The Chicago High School for the Arts seeks a part-time Creative Writing instructor who will begin in the second semester of the 2018-19 school year in the Creative Writing department.
Conservatory hours are 2:00 - 5:00 pm Monday - Friday. This year-long course begins in January 2019 and will take place from 2:00-5:00 pm on Thursdays.
The Professional Development course addresses college and university creative writing programs, the application process, paths to publication, and careers for writers. In this course, you will guide students on an exploration of their post-high school options including, but not necessarily limited to college or conservatory application processes and expectations, portfolio development, polishing work for applications or submission, submitting work for publication, finding an agent, and researching and identifying career paths.
Students will take the first semester of Professional Development in the third year of the Creative Writing program and the second semester of Professional Development in the first semester of the fourth year.
The ideal candidate will be a specialist in the field and will have the passion and skills to create a learning environment that will offer rigorous pre-professional arts training that challenges students to achieve at high levels and is experienced in working with high school age students. Instructors at ChiArts will be required to differentiate instruction; design lesson and unit plans that properly assess student achievement and encourage skill development and critical thinking.
Classroom and professional duties include, but are not limited to the following:
+ Embrace and promote the ChiArts vision, mission, educational approach, goals, and core values
+ Prepare structured lessons that encourage and foster skill development, critical thinking, applications, and ethics.
+ Instruct conservatory level courses, serving students with various learning styles, abilities and needs.
+ Employ outstanding classroom management skills and implement the school code of conduct.
+ Regularly assess student achievement, skill mastery and career development skills.
+ Submit unit plans on a timely basis
+ Manage classroom administration and record keeping including: grades, attendance records, student progress and documentation of student work.
+ Regularly communicate with students, parents and other ChiArts staff to share artistic progress, encourage positive behavior, and resolve behavioral and artistic issues.
+ Attend and participate in faculty and administrative meetings, parent conferences, open house, other school functions, and in- service professional development sessions.
+ Collaborate with the staff to develop “best practices” tailored to the unique philosophy and instructional approach of ChiArts and to the needs of its student population.
+ Collaborate with other ChiArts artistic and academic faculty and the larger arts community.
+ Perform other duties as the needs of the school and needs of the students may demand (e.g., competitions, readings.)
+ Work with academic staff to ensure student’s overall success at ChiArts.