Becoming an RTP Associate and Trainer
Before becoming an RTP Trainer, an educator must first become an RTP Associate, who has worked in a school that has successfully used the RTP school discipline process, has met the following criteria, and has been approved by RTP, Inc.
First, the person must be a certified educator and must have worked in an RTP accredited school for at least one year. This means she has worked through the self-assessment form, has developed various performance plans, has reviewed what she has done with her administrator, and has completed the stages as outlined in the RTP Rubric. Note: All of the above material can be found in the RTP Evaluation Handbook.
Second, she has a videotape of how she would present RTP and PCT to an interested group of educators and a written self-evaluation of her presentation. These items along with the material she has worked through as set forth in the RTP Evaluation Handbook, are to be sent to RTP, Inc. for review.
Third, in order to maintain the RTP Associate status, attendance at least once every two years at an RTP conference is required. RTP Associate accreditation must be renewed every two years by RTP, Inc.
RTP ASSOCIATES may speak to groups of interested parents or educators about the process and may be used as a consultant with other schools that are using the process.
Please Note: RTP Associates may not train others who want to use the process nor may they interject any information into their RTP or PCT presentations that is not approved by RTP, Inc. If any of the above is done, they may lose their associate status.
Becoming an RTP Associate and Trainer
An RTP Trainer is an accredited RTP administrator whose school has been accredited for one or more years and has met the following criteria and has been approved by RTP, Inc.
First, he must be accredited as an RTP Associate for at least one year.
Second, he has a videotape of how he alone has trained new teachers or staff at his school. This video must include training on the rationale of RTP and its use plus a basic understanding of the principles of PCT. The video along with a written self-evaluation of the presentation should be sent to RTP, Inc. for review.
Third, in order to maintain the RTP Trainer status, he would have to attend RTP Conferences at least once every two years. As a trainer, he must be willing to present various aspects of RTP and PCT at the conferences.
Fourth, RTP Trainer accreditation must be renewed every two years by RTP, Inc.
Please Note: Any trainer who interjects any information into his RTP or PCT training that is not approved by RTP, Inc., may lose his training status.
Candidates Must Follow Protocol
Protocol demands that no potential trainer work in a school without the knowledge of the RTP, Inc. Ed Ford, president of RTP, Inc. should be contacted. Information about the school where training is being done should include: school district name, individual school name, the school's UPS address, including zip code, appropriate phone numbers, principal and assistant principal's name as well as the name of the RTC teacher, number of students and grade levels. Also, all RTP Associates and RTP Trainers must also report information about when they visited a school and the type of work they performed at the school, along with type of staff in attendance (for example, whole school, educators from the district office, visiting schools, just teachers, parents, board members, etc.)
It is extremely important that Associates and Trainers follow the protocol set forth above. Anyone who decides to give presentations on her own without prior knowledge of the RTP, Inc. will no longer be considered to be part of RTP, Inc. Already, a number of people have presented themselves as knowledgeable in RTP, have done training or presentations at conferences. They have used material from the discipline books and have used the name RTP. In five instances, I've had to use the services of a copyright attorney. This may sound highly aggressive, but without this protection, teachers and administrators would be led to believe that what the person is presenting or publishing (as in materials or on the internet) reflects RTP.
RTP, Inc. is a non-profit organization designed to promote the Responsible Thinking Process, and pays for, among other things, this web site and promotional advertising when what is being offered is free of charge. For example, a free presentation to schools explaining RTP. For several years, it was supported by a grant.
The grant funding has now ended. Now that the funding is no longer, anyone setting up any kind of program where fees are involved will be required to contribute 10% of all fees to RTP, Inc. Since RTP, Inc. is recognized both by the Internal Revenue Service and the State of Arizona as a non-profit entity, all such contributions are tax deductible.
For further information on accreditation, see our RTP Accreditation page
Or contact Ed Ford, RTP, Inc. president, at: firstname.lastname@example.org