Job Title: AmeriCorps Teaching Artist
Organization: Providence CityArts for Youth
Location: 891 Broad Street, Providence Rhode Island
Start Date: August 31st, 2015
The CityArts AmeriCorps Program is recruiting teaching artists who are interested in part-time AmeriCorps service. Apply your creative teaching skills to AmeriCorps, and join CityArts everyday afterschool to improve outcomes for Providence middle school youth!
Providence CityArts seeks 8 part-time after-school teaching artists to join our AmeriCorps Turnaround Teaching Artist Project (TTAP). This AmeriCorps program supports urban public schools, during out-of-school time, to expand and enrich student learning through the arts. CityArts AmeriCorps team will serve as teaching artists in 3 Priority Providence Public Middle Schools. By introducing project-based art and design classes, and making connections to Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEAM), CityArts AmeriCorps team will help to improve student engagement and skills for success in school. CityArts AmeriCorps team will lead TTAP school-based afterschool classes in “Creative Scholars Studios”, and collaborate on projects with science/math/technology classes as part of the school day.
The CityArts AmeriCorps TTAP program is ideally suited for teaching artists who are passionate about serving communities and making a difference in public school education. Prior art teaching experience in school or community setting is preferred (visual and design, music, theatre, dance), and a strong interest in the intersection of art and other subjects including science, technology, engineering and math, is preferred. Work with middle school youth is preferred. A strong art practice is required.
A typical schedule is M-TH from 1:30-5:30 for site-based instruction, and F 1:30-5:30 for cooperative planning and trainings. Two members will have an opportunity to support STEAM activities more intensively during the school day and afterschool, with a two-day schedule from 9:30-5:30, and F 1:30-5:30 cooperative planning/training time.
CityArts TTAP Teaching Artist Responsibilities:
- Establish a school-studio that actively showcases ongoing Creative Scholars work
- Work independently and as a team to develop and implement project-based arts
curriculum in CityArts Afterschool Creative Scholars Studios
- Co-teach and mentor 30-60 students a week, in a dynamic school studio environment
- Co-plan and collaborate with school educators on in-school STEAM activities, to connect
school day curriculum and afterschool learning goals
- Collect, document, and survey student progress, and your own professional practice using
- Participate in CityArts out-of-school time camps / teaching and learning labs
- Attend all pre-service and weekly trainings, team-building activities, and scheduled AmeriCorps
- Submit timesheets and monthly reports on a regular timely basis
CityArts TTAP AmeriCorps Service Requirements:
-Serve 20hrs/wk from August 31, 2015 to June 24, 2016 and complete 900 hours of
- Standard hours (M-F 1:30-5:30 during school session); school vacation weeks (M-F
-Be at least 18 years old and have a high school diploma
- Complete a state criminal background check and FBI fingerprint check
- Have a strong interest and passion for art/design and working in urban public schools
- Have reliable transportation to service site(s)
- Have experience in college-level instruction in an art discipline (art/design, music, dance
- Have experience teaching arts to youth in a community or school setting
- Ability to speak Spanish and/or experience with middle school youth is a plus
CityArts TTAP AmeriCorps Member support
The CityArts AmeriCorps program helps members build/strengthen their teaching practice through trainings, observations and coaching. Members will gain an understanding of urban school reform, curriculum development, skills in classroom management, problem solving and leadership. Two weeks of intensive skill development training plus weekly feedback and reflection sessions will support the member’s professional growth. Trainings are conducted by CityArts, faculty from RISD Dept. of Teaching and Learning in Art and Design and Brown University, Providence Afterschool Alliance, Providence Public Schools, and more.
Mandatory two-week pre-service orientation and training will take place August 31-September 11, and weekly trainings/reporting throughout the academic year on Friday afternoons. Members will be directly supervised by the CityArts AmeriCorps Program Director, and overseen by PASA Site Coordinators at each school. Co-planning and prep are built into weekly meetings.
Program Benefits: Living stipend of $5,600, paid on a bi-weekly basis; Education award of $ 2,865, upon successful completion of 900 service hours; Training. Other AmeriCorps benefits include loan forbearance. For volunteers 55 and older, awards are transferable to children, foster children and grandchildren.
How to Apply
If interested in being considered for this opportunity, please send a cover letter and resume to Vanessa DeNino, CityArts AmeriCorps Program Director at Vanessa@providencecityarts.org
Reasonable accommodations can be made for applicants.