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Ellyzabeth Adler

After School Teacher in Oak Park

After school teachers needed for a program in Oak Park (near blue line) from 3-6pm. Teachers may work either 2-5 days a week depending on availability.

Pay is $25 an hour ($75 for the day)

Schedule: Kids get out at 3:15

3:15-3:45 snack

3:45-4:30/4:45 classtime

4:30/4:45 choice/creative time until pick up at 6pm

Chicago Danztheatre Ensemble is looking for teachers interested in learning how to utilize the arts in the classroom and social-emotional learning. This is an excellent opportunity for creative people who know that teaching the arts is more than just dance steps and memorizing lines.

People of color and male-identifying are strongly encouraged to apply.

Lead Teachers must have 1 years of experience working with students.


About us:

Chicago Danztheatre Ensemble challenges, engages and inspires audiences both onstage and in the classroom, through innovative, multidisciplinary storytelling in the genre of Tanztheatre, which unites all art media and to achieve an all-embracing, radical change in humankind. As an Ensemble, we collaboratively create thought-provoking arts performances and educational outreach programs incorporating elements of theatre, music, movement, visual arts and literary text. We are dedicated to “performance with a purpose.”

Arts Educational Programs Mission: Chicago Danztheatre Ensemble arts educational programs teach math, science and literacy through the visual and performing arts with a progressive education teaching model that emphasizes social/emotional learning.

Equity Statement

CDE strives to create an equitable and empowering space for our artists, administrators, teachers, audiences, and for children of all backgrounds. We aim to build a platform for the voices of the diverse communities we serve. All are welcome.

Teaching Philosophy:

CDE teaching artists carefully plan lessons through a fully developed progressive education curriculum and pedagogy that explore a particular theme through music, dance, art, and drama. Classes include multiple arts disciplines and encourage students to be creative in new artistic ways. Working with classroom teachers is additionally designed to reinforce math, science, and reading skills through art and performance, which results in a much more memorable, exciting experience for the students and the classrooms teachers are trained to replicate components of the program after the residency is complete.

By emphasizing the creative process, students are provided with an outlet to express their thoughts and opinions through the arts thereby nurturing teamwork, discipline, constructive criticism, and the ability to see projects through to completion. This type of education enables CDE to provide students with skills that better prepare them for high school and college. Because many students return to distressed home environments at the end of the day, this teaching methodology has evolved to encourage students' social- emotional growth in addition to their artistic competency. CDE instructors are trained to positively reinforce good behaviors, team work, and creative risk-taking rather than creating an authoritarian environment. As a result, students discover holistic development to better empower their educational and creative prowess.


Attend all Teaching Artist professional development workshops

Develop, teach, and document arts-integrated curriculum that focuses on the creative process, social emotional learning and literacy.

Implement assessment tools embedded within programming

Collaborate with classroom teachers/program directors and colleagues to create innovative residency experiences for students

Skills & Qualifications:

• Minimum 1-2 years teaching experience in school or community center settings

• BA or BFA required

• Knowledge of state and national core arts standards

• Experience with arts integration/multidisciplinary arts learning

• Spanish language skills a plus

• Must be able to improvise/be flexible

• Demonstrate experience advocating for equality, diversity and inclusion and understand social/emotional learning

• Professional demeanor when interacting with students, partner teachers and staff

Must be able to collaborate/ work well with administrative staff, and classroom teachers

• Ability to travel to various locations and schools in the Chicago area.

Must be patient and skilled in childhood and youth development

Minimum 1 year commitment

Application Procedure: email the following information to Ellyzabeth Adler, Executive Director, with “Teaching Artist Application” in subject heading

no phone calls

Resume with teaching experience & three references

A brief explanation on how your teaching philosophy fits with ours, your experience, why teaching in a school or community center is different than a studio and why you love teaching.

Age and grade level you prefer to teach

Any curriculum ideas for the school programs you are interested in applying for

State whether or not you have a car & availability

Contact Info:
Ellyzabeth Adler
Job Type: Freelance/Contract/Temp
Location: Oak Park, IL