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Training Program

This year we are committed to training a new group of docents to teach in the classroom with some added safety protocols in place. Safety is our priority for all students, volunteers, and staff. Having a complete set of COVID-19 vaccinations and wearing masks while indoors are recommended. The district requires that all volunteers complete a symptom checker prior to entering any LASD site and that students, volunteers, and teachers practice regular hand hygiene.

Docents are trained in three ways: weekly training sessions, classroom visits, and meeting and working with experienced docents. Prospective trainees do not need or require any formal art background or skills, just an interest in teaching art to elementary school children.

Training Sessions: Trainees meet Thursday mornings from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Training sessions are held at the District Office on the Covington School campus. New trainees are expected to attend all the training classes, make additional classroom visits, and start co-teaching lessons in their first year.

A typical training program consists of:

Classroom Visits: Trainees assist and co-lead lessons in TK-6 classrooms throughout the Los Altos School District.

Meet Experienced Docents: A general meeting of all docents is held one Thursday of each month. General meetings begin with business, and then feature an enjoyable educational program, such as a guest lecturer or adult art lesson! Enjoy special docents-only tours, field trips and social events, too!


Please note: Because of the time commitment involved in becoming an Art Docent, childcare and work conflicts must be resolved before enrolling in the program.

Check the FAQ page for more information.