Monday, April 18, 2011

Filming the Teacher Training Summit in Vail

Dear Friends -

I’ve had a couple of inquiries about whether or not we could film and/or stream the Summit in Vail. We’ve had a discussion about this and here are our conclusions.

We don’t feel that this event lends itself to filming. This is going to be an 8 hour event (on Day 1) and a 4 hour event (Day 2) where material will be ‘work-shopped’. So, people would have to watch an 8 hour, and then a 4 hour, real time event where participants are discussing and possibly arguing, debating and working things out. It won’t be like at the last Summit where we can film a speaker making a speech. The content is too unwieldy. This is a group exploration. Also, the filming is a whole other area of expense. If we were going to do something meaningful film-wise, we would have to edit it for presentation after the fact, and we just don’t have the time and money to do that.  We’re also concerned, even if we did say stream the whole thing – about what meaning it would have to someone who had not engaged in filling out the survey, and didn’t have the raw data in their hands to refer to. There is a lot of background work that’s gone into this event regarding the participants, and what they’ve learned from their preparation in the survey process.

My thought is that we need to do an incredibly good final report. Also, just to say, the result of this weekend will not be a definitive answer to the question of ‘what is the template for the minimum components of a comprehensive teacher training program that leads to minimum competency’.  It will be a first stab at it. Once we create a final report – we will want to disseminate those provisional conclusions to many many more schools for further input, discussion and possibly ratification.

Thanks everyone! Please send me your comments and questions!

Thursday, April 14, 2011

PMA response to The Pilates Studio® of Los Angeles Public Declaration

Hello Friends:

I am delighted to welcome you to our new blog where we can discuss and debate matters of interest to Pilates professionals.

This week I have received a few emails, messages through LinkedIn, and Facebook emails asking me to respond to the Public Declaration made by The Pilates Studio ® of Los Angeles, on the website

The statement that was made was predicated on a great deal of misinformation and misunderstanding, and I'm glad to have this opportunity to look at what was said, and interject factual information about the PMA and about professional certification.

I welcome your comments and questions. Let's examine all the issues together and untangle this.

Read the full response: PMA Response to PAPT Declaration