Expectations of Instructors
- Prepare thoroughly. Study the course content you are going to teach.
- Establish a collaborative and constructive classroom environment.
- Communicate expectations.
- Encourage student engagement.
- Respect student diversity in backgrounds, talent, experience, and learning style.
- Professionally represent your instructor cadre, your home unit, and your agency.
Course coordinators and instructors should be thoroughly familiar with the NWCG course delivery information in these documents:
- NWCG Standards for Course Delivery, PMS 901-1: Establishes the standards for delivery, instruction, and evaluation of NWCG training courses.
- Course Coordinator’s Guide, PMS 907: Provides administrative information to training specialists, course coordinators, lead instructors, and other managers who present training courses. Provides general instructions for course planning, management, presentations, and classroom setup.
Each course and unit includes an instructor guide. The guides contain information on instructional objectives, delivery methods, duration of instructional units, and required materials.
See S-130 minimum instructor qualifications.
Recommended Class Size
Recommended class size is 24 students. Instructors should maintain a 6:1 ratio of students to instructors/coaches to facilitate exercises and discussion and to enable strong mentorship to the students.
Conduct initial, pre-course, daily, and close-out instructor cadre meetings. These provide opportunities to plan, organize, preview materials, review training and exercises, and identify and address concerns and issues. Consider using an informal After Action Review process. Instructor cadre meetings are critical for instructors who do not have previous experience with the course. Additional information is located in the Course Coordinator's Guide, PMS 907.
Each student must be provided the following:
All presentations should be downloaded and tested before the start of class to ensure compatibility with software.
PowerPoint presentations are built in Microsoft Office 365. Saving them in an earlier version of PowerPoint may prevent some features from working correctly. Instructor notes are built in to the presentation slides under Presenter Notes.
For help, visit the Microsoft Office website, https://support.office.com/en-us/powerpoint, or contact your local IT support personnel.
Knowledge checks are embedded in the S-130 course in the form of exercises and discussion questions. Knowledge checks are not graded; they are designed to encourage student engagement and class discussions, and to enable students to demonstrate understanding of course content.
The S-130 Student Evaluation Task Sheet provides a more formal method for students to demonstrate understanding of course content. The task sheet mimics the format and intent of the NWCG Position Task Book. Task sheets should be distributed during the Course Introduction.
Use the NWCG Field Review Feedback form to collect information critical to future training improvements.
Students and cadre members are asked to contribute course evaluations. Input is welcome on all aspects of the training course, including course content, pre-course work, reference materials, quality of instruction, delivery methods, and testing procedures.