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Take the Best Practices (BP) Teacher Workshop

An interactive workshop designed to train teachers on contemporary methods of adult education with a focus on hands-on learning. As one previous student told us, the workshop “gave them new tools to use in teaching bridge and the confidence to use them.”

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Best Practices Workshop Details

The Best Practices Workshop is a multi-day course with hands-on, small-group activities that focuses on how to teach, not what to teach. Through the workshop, teachers will gain insight into structure and activities that maximize student engagement and retention. The adult education methods taught in the course were recommended and validated by more than 400 bridge teachers.

Whether you’re a new or veteran teacher, this workshop is for you! More than a third of previous workshop participants had never taught bridge before – all you need is love for the game and a good foundation of bridge knowledge. Meanwhile, seasoned bridge teachers can also benefit by learning the latest techniques in adult education.

Rebate for TAP teachers: If you earned the ACBL’s previous teacher certification through TAP, the ACBLEF will help with your workshop fees and pay a partial rebate for costs over $50 (maximum $75 repayment). Rebate will be automatically refunded to your record of payment after the course is completed. Please contact education@acbl.org for more information.

If you are a District or Unit wanting to host a workshop, click here for details.

Earn Best Practices Teacher Certification

After the workshop, there will be opportunities to earn certification to be a Best Practices Teacher. After passing the assessment, you will officially be recognized on our website and lead the Find a Teacher directory marked by the Best Practices logo. You’ll also receive a certificate signifying your distinction, a special lapel pin and the ability to place the Best Practices logo on your marketing materials and business cards.

To earn certification, teachers need to take a basic bridge knowledge pre-test before participating in the workshop, attend the workshop to learn the teaching techniques and pass a proficiency demonstration following the workshop.

Free Resources after the Workshop

New for Best Practices Teachers! Free teaching materials for a face-to-face version of ACBL Intro to Bridge: The original online ACBL Intro to Bridge course successfully taught more than 1,500 students during the pandemic and proved to be both popular and engaging. It was a 10-class course that focused on hands-on learning. The content for the face-to-face version of ACBL Intro to Bridge is based on it and has been expanded into 2 series totaling 18 classes. Information on the course is available in the Teachers’ Lounge on the ACBL website.

Free tools for all attendees: Thanks to a program from the ACBL Educational Foundation, workshop attendees get a free one-year membership to the American Bridge Teachers’ Association (new members only) and a Bridge Bee module, along with one of the following: Teacher starter kit (cards, boards, bid boxes) or 100 Shark Bridge credits.


ACBL Best Practices Teacher Certification Calendar

Location Dates Details
Summer NABC in Toronto ON July 19-21, 2024 3-Day Workshop: Friday – Sunday July 19-21 & Friday, July 19 (1-5 pm), Saturday & Sunday, July 20 & 21 (8 am to noon) Workshop Fee: $125 USD, $168.75 CAD.
Proficiency Assessments: Assessment spots will be offered the afternoon of July 21 and the morning of July 22; the number of spots is based on enrollment you must sign up. Assessment Fee: $25 USD, $33.75 CAD.
Refresher: If you have previously taken a Best Practices Workshop, you can attend again for only $50 USD, $67.50. If you did not earn certification, you will have that opportunity. Look for ‘BP Teacher Refresher’ in the registration drop-down.
RegisterQuestions? Contact education@acbl.org
Fall NABC in Las Vegas NV November 29 – December 1, 2024 3-Day Workshop: Friday – Sunday November 29-December 1 & Friday, November 29 (1-5 pm), Saturday & Sunday, November 30 & December 1 (8 am to noon) Workshop Fee: $125 USD.
Proficiency Assessments: Assessment spots will be offered the afternoon of December 1 and the morning of December 2; the number of spots is based on enrollment you must sign up. Assessment Fee: $25 USD.
Refresher: If you have previously taken a Best Practices Workshop, you can attend again for only $50 USD. If you did not earn certification, you will have that opportunity. Look for ‘BP Teacher Refresher’ in the registration drop-down.
RegisterQuestions? Contact education@acbl.org

 

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