II. Sponsors

ATI Sponsors are ATI Certified Teaching Members in good standing who are responsible for assessing a candidate who wishes to become an ATI Certified Teaching Member.

1994 Policy: ATI Sponsors are to meet together and make a report to members at the Annual Conference.

A. Guidelines for ATI Sponsors

Policy (2007 & 2008):
1. Requirements for becoming an ATI Sponsor:

a. The ATI Sponsor applicant must find three ATI members in good standing who will nominate the applicant to become an ATI Sponsor.
b. All nominators must have personal knowledge of the applicant.
c. The ATI Sponsor applicant must hold an ATI teaching certificate.
d. All ATI Sponsor applicants need to be involved in ATI in some way before applying i.e. be on a committee, attend a few Annual Conferences or in some way be familiar with the work of ATI.

2. Recommendations for becoming an ATI Sponsor:

a. One nominator must be a current ATI Sponsor.
b. The length of time teaching the Alexander Technique before applying to be an ATI Sponsor needs to be at least 7 years.
c. During these seven years the ATI Sponsor applicants need to be actively using the Alexander Technique—suggest around an average of fifteen hours of lessons or classes per week or teaching equivalent.
d. ATI Sponsor applicants have been an ATI member for three years.

B. Procedure for becoming a ATI Sponsor

1. You can download the guidelines and application form to become an ATI Sponsor here, or you can find it on the ATI website.  Applicants to become ATI Sponsors will fill out the application and gather nominations from three ATI members in good standing.

a. Each nominator may sign a separate nomination sheet.
b. The signature sheet, along with a copy of the nominee’s application, is emailed (or snail mailed) to each nominator by the applicant.  All necessary forms are available on the ATI website.
c. The nominator signs the signature sheet and mails it back to the applicant.  This will ensure that we have a legal signature to be kept on file once the office receives it.
d. The applicant sends their application with original signature and the three nominations with original signatures to the main office in one packet.
e. The annual deadline to submit applications in time for the Annual Conference election is August 1.  Applications received after August 1 will be voted on the following year.

2. Office Administration Procedure

a. The main office receives the complete application package from the sponsor applicant.
b. All materials are scanned and sent to Certification Coordinating Committee and the Ethics Advisory Committee.
c. As quickly as possible, the EAC assures that the applicant does not have any outstanding ethics violations. In the unlikely event that an ethics violation would prohibit the processing of the application, the EAC will notify the applicant directly and will then instruct the main office and the CCC to suspend processing of the application. No further information need be shared with the Administrative Coordinator or the CCC.
d. CCC then assures that the application is complete and that the applicant has fulfilled all requirements (found in Guidelines for ATI Sponsors on the ATI website).
e. The CCC informs the applicant of any requirements not met and works with the applicant to fix any problems. In rare cases, with senior teachers, the CCC may recommend that the board waive some requirements.
f. As quickly as possible, the CCC informs the Administrative Coordinator and the applicant that the application is complete.
g. Once an application is complete, the Administrative Coordinator adds the applicant’s name to the ATI Sponsor election ballot and puts the scanned applications on All Together. The list of ATI Sponsor applicants to be voted on that year must be sent to all members, no fewer than forty-five (45) days before the Annual Conference. The membership can review applications on All Together.
h. Hard copies of the applications will be made available at the Annual Conference.
i. After the election, the Administrative Coordinator records all results and files all applications in the main office.
j. The Certification Coordinating Committee Chair will contact all candidates with the results within two weeks of the Annual Conference. The Administrative Coordinator publishes the results to the membership after each candidate has been informed, by updating the ATI Sponsor list on the website and All Together. CCC will send new sponsors an orientation packet and will coordinate with the ATI office to update the ATI Sponsor contact list.

C. Sponsor Elections

Policy (2007 & 2008):

1. Election as an ATI Sponsor for the first time:

a. ATI Sponsors are elected at an Annual Conference.
b. Ballots for the election are sent out to all ATI members at least 6 weeks before the Annual Conference. This date is set by the Administrative Coordinator and CCC Chair.
c. Members who cannot attend the Annual Conference may vote by sending in their ballots to the ATI office, post marked at least three weeks before the Annual Conference, or may vote electronically up to the voting deadline. This date is set by the Administrative Coordinator and CCC Chair.
d. Members attending the Annual Conference have the option of voting at the Annual Conference.
e. ATI Sponsors are elected by receiving votes totaling 60% of the members voting at that Annual Conference plus the returned ballots (e.g., If there were 60 members voting at the Annual Conference and 30 returned ballots, the candidate would need 54 “yes” votes).
f. ATI Sponsors are elected for a 5-year term which begins at the Annual Conference when they are elected and ends five years later on December 31st.
g. Although sponsors do not have to attend an Annual Conference to be elected, it is strongly recommended that they do attend an Annual Conference either before they apply or the year they apply to be a sponsor. If possible, they will observe the Certification Processing Sessions taking place during the Annual Conference.

2. Re-election of Sponsors:

a. Sponsors are re-elected for 5-year terms by a simple majority of the members voting at that ATI Annual Conference plus the returned ballot.
b. Sponsors are strongly encouraged to attend an AGM prior to being re-elected.

3. Sponsor Re-election Procedures

a. ATI Sponsors who are up for reelection must complete the Reelection Questionnaire and return it to the main office no later than August 1. Questionnaires received after the deadline will be placed on the ballot the following year. ATI Sponsor may remain active during that time.
b. All materials are scanned and sent to Certification Coordinating Committee and the Ethics Advisory Committee.
c. As quickly as possible, the EAC assures that the applicant does not have any outstanding ethics violations. In the unlikely event that an ethics violation would prohibit the processing of the application, the EAC will notify the applicant directly and will then instruct the main office and the CCC to suspend processing of the application. No further information need be shared with the Administrative Coordinator or the CCC.
d. ATI Sponsors who do not complete their Reelection Questionnaire or do not communicate with the main office and/or CCC Chair will not be placed on the ballot for reelection and will be removed from the active ATI Sponsors list following the Annual Conference.
e. ATI Sponsors may elect to resign as an ATI Sponsor at the end of their 5-year term by marking the box on the reelection questionnaire indicating their resignation.
f. ATI Sponsors who wish to resign from their role during their 5-year term may do so by notifying the main office and the CCC Chair in writing.
g. ATI Sponsors may choose to take a sabbatical from their role as ATI Sponsors for a period of up to one year by notifying the CCC Chair in writing of his or her intentions. At the time that the ATI Sponsor wishes to be reinstated, he or she will notify the CCC Chair in writing of his or her intention to resume the role of ATI Sponsor. During the time of the sabbatical, the ATI Sponsor’s name will remain on the ATI Sponsor list, but the duration of the sabbatical will be noted.
h. In order to be elected or re-elected as an ATI Sponsor, dues must be current.
i. ATI Sponsors will be notified of the outcome of their reelection by the CCC Chair following the Annual Conference.
j. Those ATI Sponsors who lack enough votes for reelection will have their names removed from the active Sponsor list.
k. ATI Sponsors who have been removed from the list as active ATI Sponsors for any of the above-stated reasons and wish to be reinstated must follow the procedure for first-time ATI Sponsor elections outlined in section one.

D. Sponsor Conduct

Procedure:

1. It is required that:

a. All ATI Sponsors make an independent decision for sponsorship of any individual teaching candidate.
b. All ATI Sponsors fill out an ATI Sponsor Feedback Form, provided by Certification Coordinating Committee annually and submit it to the CCC.

2. It is strongly recommended that:

a.  All ATI Sponsors provide the candidates they review with a Candidate Feedback Form (form provided by CCC).
b.  Both the ATI Sponsor and candidate retain copies of the form. If the candidate files a formal complaint about the sponsorship process, then the candidate feedback form is submitted with the complaint.
(Revised by the CCC in October 2015).

 

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