SUMMER SCHOOL TEACHER/ARTIST IN RESIDENCE
Travis Hill School at the Youth Study Center and Orleans Justice Center
All interested candidates should submit their application materials via our website.
The Schools. The Background.
There are two Travis Hill 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 justice facilities across the nation. The first Travis 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, ceeas.org and travishillnola.org/schools.
The Schools. The Opportunity.
The YSC holds approximately 40 teens at a time, all of whom attend our school. Approximately 1,500 individuals are held at the OJC. We operate a school for approximately 60 students between 17 and 21 years old at OJC. Nearly all our 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 OJC or YSC develop the academic and socio-emotional skills they need to become positive, contributing members of their community when they are released.
The Summer Program: Art, Advocacy and Self-Actualization
At Travis Hill, our ‘traditional’ school year ends in late June and we offer a five-week summer program for students in our care that runs from July 1st through August 2nd. The Summer Program, Art, Advocacy and Self-Actualization, will offer local teachers and artists from New Orleans the chance to work with staff at Travis Hill to create and deliver a unique five-week course that empowers detained teens and young adults to use the arts to promote their voice and sense of self, in the tradition of the original Freedom Schools developed by the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee in the mid-1960s.
Through the Arts, Advocacy and Self-Actualization summer program, we will integrate music, dance, and the creative arts along with literacy and social justice programming to create a five week program that is inspirational and that offers teens and young adults the chance to develop skills that will serve them upon release. in addition, this summer we will be emphasizing the process of designing, creating, sharing actual artifacts created over the summer. Teaching artists will be expected to teach technical and content skills, support the larger program goals of helping students develop self-advocacy skills, and entrepreneurial and artisanship skills. The program will be built upon the key principles of SNCC and the Freedom Schools: nonviolence, shared responsibility, and commitment to action.
This is a full-time, six-week summer position. The daily work schedule is 7:45am to approximately 4:00pm.
For teachers, the six-week commitment runs from Monday, June 24th through Friday, August 2nd. June 24th week will be training week. The program will start on Monday, July 1st. School will be closed on Thursday, July 4th and Friday, July 5th.
Teachers will earn $750 per week for the six-weeks for a total of $4,500.
This is an incredibly rewarding and demanding job--one that requires teachers who are fully committed to the students of Travis Hill and who are fully invested in doing anything and everything to make education happen at our schools over the summer. We are looking for teacher-artists 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 teacher-artists who are grounded in doing what is right and just, who are self-reflective, aren’t afraid to ask for help and who are willing and open to trying new and innovative ways to reach students.
Although teachers will be primarily assigned to one site or the other, we are looking for teachers who are interested in working at either of the Travis Hill School sites (at YSC or OJC).
For the right person, this is the perfect summer job.
We are looking for teacher-artists who have strong skills in the creative arts--music, poetry/spoken word, dance/movement/rhythm, visual arts, and craftsmanship (could include printmaking, beading, metalworking/jewelry making, clay/sculpting, mosaics, digital embroidery, 3-D design/printing)--with a preference for teacher-artists who have experience in the classroom as well.
Responsibilities will include but not be limited to:
Developing and implementing project and theme-based learning opportunities centered around the performing and creative arts that incorporate broader summer school outcomes centered around advocacy and self-actualization
Creating a classroom environment that features a rich diversity of resources, engages student interest, promotes student leadership and stimulates student learning
Utilizing restorative justice practices and school-wide positive, incentive-based plans designed to promote prosocial, achievement oriented, and values-centered student growth
Developing and maintaining productive working relationships with the YSC or OJC secure care staff
Managing administrative assignments effectively and with a high level of professionalism and integrity
Desirable Qualifications and Experience:
Demonstrated expertise in the creative or performing arts
Two or more years of teaching experience, preferably with teens or young adults
Experience supporting students to design and create products for display, sale and community engagement
An understanding of what it means to make learning relevant and meaningful
An unyielding belief that with the appropriate supports, coupled with high expectations, all students can significantly improve their academic skills, and can develop prosocial behaviors that will enable them to succeed at school and beyond
Firm belief that all students have strengths and talents and that a good teacher helps students find these and use them to address weaknesses or overcome fears
Embrace and nurture a school culture that requires all staff to work beyond the traditional school hours in order 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
Hours, Salary and Benefits
Hours: 7:45am - 4:00pm, Monday-Friday
Summer Term: Monday, June 24th thru Friday, August 2nd. The week of June 24th will be training for summer staff. The summer program runs from July 1st thru August 2nd. School is closed on July 4th and 5th.
Salary & Benefits: This is a full-time, short-term position. Teachers will be paid a weekly rate of $750/week. This position does not qualify for CEEAS benefits.
CEEAS is an equal opportunity employer. We believe that a diverse staff is a better staff. Women and persons of color are encouraged to apply to work with us at the Travis Hill School.
Effective: March 11, 2019