Dida Academy is the first and only self-directed homeschool learning center for teens in New York City. We serve youth aged 11-18 on their learning journeys with a supportive community, mentorship, trips, and other engaging learning experiences. Dida seeks several Club Facilitators for fall semester (Sept.-Dec. 2020). Note this position will work remotely and only interact with students via Zoom.
Dida Academy is redefining education through a self-directed, homeschool hybrid model. We provide an education that serves students above bureaucratic interests by guiding young people on a journey towards finding a fulfilling present and future. Our unique environment encourages students to follow their innate curiosity, learn through experience, and build meaningful relationships.
Our Core Values
Trust and Respect - We trust our students to make their own decisions about what to learn, how to learn, and how to allocate their time at Dida. Facilitators foster a learning environment with respect at its core, with all members of our diverse community treated as equals.
Empathy and Relationships - Through mentor conversations and collaborative activities, our students develop a deep sense of empathy while building authentic relationships. When conflicts arise, we problem-solve collectively to develop and revise community norms.
Challenge and Achievement - Our community inspires and supports students to learn from mistakes, overcome obstacles, and realize their ideas. Students develop a unique skill set based on their interests to prepare for a fulfilling future.
Lifelong Learning - Free to pursue their innate curiosities, students strengthen their skills as autodidacts (self-taught individuals). Facilitators and guests with eclectic backgrounds expose students to new areas for exploration and model what it means to be a lifelong autodidact.
Fun and Play - Every day is an opportunity to play, laugh, and tinker with new ideas. We foster an environment where students feel comfortable to express themselves authentically and build self-confidence.
Club Facilitator Duties :
Engage warmly and enthusiastically with students, helping them to discover and pursue their interests
Understand goals and methods of self-directed education and use as the framework for developing curriculum for the topics you’re teaching
Plan and lead the assigned, 1 hour a week for 4 weeks, club group:
Create a curriculum and lesson plan outlining skill progression, learning objectives, activities, projects, materials needed, etc.
Facilitate weekly club meeting
Facilitate reflection on learning
"Bridge the gap" between the goal setting aspirations of students and the reality of executing them
Balance predetermined learning goals with students interests and desires for learning
Document student learning by writing Learning Logs, archiving student work in digital folders, etc.
Communicate and share feedback with Outreach Coordinator, Program Manager, and Executive Director as necessary
Club Topic Needs
We are in need of facilitators in
Writing/ ELA- has experience with middle school/high school level english composition based in project based learning
Video Editing- experience in YouTube content creation is ideal
Sound Engineering- music and audio recording and editing
Language Speciality- specifically Spanish, French, or German
Health Science & Sexual Education- including nutrition and fitness
Other Potential Club Topics
3D Design, Coding & Computers, Game Design, Robotics
Life Skills: Handwriting, Fitness, People Skills, Personal Finance / Budgeting, Public Speaking, Typing
Visual Art: Drawing, Painting, Photography, etc.
Enthusiastic, lifelong learner who is looking to influence the next generation of students to also pursue a life of self-directed learning
Enjoys working with teenagers, experience working with teens is a plus but not required
Passion and sincere interest in club topics that are chosen
Professional experience in club topic you are teaching is great, but not required
Is excited to work with a small innovative organization
Has knowledge of self-directed learning methods
Has knowledge of Zoom and able to learn new technology quickly
Cleared by standard background check (completed post application)
Email your materials to firstname.lastname@example.org, addressed to Danielle Denver (Executive Director). Include a resume, two references, and in lieu of a cover letter please answer the following questions. Please submit your application as an attachment (PDF preferred).
Where did you find this posting?
2-4 sentence bio about yourself.
Why are you interested in working with Dida Academy Students?
Describe in your own words what self-directed education is.
Describe a time in your life when you were motivated to learn something new, describe your process.
List 2-5 different clubs you are interested in facilitating, give a brief description of each, include what you would hope to teach, your experience with the subject, and any major materials students might need for that topic.
No additional volunteer opportunities at this time.
About DIDA ACADEMY INC
539 ATLANTIC AVE, BROOKLYN, NY 11217, US
Dida Academy is redefining education through a self-directed, homeschool hybrid model. We provide an education that serves students above bureaucratic interests. Our unique environment encourages students to follow their innate curiosity, learn through experience and build meaningful relationships. Through dedicated mentorship, we strive to guide young people on a journey towards finding a fulfilling present and a meaningful future.
Dida Academy is an alternate educational organization that seeks to promote self-directed learning for teens by allowing them to harness their inner intellectual curiosity and drive their own education in their preferred direction. We recognize the struggle of the children who feel forced to mould into the conventional education system and offer them a safe space where creativity is valued over competition. At Dida, students have the time and freedom to discover the passion and joy in learning. They are offered, but never forced, to participate in subjects that are considered core competencies (math, reading and writing etc.). However, our self-directed methods allow students to learn at their own pace and absorb information in a deep meaningful way. Dida facilitators provide coaching and resources to support students on their preferred learning path. In addition, they offer close mentorship to students to help them build self-awareness, collaboration skills and personal accountability. We curate activities and guest visitors that expose students to exciting opportunities and career paths. While at Dida students will interact with a host of community members that are the best and brightest in their fields. Providing students with extensive knowledge and expertise, our staff and volunteers give students information that can be transformed into deep and meaningful learning.
Children & Youth
Computers & Technology
Education & Literacy
We'll work with your schedule.
This is a Virtual Opportunity, with no fixed address.
August 20, 2020
Must be at least 18
Orientation or Training
Hours: 2-3 hours/week
Days: 1-2 days/week, Monday-Friday
Time: 1 hour club session once or twice a week (club sessions last for 4 weeks); occasional evening meetings requested (usually via Zoom or phone call); time is flexible as n