FARM SCHOOL NYC TEACHING OPPORTUNITIES
Farm School NYC accepts applications from qualified teachers year-round. Please review the descriptions of our core courses and advanced courses, and read the qualifications below. We look forward to welcoming more dynamic, enthusiastic instructors to our teaching team!
- A passion for food justice and building local, sustainable food systems
- At least three years teaching experience
- Extensive demonstrated experience teaching and/or working with the relevant course material
- Experience with and commitment to popular education and participatory teaching techniques. Farm School NYC teachers value hands-on, experiential learning and recognize that students have different learning styles
- Ability to work with an adult audience with a range of experience and education levels: Students aged 18 and up
- Capable of working independently for class preparation including lesson planning and class scheduling
- Ability to meet class schedule requirements (please refer to application for dates and times)
- Ability to use plain language in written materials: Plain language is simple, straightforward language, that people of all learning levels can understand
- Will work with Farm School NYC staff and outdoor classroom contacts to plan and schedule outdoor classroom visits
- Will contribute to evaluation, which is a critical part of our future planning.
How to apply
Please submit your (1) Teacher Application, (2) three references including at least one student reference, (3) a cover letter and resume to onika[at]justfood.org.
Expectations regarding courses:
Lesson plans and syllabi - We ask that all teachers prepare a course syllabus at least two weeks before the course begins. The syllabus will include topics covered, logistics, course locations, any guests they would like to invite to co-teach), and a list of recommended readings for students.
Working with Farm School NYC’s outdoor classrooms - Most Farm School NYC courses will take place beyond Just Food’s doors. For those teachers who are instructing courses with outdoor field hours, you will be partnering with community members at a community garden, farm, rooftop garden, etc. This partnership will necessitate fluid communication between yourself, the outdoor classroom contacts, and Farm School NYC.
Guest speakers - Farm School NYC staff will work with you to hire special guest speakers to teach a portion of the course. Please coordinate hiring of guest speakers with the Farm School NYC Director prior to course start date.
Weather - All classes will be held rain or shine. We expect students and teachers to come prepared (appropriate dress, etc.). In the case of lightning or severe weather, classes will be rescheduled.
Contract - We expect our teachers to fulfill their teaching obligations in full.
Expectations regarding students:
Learning levels - We expect our Farm School NYC teachers to be willing to work with an adult audience with a wide range of experience and education levels. Classes should be designed to engage different types of learners.
Handouts - Handouts, other course materials and lectures should be modified to use plain language. Plain language is simple, straightforward language that people of all learning levels can understand.
Attendance tracking - All students are subject to the Farm School NYC attendance/lateness policy. Teachers are responsible for tracking all students’ attendance.
Attendance policy - Student participation is integral to the learning process. Students may not miss more than 30% of total class hours in order to complete the course. Teachers will have discretion to alter this attendance policy as they see fit.
Lateness policy - If a student is more than 30 minutes late for a class, the student is considered late for the day. The second time a student is late; the student is marked absent for the day.
Evaluation - Students will receive a “complete” when they have satisfied the course teacher’s requirements: Farm School NYC teachers are asked to create realistic and achievable “indicators” that students must fulfill for that course. Indicators can include participation in the form of physical activities, discussion, questions, positive engagement with the classroom site, etc.–participation should not be limited to verbal participation or to physical participation. These indicators should be flexible so that a broad range of students, with different learning styles and levels of education, can fulfill them.
Network - Through our courses, we are building a network of individuals who are committed to creating change through urban agriculture. We ask that our teachers make themselves accessible to their students and welcome the opportunity to learn alongside their students.
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