2022–2023 AFTER SCHOOL ARTS FOR LEARNING ACADEMY (ASALA) PHYSICAL EDUCATION ASSISTANT COACH
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.
- 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.
The PE assistant coach is a part-time, exempt position that will report to the site director. The physical education assistant coach job is a key component of the success of the Academy. PE assistant coaches will have the opportunity to work in a highly innovative program alongside some of our state’s most experienced and accomplished professional teaching artists and teachers. PE assistant coaches are required to work closely with a physical education coach to design and implement a structured recess time promoting social-emotional learning, team-building, and creating community.
- Develop and implement a structured recess plan focused on providing engaging physical activity and supporting social emotional learning, team building, and creating community among students and staff.
- Provide direction and support for additional staff supporting recess time.
- When appropriate, and in partnership with the teacher and teaching artist, incorporate movement and physical education strategies to support the math and literacy learning taking place in classrooms.
- Follow and uphold all COVID health and safety procedures and protocols aimed at ensuring a safe environment for students and staff.
- Ensure that the recess space is set up on a daily basis and needed materials are available. Ensure the recess area is cleaned at the end of each day.
- Collect photos and samples of student work and assist site admin with the creation of the ASALA yearbook.
- Serve as a role model to students.
- Assist with classroom management.
- Passion for teaching and working with students is a must!
- Pursuing a degree in Physical Education, General Education, Dance Education or similar.
- Some experience teaching in a PK-12 setting is preferred.
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.
- PE assistant coach hours are Monday-Thursday from 2:30-6:45 PM (times subject to change based on-site but 2 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.
The Arts for Learning After School PE assistant coach position is a part-time exempt position and is not eligible for health benefits or overtime.
PE assistant coaches will be compensated at $15.00 per hour for all training/PD dates and program hours.
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.