Summer Youth Program Intern 2019, Morning Position 


Organization:  The Loft Literary Center, Minneapolis

www.loft.org

The Loft Literary Center is one of the nation’s leading nonprofit literary centers, offering more than 300 creative writing classes a year for youth and adults in Open Book, community settings, and online. The Loft also supports writers and readers through grants, mentorships, writing studios, regular readings and a spoken word series, and on its website through a wealth of resources about craft and the writing life.

The award-winning Loft is renowned for the quality of its programming and its service to the community. Loft staff members enjoy a flexible and enjoyable workplace, health and other benefits, and the company of dedicated and creative colleagues.

Position Purpose: The Summer Young Writers’ Program Intern (morning) is a part time (20-25 hours per week), temporary position with somewhat flexible daytime hours, July 8 through August 2, 2019, typically between 8 a.m. until 1 p.m., with one half day of orientation and training before the program starts, mid to late June, 2019. The position supports the Loft’s Young Writers’ Program during the summer which provides creative writing instruction to youth ages 6–17.

Primary Activities/Accountabilities:

  • Supervise a large number of children, ages 6–14, during lunchtime care hours (12–1 p.m. daily) and at the beginning of the day, for early drop-offs, as needed. Some lunchtime care will include nearby outdoor excursions to neighborhood parks. Primary supervision of children will occur every day, Monday–Friday, for 4 weeks throughout the summer, from 8–9 a.m. and from noon–1 p.m. with administrative work required during other hours throughout the morning
  • creating, with the supervision of the Program Director, lunchtime care curriculum that includes writing instruction, play time, and writing project help
  • coordinating and managing the set-up and clean-up of classrooms, bathrooms, and common areas each day
  • managing youth class rosters—printing, ensuring accuracy, delivering to teaching artists every Monday and Tuesday throughout the day—and youth class evaluation packets every Friday
  • addressing youth and parent constituent questions about youth classes
  • greeting Loft students and parents as they arrive for class and leave from class
  • helping teaching artists with classroom management
  • creating, disseminating, and compiling statistics of class evaluations every week
  • Responsibilities of this position may also include creating summer youth content for the Loft’s Writer’s Block blog and assisting the marketing team with other social media initiatives as requested.

The specific knowledge required to do the above can be learned if the applicant meets the following job requirements:

  • Be able to work reliably and dependably Monday–Friday for all 4 weeks of the summer program
  • Have experience working with and supervising large and diverse groups of children and teens ages 6–17 in a summer enrichment education program setting
  • Demonstrated excellent customer service skills, including the ability to communicate effectively with parents and guardians
  • Superior attention to detail, with the demonstrated ability to manage time and projects effectively and independently
  • The ability to be a part of a team working environment while also possessing the ability to work independently and with initiative
  • Excellent written communication skills
  • Knowledge of Google based email and document platform, basic online research, and social media or blog platforms
  • A minimum of a high school diploma is required for this position; current degree seeking college students preferred.

The ideal candidate will have:

  • A love of creative writing and reading
  • A sense of humor and an ease with people

Hours: This position is temporary from July 8 to August 2, 2019; one or two half days in mid to late June, 2019 will also be required for training and orientation, exact date(s) TBD.

Stipend: The Loft Young Writers' Program Summer Intern will be paid a $1000 stipend, disbursed biweekly throughout the internship term. 

To Apply: The application deadline is 11:59 p.m. on Friday, May 17, 2019. Interviews will take place late May to early June, with one or two half days of training and orientation to occur in mid- to late June, before a firm July 8 start date. Please prepare a cover letter, a resume, and the names and contact information of three confidential references (you do not need letters of reference) as MS Word or PDF documents. If you do not have a Submittable account, you will need to create one. If you have questions about using Submittable or preparing your files, please see this guide sheet first: http://bit.ly/LoftSubmit.   

A complete criminal background check will be required of anyone filling this position.

Due to the expected number of applicants, we request that you do not call or email to check on your application status. You will get a confirmation by email to let you know that your application was received.

The Loft is an equal opportunity employer.

Summer Youth Program Intern 2019, Afternoon Position 

Organization:  The Loft Literary Center, Minneapolis

www.loft.org

The Loft Literary Center is one of the nation’s leading nonprofit literary centers, offering more than 300 creative writing classes a year for youth and adults in Open Book, community settings, and online. The Loft also supports writers and readers through grants, mentorships, writing studios, regular readings and a spoken word series, and on its website through a wealth of resources about craft and the writing life.

The award-winning Loft is renowned for the quality of its programming and its service to the community. Loft staff members enjoy a flexible and enjoyable workplace, health and other benefits, and the company of dedicated and creative colleagues.

Position Purpose: The Summer Young Writers’ Program Intern (afternoon) is a part time (20-25 hours per week), temporary position with somewhat flexible daytime hours, July 8 through August 2, 2019, typically between the hours of noon until 5 p.m, with one half day of orientation and training before the program starts, mid to late June, 2019. The position supports the Loft’s Young Writers’ Program during the summer which provides creative writing instruction to youth ages 6–17. 

Primary Activities/Accountabilities:

  • Supervise a large number of children, ages 6–14, during lunchtime care hours (12–1 p.m. daily) and at the end of the day, for late pick-ups, as needed. Some lunchtime care will include nearby outdoor excursions to neighborhood parks. Primary supervision of children will occur every day, Monday–Friday, for 4 weeks throughout the summer, from noon–1 p.m. and 4–5 p.m. with administrative work required during other hours throughout the day
  • Creating, with the supervision of the Program Director, a lunchtime care curriculum that includes writing instruction, play time, and writing project help
  • Coordinating and managing the set-up and clean-up of classrooms, bathrooms, and common areas each day
  • Managing youth class rosters—printing, ensuring accuracy, delivering to teaching artists every Monday and Tuesday throughout the day—and youth class evaluation packets every Friday
  • Addressing youth and parent constituent questions about youth classes
  • Greeting Loft students and parents as they arrive for class
  • Helping teaching artists with classroom management
  • Creating, disseminating, and compiling statistics of class evaluations every week
  • Responsibilities of this position may also include creating summer youth content for the Loft’s Writer’s Block blog and assisting the marketing team with other social media initiatives as requested.

The specific knowledge required to do the above can be learned if the applicant meets the following job requirements:

  • Candidates must be able to start Monday, July 8 and work reliably and dependably Monday–Friday (half days) for all 4 weeks of the summer program, with one, half day of orientation and training in mid to late June, date to be determined
  • Have experience working with and supervising large and diverse groups of children and teens ages 6–17 in a summer enrichment education program setting
  • Demonstrated excellent customer service skills, including the ability to communicate effectively with parents and guardians
  • Superior attention to detail, with the demonstrated ability to manage time and projects effectively and independently
  • The ability to be a part of a team working environment while also possessing the ability to work independently and with initiative
  • Excellent written communication skills
  • Knowledge of Google based email and document platform, basic online research, and social media or blog platforms
  • A minimum of a high school diploma is required for this position; current degree seeking college students preferred

The ideal candidate will have:

  • A love of creative writing and reading
  • A sense of humor and an ease with people

Hours: This position is temporary from July 8 to August 2, 2019; one half day in mid to late June, 2019 will also be required for training and orientation, exact date(s) TBD.

Stipend: The Loft Summer Youth Program Intern will be paid a $1000 stipend, disbursed biweekly throughout the internship term. 

To Apply: The application deadline is 11:59 p.m. on Friday, May 17, 2019. Interviews will take place late May to early June, with one or two half days of training and orientation to occur in mid- to late June, before a firm July 8 start date. Please prepare a cover letter, a resume, and the names and contact information of three confidential references (you do not need letters of reference) as MS Word or PDF documents. If you do not have a Submittable account, you will need to create one. If you have questions about using Submittable or preparing your files, please see this guide sheet first: http://bit.ly/LoftSubmit.   

A complete criminal background check will be required of anyone filling this position.

Due to the expected number of applicants, we request that you do not call or email to check on your application status. You will get a confirmation by email to let you know that your application was received.

The Loft is an equal opportunity employer.

Proposals for online creative writing classes for Fall 2019 classes are now being accepted and are due May 17, 2019 at 11:59 p.m. 

This form is for online classes only. If you are submitting an in-person class, please submit it in the in-person category. 

What We Need  

Multiweek asynchronous classes for writers in any genre or at any level. We are always looking for creative writing classes for adults in all genres and for all levels. Our students have a range of skill levels, commitment, and interests. We hope any writer looking in our catalog will find the class that's perfect for them. Online classes run week-to-week but asynchronously; students can log in any time during the week to read content, post to discussions, and follow writing prompts. Classes can be 4, 6, 8, 10 or 12 weeks long. Enrollment is usually capped at 16 students.

Low-stakes, low commitment classes with higher enrollments (30) than our normal classes. Estimate the amount of work for students to be about one hour a week (most are two hours or more). Students should not be promised significant personalized feedback on their writing, since this is not sustainable in a high enrollment class; there may be (limited) opportunities to share their work. Classes can be driven by fun, low-stakes writing prompts or specific goals like formatting a novel for submission or writing a query letter.  

Strong and flexible lesson plans. Online classes give writers opportunities to engage with the teaching artist and one another, while also providing content, instruction, and writing prompts students can work through on their own time.  

Teaching artists with track records in writing and/or teaching, preferably both. An emphasis on teaching adults in an enrichment environment is preferred for teaching basics and beginner classes, success in writing (publications, awards, etc.) is preferred for more advanced classes. 

Theme Classes

We will run two classes on the fall theme. These themes strive to connect Loft programming across the organization by exploring common themes. The fall theme is “If” 

The question “What if?” is the most powerful one you can ask and the start of any story. Through this theme the Loft aims to explore how speculative fiction, and the act of asking what if, helps us to imagine solutions and create connections. Speculative work can act as a tool to interpret the world, to investigate topics that are too complex or too subtle to define with the limited tool of realistic fiction. It gives us an incredible opportunity to imagine alternative structures and futures, to consider how to make or avoid certain changes, and answer basic questions about our humanity.  

What We Don’t Need  

We have not had success with classes that feel academic in nature (e.g., reading classes built around classics) or are too niche (e.g., writing in translation).  

We would like to serve teens better but online classes for youth have not been successful during the academic year. If you have an idea for a youth class that might work, please email kscaletta@loft.org before completing a full proposal. Note that for legal reasons we cannot have classes for children under age 13. 

Reading lists should include recent works and diverse authors. Classes with exclusively white reading lists will be rejected. We love Flannery O'Conner and Raymond Carver as much as you do, but please also incorporate more recently published stories and diverse voices.  

Feel free to inquire before writing a full proposal by emailing Kurtis Scaletta, kscaletta@loft.org, with a title and description. New teaching artists are encouraged to attach a CV.  

Terms of Agreement  

By continuing with this application you are indicating agreement with the following terms and code of conduct.  

Teaching Artists are Independent Contractors As an independent contractor, please note that the Loft does not make deductions from your compensation for taxes. We’ll provide you with IRS Form 1099 at the beginning of each calendar year. You’ll need to indemnify the Loft against adverse rulings by any taxing authority as a result of the consulting contract or in the event that you fail to qualify as an independent contractor for tax purposes.  

Compensation You’ll be paid $6.50 per student per contact hour based on enrollment for your second class meeting (students may drop the class during the first week). For example, if you are teaching a 6-week, 2-hour/week class with an enrollment of 14 students, your compensation will be $1,092. Tuition alone does not cover the cost of the Loft’s sliding-fee classes, which are made possible, in part, through grants and individual donations. Please consider becoming a member of the Loft (membership is not required to teach at the Loft).  

Teaching Artist Supervision and Performance Review As an independent contractor, you truly are working independently within the parameters of your teaching contract. Our main performance review tool is student evaluations, which we also send to you. It’s a good idea to survey your students mid-way through the class in order to build upon what students feel are the most helpful elements of the class, and to proactively address any concerns students may raise. If you’re teaching at the Loft for the first time, a member of the Education Team may visit your class website to see how things are going.  

Class Texts and Handouts Required texts for online classes should be readily available online, in bookstores, and/or in libraries. College textbooks are often too expensive for Loft students and not a good fit for enrichment classes. When you select texts, please keep in mind that some students may have limited time available for readings and assignments outside the classroom. Use discretion in providing scans of texts in your online class; when possible, link to resources available legally online. You may not require students to purchase books you have written unless your book is an instructional text on the content you’ll be teaching. Feel free to use your own work to illustrate a lesson, but please do not use class time to promote sales of your books, and don’t sell your books to students during class. 

Controlled Substances Alcohol and other mood-altering drugs are prohibited while directly engaging with students, with the exception of medically prescribed or over-the-counter drugs.  

Class Cancellation Due to Low Enrollment If six students are enrolled, you may choose to teach the class (please be aware that enrollment may further drop prior to your second class meeting). If fewer than six students are enrolled, the class is canceled, typically 3-5 business days before the first scheduled class meeting.  

Class Cancellation by Teaching Artist Please contact us if you will miss part of the online class due to illness or emergency. We’ll inform your students and work with you to extend the class. Please do not arrange for a substitute to teach your class without prior approval from Loft staff. If you cancel a scheduled class you have agreed to teach or fail to show up for your class, you may be ineligible to teach at the Loft in the future.  

Criminal Background Check The Loft Literary Center is required by its policies and its insurance carrier to conduct a criminal background check on anyone who will work, in any capacity, with minors. Teaching artists who refuse the criminal background check will not be eligible to teach classes for children and/or teens.  

Promotion of Non-Loft Programs and Services Many Teaching Artists also offer private services, and many teach at other organizations. We’re happy to include your website address in your Teaching Artist bio. Feel free to respond to student inquiries about your services and other classes, but please do not use class time to promote your services, books, or classes you teach at other organizations.  

Code of Conduct The Loft has revised and expanded their code of conduct, especially around sexual harassment. Please see the complete document at loft.org/conduct

Class proposals for adult in-person classes for fall term 2019 are now being accepted and are due May 17, 2019.

This form is for an adult, in-person class for fall term—September - December, 2019. If you are submitting for an in-person youth class, or for an adult online class, please submit in their respective categories. Thank you!    

In the fall of 2019 the Loft will present the theme of "If"

We will run 2-4 in person classes on the fall theme. These themes strive to connect Loft programming across the organization by exploring common themes. 

The question “What if?” is the most powerful one you can ask and the start of any story. Through this theme the Loft aims to explore how speculative fiction, and the act of asking what if, helps us to imagine solutions and create connections. Speculative work can act as a tool to interpret the world, to investigate topics that are too complex or too subtle to define with the limited tool of realistic fiction. It gives us an incredible opportunity to imagine alternative structures and futures, to consider how to make or avoid certain changes, and answer basic questions about our humanity.


What We're Looking For

Always, diverse and inclusive reading lists and approaches to teaching craft. Proposals that include the names of 2-4 writers or books likely to be read or studied as examples of writing craft are considered stronger proposals than those without.

A strong, considered statement on equity.

Teaching writers from all walks of life, who provide many different perspectives on approach to teaching craft, the writing life, the (self- or traditional) publishing experience, etc.

If you are submitting a class proposal to the Loft for the first time, please consider proposing a single session class (preferred), or a shorter multi-week (4 or 6 weeks) if you have prior teaching experience and either a solid, established writing practice or some publication credits. 

Multiweek classes for writers in any genre or at any level. We are always looking for creative writing classes for adults in all genres and for all levels. Our students have a range of skill levels, commitment, and interests. We hope any writer looking in our catalog will find the class that's perfect for them.

More advanced level classes are always needed; prior teaching experience and a record of professional accomplishment in the genre you'd like to teach are preferred for advanced classes.

12 week classes with instruction on craft, engaging class discussion, in-class writing opportunities, and sharing of work with option for feedback, and clear goals and outcomes.

Strong and flexible lesson plans. Loft classes give writers opportunities to engage with their teaching artist and one another, while also providing content, instruction, engaging discussion, and in-class writing activities, as well as writing prompts students can work on between class meetings. 

Teaching artists with track records in writing and/or teaching, preferably both. An emphasis on teaching adults in an enrichment environment is preferred for teaching basics and beginner classes, success in writing (publications, awards, etc.) is preferred for longer classes (12 weeks) and more advanced classes.   Reading lists should include recent works and diverse authors.  


Special Needs for Fall 2019 

Long-term (12-week) classes with specific writing and publishing goals (e.g., write a young adult novel; write, revise, and submit a new story; write twelve new poems). Teaching artist must have a proven track record of writing in the target field and teaching experience. Please address the outcomes of the class in your short and long description. Note that these classes may involve more contact hours per week as they are likely to include more private critique and feedback. (We also need 6 week classes, though, so please don't shy away from those)

Advanced classes, especially in poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction/memoir. (Again, please remember we also need beginning level classes, as well as those that are Open to All, so don't shy away from proposing those, as well as single sessions!).

Classes for Readers - these classes place discussion of great books at the center of each meeting. For Readers classes can focus on one book or a few, and they can incorporate writing practice or not. For more information, take a look at the Big Ideas page of the Loft's website. Big Ideas places literature at the center of dynamic conversations and brings together readers and writers to explore the most pressing issues and questions facing our society today. You can also email the education director at jdodgson@loft.org.

Thematic Classes. We are looking for 2-4 classes that fit with the Loft's fall theme of "If", ideally at least 1-2 multiweek classes, and 1-2 single session classes. Proposals may be geared to writers or readers.   


What we are not looking for   

We have not had success with classes that feel academic in nature (e.g., assigning academic writing texts, reading lists that are too long, reading classes built around classics) or are too niche (e.g., somatic writing, writing in translation). Please get to know our catalog and current offerings to see what we do. Again, reading lists should include recent works and diverse authors.  


TERMS OF AGREEMENT

 By continuing with this application you are indicating agreement with the following terms and code of conduct.
Teaching Artists are Independent Contractors

 As an independent contractor, please note that the Loft does not make deductions from your compensation for taxes. We’ll provide you with IRS Form 1099 at the beginning of each calendar year. You’ll need to indemnify the Loft against adverse rulings by any taxing authority as a result of the consulting contract or in the event that you fail to qualify as an independent contractor for tax purposes.

Compensation

 You’ll be paid $6.50 per student per contact hour based on enrollment for your second class meeting (students may drop the class during the first week). For example, if you are teaching a 6-week class with an enrollment of 14 students, your compensation will be $1,092. Tuition alone does not cover the cost of the Loft’s sliding-fee classes, which are made possible, in part, through grants and individual donations. Please consider becoming a member of the Loft (membership is not required to teach at the Loft).

 Those teaching a class for readers, which are more discussion based, facilitated book clubs, with no writing instruction involved, will be paid a flat rate of $50 per hour, regardless of the number of students enrolled. Minimums remain 7, maximums remain 12-17, depending on the max choice of the teaching artist.

Teaching Artist Supervision and Performance Review

 As an independent contractor, you truly are working independently within the parameters of your teaching contract. Our main performance review tool is student evaluations, which we also send to you. It’s a good idea to survey your students mid-way through the class in order to build upon what students feel are the most helpful elements of the class, and to proactively address any concerns students may raise. If you’re teaching at the Loft for the first time, a member of the Education Team may attend your first class meeting to provide assistance, support, and encouragement.

Class Texts, Handouts, and Copy Fees

 Required texts for online classes should be readily available online, in bookstores, and/or in libraries. College textbooks are often too expensive for Loft students and not a good fit for enrichment classes. When you select texts, please keep in mind that some students may have limited time available for readings and assignments outside the classroom. Often Teaching Artists prefer hand-outs to books.

 Copy fees for hand-outs are not included in tuition; students pay you directly during class. Please be sure to bring enough hand-outs for your students. Emergency copies may be made at the Loft for .10 cents per copy. You may not require students to purchase books you have written unless your book is an instructional text on the content you’ll be teaching. Feel free to use your own work to illustrate a lesson, but please do not use class time to promote sales of your books, and don’t sell your books to students during class.

Controlled Substances

 Alcohol and other mood-altering drugs are prohibited while directly engaging with students, with the exception of medically prescribed or over-the-counter drugs.

Class Cancellation Due to Low Enrollment

 If six students are enrolled, you may choose to teach the class (please be aware that enrollment may further drop prior to your second class meeting). If less than six students are enrolled, the class is canceled, typically 3-5 business days before the first scheduled class meeting.

Class Cancellation Due to Weather

 The Loft follows the University of Minnesota’s lead on class cancellations due to weather. If concerned, please call us at 612-379-8999. We’ll announce cancellations via an email, on our website, and on our phone line.

Class Cancellation by Teaching Artist

 Please contact us if you will miss a class due to illness or emergency. We’ll inform your students and work with you to schedule a make-up class. Please do not arrange for a substitute to teach your class without prior approval from Loft staff. If you cancel a scheduled class you have agreed to teach or fail to show up for your class, you will ineligible to teach at the Loft in the future.

Criminal Background Check

 The Loft Literary Center is required by its policies and its insurance carrier to conduct a criminal background check on anyone who will work, in any capacity, with minors. Teaching artists who refuse the criminal background check will not be eligible to teach classes for children and/or teens.

Promotion of Non-Loft Programs and Services

 Many Teaching Artists also offer private services, and many teach at other organizations. We’re happy to include your website address in your Teaching Artist bio. Feel free to respond to student inquiries about your services and other classes, but please do not use class time to promote your services, books, or classes you teach at other organizations.

Code of Conduct

The Loft has revised and expanded their code of conduct, especially around sexual harassment. Please see the complete document here. https://loft.amm.clockwork.net/_asset/f22zpb/Loft-Code-of-Conduct-March-2018.pdf
 

Applications for teaching at the Loft are now open. Applications for youth classes for fall term, 2019 are now being accepted and are due May 17, 2019. Fall term is September-December, 2019.

This form is for a youth, in-person class for fall term, 2019. If you are submitting for an online adult or youth class, please submit it in the online category. If you are submitting for an in-person adult class, please submit it in the adult in-person category. Thank you!

In the fall of 2019 the Loft will present the theme of "If"...we may or may not run a youth class or two in this theme, but you are welcome to propose something that would fit. 

The question “What if?” is the most powerful one you can ask and the start of any story. Through this theme the Loft aims to explore how speculative fiction, and the act of asking what if, helps us to imagine solutions and create connections. Speculative work can act as a tool to interpret the world, to investigate topics that are too complex or too subtle to define with the limited tool of realistic fiction. It gives us an incredible opportunity to imagine alternative structures and futures, to consider how to make or avoid certain changes, and answer basic questions about our humanity.


What We're Looking For 


For youth, single session Saturday classes for writers in any genre, at any level, ages 6-8, 9-11, 12-14, 13-17, or 15-17 years. Our child and teen students have a range of skill levels and interests. We hope any writer looking in our catalog will find the class that's perfect for them.


Classes in fiction (world building, short story writing, novel writing, etc) and creative non-fiction (personal essay, particularly when centered around writing school essays or college application essays) do best for kids and teens in the fall; poetry does less well, though we're always happy to consider poetry class proposals. Themed youth classes around holidays also do well (Halloween, winter, the various holidays that happen in fall/winter).


Strong and flexible lesson plans. Loft classes give writers opportunities to engage with their teaching artist and one another, while also providing instruction on craft, engaging discussion, and in-class writing activities, as well as writing prompts students can work on between class meetings.  

 
Teaching artists with track records in writing and/or teaching, preferably both. An emphasis on teaching adults in an enrichment environment is preferred for teaching basics and beginner classes, success in writing (publications, awards, etc.) is preferred for more advanced classes.  


Reading lists should be inclusive and diverse; please ensure one perspective is not centered. The writing of people of color, indigenous writers, GLBTQ people, women - ALL are welcome!


Special Needs for Fall 2019
Thematic Classes. We are looking for 1-2 classes that fit with the Loft's fall theme of "If" Proposals may be geared to writers or readers.

What we are not looking for 


We have not had success with classes that feel academic in nature (e.g., assigning academic writing texts, reading lists that are too long, reading classes built around classics) or are too niche (e.g., somatic writing, writing in translation). Please get to know our catalog and current offerings to see what we do. 


Feel free to inquire before writing a full proposal by emailing Jennifer Dodgson, jdodgson@loft.org, with a title and description. New teaching artists are encouraged to attach a CV.


Terms of Agreement  
By continuing with this application you are indicating agreement with the following terms and code of conduct.
Teaching Artists are Independent Contractors  
As an independent contractor, please note that the Loft does not make deductions from your compensation for taxes. We’ll provide you with IRS Form 1099 at the beginning of each calendar year. You’ll need to indemnify the Loft against adverse rulings by any taxing authority as a result of the consulting contract or in the event that you fail to qualify as an independent contractor for tax purposes.   
Compensation  
You’ll be paid $6.50 per student per contact hour based on enrollment for your second class meeting (students may drop the class during the first week). For example, if you are teaching a 6-week class with an enrollment of 14 students, your compensation will be $1,092. Tuition alone does not cover the cost of the Loft’s sliding-fee classes, which are made possible, in part, through grants and individual donations. Please consider becoming a member of the Loft (membership is not required to teach at the Loft).   
Those teaching a class for readers, which are more discussion based, facilitated book clubs, with no writing instruction involved, will be paid a flat rate of $45 per hour, regardless of the number of students enrolled. Minimums remain 7, maximums remain 12-17, depending on the max choice of the teaching artist.   
Teaching Artist Supervision and Performance Review
As an independent contractor, you truly are working independently within the parameters of your teaching contract. Our main performance review tool is student evaluations, which we also send to you. It’s a good idea to survey your students mid-way through the class in order to build upon what students feel are the most helpful elements of the class, and to proactively address any concerns students may raise. If you’re teaching at the Loft for the first time, a member of the Education Team may attend your first class meeting to provide assistance, support, and encouragement.   
Class Texts, Handouts, and Copy Fees
Required texts for online classes should be readily available online, in bookstores, and/or in libraries. College textbooks are often too expensive for Loft students and not a good fit for enrichment classes. When you select texts, please keep in mind that some students may have limited time available for readings and assignments outside the classroom. Often Teaching Artists prefer hand-outs to books.   
Copy fees for hand-outs are not included in tuition; students pay you directly during class. Please be sure to bring enough hand-outs for your students. Emergency copies may be made at the Loft for .10 cents per copy. You may not require students to purchase books you have written unless your book is an instructional text on the content you’ll be teaching. Feel free to use your own work to illustrate a lesson, but please do not use class time to promote sales of your books, and don’t sell your books to students during class.   
Controlled Substances
Alcohol and other mood-altering drugs are prohibited while directly engaging with students, with the exception of medically prescribed or over-the-counter drugs.   
Class Cancellation Due to Low Enrollment
If six students are enrolled, you may choose to teach the class (please be aware that enrollment may further drop prior to your second class meeting). If less than six students are enrolled, the class is canceled, typically 3-5 business days before the first scheduled class meeting.   
Class Cancellation Due to Weather  
The Loft follows the University of Minnesota’s lead on class cancellations due to weather. If concerned, please call us at 612-379-8999. We’ll announce cancellations via an email, on our website, and on our phone line.   
Class Cancellation by Teaching Artist
Please contact us if you will miss a class due to illness or emergency. We’ll inform your students and work with you to schedule a make-up class. Please do not arrange for a substitute to teach your class without prior approval from Loft staff. If you cancel a scheduled class you have agreed to teach or fail to show up for your class, you will ineligible to teach at the Loft in the future.   
Criminal Background Check
The Loft Literary Center is required by its policies and its insurance carrier to conduct a criminal background check on anyone who will work, in any capacity, with minors. Teaching artists who refuse the criminal background check will not be eligible to teach classes for children and/or teens.   
Promotion of Non-Loft Programs and Services
Many Teaching Artists also offer private services, and many teach at other organizations. We’re happy to include your website address in your Teaching Artist bio. Feel free to respond to student inquiries about your services and other classes, but please do not use class time to promote your services, books, or classes you teach at other organizations.   
Code of Conduct  
The Loft has revised and expanded their code of conduct, especially around sexual harassment. Please see the complete document here. https://loft.amm.clockwork.net/_asset/f22zpb/Loft-Code-of-Conduct-March-2018.pdf

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