Planet Homeschool INSTRUCTOR Proposal Form for the 2021-2022 Academic Year
Prospective instructors are encouraged to read about our co-op on our website at https://www.homeschool-life.com/1840/custom/72361 before submitting a course proposal. Information for Prospective Instructors can be found under Instructor Resources in the sidebar menu. Planet Homeschool is a secular homeschool co-op for middle and high school students ages 10–19 years. We welcome students from diverse backgrounds and our families have a variety of educational philosophies and styles. We are located in Saint Anthony Village (Minnesota).

Courses are selected by current co-op members via run-off or ranked-choice voting. The Lead Volunteers then work together to use the winning suggestions to create a class schedule with a balance of age ranges and subjects taking into account teacher availability and available classroom space. A tentative schedule of courses is available around the time of our co-op’s spring Open House Party at the end of April.

Before considering final scheduling of a class PHS leadership needs this form filled out for each class IN FULL. If you would like to submit an idea for consideration but are not ready to supply everything we need to schedule, you are welcome to use the short form.
https://forms.gle/fBuMpDbmpPXpok24A

Please fill out this form for EACH class you may teach. Thank you!
Email address *
Course Title *
Courses in all subjects are of interest to PHS students, and the following have been offered at PHS: sciences, engineering, mathematics, humanities, visual arts, performing arts, literature, English, foreign languages, history, physical education, social sciences, trades and crafts, and more.
Course description *
Please give a complete description of the course you are proposing. This often includes scope and sequence information, what type of resources will be used, any projects/homework that may be expected. Well designed homeschool classes often include open ended assignments that students can meet at their own interest and academic level. Visit our current Class Registration page on our website at planethomeschool.org for examples.
Age range
Planet Homeschool offers secular courses for middle school and high school students, ages 10 to 19 years.

Courses may be for ages 10–19 or restricted to a smaller age range (most commonly to either middle school or high school students).

MIDDLE-SCHOOL courses are typically for ages 10–14 .

HIGH-SCHOOL courses are typically for ages 14–19

It is not uncommon to restrict courses to ages 12 or 13–19.

Instructors should be prepared to teach the full age range for whom their course is advertised so that all enrolled students have a meaningful educational experience. Often homeschool classes are designed with an open ended approach that will work for a wide variety of students. Our Homeschool-Life website will automatically restrict registration to the age range selected.

Please consider carefully before asking for an age range exception to be made, especially for classes geared toward older students for a younger student. Some teen students registering may be disappointed by a class advertising for teens having younger students. We cannot accommodate students younger than age 10.
What ages would this course be geared toward? *
You can save clicks by checking only the youngest and oldest age — and we'll extrapolate from that data that you wish to include all the ages in between.
Required
Additional information about the age range for this course
I am … *
Are you a current or prospective Planet Homeschool Parent? *
Independent Contractors
Instructors at Planet Homeschool are independent contractors hired directly by the parents and guardians of the students enrolled in their classes.
Co-op Schedule
Classes are held once a week on Fridays.

• Our 12-week Fall 2021 dates are TENTATIVELY Sep 10–Dec 10 with no classes on Oct 1 or Nov 26.
• Our 16-week Spring 2022 dates are TENTATIVELY Jan 7–Apr 29 with no classes on Apr 15 and with May 6 as a scheduled make-up day.

These dates are currently subject to change.

Courses can be single semester or full-year (28 weeks) programs. Proposals should specify if the course is intended to be 12-weeks, 16-weeks, or 28-weeks. If a course can be adapted to any length, be sure to state that.

While this is not common, it is possible to teach two half-semester courses or to teach a 12-week course during the 16-week spring semester.

It may be possible to add a few additional dates to your class schedule (such as field trips or dress rehearsal and performance dates for performing arts courses).
• Please let us know if any additional dates are required or optional.
• If you wish to use our space at Faith UMC, we will need to inquire with the church beforehand to see if the space is available and if there will be any additional cost to use it.
• If your course is selected to be offered, we will need to know the actual dates and times before registration opens.

If you are interested in teaching a course EITHER Fall or Spring semester, then choose “Preferred” for both Fall ONLY and Spring ONLY.

If you are interested in teaching the same semester-length course BOTH Fall and Spring semester, then choose “Preferred” under BOTH Fall and Spring and "Acceptable" for both Fall ONLY and Spring ONLY.

If your full-year course can be modified to be a half-year course, then choose “Preferred” for full-year and “Acceptable” for both Fall ONLY and Spring ONLY.
Is this course full year or 1 semester *
If this is a one semester course, what semester(s) could your course meet?
Preferred
Acceptable / Workable
Not an option
FALL semester (12 weeks)
SPRING semester (16 weeks)
Clear selection
Additional information about your preferred semester(s) and scheduling information
This is the place to tell us about any additional potential meeting dates or to request to teach a shorter or atypical semester. This would also be a place to let us know if you have a maximum number of classes you can teach in a semester or any strict limitations your schedule has. For example, you may propose 4 classes but really only be open to teaching 1 class per semester.
Full-Year Courses and Spring Semester
If you're proposing a full-year course, students will register for both fall and spring semesters. Let us know how you wish to handle new students for spring semester.
Clear selection
Additional information about how new students will be integrated into the spring semester of a full-year course
Daily Schedule
Classes are 75-minutes long (1 hour, and 15 minutes).

• Set-Up Period: 9:00 AM – 9:15 AM (15 minutes)
• First Period: 9:15 AM – 10:30 AM (75 minutes)
• Second Period: 10:35 AM – 11:50 AM (75 minutes)
• Lunch Period: 11:55 AM –12:25 PM (30 minutes)
• Third Period: 12:30 PM – 1:45 PM (75 minutes)
• Fourth Period: 1:50 PM – 3:05 PM (75 minutes)
• Clean-Up Period: 3:05 PM – 3:20 PM (15 minutes or until it is done)

There is a 5-minute break between periods. Instructors and students are expected to work together to ensure that there is time to both clean up from the prior class and set up for the next one.

Instructors teaching multiple courses will (almost always) be assigned consecutive class periods. (There have been a few unusual situations in the past when an instructor has been asked to accept a break between classes taught in order to make the entire schedule work out.)

While this is not common, it is possible to teach two 30-minute classes during a single 75-minute class period. It is also possible to teach a 60-minute class, but unless students are informed beforehand, all classes should otherwise be planned for the full 75-minute class period.
Which periods would you prefer to teach? *
Preferred
Acceptable / Workable
Not an option
First Period/9:15-10:30 AM
Second Period/10:35-11:50 AM
Third Period/12:30-1:45 PM
Fourth Period/1:50-3:05 PM
Additional information about your preferred class periods
This is the place to tell us if you want to teach two 30-minute classes. If you are submitting multiple classes, you can also tell us about how you would prefer they be ordered or which class periods you most prefer in case not all of your proposed courses are offered.
Minimum and Maximum Number of Students
Historically, classes at PHS have averaged 8 students with the vast majority of classes fairly evenly distributed in a shallow bell curve between 4 and 12 students. Small class sizes are highly valued by homeschoolers. Other than the Fellowship Hall, our classrooms won't comfortably seat more than 16 students.

Please consider your minimum number carefully. This is NOT your IDEAL number of students but the smallest number for whom you are willing to teach this class. Historically, the most common minimum numbers are either 4 or 5 students.

The most common maximum number is 15 students.
The minimum number of students you need to sign up for this course to be willing to teach it *
Maximum number of students for this course *
Small class sizes are highly valued by homeschoolers. Other than the Fellowship Hall, our classrooms won't comfortably seat more than 16 people.
Cancellation of Courses That Have Not Met Their Minimum Registration Requirements.
To allow both students and instructors time to make alternative plans, courses that have NOT enrolled their minimum number of students by their “Minimum Student Date” aka “Low Enrollment Cancellation Deadline” will be canceled.

Cancelation is automatic. If your class does not reach its minimum registration number before midnight GMT on you chosen “Minimum Student Date,” all current registrations will be canceled automatically, but you'll need to issue refunds manually — the money part is not automated.

Students may continue to register for all non-canceled classes after the class's “Minimum Student Date.”

Instructors are encouraged to monitor their registration numbers on the Planet Homeschool website as any requests to adjust minimum enrollment numbers must be made before their “Minimum Student Date.”

If it appears that your class will not meet your minimum number of students by your deadline:

(1) You may opt to lower your minimum number of students, but you are also then committing to teaching the class with that lower number.
(2) You may opt to extend your “Minimum Student Date.”
(3) You may opt to adjust your age range, if applicable, within the PHS age range of 10-year-old middle school students through 19-year-old high school students.

Requests for changes must be made before your “Minimum Student Date.” Requests should be emailed to the parent-volunteers at planethomeschoolmn+instructors@gmail.com

PHS REGISTRATION HISTORICAL DATA ANALYSIS

• 33% of registrations happened the day registration opens
• registrations dribbled in at a fairly steady rate after that
• 75% of registrations were completed by 4 weeks prior to the start of classes
• 80% of registrations were completed by 3 weeks prior
• 85% of registrations were completed by 2 weeks prior
• 90% of registrations were completed by 1 week prior
• 10% of registrations happened during the week immediately before classes begin
Minimum Student Date *
You're encouraged to consult a calendar to ensure you don't select a major holiday as your deadline date. If you do not set a Minimum Student Date, your deadline will be assumed to be 2 weeks prior to the start of classes. This date doesn’t have to be “weeks before” — You may use the “Other” option to set it for 10 days prior or 3 days prior or ….
Will you accept late registrations for this course? *
You're encouraged to consult a calendar to ensure you don't select a major holiday as your deadline date. If you do not set a class registration deadline, the deadline will be assumed to be before the 2nd week of classes. This date doesn’t have to be by weeks — You may use the “Other” option to set it for 10 days prior or 3 days after or ….
Additional information about your late registration policy
A note about registration dates
Since instructors who are not also PHS members do not register for classes, your website account will be assigned to a non-registering section. That means that you may see “Signup for this class will open on 12/31/2999 at 12:00 AM CST." Rest assured that class registration will open on time for co-op members.

(It is a long-standing feature request with Homeschool-Life for the non-registering sections to instead display no date.)
Additional information about the minimum and maximum number of students and the deadline dates for this course.
Planet Homeschool Refund Policy
Your “Minimum Student Date” is ALSO the last day that those registered for the class may ask to cancel their registration and be guaranteed a full refund.

Instructors must promptly refund all tuition and supply fees for class registrations canceled by midnight on a class's “Minimum Student Date” Date.

Cancellation requests must be forwarded manually by a parent-volunteer, so it is conceivable that you will not be notified of an on-time cancellation request until the next day.

Refunds are not issued automatically. Instructors must log in to their PayPal accounts and manually issue refunds. Currently, PayPal states that while there are no new fees to issue the refund, the fees you were originally charged will not be returned to you, but you are responsible for knowing and understanding PayPal’s current refund policies.

Instructors set their own refund policies for cancellations after that date.
Agree to the PHS Refund Policy *
Cancellation requests must be forwarded manually by a parent-volunteer, so it is conceivable that you will not be notified of an on-time cancellation request until the next day.
Required
Your refund policy for late cancellation requests *
It is up to you how class cancellations are handled after your Minimum Student Date. You can offer no refunds, partial refunds, or even full refunds. You can offer to refund only if a replacement is found or only if the cancellation does not drop the class below its minimum registration number. You can refund the supply fee but not the tuition or the tuition but not the supply fee. You can take it on a case-by-case basis.
Our location
All classes take place at Faith United Methodist Church, 2708 33rd Ave NE, Saint Anthony Village, MN 55418.

Faith UMC is on 33rd Ave between Stinson Blvd and Silver Lake Rd. There is a large parking lot and a bike rack, and Metro Transit Route 25 stops at the corner.

(Because Saint Anthony Village shares the 55418 ZIP Code and Post Office with northeast Minneapolis, the address for Faith UMC will often come up as in Minneapolis rather than as in Saint Anthony Village.)

Instructors, students, and parents should enter Faith UMC using the SOUTH DOOR at the back of the building (this door leads directly into the ground-floor classroom hallway, so it is also the most convenient door to use). An exception is made for instructors bringing in and removing supplies for classes in the fellowship hall and kitchen, who may make use of the closer east door for loading and unloading purposes only.
Physical Space
Planet Homeschool has access to 7 classroom spaces at Faith UMC, including the church’s kitchen and fellowship hall.

The FELLOWSHIP HALL is generally reserved for classes needing space for significant student movement (fencing, dancing, theater, etc.).

Two of the five regular classrooms have a SINK.

One classroom has an ELECTRIC STOVETOP and OVEN in addition to its sink.

Two classrooms and the fellowship hall have a PIANO.

Three classrooms are approximately 23x20 feet (including the room with a sink and stove), one is closer to 20x20 feet, and one is about 14x16 feet (and has the other sink). Church furniture takes up some floor space in each room.

All but one classroom has a WHITEBOARD, but we have a portable whiteboard for use in that room. The kitchen does not have a whiteboard. The fellowship hall does. PHS supplies dry erase markers and cleaner.

Our KITCHEN access includes the use of gas stovetop, gas oven, refrigerator (food may NOT be stored between class sessions), sink, and a Hobart dishwasher. Additional equipment should be supplied by the instructor, including bowls, utensils, and cleaning supplies. (Instructors may require students to supply some or all of their tools.) HEALTH REGULATIONS must be followed for food handling and clean up.

One classroom and the Fellowship Hall do not have outside WINDOWS, although both have windows into the Fellowship Hall foyer.

TABLES are standard plastic-topped 6x2½-foot banquet tables. Depending on the preferred room layout and tabletop space needed by students, tables can seat between 2 to 6 students.

CHAIRS are standard metal folding chairs.

On-site STORAGE is limited but available. Instructors should expect to transport the bulk of their materials and equipment to and from PHS weekly. If equipment or supplies need to be stored on site, arrangements should be made with parent-volunteers in advance to ensure adequate space can be made available.
Does this course have special physical space needs? *
Required
Additional information about your physical space needs.
On-site STORAGE is limited and instructors should expect to transport the bulk of their materials and equipment to and from PHS weekly. If equipment or supplies need to be stored on site, please provide details about what needs to be stored and how much space will be needed so that parent-volunteers can determine if adequate space can be made available.
Room Set-Up
Students are responsible for setting up the classrooms according to instructor preferences. Set-up for the day begins at 9:00 AM. Students will set up classrooms for their first class but also make sure that any additional tables and chairs needed for the second, third, or fourth periods are in the room (folded up and tucked out of the way).

To facilitate set-up, room layouts are provided in each room's clean-up bucket that show how tables and chairs are to be placed for the first class in the room and what needs to be stowed in the room for subsequent classes. Instructors are expected to work with parent-volunteers to ensure they have the information they need to create these layouts and to keep them advised of any necessary revisions.

In general, preschool-sized tables are moved to the side and preschool-sized chairs are stacked on top of them. In some cases, preschool tables are stacked on top of each to create more floor space. Then standard-height 6-foot x 2½-foot folding tables and standard folding chairs are brought from the storage closet in the back of the Fellowship Hall and set up according to instructor preference.

Any additional tables and chairs needed for subsequent classes are also brought to the room during the set-up period. They are stowed folded up and out of the way. This is done so that will be no need to disrupt classes in the Fellowship Hall to obtain them later.

To help you plan for your classroom space, below are a small sample of room set-ups that have been used in the past.

You can see examples of room setups on our co-op’s website at homeschool-life.com/1840/custom/83930

Room layout examples
Room Clean-Up
Students are also responsible for cleaning up the space between classes and at the end of co-op.

While a parent-volunteer will be on hand to direct clean-up, instructors are encouraged to remind students of this responsibility at the end of fourth period.

Students should wash whiteboards, wipe down tables and chairs, return folding tables and chairs to the closet in the Fellowship Hall, return church furniture to the church's preferred set up, vacuum carpets, and sweep floors. Cleaning supplies are provided.
Accessibility
All classrooms are located on the ground floor. The fellowship hall and kitchen are a third-floor lower than the classrooms but there is a ramp between the two levels.

Doors are not automatic or power-assisted and door handles are old-fashioned knobs rather than levers.

There is one single-occupancy restroom (plus one single-occupancy restroom with preschool-sized fixtures). Another restroom offers two stalls and two sinks. A third offers one stall, one urinal, and one sink.
Tuition and supplies fees
Tuition is typically between $8 to $12 per student per hour.
• There are 15 hours per 12-week Fall Semester, so Fall classes are typically between $120 and $180 per student
• There are 20 hours per 16-week Spring Semester, so Spring classes are typically between $160 and $240 per student

Tuition should reflect the instructor’s educational qualifications, expertise in the subject matter, and experience with teaching. When setting your tuition and supplies fee, also keep in mind the economic reality that homeschool families tend to be single-income families with limited budgets.

Instructors may charge a separate supplies fee in addition to tuition. Supplies fees will be invoiced with tuition when a student enrolls in the course. Instructors should include information about what supplies are included in the fee and how supplies will be distributed.
PayPal
Instructors at Planet Homeschool are independent contractors hired directly by the parents and guardians of the students enrolled with their classes. They are paid via PayPal through a Homeschool-Life-generated invoice.

Payments must be made through the Homeschool-Life invoicing system to be recorded. Instructors are expected to inform parent-volunteers of any payments they receive outside of that system.

Payments cannot be classified as “Friends and Family” transactions and PayPal fees will be deducted, so those deductions should be taken into account when setting your tuition and supplies fee.

PayPal currently takes 2.9% +30¢ per transaction, but that information is subject to change and should be confirmed with PayPal. You can use a PayPal Fee Calculator such as salecalc.com/paypal to determine how much you'll receive.

You do not need an invoicing system, just a PayPal account. Invoicing is handled by our website host, Homeschool-Life.
Can you accept payments via PayPal? *
Your PayPal account email address *
(Returning instructors: If you need to update your PayPal email address, you can use this field to let us know.).
Tuition per student per hour *
We ask for this per hour so that we can calculate it correctly for both our 12-week/15-hour Fall Semester and our 16-week/20-hour Semester Semester. Please note this is PER HOUR. Each of our class periods is 1 hour and 15 minutes. You should calculate coverage for PayPal fees (see above) into your pricing.
Tuition adjustments
Should you ever have a reason to offer a student an adjustment to their tuition or a supply fee credit, you may request:

(1) that a replacement invoice be generated to reflect that change if the student fees have not yet been paid

(2) that an adjustment be made to their account if they have already paid (refunds are not issued automatically; instructors must log in to their PayPal accounts and manually issue refunds)
Supplies fee (for course materials you will provide)
Don't forget to take into account PayPal fee deductions. If this is left blank, we will assume there is no supply fee.
Description of supplies covered by Supplies fee
Please describe what materials are included in the supplies fee
Curriculum used
Our host website has a field just for specifying your curriculum, so if this applies to your class, we might as well enter it there. You should also let students know if this is something they need to purchase independently or if it something you will be providing as part of their tuition or supplies fee.
Textbook needed
Our host website has a field just for specifying your textbook, so if this applies to your class, we might as well enter it there. You should also let students know if this is something they need to purchase independently or if it something you will be providing as part of their tuition or supplies fee.
ISBN
Our host website has a field just for specifying the ISBN for your textbook (or curriculum), so if this applies to your class, we might as well enter it there.
Does this course require that students provide any materials, tools, or equipment themselves?
Do students need to purchase a textbook, software package, or online subscription? Do they need to wear particular clothing (to allow for movement or to protect their clothes from materials used in class)? Should they bring along a laptop and power cable? A notebook and pencil? A water bottle? Will they need to purchase materials to complete a project?
Course Prerequisites
Do students need to have any existing skills or knowledge to succeed in the course? — It's also a good idea to students know if a course will, for example, require extensive reading and/or writing, mathematical skills such as algebra or geometry, manual dexterity, physical stamina, etc.
Time requirements
If this course involves homework, it is useful for students to know beforehand how many hours per week they will typically need to spend on the course outside of class time.
Group work requirements
It is useful to let students know beforehand if this course will require them to coordinate schedules, arrange transportation, and/or communicate via email, the Class Forum, or other online formats with classmates outside of class time. When assigning group work outside of class, please keep in mind that our members live all over the 17-county metro area and are normally together only once a week. This does not mean that you can't assign group work, you just need to be mindful of the complexity it introduces and let students know about it before they sign up. If this class will have expected meetings outside of Fridays at Planet Homeschool, it is helpful for families to have that information prior to registering.
One-Day Class Cancellations
CO-OP-WIDE CANCELLATIONS

Should weather conditions make travel to or from our co-op inadvisable or make conditions at Faith UMC unsafe, our co-op’s Lead Volunteers will strive to make a decision about whether or not to hold in-person classes by 8:00 AM.

Please read our full inclement weather policy at homeschool-life.com/1840/custom/29468

While Faith UMC strives to not interrupt our schedule, they may ask us to cancel classes to accommodate a funeral or other important community gathering. This is very rare, but it has happened. It is also conceivable that physical conditions at Faith UMC, such as a heating or plumbing failure, may make meeting unsafe. In those unlikely circumstances, Lead Volunteers will first strive to find an alternative meeting location before making the decision to cancel classes.

In the case of a co-op wide cancellation, instructors are NOT expected to issue partial refunds to cover the missed day but are encouraged to provide students with alternatives ways to keep students on track such as providing students with a plan for independent work to cover the material for the week or hosting an online class meeting if students are willing and available.

CLASS CANCELLATIONS BY THE INSTRUCTOR

If you, the instructor, need to cancel classes due to illness, family emergency, or other unforeseeable circumstances, you are free to set your own policies for how you wish to handle this.

Some options to consider:

1. Finding a substitute instructor, if possible. In the past, instructors have had colleagues, advanced students, former students (graduates), and an experienced parent or guardian step in to facilitate a class.
2. Providing students with a plan for independent work to cover the material for the week. You'll still need an adult volunteer to monitor the kids in the classroom.
3. Holding a make-up day, in-person or online, on an alternate day, if you can find one that works for all your students.
5. Issuing a partial refund for the missed day.

Instructors are responsible for both communicating class cancellations to students and for letting PHS lead volunteers know about the cancellation.
• The easiest way to communicate with your class is to post an announcement at the top of your Class Homepage and then click the icon to email that announcement to all your students and their parents and guardians.
• Lead volunteers can be reached at PlanetHomeschoolMN+instructors@gmail.com.

(To clarify: If the co-op cancels all classes, then the lead volunteers are the ones responsible for that communication. That process is covered at homeschool-life.com/1840/custom/29468.)
Scheduled Make-Up Day *
The first Friday in May is our regularly schedule Make-Up Day for spring semester cancellations due to inclement weather, so we'd like to confirm that you will be available to teach on that date.
Instructor Information
Instructors with a strong background in working with teens and who are actively engaged in their fields are highly sought at Planet Homeschool.

Instructors may be interested members of the community or parents of current and past PHS students. Instructors may make use of student assistants.

Instructors set their own course plans. Instructors are expected to follow co-op policies but may set their own classroom guidelines, including policies for late registrations and expected and acceptable behavior during class.

IF YOU ARE SUBMITTING MORE THAN ONE CLASS, then you only need to fill in the details once. For subsequent submissions, provide your contact information and in the Bio section write, "see previous submission."
Co-Instructors
This form is set up on the assumption of one instructor per course, but co-instructors are not uncommon.

If you are teaching with a co-instructor (or two) please do your best to provide information for everyone and email anything that doesn't fit to PlanetHomeschoolMN+proposal@gmail.com.

Our website supports co-instructors, so each instructor will have their own instructor listing with their own contact information, photo, and bio.
Contact Information
Your name *
First and last names as you wish them to appear in your class listings. For example, Deborah Jones, Debbie Jones, Deb Jones, Dr. Deborah Jones, etc.
How do you prefer to be addressed?
It is helpful for both students and social media and marketing parent-volunteers to know how you preferred to be addressed. For example, Jane, Ms. Jane, Ms. Smith, Dr. Smith, Teach, etc.
How would you prefer to have your name alphabetized?
This question is mostly for those using a middle name or whose last name has a space in it. Homeschool-Life's instructor information tool currently offers only a First Name and Last Name field and lists instructors as Last Name, First Name. If your name is, for example, Neil deGrasse Tyson, we need to know if you want to be alphabetized as deGrasse Tyson, Neil or Tyson, Neil deGrasse.
Your pronouns *
OPTIONAL. We understand that not everyone wants to announce their pronouns, and you are in control of how and when you share this information. You can also change your pronouns at any time. Planet Homeschool serves many transgender, gender-fluid, and gender non-binary students, and we are committed to creating a safe and respectful space that makes them feel seen, included, and cherished. That includes making an effort to use the correct pronouns for each student. We encourage you to let your students know what pronouns you use for yourself and to ask your students what pronouns they use for themselves.
Required
An email address where parent-volunteers can reach you
"I never check that email address" is not an acceptable reason to fail to respond to queries. This can be left blank if it is the same e-mail address provided above.
A phone number where parent-volunteers can reach you *
Also let us know if this a mobile or landline phone. (You may provide both.)
How do you prefer to be contacted? *
This is for time-sensitive communications. PHS-related communication is otherwise done via email and the co-op forums, and instructors are expected to keep abreast of co-op related communications.
Required
An email address where students can reach you.
This email address will be included on member-only portions of our website (login required to view) so that students can contact you if they have questions. It will also be provided to any prospective members if they have questions about your class they would like to have answered before deciding whether or not to join our co-op. This can be left blank if it is the same e-mail address provided above.
A phone number where students can reach you
Optional. If your course is offered, this phone number will be included on member-only portions of our website (log in required to view) so that students can contact you if they have questions. Let us know if this a mobile or landline phone. (You may provide both.)
Class Promotion
Planet Homeschool volunteers will promote upcoming classes internally via our online forum and publicly via our Facebook Page at facebook.com/planethomeschool/. Information about upcoming classes is also shared with other local homeschooling groups.

Instructors are asked to assist Planet Homeschool with promoting their class by providing both a class description and bio plus photos of themselves and of class materials, projects, or concepts.

Parent permission should be obtained before sharing photos of students online.

Instructors are expected and encouraged to assist with spreading the word about their upcoming classes. One way instructors can do this is by liking, sharing, and commenting on Facebook page posts promoting their classes.
About You
Please tell our students and their parents about yourself. Some things you might choose to include are
• your credentials, qualifications, experiences, and interests related to the topic you propose to teach
• your teaching philosophy or style
• a bit of personal information such as your family, pets, hobbies, and interests
• your personal experience with homeschooling
Your Instructor Bio *
Returning instructors should check their instructor bio at homeschool-life.com/1840/class/instructors to see if it is in need of revision. If it needs to be updated, enter those revisions here. If it does not need to be changed, please enter "USE CURRENT BIO" here.
Your instructor headshot
Will will use your headshot (or an action shot) to promote your courses.

Returning instructors should click through to their detailed instructor bio at homeschool-life.com/1840/class/instructors to (1) confirm we have a headshot for you and (2) that you are still happy with it

Email new headshots (or action shots) to PlanetHomeschoolMN+headshot@gmail.com.
Your instructor headshot *
Image(s) to promote your course
Instructors are asked to assist parent-volunteer with promoting their class by providing images if at all possible.

Images can be of:

• materials used in the class
- books and magazines, DVDs and CDs, tools & equipment, supplies, etc.

• class projects
- completed artwork, papers, props, costumes, displays, etc. from past classes or samples made by you
- student names must be obscured unless written permission is obtained from both parent and student

• action photos from past classes in progress
- with written permission from both parents and students

• free stock images from Unsplash, Wikimedia Commons, etc.
- the license must be Public Domain (CCP 1.0), CC BY 2.0, CC BY-SA 2.0, or CC BY-ND 2.0.

• purchased images

We've opted to not include a file upload option on this form as doing so requires we require you to log into a Google account to submit your proposal, which makes the form unnecessarily complicated for students making suggestions.

You can email your images to PlanetHomeschoolMN+socialmedia@gmail.com.

Open House Party
Planet Homeschool hosts an annual Open House Party which is typically held on the second to last Friday of April (which should also be the second to last day of spring semester classes). Prospective members are invited to visit the co-op including sitting in on classes in session, so instructors should be prepared to welcome and include prospective students on this date.

The Open House Party also features a 30-minute Lunchtime presentation and this is a great opportunity for instructors to showcase student work with a brief (3 to 5 minute) demonstration. Instructors can also create static displays of student work for the Fellowship Hall lobby. There will also be brief introductions of all instructors present with a brief (less than 1 minute) opportunity to say something about yourself and your upcoming courses.

Due to COVID-19, there will be no Open House Party during Spring 2021, but Spring 2022 Instructors should plan to participate in next year's Open House Party, tentatively scheduled for Friday, April 22, 2022.
Our website Class Dashboard
Our website provides an online Class Home Page for each course that offers:

• CLASS FORUM: A dedicated online discussion forum just for you, the students enrolled in the course, and their parents

• Options to EMAIL individual students and their parents — in general, or in response to specific assignments

• Options to EMAIL only the parents of the students enrolled in the course.

• CLASS ASSIGNMENTS: Post and email assignments; attach files of all sorts; link to external websites, videos, and more; students can then submit completed work as file attachments or as links (such as to a Google Doc or Google Drive) and ask questions about the assignment; instructors can answer questions and provide feedback on submitted work

• CLASS ANNOUNCEMENTS: An area at the top of your Class Homepage for important announcements. Announcements can also be sent via email to students enrolled in the course and their parents

• CLASS RESOURCES: Attach a syllabus or link to an online textbook. These are persistent resources that are displayed at the top of your Class Homepage.

• CLASS MEDIA: Post links to online meetings or to pre-recorded videos

• CLASS ATTENDANCE TRACKING: Optional but useful

• Member-only PHOTO albums

• Online co-op CALENDAR

• More - see Instructor Resources in the sidebar menu at planethomeschool.org.

File formats accepted for attachments include csv, doc, docx, dot, gif, heic, heif, htm, html, jpg, m4a, mp3, mp4, pdf, png, pps, ppt, pptx, pub, rtf, svg, txt, xls, xlsx, yyz, andd zip.

There is also a dedicated FORUM for instructors.
Website account
All instructors are required to have a website account. (Instructors who are also parents or guardians of current PHS students may use their family website account.)

Planet Homeschool pays $8.50 to Homeschool-Life for each instructor account. Starting in 2021-2022 we are asking instructors to cover that expense.

New instructors can create their website account at homeschool-life.com/1840/signup.

The signup form is designed for members not instructors:
• Complete all required fields
• Delete the Children section
• For your emergency contacts, please provide the full names and phone numbers for two persons other than yourself
• Read and sign the Waiver and Release of Liability but not the Parent Agreement or Student Agreement

An invoice for the standard membership fee will be automatically created when you complete the form. That invoice will be canceled and may be safely ignored.

You'll receive an invoice for $8.50 shortly after the class schedule is finalized (late April to early June). (Instructors who are also parents of current PHS students can use their family website account for no additional fee.)
Website fee *
Co-Instructors and Shared Website Accounts
If you are teaching with a CO-INSTRUCTOR(s), you may share a website account or create separate ones if you are willing to pay the $8.50 for each.

If you choose to share an account, it may take some fiddling to get your names to display nicely because Homeschool-Life assumes that each account is associated with two adults sharing the same last name.

The best option is to use this format:
First adult’s last name: Your business name
First adult’s first name: Your full name (First1 Last1)
Second adult’s last name: [blank]
Second adult’s first name: Your co-instructors full name (First2 Last2)


This will get formatted as
“Business Name, First Instructor & Second Instructor” or as
“First Instructor & Second Instructor Business Name.”

If you just enter your actual first and last names in the fields, you'll display as
“Last1, First1 & First2” and as “First1 & First2 Last1”

If you have three co-instructors:
First adult’s last name: Business
First adult’s first name: First1 Last1, First2 Last2
Second adult’s last name: [blank]
Second adult’s first name: First3 Last3
COVID-19 and Online Synchronous Classes
We hope to resume holding in-person classes in 2021-2022 if the public health situation permits, but you should be prepared for the possibility of an all-online format due to COVID-19.

All online courses must be synchronous (aka real-time or live) classes the provide students with the opportunity to interact with each other and the instructor.
Can this class be taught online *
Do you have access to a reliable and fast Internet connection, the technology and know how to successfully run an online class? *
Are you willing and able to regularly monitor email-based communications and respond to student queries in a timely manner? *
Online classes often require additional electronic communications to be effective.
What interface will you use for your synchronous (real-time) class meetings? *
Members have indicated a preference for the Zoom platform, but you will need to invest in the Pro plan to teach weekly 75-minute classes, which currently costs $14.99/month or $149.90/year.
Required
At-home physical space requirements for an online version course
If this class moves online, will your students need additional space at home to successfully participate in the class? For example, a crafting course may require substantial tabletop or counter space while a course involving physical movement may require sufficient floor space.
Fine Print
1. Planet Homeschool is a homeschool co-op, not a school.
(1a) Instructors are hired directly by the parents of the students who sign up for their classes, not by Planet Homeschool.

2. Instructors are paid directly by the parents of the students who sign up for their classes, not by Planet Homeschool
(2a) Instructors are paid via PayPal through a Homeschool-Life-generated invoice.
(2b) Instructors are responsible for informing parent-volunteers promptly if payment is received outside of that system.
(2c) Instructors are responsible for promptly issuing full refunds for class cancellation requests made before a class's "Minimum Student Date."
(2d) Instructors set their own policies for refunds after that date.
(2e) Instructors may set a class registration deadline. If they do not set a class registration deadline, the deadline will be assumed to be before the 2nd week of classes.
(2f) Instructors set their own policies for pro-rating tuition for late-registrations (after the first day of class)
(2g) Instructors set their own policies regarding any compensation for classes missed by the instructor (due to illness or other unavoidable circumstances) or due to weather-related cancellations of in-person co-op classes.

3. Instructors should obtain their own professional liability insurance as Planet Homeschool’s general liability insurance does not cover instructors.

4. Instructors should be familiar with Planet Homeschool policies which can be found on our website at planethomeschool.org under Policies in the sidebar menu:
(4a) The Rules
(4b) Behavior Policy
(4c) Conflict Resolution Process
(4d) Allergies, Allergens, and Sensitivities Policy
(4e) Inclement Weather Policy

5. Instructors should also be familiar with Planet Homeschool’s
(5a) Parent Agreement which can be found on our website under Join/Renew in the sidebar menu.
(5b) Student Agreement which can be found on our website under Join/Renew in the sidebar menu.
(5c) Refund Policy which can be found on our website under Classes in the sidebar menu.

6. While instructors are expected to abide by the above co-op policies, they may set additional guidelines for their classrooms, including policies on expected and acceptable behavior during class.

7. Instructors should treat all students, parents, and other instructors respectfully.
(7a) Class content must be secular, objective, and age-appropriate.
(7b) Instructors should arrive at class prepared to teach, begin class on-time, teach for the full class period, and end class on-time.
(7c) Instructors should respond promptly to communications from students, their parents, and parent-volunteers
(7d) Instructors should communicate in a respectful manner, both in messages and in-class.
(7e) Instructors are expected to create a safe and welcoming space for all students.
(7f) Instructors should assume the best intentions in others. If something goes wrong, we ask that you share feedback in a constructive way.
If my proposed course is chosen, I am committed to teaching it provided my semester and class period choices can be honored. *
While we know that unforeseeable circumstances can arise, we don't want to ask our students to vote for your proposed course if you're not committed to teaching it if it is chosen.
Is there anything else you want the parent-volunteers to know?
A copy of your responses will be emailed to the address you provided.
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