BECOMING A Teaching artist
Arts Integration Menomonie (AIM) utlizes professional artists to work with teachers and pre-service teachers within the School District of the Menomonie Area and UW-Stout in order for them to learn creative skill sets that they can use in their classrooms.
As A.I.M.’s teaching artist, you are part of a highly skilled community of arts integration experts. AIM teaching artists are talented artists and skilled collaborators, with experience in educational settings. Accordingly, there is a high level of expectation accompanying competitive compensation for the work in the A.I.M. organization.
- Teaching artists work with teachers for 5-10 hours of hands-on arts teaching in the classroom(s) in order for them to learn creative skill sets that they can use in their classrooms.
- Mini residencies are requested by the teacher and arranged by the Teaching Artist Coordinator, with work hours scheduled between the hours of 8am and 3pm during the work week.
- 2 hours of planning per residency with classroom teacher(s) to co-create arts integrated curricula.
- Professional and consistent communication with Teaching Artist Coordinator regarding project needs, developments, and any issues that affect the residency.
- Consistent and professional collaboration with classroom teacher partner.
- Attending monthly artist cadre meetings during residency months.
- Participating in an “arts night” each semester to feature class arts performances with partnering teachers.
- Working with teachers and Teaching Artist coordinators to coordinate the purchasing, delivery, and sharing of equipment and supplies.
- On-going documentation and reflection, and video-recording/interviewing.
A teaching artist must:
- Be an expert in an art discipline: dance, theater, visual art, music, poetry, etc.
- Demonstrate proficiency in teaching that includes planning, communicating, instructing, collaborating, and engaging young people in learning.
- Preferred Bachelor’s degree or higher, complementary to the job specifications.
- Professional teaching or teaching-related experience, preferably in elementary schools.
- Experience working in teams.
- Interest in participating in professional development.
- A passion for and understanding of arts and education.
- Knowledge of the Menomonie community.
AIM teaching artists are representatives not only of AIM, but of the School District of the Menomonie Area and the University of Wisconsin-Stout. AIM teaching artists are experienced professionals in the field of arts integration and operate with integrity and thoughtfulness. Expectations for Teaching Artists:
- A demonstrated commitment towards achieving the highest quality of work and student potential.
- Professional and clear communication with partner teacher and with C.I.T.A. Coordinator.
- Response to e-mail correspondence or phone message within 48 hours
- Prompt attendance at all classes scheduled with the classroom teacher.
- Prompt attendance at all cadre meetings.
- A respectful attitude consistently demonstrated towards teachers, administrators, students and fellow AIM cadre members and staff
- A willingness to hear and respond to critical feedback, including observation and evaluation by the AIM coordinator and classroom teacher.
- An interest in continual learning and openness to new strategies and methods
- Professional appearance