Last week I published a list of my ten most popular professional development workshop topics. That post generated a handful of emails from folks who asked good questions about the structure of my workshop days, how to book me for a day, and fee structure. Here are the answers to those questions and more.
How to Book Me
I try to make this part as easy as possible for everyone. If you’re interested in having me come to your school or conference, send me an email richardbyrne (at) freetech4teachers.com with the date(s) you have in mind and a little bit of information about your school/ conference. I’ll get back to you right away to confirm availability and to schedule a quick call to talk about the needs of your school/ conference. Once we know we’re a match for each other, I’ll send you a simple contract that doesn’t require a deposit to hold the date. That’s it! I arrange all of the travel and lodging logistics for myself so that you don’t have to worry about it.
Structure of a PD Day With Me
Just like students, every school faculty has different needs. That’s why I always talk with you to identify your needs and desires for a workshop day with me. That said, a typical full-day workshop with me is six to seven hours that starts with a short overview of the day’s goals followed by an introduction to the first hands-on activity of the day. Typically, there will be four or five hands-on activities that develop skills you can easily transfer to your classroom practice.
Like you, I have a mortgage to pay and kids to feed so I can’t do this for free (yes, I appreciate the irony of having a site called Free Technology for Teachers but charging for workshops). That said, my fees are reasonable enough that past clients have told me that I should be charging more. For school-based professional development days I include all costs (travel, lodging, parking, etc.) in the quote that I provide because it makes it easier for you to budget and simpler for me to invoice.
Professional development works best when it is on an on-going basis. That’s why I extend significant discounts to schools and organizations who book me for two or more consecutive days or five or more total days in a school year.
Ready to Get Started?
Send me an email today at richardbyrne (at) freetech4teachers.com. Not the decision maker for your school’s PD needs? Send this page to your department head, principal, tech director, or curriculum director.