Thank you for your interest in Don’t Kvetch, Organize! Below are a few of our commonly asked questions. If you’re still curious about something, please email Tali Smookler with any questions.
Q: What’s the time commitment?
Our Fall 2017 course will run from October 22-December 10, 2017, with a break in the middle for Thanksgiving. Total coursework will be approximately three hours/week.
Most of the course components happen on your own time. Each week, there will be videos with course content for participants to watch. These can be watched whenever is most convenient for you that week – in the morning, afternoon, evening, all at once, spread out over the week, whenever works! There are also weekly written reflection assignments which can also be done on your own time each week.
There will be three live online section meetings throughout the course, and these will happen at specific times throughout the seven weeks. There will be around 25 people in your section, and these will be led by your Course Instructor. When registration closes, we will send out a poll so you can share what times work best for you for these meetings. We will assign you a section based on your availability and will do our best to ensure that you are in a section that best fit your schedule.
Q: Is it only for people in certain areas?
A: Nope! There are people from across North America (including some in Canada and other countries) who are participating. Note if you are in another country that there may be challenges with the timing of the three section meetings depending on your time-zone. Please reach out if you have questions about this.
Q. Can you tell me more about the homework assignments? Is that included in the total of 3 hours of coursework weekly?
Yes, the 3 hours includes time spent on the homework assignments.
The assignments will be a weekly written reflection posted to your section’s discussion forum, answering a particular question and applying what what you learned that week. You will also be asked to comment on another person’s post, as the discussion forum is meant to be a space where course participants learn from one another.
Q: How much does it cost?
A: Due to the generous support of our funders, we are able to subsidize the cost of participating in in our course. This subsidized cost is $345 ($295 early bird price if you register before September 6). We have a limited number of young adult slots for $99 for young adults under 35. If you sign up with a “buddy,” you can get an extra $50 discount off the regular or early bird rate (this does not include the young adult rate).
We also have a limited number of scholarships available, please contact us for more information.
Q: What will I learn?
A: This course is intended to help people learn effective community organizing strategies and get more involved in important social justice campaigns. It is a seven week course taught by well known and highly respected community and organization leaders. The topics that will be covered range from Jewish and biblical history to present actions that are resulting in real change.
Q: Do you know what time of day the class will meet?
Most of the time you’ll spend in the course will be on your own time–you’ll be watching a weekly set of training videos whenever is good for you. For example, you could watch one of the videos on a Monday morning, and a couple more on Tuesday evening. The homework assignments (posting written reflections to your section’s discussion forum, and applying the concepts you’re learning by answering a particular question we assign) would also be on your own time, as long as you complete it by the weekly due date.
There will be three set times during the course where there will be an online meeting. We will be polling all of our course participants to find out several options for times they’re free and then match you up with a Course Instructor who is a fit for your availability. So we would make sure in advance to find times that would work for a number of folks.
Q: What is the “Buddy System”?
To support your learning and growth throughout the course, we are providing an opt-in “Buddy System.” The purpose of the buddy system is to provide you with a partner for learning throughout the course, in addition to your section group. You can learn more about the buddy system here.
Still have questions? Email Tali Smookler for more information.