Volunteering

Below is some information about getting involved with GDI as a teaching assistant or instructor. If you're interested in becoming either, email Madelyn Kasula and Arelia Jones at: chicago@girldevelopit.com.

Teaching Assistants

Girl Develop It teaching assistants are awesome people who love sharing their knowledge with others and helping people one-on-one. You're not afraid of difficult questions, saying "I don't know", or Googling it. You don't have to be an expert, just an enthusiastic person with experience in the field.

TAs are required to be present for the entire workshop unless otherwise requested. Note that some workshops take place in a single session, while others are multiple sessions.

Curriculum

GDI uses nationally cultivated curriculum with modifications made by each class teacher. Materials will be emailed to you a week prior to class. You are required to review the material prior to volunteering as a teaching assistant for the course.

Payment

GDI teaching assistants are volunteers and are not paid. But we still love you! After TA'ing successfully for GDI several times, you will become eligible to take classes at a discount or for free.

Onboarding

  • To get started as a TA, signup here
  • Once we receive your application, we would like to get to know more about you! We ask that in order to officially be onboarded as a teaching assistant for GDI Chicago, you either:
    1. Attend a TA info session
    2. TA at a Code & Coffee

Commitment

  • TA one class per calendar year
  • Provide feedback to co-leaders on class teachers (as requested)
  • Take roll from class roster

Cancellations

If, for any reason, you are unable to TA your class (or a portion of your class), you are required to notify the chapter co-leaders at least five days in advance. This will give us time to find a replacement, reschedule, or issue cancellations and refunds.

Teachers

Girl Develop It instructors are awesome people who love sharing their knowledge with others. You don't have to be an expert, just an enthusiastic person with experience in the field. Class format varies, ranging from a two-hour lecture to an eight-hour workshop format. You are required to teach the entirety of the workshop.

At least one member of GDI staff (a co-leader or volunteer) will be present for your workshop.

Curriculum

GDI uses nationally cultivated curriculum. The chapter co-leader will provide you with links and download instructions for the class materials and exercises are least one month prior to your class. You may make minor changes to the curriculum, however, any substantial changes must be approved by the chapter co-leaders. What you teach is up to you, so please make your preferences known to the chapter co-leaders.

You are required to review the material prior to teaching the course. If you have any questions about the material, please notify the chapter co-leaders prior to the workshop.

Curriculum is typically presented in a slideshow format using reveal.js, a special JavaScript library. You don't need any technical knowledge to run the slideshow, just open the index file in your browser and zoom away.

Payment

GDI teachers are paid. Hooray! You will receive 50% of the student fee for the course. Optionally, you may choose to waive your fee and donate it back to the local chapter scholarship fund. Unless otherwise requested, instructors will be paid. Payment is issued by check and typically arrives 2-6 weeks after your course (depending on when forms are submitted).

Commitment

  • Teach one class per calendar year
  • Provide feedback to co-leaders on class TAs (as requested)

Cancellations

If, for any reason, you are unable to teach your class, you are required to notify the chapter co-leaders at least one week in advance. This will give us time to find a replacement, reschedule, or issue cancellations and refunds.