Applications for teaching at the Loft are now open. Applications for youth classes for fall term, 2020 are now being accepted and are due June 22, 2020. Fall term is September - December, 2020.
This form is for a youth, in-person class for fall, 2020 - which may have to pivot to an online, Zoom based class if current events continue; please plan accordingly.
If you are hoping to teach a Moodle based online class for teens, please contact Kurtis Scaletta at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are submitting for an adult class, either online or in-person, please submit it in the All Formats Adult Class Proposal category. Thank you!
In the fall of 2020 the Loft will present the theme of "Choice and Chance" We would like to schedule 1-2 youth classes in this theme:
Many of us have been raised with the idea of pulling yourself by your bootstraps. This story reinforces the idea that your fate is not in our stars but in ourselves. Hard work and good choices lead to good fortune, right? But what if that’s not true? What, in the end, do we really control, and what is a result of chance?
Together we will explore stories of luck, both bad and good, and think about how we make decisions, both big and small.
What We're Looking For
Reading lists and class content should be inclusive and diverse; please ensure one perspective is not centered. (Of course it’s fine to propose a class that examines the work of one writer; we've offered classes that centered Mary Oliver, James Baldwin, etc.) The writing of people of color, indigenous writers, GLBTQ people, women - ALL are welcome!
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.
More classes for kids ages 6-8 years are ALWAYS needed.
Classes for 9-11 year olds are typically the most popular during non-summer months, followed in popularity by classes for teens ages 13-17 years.
Classes in fiction (world building, short story writing, novel writing, etc) and creative non-fiction (personal essay, particularly when centered around writing better for school, writing school essays or college application essays) do best for kids and especially for teens in the fall; poetry can struggle to land with our youth audience, though I love to have poetry classes on the schedule, so feel free to reach out should you have questions about this..Themed youth classes around holidays also do well (fall/nature writing, halloween/writing scary stories, winter/snowflakes, etc)
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 children and teens in an enrichment environment is preferred for teaching basics and beginner classes, success in writing (publications, awards, etc.) is preferred for more advanced classes.
Special Needs for Fall 2020
More classes for kids ages 6-8 years. Classes in story telling and writing that use books and story time, drawing, imaginative games and play, and incorporate aspects of popular culture that might help lure reluctant writers and readers, generally do best.
But please don't forget we also need classes for older kids and teens; generally speaking, there will be around 8-10 youth classes scheduled, usually 1-2 for each age range.
Thematic Classes. We are looking for 1-2 classes that fit with the Loft's fall theme of “Choice and Chance" Proposals may be geared to writers or readers. Also, thematic classes around time of year/holidays.
Classes that incorporate aspects of popular culture that might help lure reluctant writers and readers generally do very well across age ranges.
NOTE: Due to public health concerns surrounding COVID-19, all Loft programming scheduled from March until August has moved online. While we are planning to return to in-person programming in September, given the uncertain public health situation we are asking teaching artists to remain flexible and propose their classes with the knowledge there is a slight chance they might be asked to adapt their content to an online classroom.
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. 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 Brianna Low, email@example.com, 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.
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.
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