Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Looking for a Language Arts Teacher for "Grandma's Hands"

AYA is looking for an innovative middle school language arts teacher to teach Grandma's Hands.
I know. When you see these images, you don't think of grandma? 
This is AYA. Think again. 

Interested? Keep reading. See requirements below and send an email of interest and qualifications to afiyao@gmail.com.

The situation: Our current teacher will leave us for more important work - having a child, and we're in need of someone who can step in the next 5 weeks and maybe the next semester as well.
The class- Grandma's Hands - class meets twice a week, each class is 1.5 hours, and is web-conferenced-based (live video and audio), so the teacher can reside anywhere there's a good and stable internet connection. Class size 10-15.

Requirements: Loves - Is - Can

  • * Loves Afrikan self, Afrikan youth, Afrikan family and Afrikan people.
  • * Loves Black (Afrikan and Diaspora) language arts and cultural expression - oral and written
  • * Loves to consume and create via the written and spoken word
  • * Is excited about transferring that love, enthusiasm and skill to our youth
  • * Is as enamored by creativity as by an effectively punctuated sentence
  • * Is comfortable "code-switching," and knows that "proper" only exists within a particular cultural context
  • * Is tech savvy: embraces web cams, microphones, web conference, using internet resources to support teaching objectives.

* Can work with 6th-8th grade students who have a varying range of language-arts knowledge and comfort.
  • * Can see student lack of production/progress as a challenge vs. an opportunity to blame either the child or the parents.

  • * Is willing (and maybe eager) to learn the AYA Warrior-Healer-Builder (WHB) approach to learn or bolster students and their families consciously using language as a tool for healing from the wounds of oppression, for countering oppression, and for building ourselves and our relationships to withstand it oppression's subtle and overt blows while simultaneously being a platform for creating the world we want and need.

Interested? send an email stating interest and qualifications to afiyao@gmail.com.
Ok, let me give you one more grandma image. Just remember all of them -nurturing, building and fighting hands to navigate this environment!

One question for the comment section. If your grandma's hands could talk, what would they say to you, to your family, to the world?
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