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2021-2022 After School Arts & Learning Academy (ASALA) Teaching Artist

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Reports to: Afterschool Arts & Learning Academy (ASALA) Site Director

Classification: Part-Time Exempt

The ASALA Teaching Artist Job Description:

The After School Arts & Learning Academy (ASALA) teaching artist is the heart and soul of the academy. Teaching artists are paired with a grade level teacher for the entire program. These pairs are responsible for delivering engaging, meaningful, and joyful instruction both in and through the arts. Artists teaching are required to co-plan with their teacher partner for a 60-minute block of arts-integrated literacy or a 60-minute block of arts-integrated math each day. Artist/teacher pairs are expected to co-plan each lesson together. Teaching artists are also required to lead a small group of students daily for SQUADS and may be needed to assist with recess. Teaching artists will also teach a class in their art form each program day. The program is scheduled to run from 3 PM to 6 PM (times may be adjusted depending on the site) Monday through Thursday from October 25, 2021 through May 5, 2022.

About ASALA:

Baltimore City Schools’ After School Arts & Learning Academy (ASALA), operated by Young Audiences/Arts for Learning Maryland (YA), offers students an opportunity to imagine, create, and express who they are through the arts. This is an action-packed, 4 day-a-week, three hour per day program that introduces students to a wide variety of art forms—from illustration and spoken word to percussion, drama, and dance—and gives students a chance to work alongside other students from across the city and be taught by professional artists. Daily literacy and math classes are co-planned by a teacher and professional teaching artist allowing students to experience reading, writing, and math like never before... through the arts! YA will host six Academy sites throughout the City. Each site will host 90 students, 3 classroom teachers, and 3 teaching artists. Teachers and artists will work with groups of up to 30 students.

Mission and Core Values:

The mission of Young Audiences elementary grade After School Arts & Learning Academy is to provide students with a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to spend time learning from the best teachers and teaching artists our state has to offer. Through a dynamic, creative, and supportive environment, students will explore math and literacy in a unique arts-integrated environment that allows them to develop socially and emotionally, expands their personal creative process, and introduces them to many different art forms taught by professional artists.

We...

● believe unwaveringly that ALL students can achieve high standards in and through the arts;

● provide opportunities for students to develop powerfully articulate voices through art forms and honor their creative processes along the way;

● create safe, brave learning environments for students to grow, make mistakes, and contribute to the community;

● collaborate and reflect by learning from and with each other at every step of the process, cultivating positive relationships between all ages;

● encourage the development of critical thinking, problem solving, inquiry, imagination, and creativity, and provide multiple ways for students to demonstrate knowledge and mastery;

● learn about, honor, and leverage the cultural knowledge, experiences, and frames of reference of our students and community to make learning more relevant and effective;

● ensure that our students are known, loved, supported, celebrated, and valued.

Ideal Teaching Artists Have:

● Expertise in an art form.

● An ability to create inclusive environments where all students’ unique gifts and talents are discovered and cultivated, and where students’ identities (racial, cultural, social, gender, etc.) are acknowledged, affirmed, and reflected around them.

● An ability to examine biases and an understanding of the concepts of institutional and structural racism and its impact on policies and practices, especially related to the administration of public education.

● A passion for students: an ability to build meaningful relationships and a desire to “go above and beyond” to ensure each student’s success.

● A commitment to seeing families as partners in education and communicating with them regularly

● A strong interest (with experience preferred) in arts integration and collaborative planning and reflection.

● A strong desire to fully integrate into a non-traditional learning environment where flexibility is strongly valued and where new and innovative ideas are not only cultivated but expected from all staff.

● A willingness to use either the school office landline or their personal cell phone (number blocking is acceptable) to contact parents and guardians, as needed.

Required Dates, Times, and Working Hours:

In order to be considered for employment, teaching artists must be able to commit to attending all training and program days listed below.

Professional Development and Training Dates:

ASALA Teaching Artists will be responsible for attending up to 16 hours of Professional Development/Training prior to the start of the program. These hours will likely take place during program hours during the week of 10/18. In addition, all staff will be required to attend up to 4 hours of Race Equity training at to be determined dates and times during the program.

Program Dates and Details (subject to change based on site):

● The program will begin on October 25, 2021 and run through May 5, 2022

○ The program will run for 94 days. It is possible, due to inclement weather that the program could extend beyond May 5.

● The program will operate Monday-Thursday from 3:00-6:00 PM (program times could alter depending on site)

● Classroom Teacher hours are 3:00 PM - 6:30 PM Monday - Thursday

● One 30 minute planning meeting/staff meeting per week

● One 1-hour grade-band meeting per week

Compensation:

● The ASALA teaching artist position is a part-time exempt position and is not eligible for health benefits or overtime:

● Teaching artists will be compensated at $45.00 per hour for all training/PD dates and program hours.

Job Responsibilities:

● Serve as teaching artist for daily 30-minute, arts-integrated classes; teaching artists are the arts content specialist in the artist/teacher pairs.

● Co-plan all arts-integrated literacy and math lessons with a partner teacher.

● Follow and uphold all health and safety procedures and protocols aimed at ensuring a safe environment for students and staff.

● Provide one-on-one instruction and support to students, as needed, while adhering to social distancing protocols.

● Lead a daily 30-minute SQUAD time (small homeroom group) that promotes character development and builds one on one relationships with students.

● Create a positive culture and climate within the classroom by centering the program’s mission and core values and addressing any issues (including disciplinary) within the parameters of site procedures and expectations.

● Build relationships with students, staff, and families and create a positive, supportive community within the classroom and site.

● In partnership with the teacher partner, deliver content effectively connecting to the Young Audiences ASALA literacy and Eureka math curricula.

● Attend all staff and grade band meetings as instructed by the site director.

● Lead a daily 50 minute arts major or arts exploration class. These classes are not co-taught with the teacher partner and are fully the responsibility of the artist to teach their art form.

● Complete or oversee the completion of all required paperwork as assigned by the site director including student attendance records, student pre and post surveys or assessments, student observation rubrics, student progress reports, etc.

● In partnership with a teaching artist partner, complete a weekly unit plan and daily lesson plans for all classes. All plans will be saved in the pair’s Common Curriculum planbooks.

● Engage parents, guardians, and families effectively, including responding to family inquiries in a timely manner, and contacting parents/guardians to provide progress updates, share challenges, etc.

● When appropriate, be in contact with parents/guardians of students within their class to provide progress updates, share challenges, etc. This includes responding to parent/guardian inquiries in a timely manner.

● Assist with the preparation and planning of the final student culminating showcase.

● Collaborate with and provide support for various partnerships and external stakeholders.

● Submit verbal and written reports as required.

● Administer student program evaluations when needed.

To apply:

For consideration, apply online at yamd.org/asalajobs

Young Audiences/Arts for Learning Maryland is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to cultivating a diverse workforce and equitable workplace. We encourage applications from individuals of all backgrounds, regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, age, national origin, veteran status, and disability. All qualified applications will be given equal opportunity.

Reports to: Afterschool Arts & Learning Academy (ASALA) Site Director

Classification: Part-Time Exempt

The ASALA Teaching Artist Job Description:

The After School Arts & Learning Academy (ASALA) teaching artist is the heart and…

Details at a Glance

  • Time Commitment
    Part Time Schedule
  • Start Date
    October 18, 2021
  • Application Deadline
    October 18, 2021

Salary

Teaching artists will be compensated at $45.00 per hour for all training/PD dates and program hours.

Benefits

The ASALA teaching artist position is a part-time exempt position and is not eligible for health benefits or overtime.

The ASALA teaching artist position is a part-time exempt position and is not eligible for health benefits or overtime.

Location

On-site
2600 North Howard Street, Baltimore, MD 21218, United States
Suite 1300

How to Apply

For consideration, apply online at yamd.org/asalajobs

Young Audiences/Arts for Learning Maryland is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to cultivating a diverse workforce and equitable workplace. We encourage applications from individuals of all backgrounds, regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, age, national origin, veteran status, and disability. All qualified applications will be given equal opportunity.

For consideration, apply online at yamd.org/asalajobs

Young Audiences/Arts for Learning Maryland is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to cultivating a diverse workforce…

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