The Loft plans to begin offering in-person classes at Open Book beginning January, 2022. We will also continue to offer online classes throughout the term, both Online/Live (via Zoom, and Google Classroom as a learning enhancement if you choose) and Online/Asynchronous (WetInk, no live meetings). Please choose which format you're proposing for the class proposal you're submitting.
Please also understand that if you choose to propose an in-person class and it is accepted, safety protocols surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic may mean quick adaptations are necessary, either in the classroom, or by moving in-person content to a virtual format. Even if the class is already underway Flexibility and adaptability are important and necessary as we continue to navigate programming through this pandemic.
The Loft will follow all CDC guidelines and safety protocols to keep students, teaching contractors, and staff safe in Open Book classrooms, including lowering classroom capacity rates (10 students max versus 17 or 30 for multi week or single session classes, respectively) and scheduling fewer in-person classes that usual (2-3 max, versus 5-6 in a given time frame), so we utilize only the largest classrooms with fewer people for social distancing.
Any statements in this form about COVID-19 safety protocols, such as class size maximums, the ability to teach in-person at Open Book, etc, is subject to change as guidelines and recommendations evolve. Please be patient and flexible with us as we try to plan for the future with evolving conditions.
Pease note the smaller class size does affect teacher pay rate, since the Loft model of teacher pay is on a per student, per contact hour basis. You can read more about compensation under the Terms of Agreement section below, to decide if teaching in-person with a smaller class size makes sense for you at this time. If it doesn't, please propose a class in our online format.
If there are questions or concerns about this, please contact the Loft's education director at email@example.com.
This form is for a youth class for winter/spring, 2022. 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!
The posted Reference Guide for Teaching Artists, also on the website, has many answers to FAQ's on everything from Loft policies to teacher pay to descriptions of all the various programs and opportunities the Loft has to offer. Please read this reference guide before emailing the education director or administrative associates with questions. Please note that some of the information in that document will reference in-person class offerings. Youth classes will be offered both online (delivered using WetInk for asynchronous learning, or live via Zoom and Google Classroom) and in-person.
The Loft is dedicated to offering classes that are as imaginative and multicultural as the students and communities that we serve. We seek reading lists, class content, and approaches to discussions on craft that are inclusive and diverse, as well as timely, contemporary and accessible (readily available online, not out of print). The Loft is also invested in equity; a thoughtful, intentional statement about your own approach to creating equity in the class room is an important part of this proposal. Class proposals not adhering to these stipulations are unlikely to be accepted.
A strong, considered statement on how your class plan and teaching strategies will align with the Loft’s goal to be equitable, inclusive, and anti-racist in its classrooms and with its programming. If you need time to understand what the Loft means by this, or are simply curious for more information, here are some suggested resources—especially if you need help leading and navigating classroom discussions of student work as they relate to these topics:
How to Be An Anti-Racist by Ibram X. Kendi
A Good Time for the Truth, edited by Sun Yung Shin
Craft in the Real World by Matthew Salesses
Anti-Racism Writing Workshop: How to Decolonize the Creative Classroom by Felicia Rose Chavez
Appropriate: A Provocation by Paisley Rekdal
Online Learning Resources:
For an idea of how the Loft continues to build knowledge and capacity on this, please visit Team Dynamics.com and IDIInventory.com National SEED Project (Seeking Educational Equity and Diversity) ASDICircle.orgThese are just a few of the many resources available on creating an inclusive learning environment in your classroom; if you are unsure of how to do this, or don't understand how to articulate how your lesson plan and teaching strategies will create this kind of environment in your classroom, feel free to connect with the Loft's education director before you propose your class (firstname.lastname@example.org).
In order to teach online, Loft teaching artists must have a reliable and high speed internet connection and a computer, as well as basic knowledge of computer use, Zoom and Google Classroom, or WetInk. The Loft can not provide you with a computer or internet access.
The theme for winter/spring term 2022 is Know Your Place (!)?:
A simple pin on a map can seem like a benign concept, but the idea of place complicates beyond location and relates to a spectrum of belonging and othering. You can have your place at the table (or not), compete for a place, lose your place, be put in your place, told to know your place, and even have a place all your own. This season the Loft will explore how we all negotiate the customs, rules, exceptions, connections, and relationships through the lens of place.
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!
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 Winter/Spring 2022
Loft After-School (online) - In order to adapt to changing student needs with online programming. We're looking to schedule several "Loft After-School" classes this Winter/Spring, these classes would meet on weekday afternoons typically from 3:30 -5:00pm or 4:00-5:30pm CDT for three to four sessions of 60-90 minutes each.
Writing Groups/Writing Lab Type Classes Across all Age Ranges We have received requests for this type of content from students and parents. These classes are meant to build community, provide opportunities to meet and connect other writers, get feedback, get prompts, and share ideas. These are generic, multi-genre, and more “informal” classes with a main goal of connecting young writers with each other.
Saturday, single session programming (in-person) This Winter/Spring we will be reintroducing our Saturday, three hour classes. These classes will take place in-person at Open Book
Thematic Classes. We are looking for 1-2 classes that fit with the Loft's fall theme of “Rebirth and Renewal" Proposals may be geared to writers or readers. Also, thematic classes around time of year/holidays.
School-Writing/Academic Skills, Homework Help, College Essay Writing Classes - we are looking to schedule several classes that cover school writing or academic skills, college essay writing, or other homework help type classes across all ranges.
What we are not looking for
Feel free to inquire before writing a full proposal by emailing Jennifer Dodgson at 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