A. TEACHER ACCREDITATION PROGRAM

The Teacher Accreditation Program (TAP) is a 10-hour seminar designed to recruit and train teachers. The seminar uses materials included in the ACBL Bridge Series of five texts and teacher manuals and introduces other sources of teaching material. A TAP is presented in a workshop format where teachers are trained to present bridge effectively, using special bridge teaching techniques developed by Audrey Grant.

 B. BASIC TAP SEMINAR

This seminar is offered at all NABCs and local programs can be arranged. ACBL charges a flat fee to put on a TAP but these programs can be organized by sponsors as moneymaking ventures. Participants can be charged a fee comparable to what ACBL charges at an NABC. Some districts and units offer financial assistance to members interested in taking the course. Other districts and units have established programs where TAP graduates receive rebates after teaching their first course. At least every five years, units are expected to sponsor, co-sponsor or assist unit members in attending a TAP.

 

C. CONTINUING EDUCATION FOR TEACHERS

 

Special seminars and workshops are offered at all NABCs. Teacher programs can usually be arranged at sectional and regional tournaments with the cooperation of the local education liaison.

 

D. TEACHER-TRAINER PROGRAM

Teacher-Trainers are the seminar instructors for TAP courses. Special workshops are held periodically to re-evaluate the TAP program and to update the trainers.