DreamYard is currently accepting application materials for part-time Teaching Artists for the 2018-19 school year. We are looking for passionate, experienced TAs with a strong interest in social justice for yearlong in-school and after-school residency opportunities at our partner schools in the Bronx. TAs must have demonstrated previous experience teaching their art form(s), ideally in NYC public school settings.
- Maker (Design & Technology)
- Music (includes Vocal/Chorus, Music Production and Instrumental)
- Dance (all Dance Forms and Styles)
- Visual Arts
Founded in 1994, DreamYard collaborates with Bronx youth, families and schools to build pathways
to equity and opportunity through the arts. DreamYard programs develop artistic voice, nurture young peoples’ desire to make change and cultivate the skills necessary to reach positive goals. By committing to sustained learning opportunities along an educational pathway, with 45 partnering public schools K-12th Grade, with our own DY Prep High School and at the DreamYard Art Center in Morrisania, DreamYard supports young people as they work toward higher learning, meaningful careers and social action.
DreamYard is focused entirely in the Bronx, a borough that possesses incredible cultural, human and economic assets. The organization believes that the arts are a necessary part of developing those assets to their greatest potential.
DreamYard’s school-based Teaching Artists are a group of highly skilled artist educators who are committed to improving public education in the Bronx through the integration of the arts and social justice pedagogy. The In School Programs Department is structured with a Director, Associate Directors, and Program Manager/ Coordinators who support school partnerships. Teaching Artists work closely with students, classroom teachers, and school administrators to positively impact school communities. In after school residencies, Teaching Artists lead two 90-minute sessions per week from September/October through May/June (depending on residency length and start date.) In school residencies involve one 90-minute session per week and weekly planning time with partnering classroom teachers from October through June. In both program models, teaching artists use a student-centered approach to facilitate young people in creating original work that demonstrates skills they have developed in the art form, as well as develops artistic voice to speak back to the world. We also provide over 50 hours per year of paid professional development, which includes work specific to each art form and individual coaching from one of our Department Directors.
- Expertise in an arts discipline exhibited through an educational degree and/or professional accomplishment (published writing, exhibited artwork, performance experience etc.).
- Minimum two years full-time (or the equivalent, e.g. 4 years part time) teaching an arts discipline in a school and/or community-based setting. Teaching experience in NYC public schools preferred.
- Previous experience with integrating social justice pedagogy with arts-based projects
- Minimum of Bachelors degree in arts discipline or related area.
- Creating age-appropriate, original curriculum that reflects DreamYard’s Instructional Voice and includes social justice pedagogy, collaborating with partner teachers to develop curriculum (for In School Residencies)
- Assessing student learning based on learning goals and objectives;
- Organizing at least 2 sharings of student work at the school;
- Working in close collaboration with classroom teacher partners to:
- Plan lessons and projects during one in person 45-minute planning meeting per week (and via email and phone as well, when necessary);
- Share skills with the teacher to build capacity for arts instruction at the school;
- Co-teach lessons in which both TA and teacher partner have clear roles and responsibilities for generating student learning;
- Coordinate at least one trip per class to a NYC cultural institution and connect to learning in the classroom.
*After school classes are typically not taught in collaboration with classroom teachers.
In addition to teaching and planning obligations, DreamYard Teaching Artists are expected to contribute to the life of the DreamYard community and the development of the larger arts education field by:
- Documenting all project plans using DY templates and planning tools;
- Collecting samples of student work for each class.
- Participating in DY’s annual staff retreat;
- Participating in mandatory paid professional development events;
- Actively pursuing individualized professional development through coaching;
Celebrating DreamYard Students’ Accomplishment:
- Collaborating with community, school and/or DreamYard staff on identifying and preparing student work for public events including but not limited to: school and regional arts festivals, annual DreamYard showcases (including DY Bronx Arts Festival) and DreamYard fundraising events. TAs are expected to participate in one or more of these events a year.
Supporting DreamYard’s external communication:
- Collaborate as necessary with Development and Administrative staff on gathering information necessary to communicate DreamYard’s work to funders and the larger arts and education communities
The ideal DreamYard TA is:
- Creative. Brings innovation, passion and past experience to create a vibrant learning community.
- Collaborative. Flexible and open to others’ ideas and knowledge; proactive, direct and sensitive communicator.
- Mission-driven. Aligned with DY’s mission for youth development and school and community reform.
- Reflective. Holds high expectations for her or his students’ achievement and is thoughtful about the process in which they get there; Holds high expectations for self as instructor, is thoughtful about his or her effectiveness as an educator, and is committed to ongoing improvement.
- Committed. Since residencies run from Sept/Oct 2017 through May/June 2018, it is important that teaching artists are committed to their students and available for the duration of this period, for both class sessions and DreamYard professional development events. Teaching artists commit to seeing a residency through to the end, despite ups and downs that may come during the year.
- Communicative. Is proactive about seeking out support. Responds to communication from DY in a professional and timely manner.
- Professional. Punctual to all DY commitments. Completes tasks within the time allotted and pro-actively communicates challenges that may impact accomplishing duties. Abides by DY and school norms (e.g. dress code). Represents DY values in interactions with school partners and other community members.
- Comfortable with technology. Open to integrating technology into teaching practice and as a means of documenting work and process. Comfortable with using Google Drive to submit required documents, such as curriculum and student rosters.
DreamYard offers paid professional development and paid sick/personal time.
MINIMUM EDUCATION REQUIRED
HOW TO APPLY
DreamYard is committed to the principles of arts education, educational reform and social justice, and fashions its programs to specifically address the needs of urban communities that are typically underrepresented because of race, sex, ethnicity, and socioeconomic status. Accordingly, we welcome and encourage applications from a diverse range of individuals.
Bronx-based and Spanish-speaking applicants are strongly encouraged to apply. DreamYard Project, Inc. employs without regard to race, sex, sexual orientation, religion, national origin, age, disability, or any other attribute not related to superior performance.
Please email your resume and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please also include 3-5 samples of both student work and your own creative work (links to websites or attachments are both fine.)
Include the arts discipline that you are applying for in the subject line of your email:
Eg. Theater Teaching Artist – Joe Smith
In addition to your resume and cover letter, please also complete and submit our employment application form. You can download the form here: https://tinyurl.com/DYEmploymentApplication
OR you can also find it on our website here: http://www.dreamyard.com/careers/