day projects, “Investigations,” camp-wide activities, group management, inclusion, conflict resolution, team building, cooking and gardening projects, animal and ranch stewardship projects, and safety.

7. How will the Trainee/Steward’s acquisition of new skills and competencies be measured?

The trainee’s farm work will be reviewed by the Animal and Garden Managers, and discussed in 1:1 check-in’s. The Program Manager will conduct a formal teaching observation and provide a detailed write-up using a rubric based on teaching standards introduced during the initial training. This feedback will be offered during a 1:1 meeting with the Program Manager and trainee.

8. Additional Phase Remarks (optional)
 

[Phase 4]

Phase Name Fall Program Season
Start Date of Phase August 17, 2018 End Date of Phase November 30, 2018
Primary Supervisor during this phase Julie Hartman Supervisor Title Program Manager
Email [email protected] Phone Number 4153816155
 
1. Describe the Trainee/Steward’s role for this phase

During the final season, the trainee applies all of his training and experience to leading school and community group and family programs, as they did in the spring. The trainee also has the opportunity to design and implement an Independent Project over the course of a week. This Independent Project can take many forms: a curriculum design project, a garden, animal husbandry or facilities related project or even an event. The trainee submits a proposal for review and approval and works with a staff member to mentor them through the process.

2. Specific goals and objectives for this phase

The goals for the trainee are to demonstrate a degree of mastery in the teacher and lead teacher roles, as well as in carrying out farm chores. An additional objective relates to the successful completion of the Independent Project.

3. Primary Supervisor’s qualifications

The Program Manager has a Master’s of Education degree, a current California teaching credential and over 6 years experience supervising trainees at Slide Ranch.

4. What plans are in place for the Trainee/Steward to participate in cultural activities while in the United States?

Trainee will participate in approximately 10 development days, including off-site field trips to other related organizations such as production farms, outdoor education organizations and other programs focused on experiential environmental education. He will also facilitate and participate in Slide Ranch Family Farm Days, which celebrate the changing seasons as events on the farm (Halloween, Harvest, Spring Fling, Sheep Shearing, etc.). Trainee will also have opportunities to interact and form relationships with peers, trainee alumni and other local leaders in the field through trainings, Development Days, an alumni reunion, e.g.

5. Specific knowledge, skills, or techniques to be learned during this phase?

The trainee will learn about goat and sheep breeding, turkey slaughter, cover cropping and seed saving. The trainee will learn about submitting a proposal (similar to a grant proposal format) and accomplishing their Independent Project.

6. How specifically will this knowledge, skills, or techniques be taught? Include methodology of training and chronology/syllabus.

Supervision by Program Manager as well as mentorship by Garden and Animal Care managers will continue, including observation and 1:1 check-ins. Afternoon sessions will also continue, as ongoing forums for skill-building, debriefing, projects and professional development.

7. How will the Trainee/Steward’s acquisition of new skills and competencies be measured?

The trainee’s farm work will be reviewed by the Animal and Garden Managers, and discussed in 1:1 check-in’s. The Program Manager will conduct a formal teaching observation and provide a detailed write-up using a rubric based on teaching standards introduced during the initial training. This feedback will be offered during a 1:1 meeting with the Program Manager and trainee.

8. Additional Phase Remarks (optional)