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AMERICORPS MEMBER - TEACHING ASSISTANT

(NOTRE DAME AMERICORPS)


Travis Hill Schools

 

The Schools. The Background.

There are two Travis Hill Schools (Schools) in New Orleans.  One is located inside of the Youth Study Center (YSC), the detention facility for New Orleans teens who are being held pre-trial, and the other is located inside of the Orleans Justice Center (OJC), the pretrial detention facility for adults (and teens charged as adults).

 

The Travis Hill Schools are run by the Center for Educational Excellence in Alternative Settings (CEEAS). CEEAS is a nonprofit organization devoted to improving schools in juvenile and criminal justice facilities across the nation.  The first Travis Hill School opened in August 2016 at the Youth Study Center (YSC). In late August 2017, we opened the Travis Hill School at the Orleans Justice Center (OJC). Additional information about CEEAS and the Travis Hill Schools is available at our website, www.ceeas.org and https://ceeasorg.wixsite.com/travishillschools.

 

The Schools. The Opportunity.

Approximately 40 students are detained at the YSC on a daily basis.  They range in age from 11 to 17 years old. All students attend our school located inside of the YSC.  Nearly 1,500 individuals are held at the OJC. We operate a full-time school for approximately 50 students between 17 and 21 years old.

 

Nearly all the students have faced school failure--many did not attend school regularly when they were younger, most have been suspended or expelled at some point, nearly all of them are far behind their peers academically, and 30-40% of them have special education needs. Despite this, they all have hopes and dreams, skills and talents, and family and friends who care for them.

 

Our mission at Travis Hill is to create a transformative learning environment where students held at the YSC or OJC develop the academic and socio-emotional skills they need to become positive, contributing members of their community when they are released.

 

Position Description

Our schools are small. Every member of staff and every instructional minute matters. This is an incredibly rewarding position--one that requires service members who are committed to our students and who are invested in doing anything and everything needed to help maintain operation of our school. We are looking for individuals who truly believe all students can succeed, who believe that students who are detained or incarcerated deserve the best education possible, and who are relentless and won’t stop working when it gets difficult. We want individuals who are self-reflective, aren’t afraid to ask for help, and are willing and open to trying new things.

 

For the right person, this is the perfect job.

 

AmeriCorps service members aid in a variety of ways - assisting our teachers in the classroom, taking on administrative duties, and being flexible enough to tackle new challenges in order to reach our common goal of creating a transformative learning environment for our students-- one that focuses not only on their academic success, but also their socio-emotional development.

AmeriCorps positions are 11 month, full-time commitments.  The 11 months of service run September through July. During that period, members are required to serve 40 hours a week and complete 1700 hours of public service.

 

Primary Responsibilities:

 

Responsibilities will include but not be limited to:

 

  • Providing one-on-one or group tutoring to students

  • Assisting students in the classroom and ensuring that they understand the directions, have the materials they need, and are on-task

  • Checking homework and meeting with students to discuss any questions they missed; teaching students how to do the exercises they get wrong

  • Building relationships with and getting to know all students and act as a daily source of support and encouragement

  • Supporting teachers by helping to prepare lessons, grade work, and set up technology

  • Contributing your talent, creativity and passion to creating a school environment that engages student interest, promotes student leadership and stimulates student learning

  • Helping to implement classroom and school-wide positive, incentive-based behavioral system

  • Supporting other members of the school staff (Transition Support Specialist, Director of Student Support Services, etc.), when asked

  • Managing administrative assignments effectively and with a high level of professionalism and integrity

  • Modeling and contributing to a school culture built on hope and high expectations for achievement

  • Understanding and committing to what it means to be part of a start-up school, and to what it means to work with students who are detained, including taking on roles and functions that extend beyond those of your listed job responsibilities

 

Desirable Qualifications and Experiences:

 

  • Ability to use and learn new technology

  • An unyielding belief that with the appropriate supports, coupled with high expectations, all students can significantly improve their academic skills, and can develop prosocial and skills and habits that will enable them to succeed at school and beyond

  • Firm belief that all students have strengths and talents and that it is our responsibility to help students find these and use them to address weaknesses or overcome fears

  • Embrace and nurture a school culture that requires all staff to create an environment filled with hope and high expectations, where students will radically improve their academic, employment and socio-emotional skills

  • Possess an unrelenting belief that all students can achieve and succeed

 

Salary and Benefits

 

All AmeriCorps members are eligible for the following:

  • A living stipend of $13,992

  • Forbearance of eligible student loans

  • Health Insurance

  • Childcare

 

Upon completion of service, AmeriCorps members receive:

  • A Segal Education Award of $6,095 that can be applied to eligible student loans or future student costs.

  • Interest Accrual payment for all eligible student loans

  • Membership in the AmeriCorps Alums Network

  • Access to AmeriCorps Alumni Job Boards and Recruiting Events

  • Additional benefits such as free tax returns and other discounts from national partners

 

More information about the AmeriCorps position can be found here. All interested applicants will need to apply directly through the Notre Dame AmeriCorps website, after being invited to do so by Travis Hill Schools.

 

Application Process and Hiring Process:

 

Applicants must first submit an application to the Travis Hill Schools, below.  This application process will include a review of applicants’ resume/application, a preliminary phone interview, followed by a second phone or in-person interview.  Candidates will then be invited to submit an application to the Notre Dame AmeriCorps in order to finalize their hiring.

 

At the Travis Hill School, we believe a diverse staff is a better, stronger staff.  Women and people of color are encouraged to apply.  For additional information about CEEAS and the Travis Hill School, visit www.ceeas.org or https://ceeasorg.wixsite.com/travishillschools.