the Academy for Virtual Teaching
the Academy for Virtual Teaching
Lyric Kinard

Welcome to the Academy for Virtual Teaching!

Makers gotta make, Teachers gotta TEACH!

Who Are We?

The Academy for Virtual Teaching is a vibrant and supportive community of professional quilt, craft, and art teachers. Together we are learning to bring our offerings to a global audience through live virtual and on-demand workshops. We continually improve our virtual teaching skills so that we can become more Proficient, Profitable, and Professional educators, sharing the joy of making with our students.

Overcome your fear of technology, reach a global audience,
create a sustainable, profitable business!

AVT Teacher, April Sproule
“What has been most valuable to me throughout this experience is all the information on equipment. It is great that you encourage students to start with what they have and branch out from there. You provided a wealth of information on equipment from the very basic and inexpensive to the more advanced and costly equipment.”

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Why You Should Join Us

Transform your passion into a profitable, sustainable, scalable business through virtual teaching.
Here at the Academy, we work together to create a cadre of skilled professionals who bring our love of quilting to the VIRTUAL world. We grow our skills, grow our audience, grow our love for our students, and grow our income through scalable online offerings.
If you are an in-person quilt, craft, or art teacher (or aspire to be one) and want to build a global audience through online workshops, we invite you to join us! All are welcome and all are supported here at the Academy. We help and lift each other as colleagues, no matter our experience level, as we continually learn about the ever-changing technology that lets us bring our offerings to our students in their own homes.
Taking your in-person workshops into the virtual world can help you grow your income without adding to your workload, and leave you more time for actually making the things you love!

Experienced and Aspiring Virtual Teachers depicted in header are
Valerie GoodwinJenny Kae ParksScott Murkin, & Saba Asim
They are not necessarily associated with the Academy

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The Monthly Academy for Virtual Teaching Membership includes:

  • Open Discussions - lively conversation about all aspects of virtual teaching in a safe and supportive community.
  • Monthly Live Roundtables - get together and share successes, work out solutions, and enjoy each other's company via zoom.
  • Learn from the experts - live guest seminars with experienced virtual teachers. Learn from their experience and ask them anything.
  • Education - free access to Virtual Teaching 101, a beginner's guide to what online teaching is all about.
  • Reduced tuition for Masterclass- Offered twice per year, this is intensive takes you step by step to help you build your own on-demand and live-virtual workshops.
  • $10 discount on one class listing per month on the public facing AVT class calendar, get more students to sign up for your classes. (Not available during your free trial.)

The Commons (home)

  • General group discussions (a lot like Facebook without any of the weirdness)
  • Virtual member meetups and roundtable discussions held live via Zoom
  • Monthly special topic live seminars with experienced virtual teachers where members can "ask the pros anything"
  • Monthly theme discussions where we engage in thoughtful conversations that lead to better virtual teaching practices
  • Member spotlight articles featuring an up-and-coming virtual teacher
  • Polls, quick questions
  • Scheduled practice live teaching sessions among peers where valuable feedback is provided as teachers develop new courses and skills

Study Hall (groups)

  • One-on-one mentoring and accountability programs
  • Special interest groups by topic, such as the type of workshops members offer, or the specific on-demand course platform they use
  • Teaching topic interest groups
  • Online course platform groups

Library (topics)

  • We are building a resource library of product and platform reviews, specific to equipment used for online teaching

The AVT College (courses)

  • Virtual Teaching 101 mini-course: a pre-recorded seminar available on-demand (no cost)
  • Virtual Teaching Masterclass: a live, 8-week course for new virtual teachers, designed to help you through every step of the process and quickly launch you into the virtual teaching world. The capstone of the course includes the opportunity to teach real students who will give you feedback to improve your virtual teaching skills (additional fee, offered twice a year)

Certification Program ($100 Fee)

  • AVT Teacher Certification, providing accreditation and proof of proficiency
  • Designed to assure guilds that the virtual teacher they are hiring is proficient with live technology
  • Any teacher (member or not) can apply for certification
  • Adjudicator reviews website and audits your live class
  • Certification badge links back to web page that lists qualifications- use it anywhere
  • Quilt guilds are eager for this, as they want to be confident that the teacher they are hiring can provide the highest quality of virtual programing
  • Certified teachers get extra listing at Global Quilt Connection

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Campus Culture

Welcome to the Academy! We are all colleagues. We are both student and professor, mentoring and supporting each other on a continual journey toward proficiency, profitability, and professionalism.
  • All are welcome and all are supported here at the Academy. We respect each other at all levels as professional colleagues and continually discover and openly share our knowledge with each other.
  • Our community is open, honest, safe, and trustworthy. We build each other up rather than compete. We strongly believe that a rising tide lifts all ships and we support each other's biggest, wildest, most wonderful dreams.
  • We love short polls and weekly questions. They only take a moment to answer but often spark some pretty interesting and thoughtful conversations that lead to better virtual teaching practices.
  • We never leave questions hanging, even if we don't know the answer. None of us are ever finished learning and we discover new ideas by bouncing ideas off of each other. We give as much as we get here at the Academy.
In other words, this is the BEST place for you as a virtual teacher to be!

The Academy is ever evolving.
Join us as we create this open, honest, safe, and trustworthy community.

We are an active community where teachers can safely learn from each other's experiences. We strongly believe that a rising tide lifts all ships and we support each other's biggest, boldest, most wonderful dreams.
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