Cool Classics! is seeking efficient, well-organized individuals interested in bringing their professional skills to a nonprofit working to expand its unique programs. It is an exciting time because Cool Classics! just won a 2017 Youth Program Award, given by National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Institute of Museum and Library Services, in cooperation with the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies.
Cool Classics! uses book-based, arts-integrated curricula to improve literacy and develop critical thinking skills. Since 2006 we have been introducing elementary school children in underserved communities to the world of ideas.
By focusing on close reading, rigorous discussion and deep analysis, we create a rich learning experience for our children that develops core competencies and enriches their understanding of literature, humanities, arts and culture while expanding their vocabulary in an engaging program. We hold our students to the highest academic standards and provide them with the tools for success.
Developed by an award-winning journalist and educator for small groups of public elementary school students in an after-school setting, Cool Classics! focuses on one classic book over a span of some 25 sessions. Each session begins with reading, followed by activities that relate back to the book’s themes and create the multi-faceted Cool Classics! experience.
Various measures indicate that the majority of children who participate in Cool Classics!
- Increased reading skills, comprehension and analysis
- Expanded vocabulary
- Highly developed critical thinking skills
- Greater enthusiasm for reading
- Expanded understanding of Art, Dance, Drama, Humanities, Literature and Music
The video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6o0ytEjux_M&feature=youtu.be briefly describes our work. Our website at coolclassicschicago.org offers more information, galleries of our children's art and photos of their activities as well as an archive of our enewsletters.
Job objective: Efficient administration of Cool Classics!
Scope: Cool Classics! is an after-school program that uses classic books to connect young children to a unified world of reading, art, culture and humanities offered at schools around Chicago. The coordination of these programs requires a part-time volunteer administrator working closely with the Director and Lead Teachers. Work to be performed primarily in the Cool Classics! office.
Responsibilities: Manage office systems; Manage scheduling for employees and volunteers; Communicate with all levels of operation. Flexibility is important.
Please send resume and paragraph of why this might fit into your life at this time.