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The Trainer in Training Immersion Program, fondly referred to as the TNT Program, began in 2008 in Espanola. This program is an immersion into the experience of being a Teacher Trainer much as the Level One Immersion is an immersion into becoming a teacher. Each TNT has the opportunity to work personally with students in profound ways both during the program and afterwards. At every level of the Academy – Intern, Associate and Professional – the TNT is challenged and supported to grow in their individual goals towards competency and teaching skills. Each TNT will develop an Immersion IDP (Individual Development Plan) with their mentor that includes defined goals for the TNT Program.

How did this program begin? KRI had recognized that there was a growing need for Level One Programs and Level One Trainers in areas of the world where no Trainers reside and developed the TNT Immersion Program to serve our global community. The first year KRI welcomed 12 TNTs from around the globe.

Since then the Program has developed into a Training Program including TNTs from Australia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Germany, India, Mexico, Poland, South Africa and the United States. These TNTs have brought their new knowledge and skills back to their cities and countries and to their local Teacher Training Programs. The TNT Program is an opportunity to form relationships and build community among TNTs from around the world.

 


As a member of the TNT Program you begin your training before the Immersion participants arrive for the course. The Training Program for TNTs begins Sunday, July 30, 2017 at 1:00 PM and ends on Friday, August 4, 2017 at 12:00 noon. These training days will focus on one or two Units of Study, specific Trainer Skills, Competencies and an orientation to the Immersion Program, which begins on Saturday, August 5, 2017. The Immersion closing is on Thursday, August 31 with the students leaving the next day. The TNTs are expected to be present until 12:00 noon on Friday, September 1, 2017.

Sunday, July 30, 1-8 PM: Meet and Greet, Orientation and dinner
Monday, July 31 - Friday August 4: TNT Training Week, 8:30 AM-5:30 PM each day. Breakfast, lunch and dinner will be served.
Saturday, August 5: Immersion students arrive.
10:00 AM-3:00 PM: Registration is open. TNTs need to be available to assist the Program Coordinator with Welcoming and Registration of the students.
4:00 PM: Immersion Orientation at the Langar Hall
August 5 - September 1, 2017: KRI Immersion Program - details of your responsibilities are below
Friday, September 1 - TNT Debrief 9:00 AM-5:30 PM, includes party in Santa Fe
To participate in the TNT program you need to complete the application and email it to the Coordinator of Training, Siri Neel Kaur at sirineel108@gmail.com along with a recommendation from your Lead Trainer. If you have questions before applying please contact Siri Neel Kaur. IN order to apply to the TNT Program, you need to be a member of the KRI ATA (Aquarian Trainer Academy). If you want to apply to the Aquarian Trainer Academy, please complete your Academy application before you apply to the TNT Program. After reviewing your application, Siri Neel Kaur will contact you to schedule a quick phone interview and may also speak directly to your Mentoring Lead. Once accepted into the TNT Program you will be provided with a code for registering and paying on line and you will be sent an information packet and pre course assignments to prepare for the TNT Program. You will need to sit down with your Mentoring Lead and complete your Competency Evaluation Form and your Immersion Individual Development Plan in which you will set your goals for your participation in the Immersion Program. If you are an Associate or Professional and want to qualify for particular Units of Study please indicate this both on your application and in your goals on your Individual Development Plan. It is good to provide the Coordinator of Training with two options.
Siri Neel Kaur can assist you in finding a Mentoring Lead Trainer if you do not currently have Teacher Training in your Area. One of the goals of the Immersion is to serve those who wish to become trainers and live in outlying areas where there are no trainers. You can reach Siri Neel by email at sirineel108@gmail.com.

What are the opportunities and benefits of participating in the TNT Program and Training Week?

The program is designed to develop your skills, knowledge and competency as a trainer and to assist you in your development as a Trainer. Knowledge of the Content of the Curriculum: You have the opportunity to attend all hours of the Immersion* which will give you exposure to Legacy Trainers who have been offering the Level One Training for years. You will also be required to read the Aquarian Teacher and Master's Touch manuals before the program. Curriculum development and delivery: Depending upon your level in the Academy you will have opportunities to teach and to develop curriculum. ▪As an Intern in the academy you will teach a practicum set to the class and participate in group processes and the mentoring of students; ▪As an Associate you will have the opportunity to teach up to two hours in front of the classroom and you will be asked ahead of time to prepare a curriculum for the Unit of Study that you will present; ▪As a Professional you will have up to 4 hours of teaching time in the classroom and will be asked to prepare up to 2 Units of Study for review. *Each TNT will receive a schedule with allocated personal time off during each week. This is time to refresh and take care of personal needs. You can always exchange these times off with another TNT according to your interests and needs.
Your participation in the TNT program begins in the Trainer in Training Week. During this week you will get to know your fellow TNTs, the Immersion Staff and some of the Trainers as you prepare for you Roles and Responsibilities during the Immersion. During the TNT week you will participate in workshops with Experienced Trainers to develop your knowledge of one or two specific Units of Study and to prepare you for all of your roles and responsibilities in the Immersion. The training that you will receive will support your deepening understanding of yourself as a trainer and give you insight into developing your competency and give you confidence to perform your duties during the Immersion. Following is a list of some of the workshops and experiences you will have in this week: The Identity of a Trainer - What is different from being a Kundalini Yoga Teacher to being a Trainer? Handling the Difficult questions from Students Code of Excellence- How to present and represent the Code of Excellence (Ethics). How to work with student's concerns, fears, reactions and non adherence to the Code of Excellence Practicum: You will learn the fine points of leading a successful practicum. How to evaluate a student teacher, what are the fine points of the Practicum Kriyas, how to give feedback, how to lead feedback. You will be assigned one of the practicum sets to lead during the week and will experience receiving feedback from the trainers and your peers. Yogi Bhajan Videos: How to introduce and present a Yogi Bhajan Video, leading students through provocative discussion of the videos, how to handle student reactions to the Master. We will view one of the videos from the Immersion course and discuss as a group. Competencies: (link to Competency form) All of the competencies, as defined in the Competency Evaluation Form, are important in your development as a trainer. (Click to download the form) During the Training week, we will elaborate on the competencies that will be important during your participation in the Immersion.
As a TNT you are an integral part of the student's experience as they develop into a Level One Instructor. Your job is to support the students, and in particular the students in your small group, to successfully complete their training and become certified as a Level One Instructor. The Program Team will work with you to meet these goals. The TNT program is intense for many reasons: the days are very long beginning with a daily TNT meeting at 7:30 am and ending at dinner at 6:30 PM (you will be given time off during the week). You will go through your own challenges and growth as you participate in the course.
(Certain Roles and Responsibilities will differ depending on your level in the Academy: Intern, Associate, Professional) 1. Classroom Administration and Environment     ▪ Work with Lead Trainer and/or Program Team to ensure accuracy of content presentation     ▪ Assist with audio/video     ▪ Maintain comfortable classroom environment. 2. Attendance and Participation in Meetings     ▪ TNT daily check-in meeting     ▪ Weekly TNT staff luncheon meeting     ▪ Weekly meeting with Immersion Mentor 3. Small Group Leader of Immersion Students     ▪Daily Check-in with small group     ▪Daily attendance - morning and afternoon     ▪ Coaching and Mentoring of Students through Certification including preparation for and grading exams, preparation and evaluation of student Practicum, post classroom review of homework assignments, post course completion of requirements, at least three bridge line calls with students and supporting the students� integration of the Immersion experience into their lives.     ▪ Recommendation for Certification and sending completed forms toKRI 4. Teaching and Co Teaching Practicum , Clinics, Yogi Bhajan Videos     ▪ Practicum Demonstration in Classroom of Kundalini Yoga Set and meditation (all TNTs)     ▪ Practicum Evaluation Feedback (Professionals)     ▪ Small Group/Clinic/Yogi Bhajan DVD Facilitator     ▪ Classroom Content Presentation (Associates and Professionals) 5. Sadhana Back up duty. During the course you will be assigned two mornings which you are the TNT on duty from 3:45 AM until 7 AM when breakfast begins. We have a work exchange student who is available each morning to distribute the Japji folders, to help with music and mikes if needed, to answer basic questions. You are there to back up this person and also to take care of any student�s critical needs that might come up. You will have the emergency phone number to contact a staff member if needed Optional -Leading Japji, Teaching the Yoga- Every TNT is invited (and encouraged) to lead sadhana during the Immersion. We will have a sign up sheet for this during the training week 6. Complete an Immersion IDP listing 2 or 3 Units of Study to work on and also identifying four responsibilities to strengthen during the course. As well as related competencies such as those listed below:     ▪ Deepen understanding of the role of a teacher trainer; able to articulate and demonstrate through presence. (Spiritual & Self Development)     ▪ Enhance ability to remain neutral regarding difficult or confronting topics (Communication)     ▪ Improve ability to provide feedback to all Trainers within the Program (Teamwork)     ▪ Develop a lesson plan for specific Content Credits (Trainer Delivery)
As a TNT in the Immersion you will complete a Competency Self Evaluation to be reviewed by your Mentor and then shared with the Coordinator of Training. You will select the competencies that you want to work with and strengthen at the Immersion and list these in your Immersion Individual Development Plan. The Coordinator of Training and your Immersion Mentor will support you in successfully completing your IDP.

Units of Study/Qualifying for Content Credits in the KRI Immersion Program:
1. By participating in the Immersion TNT Program all Interns, Associates and Professionals can qualify for 38 Content Credits.
2. Associates and Professionals have the opportunity to qualify for additional Content Credits in other Units of Study through teaching or co teaching course content.

1. TNT with their Mentoring Lead will decide on 2 or 3 Units of Study they would like to qualify in and submit these options to the Coordinator of Training
2. The Coordinator of Training will chose one option and the TNT will be asked to prepare 2 curriculums on this Unit. One curriculum will cover the part of the Unit of Study that will be presented at the Immersion Course and will be reviewed by the Coordinator of Training. The second curriculum will cover the entire Unit of Study and will be reviewed by your Mentoring Lead.

Cost of TNT Program

The fee for the TNT Program includes the cost of the TNT training week, all of your meals and materials, and participation in the full Immersion course.

▪ 1st Year is $1000
▪ 2nd Year is $1000.
▪ 3rd Year is $1000.

The cost of housing accommodations is not included and we encourage TNTs to find housing with Ashram members. If you need a referral please let us know.

You will receive an invitation with a registration code to register for the Immersion after you have completed and sent in your application and had your interview

We look forward to working with you at the Immersion.

 

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