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Experienced Teaching Artists Wanted

Apply by November 27, 2017

Posted Monday November 13 2017 at 5:41 pm.
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VSA MA COOL Schools seeks experienced teaching artists to create arts-integrated programs for for two of our high school programs and one early childhood program during the Winter/Spring semester of the 2017-2018 school year.  The opportunities are as follows:

Henderson Inclusion School (Dorchester) - In this semester-long residency (January-June), the music teaching artist will work daily with students from grades K0-5th and 9th-12.  This position works closely with the school's drama and dance specialist for school assemblies and cultural programming.  Music educators with strong collaboration skills with school faculty and staff and demonstrated success across grades levels, and at least two years experience teaching in public schools are preferred.  One position available for the spring term.

Boston Green Academy (Brighton) - In a 6-week session, the teaching artist will work with juniors in one ELA and one Humanities inclusion classroom twice a week to integrate their artistic expertise into the curriculum.  Visual arts educators with some multidisciplinary arts skills, as well as at least two years experience in public high schools preferred.  One position for the spring term.

Condon Elementary School (South Boston) - VSA MA is seeking a drama teaching artist to create an arts-integrated program in grades K0-K2.  Over the course of 12 weeks, the teaching artist will work with the classroom teachers to explore storytelling and self-expression to enhance and reinforce curriculum.  Teaching artists with a minimum of two years experience teaching early childhood in a public school setting preferred.  Two positions for the spring term (possible for one person to teach both).

COOL Schools participants represent a diverse swath of the BPS population and we seek candidates who identify with the racial, ethnic, gender, ability, and class diversity of the students we serve.  Teaching Artists are term employees and receive competitive rates, including paid training and planning.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Design and teach inclusive arts-integrated curriculum specific to assets and needs of classroom
  • Collaborate with partner teacher(s) in planning for sessions and implementing curriculum
  • Submit documentation of student progress to internally shared online resource site
  • Complete all program planning and evaluation documents with partner teachers
  • Participate actively in COOL Schools learning community by attending mandatory training meetings
  • Requirements:

  • Demonstrated expertise in art form along with a strong ongoing arts practice
  • Minimum of two years experience teaching school-aged children in a public school setting
  • Educator's disposition that values documentation, assessing student learning and commitment to ongoing professional development
  • Experience working with high school or early childhood students with disabilities and English Language Learners
  • Strong communication and collaboration skills to work with school partners and COOL staff
  • To apply:

    Please send a resume and cover letter providing more information on your artistic and professional experience, a sample lesson plan/curriculum and examples of student work to education@vsamass.org by November 27, 2017.  Qualified candidates will be contacted for recommendations and an interview before being invited to lead a demo lesson and offered a position.

    VSA MA COOL Schools Program

    We believe the arts provide lenses that are unique and give students an opportunity to learn and express what they know in alternative ways.  Our collaborative model provides teachers with an opportunity to engage their students through the arts, see their students responding in new ways, and experience content, skills, or concepts from the unique perspective found through the arts.

    In COOL programs, artists collaborate with classroom teachers to create arts-integrated learning experiences for students of all abilities.  The teaching artist and classroom teachers collaborate to address specific learning standards and Individual Education Plan (IEP) goals through arts-integrated teaching.  Our program promotes the arts as an alternative way to experience teaching and learning.  VSA MA works with the artists and teachers to focus on developing teaching strategies inherent in the arts to include every student and support their learning in the arts as well as in other academic subject areas through the arts.

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