The Court Education Initiative’s (CEI) Artists in the Schools (AIS) residency program provides Chicago high school teens with high quality, in-class and after-school theatre arts education and enrichment opportunities that support teens in exploring and developing their storytelling abilities as they gain critical skills in understanding and interpreting performative texts and modes of performative expression to develop their own creative voice. Teaching Artists are an instrumental part of implementing this program and its curriculum by working directly with the students. The work is part-time teaching the AIS programs for high school and middle school participants for the 2021-2022 school year. Teaching Artists will offer theatre and performing arts curriculum and instruction in partnership with high school partner teachers.
Please be aware that programs take place at locations throughout Chicago’s South Side in Chicago high schools, at Court Theatre on UChicago’s campus, as well as virtually in alignment with social distance restrictions in accordance with UChicago and the regulatory requirements of public-school partners. UChicago is closely monitoring the COVID-19 public health situation. As a result, timelines referenced as well as the location of work (e.g. virtual or in person) may be subject to change based on local health recommendations and requirements and feedback from the university as well as school partners.
- Ensures that CEI mission, values, guidelines, policies and procedures are implemented and maintained when working with peers, partner schoolteachers and students.
- Develops original curriculum, including unit plans, as well as weekly lesson planning in support of prescribed learning objectives.
- Supports students in learning and engaging in activities specific to the content area, exposing teens to a wide range of activities and concepts to meet measurable programmatic outcomes.
- Expresses a concerted interest and enthusiasm in teaching, offering mentorship or guidance to teens and will also work with the program coordinator to support operational pieces such as team planning meetings and the residency schedule for the sites at which they teach.
- Attends all planning and team meetings including weekly all-staff meetings, professional development workshops, regular planning meetings with partner teachers and other meetings required by the organization. Additional paid hours are allotted for this responsiblity. Program meeting days/times are flexible, with some restrictions, as long as instructional hours are met.
- Manages and tracks program activities such as class attendance, lesson plan and teaching efficacy and outcomes, student assessment surveys, and pertinent student demographics in collaboration with the program coordinator.
- Maintains knowledge of current industry trends, technology and concepts.
- Uses general understanding and experience to administer the delivery of services to program participants and/or beneficiaries.
- Interacts with faculty, researchers and staff for committee work or information.
- Performs other related work as needed.
- Considerable interest in working with youth and supporting their interest in the arts as well as their overall development.
- Work well both independently and as part of a team.
- Demonstrated ability to develop and animate curriculum through the creation of unit and lesson plans.
- Manage multiple projects and navigate shifting and competing priorities with patience and diplomacy both within and outside of the classroom.
- Enthusiasm for working in a collaborative artistic environment with artists, educators, and youth.
- Gainful communication skills, including the ability to effectively communicate with a variety of stakeholders (teen participants, parents, teachers and peers, etc.)
- Cultural competence; celebrate diversity and inclusion.
Education, Experience, and Certifications:
- Undergraduate degree at a four-year accredited university.
- BA or BFA in arts education, arts administration or a related field.
- At least 2-3 years experience in teaching within the arts education field for programs at the high school and/or middle school level as an educator.
- Extensive experience working directly with students and teachers.
- Familiarity with Chicago’s South Side neighborhoods is highly desirable.
Technical Knowledge or Skills:
- Proficiency with Microsoft Office and Google Suite.
- Knowledge of student and teacher assessment tools.
- Considerable competence in the ability to understand, create and develop curriculum and associated lesson plans for arts teaching and learning.
- Instruct for prolonged periods of time for programs that take place in a traditional classroom space.
- Instruct for prolonged periods of time for programs that take place outside of a conventional classroom space.
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