Position Announcement:
Go-Go Teaching Program Assistant

Teaching for Change is looking to contract with an individual (or organization) to assist with the logistics and planning for the Teach the Beat initiative programs in D.C. schools through the end of August (or December, depending on the person’s availability) of 2021. Teach the Beat is an initiative to ensure that D.C. area students learn the rich history and the various stylistic elements related to the go-go music genre, drawing on the vast array of performers in D.C., scholars, and the experience of teachers who grew up with go-go. The goal is to catalyze the art and history of go-go as a pedagogical tool for all (upper elementary, middle and high school) music and social studies teachers.

Teach the Beat is coordinated by Teaching for Change and the authors of The Beat. In partnership with DC Public Schools and with support from the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities and individual donors, the focus is to provide the support that music and social studies teachers need to effectively infuse go-go into the curriculum.

Scope of Work

These are the tasks the program assistant will support.

  • Schedule visits by go-go artists for DCPS and DC public charter school classrooms.
      • Monitor requests as they come in to Teaching for Change
      • Reach out to artists to schedule visits tailored to the specific requests
      • Attend (online or in person) the visits and document for the online collection of stories about school visits
      • Conduct a follow-up survey with the teacher to assess the impact of the visit a few weeks later
  • Coordinate the production of instructional videos on go-go
      • Based on the list of topics provided by DCPS, draft storyboards short (5 to 8 minute) instructional videos
      • Once approved, schedule artists and our videographer to film and edit the videos
      • Send the videos to our web designer to post for the Teach the Beat website
  • Teach the Beat Citywide Teach-In (August, 2021)
      • Coordinate review of workshop applications by the planning committee
      • Coordinate teach-in registration and promotion|

 

Requirements

While much of this work will be remote, the person must be based in the DC area in preparation for a return, when it is safe, to in-person classes and programs. We need someone who is available to start as soon as possible, ideally no later than April 1, 2021.

A successful candidate will  have a combination of skills and knowledge in the following areas:

  • K-12 education
  • Go-go music and artists
  • Program support
  • Interpersonal communications
  • Writing

 

Hours and Rate

This position is on a contract basis at $25/hour for an average of 10 to 15 hours a week with the option to be considered for a longer term part time staff position.

Interested candidates should send a cover letter expressing why they are interested in this particular position and a resume to employment@teachingforchange.org.