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

Website Arts for Learning Maryland

2022–2023 AFTER SCHOOL ARTS FOR LEARNING ACADEMY (ASALA) STUDENT 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 Arts for Learning After School student support specialist is a part-time exempt position that reports to the Arts for Learning After School site director. This position works side by side with the site director to create and foster a positive, safe, and productive learning environment for all students and staff at the site. The student support specialist is a key member in developing the student support plan for the site, and will effectively oversee this plan throughout the program. The student support specialist is required to facilitate one-on-one, and group conflict resolution sessions and provide in-classroom support when needed. The coordinator is also required to provide supervision to students while not in classroom settings (during meal times, recess, etc.).

Responsibilities Include:

  • Develop, in collaboration with the Arts for Learning After School site director and site support, a comprehensive student support plan for the site.
  • In collaboration with the site director and site support, create and implement a behavior management system and other policies for the site.
  • Determine the best ways to support and counsel children who struggle with behavior and/or academics.
  • Share best practices, strategies, and pedagogies that will help teachers and artists support students in times of crisis.
  • Follow and uphold all COVID health and safety procedures and protocols aimed at ensuring a safe environment for students and staff.
  • Implement the student support plan.
  • Connect with staff and parents/guardians as needed to ensure that students are supported in the classroom.
  • Assist in training site staff around the student support plan.
  • In partnership with all program staff, identify, monitor, and provide services to students who are struggling to be successful in Arts for Learning After School using all available resources.
  • Assist children who need to be removed from the classroom due to behavioral issues.
  • Work one-on-one with children on academic content as needed when a child has been removed from the classroom.
  • When not directly supporting students, assist the site director with administrative tasks including but not limited to tracking student attendance, tracking staff attendance, and tracking student pre- and post- assessments.
  • Supervise students that arrive early or leave the site late.
  • Act as a positive role model for students.
  • 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.

Qualifications:

While no one candidate will possess every quality outlined for this position, the successful candidate will fit many of the following professional qualifications and personal attributes:

  • An ability to support 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.
  • 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 our program by reporting to the site regularly to ensure that staff and students are well supported.
  • A passion for students: an ability to build meaningful relationships and a desire to “go above and beyond” to ensure each student’s success.
  • 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.
  • Experience utilizing restorative practices when conflict arises.
  • A willingness to use either the school office landline or their personal cell phone (number blocking is acceptable) to contact parents and guardians, as needed.

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.
  • Student support specialist hours are Monday-Thursday from 2:30-6:45 PM (times subject to change based on-site but 3.5 hours per day is the requirement) and arrive 15 minutes prior to the program start time.
  • One 30-minute staff meeting per week.

Compensation:
The Arts for Learning After School student support specialist position is a part-time exempt position and is not eligible for health benefits or overtime.
Student support specialists will be compensated at $25.00 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.