The Skirball Cultural Center seeks proposals from teaching artists to facilitate
music and creative writing workshops with K-12 classroom teachers.
The Skirball Cultural Center provides visitors with opportunities and programs that celebrate discovery and hope, foster human connections, and call upon us to help build a more just society. In line with the Skirball’s mission, Teaching Our World Through The Arts is a professional development program that prepares K-Grade 12 teachers to integrate the arts into core curriculum in order to build students’ creative, collaborative, and critical-thinking skills. The course is divided into four strands, each strand connecting to different arts media and techniques. A single strand consists of four full Saturdays of training with different teaching artists presenting each Saturday.
STRAND 4: WORDS AND MUSIC, April 22, 29 and May 6, 13, 2017
The Skirball seeks musicians and creative writers to lead in-depth workshops that do one or both of the following:
- Demonstrate successful arts-integration using music, sound and/or creative writing techniques to teach specific core content;
- Offer teachers methods for engaging students in social justice and activism through the arts;
- Use the life and work of Paul Simon as source material for arts exploration, in conjunction with the upcoming Skirball exhibition Paul Simon: Words and Music.
TEACHING ARTIST REQUIREMENTS
- Work closely with the Associate Educator for Teacher Programs, who co-facilitates workshops and provides support in lesson plan development, instruction, and organizing supplies;
- Develop a syllabus and lesson plan for a single 2 to 4-hour workshop;
- Meet deadlines for submission of materials;
- Attend one planning meeting at the Skirball prior to the workshop date;
- Facilitate a single 2 to 4 hour workshop on a designated date.
The qualified candidate will have professional experience in Music, Sound, and/or Writing, and at least two years previous teaching experience (experience working with classroom teachers preferred). A successful candidate will be organized and communicative; flexible and able to adapt lesson plans based on feedback; passionate and inspiring with respect to their art form.
HOW TO APPLY
Please submit, BY DECEMBER 1, 2016:
- Cover letter outlining your experience teaching in a classroom setting, personal art practice, and resonance with the goals of Teaching Our World Through The Arts.
- Curriculum Vitae
- Documentation of teaching (1 sample curriculum piece/lesson plan)
- A 1-page description of your proposed workshop that clearly outlines the participant objectives, sequence of activities, and possible K-12 content connections.
- List of date(s) available to teach in the strand.
Please email application as a PDF attachment to Megan Nevels, Associate Educator for Teacher Programs, at firstname.lastname@example.org, with subject line: TOWTA Application – Strand 4