WE NEED YOU!
We're looking for an incredible team of teachers to work with youth impacted by the criminal justice system this summer. Is that you?!
Calling all Middle and High School teachers!
Performing Statistics is working this summer at ART180 with an amazing group of youth impacted by the juvenile justice system to collaborate with artists, lawyers and educators to design an open-source curriculum, mobile art exhibit, beautiful teacher tools, and more. WE NEED YOU!
The focus of the curriculum will be on reimagining public safety in our schools and dismantling the school-to-prison-pipeline (in ways that won't further criminalize youth of color...ie; teachers with guns, more police in schools, etc).
In the wake of the horrifying violence at Parkland, but also in the face of the less publicized violence experienced daily by youth (especially youth of color), we ask, how can we push for policies that truly keep our youth safe and supported? How can schools be the sanctuaries our youth need them to be, not funnels into the juvenile justice system?
Participating teachers will receive a stipend to do the following:
Participate in a 2 hour trauma-informed teaching training to ensure that teachers feel confident and prepared to work with youth in the program
Participate in 5 - 6 workshops with youth in the Performing Statistics ART 180 program over the summer. DUring these workshops teachers will learn about the school-to-prison-pipeline, create projects to build trust with youth in the program, and work collectively with teens to co-design a chapter for the curriculum
Participating teachers must also commit to using the curriculum in their own classrooms starting September 2018. We are hoping teachers will use the curriculum to work with their own students to engage this issue (any student work made in response to the curriculum will also be included in an upcoming exhibit at ART 180 in Oct / Nov 2018).
Participate in a teaching for social change summit as part of the ART 180 exhibit in Oct / Nov to celebrate all the work we’ve done and build together to imagine where the project will go next
Where and When will the workshops be happening?
Performing Statistics workshops happen at ART 180’s teen art space, ATLAS at 114 West Marshall St Richmond, VA 23220
The workshops take place 9 - 1PM, Tuesday, Wednesday, and THursday throughout the summer. The teacher workshops would take place:
Meeting teens, group building and participating in School-to-Prison-Pipeline 101 Training: June 22
Working with youth to design curriculum project based on their film and photos: July 10, July 11, July 12
Working with youth to design curriculum based on their posters July 30 and Aug 1st
If I teach outside of Richmond can I still participate? Absolutely!
If I lead programs with youth that are not in school settings can I still participate? While we want to work specifically with high school / middle school teachers for the summer workshops we would love to still connect with you! We are going to make the curriculum open-source and free to download on our website, so once it’s finished anyone can use the powerful project to engage youth, advocates, and stakeholders around these issues.
Interested in Being part of the Teacher Cohort?
Fill out this questionnaire and we’ll get right back to you for a short phone interview/conversation about the project.