We're looking for educators, artists, and art enthusiasts who are willing to help classroom teachers teach art to their students.
WHAT WE NEED: We are looking to pilot a new program where volunteer Outreach Teachers work with Classroom Teachers to engage kids in a five week long art project. This would be once per week, for about an hour.
WHAT THIS ENTAILS: We are looking to establish a network of Outreach Teachers. These teachers will work with Classroom Teachers who are interested in the Doodles Curriculum. They will come in for a series of five lessons where they will co-teach with the teacher, using our curriculum. Their role will be to support the teacher in implementing the curriculum, working with the students to make sure they have a meaningful experience, and answering any questions the teacher has about the Doodles program.
There will be a training session, but the teachers will be expected to take care of the supplies, and planning is done for you. All you have to do is show up, support the teacher, and have fun with the kids!
Right now we are targeting schools in Lansing, Jackson, and Flint, but opportunities won't necessarily be limited to that. When replying, please specify where in Michigan you are located and where you would be able to travel.
HOW THIS WILL HELP
Our curriculum is designed to be implemented by educators irrespective of their background in the arts. We believe that a quality art education is important for all students to experience, and that it can contribute not only to the creation of fantastic artists, but also help develop cross-curricular skills. To this end, we want to make it easy for classroom teachers, parent volunteers, and after-school programs to offer a high-quality, holistic, and engaging art education to their students.
But, sometimes this can be a bit scary.
We’re hoping that our Outreach Teachers can help ease the transition for the Classroom Teachers, and show them how easy, fun, and beneficial art is for their students. Our hope is that the Classroom Teachers will continue to use art in the classroom long after the Outreach Teacher is gone.
Doodles Academy aims to expand children's access to high-quality arts education, envisioning a world where every child receives an arts education that inspires and rewards creativity, growth and problem solving.
Doodles achieves this goal by providing an online curriculum that includes video examples, lesson plans, supply lists, and links to Common Core and Visual Art standards. Doodles Academy makes it easy for educators of all types and experience levels to bring a comprehensive and open-ended art curriculum to their students.
Doodles Academy projects allow room for every child to tell her own story. By providing lessons that scaffold skills and ideas, students are challenged to think complexly without becoming overwhelmed. Discussion and exploration is built into each project, encouraging students to find their own creative solutions. http://www.doodles-academy.org/
FUN FACT ABOUT ART EDUCATION
Kids with access to art education do better on standardized tests, stay in school longer, and get more advanced degrees (really!).
( https://www.arts.gov/news/2012/new-nea-research-report-shows-potential-benefits-arts-education-risk-youth )
- Teaching / Instruction
- Visual Arts
- Youth Services
Good Match For
Requirements & Commitment
- Must be at least 18
- Orientation or Training
- Per Match: 5hrs, 1 hr per week
- teaching experience is not required, but is very helpful.