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Chapter 510 Creative Writing Teaching Artist at Westlake Middle School

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Oakland, CA
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Published 24 days ago

ABOUT THE ROLE

Chapter 510’s lead Teaching Artist at Westlake Middle School (Oakland) will offer a creative writing course for up to 30 youth in a mixed class of 6th–8th grade students during both semesters of the 2022-2023 school year. In this course students will engage with multiple genres of creative writing  with the goal of drafting their own short stories that will culminate in a published, illustrated anthology by the end of the school year. The curriculum will center the student’s own imagination, experience, and creativity while providing concrete tools for developing craft and technique.  


Chapter 510 lead Teaching Artist will partner with the Westlake English Language Arts Coach Jen Joyce to co-create and co-facilitate a Creative Writing & Reading Course for the Designated English Language Development Class (DELDC). The DELDC students are classified as long-term English language learners. Many of the students are US born, fluent in English, however may not speak English at home. All of the students are mainstream students. The scholars are working towards passing the ELPAC (English Language Proficiency Assessment of California) which consists of 4 parts (reading, writing, speaking, and listening).


This course will also get support from a bookmaking and book-arts professional to provide supplemental facilitation of hands-on bookmaking activities with the students throughout the course. We will additionally provide writing mentors who will work with students in the second semester to provide one-on-one writing mentorship for students at least once a week.

ABOUT YOU

Required Qualities, Skills, & Experience

  • Kindness
  • Integrity
  • At least five years of experience teaching/facilitating youth 
  • Experience teaching writing to Middle School students 
  • Experience with fiction writing (experience with book arts a plus)
  • Ability to develop innovative curriculum that is age appropriate and grounded in a praxis of liberatory education 
  • A passion for and commitment to Chapter 510’s mission and vision, including social and racial justice
  • Ability to ask for and receive support when facing challenges or the unknown
  • High level capacity in collaboration and communication 
  • Competency to work across lines of difference, including with communities of color, poor and low-income communities, immigrant communities, and other marginalized groups

Schedule & Commitment:

This creative writing & reading course will meet four days a week during 4th period at Westlake Middle School. 

The exact schedule will be: 

  • Monday - 11:30am–12:30pm
  • Wednesday - 10:00am–11:30am
  • Thursday - 11:30am–12:30pm
  • Friday - 11:30am–12:30pm

This course will go from August 8, 2022–May 25, 2023. In addition to teaching time, the lead teaching artist will allocate time for curriculum development, collaborative planning with Language Arts Coach, Westlake all staff PDs, as well as Chapter 510 staff meetings. 

Chapter 510 lead Teaching Artist will commit to a minimum of 36 weeks, 4 times a week, 2 hours per day + meetings and trainings. Lead teaching artist will be able to co-develop the curriculum over the summer in anticipation for the start of school. 

Estimated Compensation:

$18, 000 - $20, 000 

APPLY

Applications due by or before July 15. Please send a cover letter and cv to jahan@chapter510.org.

ABOUT THE ROLE

Chapter 510’s lead Teaching Artist at Westlake Middle School (Oakland) will offer a creative writing course for up to 30 youth in a mixed class of 6th–8th grade students during both semesters of the 2022-2023 school year. In this…

Details at a Glance

  • Time Commitment
    Part Time Schedule
  • Start Date
    July 18, 2022
  • Application Deadline
    July 15, 2022
  • Education
    High School Diploma Required
Compensation
Up to USD $20,000
/ hour

Location

On-site
546 Ninth St, Oakland, CA 94607, USA

How to Apply

Please send a cover letter and cv to jahan@chapter510.org by or before July 15.

Please send a cover letter and cv to jahan@chapter510.org by or before July 15.

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