What is the certification panel criteria by which I will be evaluated?
Final certification will be based on: Embodiment, Presentation/Facilitation skills and Mastery of Content.
Embody the Material – While the content is important, students are most impacted by a teacher’s authenticity and depth of personal practice, supporting their ability to connect on open ground about the challenges of being human. A SIY Certified Teacher is not just a “knower of content,” but someone who supports others on their growth paths by listening with kindness, curiosity and openness. Skillful teachers can embody the paradoxes of confidence & humility, attainment & nonattainment, depth & lightness, structure & aliveness, and spark & stillness.
Present and Facilitate Skillfully – SIY Certified Teachers are expected to convey the material in a way that is engaging and authentic, creating an experience that maximizes learning for participants. This includes the ability to lead all practices and meditations included in the program with skill and presence. They are also skillful at co-teaching, leveraging each other’s strengths and supporting one another in front of the room. Teachers should be well-versed at using stories, examples and humor to ground learning; know how to adjust the program to the audience; manage timing and flow; remain curious and answers questions skillfully, including when not sure of the answer.
Master the Content – A SIY Certified Teacher understands the content included in the SIY curriculum and can explain it with confidence, drawing on examples and connecting it to participants’ real-life/business experiences. Science plays a big role in SIY, providing evidence-based credibility and infusing the program with a spirit of inquiry and curiosity. A SIY Certified Teacher fully understands the science studies included, explains them with confidence and makes relevant connections between science, mindfulness and emotional intelligence. They can also answer tough questions and elaborate on the material presented, going a few levels deeper than what is included in the standard presentations.