Detroit Future Schools: Call for Teaching Artists

Detroit Future Schools is hiring Teaching Artists to implement media projects in DFS anchor schools, starting January 2016.

Detroit Future Schools is a digital media arts program committed to humanizing schooling in Detroit. We work with teachers to integrate media making into the classroom while evaluating and refining core instructional practices. We provide students with the opportunity to explore new media, especially media that expresses visions for a more humane and enriching educational system. We work in a small number of anchor schools in addition to coordinating an after-school program, called the Out-of-School Project.

About the Teaching Artist position
DFS Teaching Artists will work with teachers and the DFS staff for five months to develop and implement a Major Media Project (MMP). MMPs investigate a complex community issue through a collaborative media-making and design process. A MMP requires two months of preparation and three months of work in the classroom.

This is a part-time, contract position with the expectation of approximately 140 hours of work (averaging 10 hours a week while in the classroom) over the period of January 2016 through May 2016.

Teaching Artists will be compensated with a $3,000 stipend for their participation in this five month project. The deadline to apply is November 23, 2015. Our ideal candidate will start on January 7, 2016.


Motor City Rockerz Visiting the James and Grace Lee Boggs School

Specific Responsibilities

The DFS Teaching Artist will:

+ Build a strong, collaborative partnership with assigned classroom teacher(s)

+ Develop in-depth knowledge of DFS “root practices” for the development of ethical agency, critical thinking and creative problem-solving

+ Facilitate a DFS Major Media Project, in which the teaching artist will utilize the DFS root practices to guide students in:
> Developing skills in digital media production
> Investigating “Big Questions” which identify and deconstruct systemic problems that impact their lives and their communities
> Designing solutions for those systemic problems based on research
> Increasing students mastery of classroom curriculum in general

+ Implement DFS documentation and evaluation procedures, which include:
> Weekly lesson planning
> Program evaluations before, during, and after the Major Media Project

+ Participate in regular DFS meetings, which include:
> Bi-weekly staff meetings
> Two quarterly meetings with DFS teachers and the entire DFS staff (usually on Sundays)


The ideal candidate will have:

+ Demonstrated commitment to social justice values.
+ Demonstrated commitment to authentic youth leadership.
+ Mastery of at least one media arts practice (video production, audio production, graphic design, or web design) and at least one year of experience teaching that practice.
+ Two or more years experience working as an educator in K-12 schools or youth leader/facilitator in a community organization.
+ Familiarity with theories and practices of popular education.
+ Familiarity with arts-infused education practices.
+ Proficiency with Google applications (Google Drive, Calendar, etc.).
+ Thorough and creative lesson-planning, paired with the ability to improvise in the classroom.
+ Experience working collaboratively with a diverse staff.
+ Excellent interpersonal, written, and communication skills; strong public speaking skills.
+ Excellent self-management and time-management skills.
+ Ability/desire to work flexible hours, including occasional evenings and weekends, and willingness to travel occasionally.

How to Apply
To apply, please send the following to with your name and “DFS Teaching Artist Application” in the subject line:

+ Cover letter
+ Resume
+ Three work samples such as art projects, curricula, articles or essays or reports, links to videos of work or workshops you have led, etc. Work samples that demonstrate your skills as an artists and/or educator.
+ Three professional references including names, emails, and telephone numbers.

Download a PDF of this job posting HERE

We strongly encourage people of color, women, LGBTQ, and disabled candidates to apply.