Site Support Specialist: 2022–2023 AFTER SCHOOL ARTS FOR LEARNING ACADEMY (ASALA)

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2022–2023 AFTER SCHOOL ARTS FOR LEARNING ACADEMY (ASALA) SITE SUPPORT

About Arts for Learning Maryland
Arts for Learning Maryland (formerly Young Audiences of Maryland) is devoted to enriching the lives and education of Maryland’s youth through educational and culturally diverse arts programs. Through Arts for Learning, professional teaching artists from all disciplines partner with educators, schools, and school districts to provide–on average–over 300,000 hours of learning in, through, and about the arts to more than 185,000 Maryland students annually.

Arts for Learning is a mission-driven organization that values community, innovation, and passion. The staff, board, and teaching artists have a shared commitment to advance equity in the field of education by working tirelessly to generate opportunities for students to imagine, create, and realize their full potential through the arts.

About Arts for Learning After School
Baltimore City Schools’ Arts for Learning After School program, operated by Arts for Learning Maryland (formerly Young Audiences of Maryland), offers students an opportunity to imagine, create, and express who they are through the arts. This is an action-packed, four-day-a-week, three-hour-per-day program that introduces students to a wide variety of art forms—from illustration and spoken word to percussion, drama, and dance—and gives students a chance to work alongside other students from across the city and be taught by professional artists. Daily literacy and math classes are co-planned by a teacher and professional teaching artist allowing students to experience reading, writing, and math like never before… through the arts! Arts for Learning will host five program sites throughout the City. Each site will host up to 120 students and teachers and artists will work with groups of up to 20 students.

Mission, Core Values, and Anti-racist Practices:

The mission of Arts for Learning After School is to provide students with a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to spend time learning from the best teachers and teaching artists our state has to offer. Through a dynamic, creative, and supportive environment, students will explore math and literacy in a unique arts-integrated environment that allows them to develop socially and emotionally, expands their personal creative process, and introduces them to many different art forms taught by professional artists.

We…

  • believe unwaveringly that ALL students can achieve high standards in and through the arts;
  • provide opportunities for students to develop powerfully articulate voices through art forms and honor their creative processes along the way;
  • create safe, brave, inclusive learning environments for students to grow, make mistakes, and contribute to the community;
  • collaborate and reflect by learning from and with each other at every step of the process, cultivating positive relationships between all ages;
  • encourage the development of critical thinking, problem solving, inquiry, imagination, and creativity, and provide multiple ways for students to demonstrate knowledge and mastery;
  • learn about, honor, and leverage the cultural knowledge, experiences, and frames of reference of our students and community to make learning more relevant and effective;
  • ensure that our students are known, loved, supported, celebrated, and valued;
    create inclusive environments where all students’ unique gifts and talents are discovered and cultivated, and where students’ identities (racial, cultural, social, gender, etc.) are reflected all around them and matter through acknowledgement and affirmation;
  • examine biases and understand the concepts of institutional and structural racism and its impact on policies and practices, especially related to the administration of public education;
  • have a passion for students: an ability to build meaningful relationships and a desire to “go above and beyond” to create homeplaces where Black joy is cultivated and thrives and;
  • commit to seeing families as partners in education and communicating with them regularly.

Job Description:
The After School Arts for Learning Academy (ASALA) site support position is a part-time exempt position reporting to the ASALA site director. Site support will be assigned to a school site and will be responsible for all subbing needs at that site. On days that a substitute is not needed, the site support will support the administrative team with site operations, which could include supporting classrooms, working with the directors with logistical needs, planning site events, contacting families, and more. Site support must be flexible as this position requires them to substitute for both teachers and teaching artists, as well as take on other programmatic roles. Linked below is an overview of the classroom teacher role and teaching artist role for reference of what may be required of this position when subbing.

Responsibilities Include:

  • Provide oversight of the daily operations and implementation of the After School Arts for Learning instructional program, and monitor student attendance data, conduct weekly meetings/training with staff in the absence of the site director.
    Ability to serve as classroom teacher or teaching artist in any class (SQUAD, arts-integrated math and literacy, arts explorations, and recess) at any grade band when subbing.
  • Follow and uphold all COVID health and safety procedures and protocols aimed at ensuring a safe environment for students and staff.
  • Provide one-on-one instruction and support to students as needed.
  • Create a positive culture and climate within the building by centering the program’s mission and core values and addressing any issues within the parameters of site procedures and expectations.
  • Build relationships with students, staff, and families of diverse backgrounds and create a positive, supportive community within the classroom and site.
  • Support planning and implementing family and student engagement events throughout the program.
  • Support in the distribution of snacks and dinner.
  • Assist site director with administrative tasks including but not limited to:
    • Track student attendance.
    • Track staff attendance.
    • Track student pre- and post- assessments.
    • Monitor clocking in and out procedures. Input and modify staff clock in and out entries as needed.
    • Ensure all artists/teachers submit written weekly lesson plans for all classes.
    • Review and discuss with teachers and artists so that they are prepared to substitute and support an integrated lesson or arts exploration in the case of an absence.
    • Collaborate with site directors, student support specialists, and school principals as needed to ensure that schedules, site protocols, and tracking methods are devised, implemented, and shared with Arts for Learning staff.
    • In collaboration with the site director and student support specialist, create and implement a behavior management system and other policies for the site.
  • Attend all professional development and planning meetings as instructed by the site director.
  • If needed, engage parents, guardians, and families effectively, including responding to family inquiries in a timely manner, and contacting parents/guardians to provide progress updates, share challenges, etc.
  • Assist with the preparation and planning of the final student culminating showcase. This may include collecting photos and samples of student work and assisting site admin with the creation of the ASALA yearbook.
  • Submit verbal and written reports as required, including completing incident reports.
  • Supervise students during late dismissal.
  • Act as a positive role model for students.

Qualifications:

The person in this position plays a key role in the organization and requires a passion for arts education, excellent organization, collaborative planning within and across departments, and leadership ability.

  • A current teaching certification; teachers with special education certifications are also encouraged to apply.
  • A commitment to our program by reporting to the site regularly to ensure that staff and students are well supported.
  • An ability to communicate frequently with site directors in order to understand how best to support the program, particularly during times when a substitute is not needed.
  • A willingness to be flexible in service to our ASALA community.
  • A passion for students, an ability to build meaningful relationships, and a desire to ensure each student’s success.
  • A strong interest (with experience preferred) in arts-integration and co-teaching.
  • A willingness to use either the school office landline or their personal cell phone (number blocking is acceptable) to contact parents/guardians as needed.
  • An ability to attend and engage in all required training and program dates.
  • An ability to create inclusive environments where all students’ unique gifts and talents are discovered and cultivated, and where students’ identities (racial, cultural, social, gender, etc.) are acknowledged, affirmed, and reflected around them.
  • Experience utilizing restorative practices when conflict arises with staff and/or students.
  • An ability to examine biases and an understanding of the concepts of institutional and structural racism and its impact on policies and practices, especially related to the administration of public education.
  • A commitment to seeing families as partners in education and communicating with them regularly.
  • A strong desire to fully integrate into a non-traditional learning environment where flexibility is strongly valued and where new and innovative ideas are not only cultivated but expected from all staff.
  • Understanding and appreciation of arts-integration.

Required Dates, Times, and Working Hours:

In order to be considered for employment, staff must be able to commit to attending all training and program days listed below.

Professional Development and Training Dates:

All staff are required to attend Professional Development (PD) on January 17, 18, 19, and 23, from 4-7 PM. PD will be held in person at a host school.

Program Dates and Details (subject to change based on-site):

  • The program will begin for students on January 30, 2023 and run through June 8, 2023
  • The program will run for 65 days.
  • The program will operate Monday-Thursday from 2:30-6:45 PM (program times could alter depending on-site).
  • All staff will be required to be on-site January 24, 25, 26, and 27 (without students) to prepare for the start of the program.
  • Site support hours are Monday-Thursday from 2:30-6:45 PM (times subject to change based on-site but 4 hours per day is the requirement) and arrive 15 minutes prior to the program start time.
  • One 30-minute staff meeting per week.
  • 1 hour of planning time per week.

Compensation:
The Arts for Learning After School site support position is a part-time exempt position and is not eligible for health benefits or overtime.
Site support will be compensated at $51.00 per hour for all training/PD dates and program hours.

To Apply:
For consideration, please apply on our website, https://artsforlearningmd.org/. Please do not send applications that include headshots or photos of yourself. No phone calls or recruiters, please. All employees will be subject to a federal and state background check in accordance with state and federal law.

 

Arts for Learning Maryland is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to cultivating a diverse workforce and equitable workplace. We encourage applications from individuals of all backgrounds, regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, age, national origin, veteran status, and disability. All qualified applications will be given equal opportunity.

To apply for this job please visit www.artsforlearningmd.org.