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ELEMENTARY INTENSIVE ARTS EDUCATION PROGRAM TEACHER

1. DESCRIPTION OF SCHOOL LEVEL DELIVERY MODEL

The Elementary Intensive Arts Education program strives to create a stimulating and culturally enriched learning environment whereby the arts are equal partners with what have traditionally been referred to as the "academic subjects." Within the context of brain research and multiple intelligences learning theories, its basic goals are to develop students' abilities and to enhance student learning through the four areas of the arts: visual arts, music, drama and dance. The program's over-all objective is to create a consistent environment that values uniqueness and risk-taking, and encourages self-expression and creativity.

The Elementary Intensive Arts Education program at the Elementary level is intended to serve the learning needs of students with a wide range of abilities, interests and backgrounds. The concept is designed to provide exposure to a much wider Arts repertoire and in much greater depth than would be available in a regular elementary instructional program.

A teacher in the Elementary Intensive Arts Education program will teach the core subjects in their own classroom and work collaboratively with other arts colleagues to provide meaningful and authentic arts experiences to deliver the disciplines of visual art, drama or dance in their own and other classrooms. The music portion will be delivered by Core Music and Band specialists.

2. MINIMUM ACADEMIC QUALIFICATIONS/EXPERIENCE

a) A valid B.C. Teaching Certificate

b) One of the following three options to show training or experience in the Arts:

i. At least three undergraduate level courses in the area of interest and expertise (Drama, Dance or Visual Arts)

OR

ii. Diploma in Arts Education (Visual or Performing Arts)

OR

iii. Evidence to show experience/expertise in the following ways:

Dance

  • Minimum of 5 years of experience participating or teaching in a dance studio setting.

Drama

  • Active participation in at least three productions (at a secondary, community, or professional theatre) within the last 10 years where the applicant has participated in rehearsal and performance for each production.

Visual Arts

  • Portfolio with at least 3 pieces of evidence which illustrated an understanding of the processes and elements of art and one art course (taken through post-secondary, community or private instruction)

3. PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS/EXPERIENCE

a) Degree specializing in the area of interest and expertise

b) A balance of skills within each discipline, (e.g. two dimensional and three dimensional Visual Arts; ballet, jazz, and folk dance for Dance; stagecraft, scriptwriting and acting in Drama);

c) Personal performance experience or portfolio in the area of interest and expertise (e.g. exhibited art, professional dance experience, and personal drama performance experience).

4. REPORTING STRUCTURE

The personnel in this position are accountable in the execution of their assigned duties to the Principal of their base school.

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