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HIAS Pennsylvania

Refugee Resettlement Program

ESOL Middle School Art Program – Contract Teaching Artist






Driven by the Jewish value of welcoming the stranger, HIAS Pennsylvania provides legal and supportive services to immigrants, refugees and asylum seekers from all backgrounds in order to assure their fair treatment and full integration into American society. HIAS Pennsylvania advocates for just and inclusive public policies and practices.


Job Title: ESOL Middle School Program - Contract Teaching Artist
Supervisor: Refugee Education Coordinator
Time Commitment: Classes will operate from July 5th to July 28th from 12pm-3pm Monday-Friday. Anticipated minimum per contract teaching artist is 23 hours per week (15 hours of instruction with 8 hours for planning), plus 1-2 preparation meetings before the program and a weekly check-in meeting during the course of the program. Total anticipated commitment is 85 hours. 
General Description: The ESOL Middle School Program - Contract Teaching Artist will be responsible for implementing arts-based enrichment classes tailored for newly arrived refugee and immigrant students in incoming grades 5-7. Each teacher will lead a one-week learning track, as each group of students rotates over 4 weeks. The goals of the enrichment activities are to:
  1. increase English language gains of participating youth
  2. create a space of welcome and acceptance in which students’ cultures and languages are recognized and valued
  3. increase participants’ engagement in the arts and provide a venue in which they can express themselves creatively.
Learning tracks could include, but are not limited to, poetry, creative writing, story-telling, music, dance, drawing, painting, photography, sculpture, mixed-media and gardening. Creative activities will support English language development as well as enhance students’ understanding of grade appropriate math, reading, social studies, and science topics.
Summary of Responsibilities
The ESOL Middle School Program - Contract Teaching Artist will provide group/class instruction to refugee and immigrant youth learners at Gilbert Spruance Elementary School in Northeast Philadelphia.
The Teaching Artist will:
  • Collaborate with the Refugee Education Coordinator in designing an arts-themed curriculum and corresponding lesson plans for each learning track.
  • Prepare daily lesson plans and organize lesson materials/supplies for each week-long learning track
  • Consult with an ESOL Teaching Assistant, who will help to design language goals for each lesson and to implement corresponding language activities in the classroom. 
  • Assess goals for the youth in the program and manage instruction to meet these goals.
  • Consistently manage classroom procedures, routines, and rules.
  • Empower and motivate students to make positive choices and hold them to high expectations. 
  • Participate in pre-program planning sessions and a weekly meeting with the Refugee Education Coordinator during the program.
  • Coordinate a team made up of an ESOL Teaching Assistant, a Bilingual Support Staff, and 2-3 volunteers to meet classroom objectives.
  • Maintain attendance sheets.
  • Conduct all services in a culturally appropriate manner.
  • Adhere to all HIAS PA agency policies.
  • College degree preferred. 
  • Significant teaching experience, including experience working with English language learners.
  • Expertise in respective art field developed through academic study and/or practical experience.
  • Ability to create lesson plans, develop lesson materials, and monitor and assess student performance.
  • Interest and/or experience working with middle school-age youth.
  • Current (within one year) PA Criminal Background check, PA Child Abuse Clearance, FBI Fingerprint Check, and ACT 126 Certificate of Completion (as Mandated Reporters).  
  • Openness and cultural sensitivity to working with people with different values and beliefs.
  • Ability to work independently or within a team with strong interpersonal skills
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality and professional boundaries as required and appropriate.
  • Ability to exercise sound judgment in decision-making practices.
  • Strong organizational and time management skills.
  • Ability and willingness to travel to Northeast Philadelphia.
HIAS Pennsylvania is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against any on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, political affiliation or belief.
If you are interested this position, please send a cover letter and resume via email to Valeri Harteg at vharteg@hiaspa.org. Please also indicate your field of arts expertise whether you are available for all class sessions.  

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