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    VSA MA Seeks Teaching Artists for 2014-15 School Year

    Posted Friday August 01 2014 at 11:03 pm.
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    Students in Classroom

    VSA Massachusetts is seeking teaching artists who are interested in creating arts-integrated learning experiences for students of all abilities.

    We currently have opportunities in Boston for the 2014-15 school year.

    High school - Teaching artists in Visual Arts, Drama or Media Arts with the following qualifications:

    • Experience and joy teaching high school students (ages 14-22)
    • Experience and joy teaching students with cognitive, learning, autism spectrum and other developmental disabilities in ways that offer multiple options for participation and success and build on student strengths
    • Demonstrated ability to develop and implement a quality arts-integrated curriculum
    • Excellent collaboration and communication skills; comfortable interacting with school teachers and administrators
    • Ability to lead a residency-related teacher workshop
    • Committed to on-going professional development as an arts practitioner and educator

    Elementary (2nd Grade) - Teaching artists in music or visual arts

    • Demonstrated ability to develop and implement an arts-integrated curriculum that supports English Language Arts content and skills
    • Experience or demonstrated ability to teach students with cognitive, developmental and emotional/behavioral disabilities in ways that offer multiple options for participation and success and build on student strengths
    • Demonstrated ability to collaborate and communicate effectively with teachers; knowledge of school structures and culture desired
    • Demonstrated knowledge and ability to offer culturally responsive content that celebrates the diversity of BPS students
    • Committed to on-going professional development as an arts practitioner and educator

    Job Description

    VSA MA teaching artists have in common a passion for their art and a belief in and commitment to the creativity and learning potential in all students.  Teaching artists and classroom teachers collaborate to address specific learning standards in ELA, social studies, etc. and Individual Education Plan (IEP) goals through engagement in visual arts, drama, music or movement.  The teaching artist develops an arts-integrated curriculum that incorporates students' interests and strengths, the expertise of the teaching artist, and the curricular focus of the classroom teacher.  Students may include those with learning, emotional/behavioral, physical, or developmental disabilities.  Classes take place during the school day with classroom teachers; each class session is between 30 - 60 minutes long.  The teaching artist generally works with 3-4 classes per residency day, which usually takes place once a week for 12 weeks.  The teaching artist position is a part-time and temporary contract position.  Benefits include: competitive rate for teaching time, paid prep time, and materials budget; VSA MA offers free professional development workshops on a range of topics.

    Please send a resume and cover letter providing more information on your artistic and teaching experience to education@vsamass.org.

    VSA Massachusetts employs without regard to race, sex, sexual orientation, religion, national origin, age, disability, or any other attribute not related to superior performance.  We are committed to a teaching staff that reflects the diversity among Boston Public School students and encourage applicants of color.

    About VSA Massachusetts

    VSA Massachusetts promotes the involvement of people of all abilities in the cultural life of our communities.  Through our COOL (Creative Outlook On Learning) education program, we partner with schools throughout the state to provide inclusive arts-integrated instruction that creates learning opportunities for students of all abilities.  Our collaborative model offers teachers 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.  VSA MA serves students with and without disabilities in inclusive and separate education settings in grades K-12.

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