Dida Academy is the first and only self-directed homeschool learning center for teens in New York City. We serve youth aged 11-18 on their learning journeys with a supportive community, mentorship, trips, and other engaging learning experiences. Dida seeks several
Club Facilitators for fall and spring semester. Note this position will work remotely and only interact with students via Zoom.
Dida Academy is redefining education through a self-directed, homeschool hybrid model. We provide an education that serves students above bureaucratic interests by guiding young people on a journey towards finding a fulfilling present and future. Our unique environment encourages students to follow their innate curiosity, learn through experience, and build meaningful relationships.
Our Core Values
- Trust and Respect - We trust our students to make their own decisions about what to learn, how to learn, and how to allocate their time at Dida. Facilitators foster a learning environment with respect at its core, with all members of our diverse community treated as equals.
- Empathy and Relationships - Through mentor conversations and collaborative activities, our students develop a deep sense of empathy while building authentic relationships. When conflicts arise, we problem-solve collectively to develop and revise community norms.
- Challenge and Achievement - Our community inspires and supports students to learn from mistakes, overcome obstacles, and realize their ideas. Students develop a unique skill set based on their interests to prepare for a fulfilling future.
- Lifelong Learning - Free to pursue their innate curiosities, students strengthen their skills as autodidacts (self-taught individuals). Facilitators and guests with eclectic backgrounds expose students to new areas for exploration and model what it means to be a lifelong autodidact.
- Fun and Play - Every day is an opportunity to play, laugh, and tinker with new ideas. We foster an environment where students feel comfortable to express themselves authentically and build self-confidence.
Hours: 2-3 hours/week
Days: 1-2 days/week, Monday-Friday
Time: 1 hour club session once a week (club sessions last for 4-7 weeks); occasional evening meetings requested (usually via Zoom or phone call); time is flexible as needed to accommodate schedule
Club Facilitator Duties:
- Engage warmly and enthusiastically with students, helping them to discover and pursue their interests
- Understand goals and methods of self-directed education and use as the framework for developing curriculum for the topics you’re teaching
- Plan and lead the assigned, 1 hour a week for however many weeks the term lasts, club group:
- Create a curriculum and lesson plan outlining skill progression, learning objectives, activities, projects, materials needed, etc.
- Facilitate weekly club meeting
- Facilitate reflection on learning
- "Bridge the gap" between the goal setting aspirations of students and the reality of executing them
- Balance predetermined learning goals with students interests and desires for learning
- Communicate and share feedback with Outreach Coordinator, Program Manager, and Executive Director as necessary
- We are seeking a facilitator who is knowledgeable about politics and is passionate about creating civil discourse around the current political landscape.
- We are looking for someone to lead discussions in current events, politics, and sensemaking
- Our ideal candidate would be able to set aside their personal beliefs to promote healthy dialogue and open ended discussions that do not shame or isolate students for their beliefs or opinions.
- Understanding of the socratic method and how to instruct students through such process is also beneficial
- Enthusiastic, lifelong learner who is looking to influence the next generation of students to also pursue a life of self-directed learning
- Enjoys working with teenagers, experience working with teens is a plus but not required
- Passion and sincere interest in politics, current affairs, and socratic method
- Professional experience in topic is great, but not required
- Is excited to work with a small innovative organization
- Has knowledge of self-directed learning methods
- Has knowledge of Zoom and able to learn new technology quickly