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.
See S-203 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.
Each student must be provided the following:
The DVD “Dealing Successfully with the Media,” referenced in the Instructor Guide, has relevant content; however, it is outdated and has not been posted here. It may be used if a copy is available. Or refer to the list of alternative resources here:
Additional Materials Needed
These materials are needed above and beyond the usual items (pens, paper, flip charts, markers, etc.).
- Video cameras, phones, or tape recorders to film and record audio and video interviews.
- Tripod for cameras or phones.
- Instructors should assemble the following from their own collections to use as examples:
- Incident Information Kit
- News Releases
- Fact Sheets
- Media Guidelines
- Incident Action Plans
- List of current useful websites
- Educational videos (optional)
- News clippings (optional)
- News videos (optional)
All presentations should be downloaded and tested before the start of class to ensure compatibility with software.
PowerPoint presentations are built in an older version of Microsoft Office. Some features may not work correctly with newer software or systems.
For help, visit the Microsoft Office website or contact your local IT support personnel.
Use the NWCG Course Evaluation 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.
Instructor Cadre Meetings
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 NWCG Standards for Course Delivery, PMS 901-1