Learning Commons Lead, Bard Microcollege @ Brooklyn Public Library
Bard Prison Initiative/MicrocollegeLearning Commons Lead, Bard Microcollege @ Brooklyn Public LibraryEmployer Website: https://apply.interfolio.com/87117
Building on the values and success of the Bard Prison Initiative (BPI), the Bard Microcollege brings tuition-free, high-quality, liberal arts education to communities most often excluded from the university experience. The strength of the microcollege rests in alliances between institutions that are conventionally separate from one another but have overlapping missions, common purpose, and shared core values. These partnerships create opportunities for academic success and disrupt traditional expectations about the kinds of students who can and will succeed in college.
This is a one-year, full-time Learning Commons Lead position for the Bard Microcollege at Brooklyn Public Library (BPL), located at Grand Army Plaza, NY. This position supports BPI alum interested in careers and/or further study in education to join the community of the Bard Microcollege at BPL in a 12-month appointment. In this position, a BPI alum will work as a Writing and/or Math tutor in addition to taking on the role of Lead Tutor. The Learning Commons Lead will participate in a series of professional development workshops, gain administration experience specific to the Learning Commons, and do a Participatory Action Research (PAR) project centered on their questions and experiences as a Lead Tutor in the Learning Commons. As a part of this Learning Commons Fellow Program, the BPI Fellow will also work directly with BPI’s Associate Director of Teaching Programs on education-related initiatives.
As a tutor will:
- Tutor students
- Submit a tutoring form after each session with a student
- Gain additional technology skills, such as working with students on Zoom, using tools from Google Suite, etc
- Work with a team of tutors along with the Program Director and Associate Director of Teaching Programs to continue refining and growing the work of tutors in support of student learning
- Attend monthly tutor workshops to build their competencies
- Have one observation each semester followed by 1-1 conversations rooted in the tutoring practice
- Complete two reflections each semester rooted in their observations/end of the semester evaluations.
- Tutoring work will account for 15-20 hours/week
- Co-lead weekly meetings with the tutors and the Program Director and/or Associate Director of Teaching Programs
- Lead weekly Study Hall sessions with other tutors for students
- Manage and review the tutoring forms submitted by each tutor (to assess what services students use and how frequently students use them)
- Manage the Tutoring Calendar and tutoring requests
- Co-lead at least one Tutoring Workshop
- Collaborate on leading at least one Writing Workshop for Microcollege students
- Lead Tutor work will add at least 10 hours/week with the additional hours for working with supervisory on education initiatives and doing the PAR project
Overview: At the start of the second semester, the BPI Fellow will develop a Participatory Action Research (PAR) project, an approach to research that is centered on action, inquiry and social justice. The PAR project will be centered in the BPI Fellow’s particular questions and observations vis-a-vis tutoring pedagogy and practice in the Learning Commons. The BPI Fellow will submit a research proposal and, once approved, begin the PAR process. The project will be completed during the time of the fellowship and will culminate in a presentation with relevant stakeholders.
Objectives: The PAR project is designed to introduce the BPI Fellow to a key framework for educational research and praxis, one that is used in both schools and classrooms, policy-facing social sciences research, and in organizations fostering community engagement and change. Through the process of defining and engaging in the PAR project, the BPI Learning Commons Fellows will deepen their pedagogical practice, be introduced to relevant scholarship and practitioners, and gain research experience that can support future work in project development, teaching, and graduate school.
Strong applicants will meet the following criteria:
- A BPI Alum who has taken the Tutoring Pedagogy and Practice course.
- A BPI Alum who has tutored for at least one semester.
- In the application, the BPI Alum must clearly articulate their work and points of inquiry specific to tutoring/pedagogical practice.
- In the application, the BPI alum must clearly articulate their future interests in pursuing further study and/or a career in an education related field; the relevance of this fellowship to their goals is explicitly and clearly stated.
- In the application or in the recommendation letter, the BPI alum must demonstrate experience with and/or commitment to developing professionally.
BPI alum provides a strong recommendation letter that attests to their ability to grow and reflect academically, to both respond to challenges and to make changes as needed.
- Must be able to sit for extended periods of time and work in a standard office environment.
- Must be able to occasionally lift 20 pounds.
- Must be able to work occasional weekends and evenings as needed
Please submit a cover letter, resume, and the names of three contact references through Interfolio at http://apply.interfolio.com/87117
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