All CalArts Students have the opportunity to advance through three CSI levels; an advancement in level comes with an increase in responsibility and leadership.
Beginning (CSI I)
This one or two semester position, designed to introduce student instructors to the basics of teaching through hands-on experience, is completed at either fall or spring semester at one of CAP’s partner sites, a community center or public school. CSIs at this level will assist the lead instructors, CalArts alumni with 3+ years of teaching experience, with employing learner-centered teaching strategies and project-based learning in CAP classrooms. CSIs at this level will actively participate in class, reflect on their practice, exhibit teamwork, and demonstrate a willingness to share responsibilities. While observing teaching and learning activities, they will have the opportunity to reflect on the relationship between educational theory and pedagogical practice in the CAP Introductory Gateway Program.
Intermediate: (CSI Level II)
Primarily for students in their second year teaching with CAP who have the experience, background and proven ability for assuming more responsibilities in the classroom and who may have taken pedagogy courses at CalArts, this position provides student instructors with opportunities to work more closely with individuals or groups of students. CSIs at this level are responsible for leading their own groups, or lessons, at least 3 times per semester. They will prepare lesson plans, unit plans, and/or activities for presentation to the class, as well as participate in ongoing workshops offered by CAP.
Advanced: (CSI Level III)
This position is primarily for students who are teaching private lessons or leading their own section or class, and have completed arts pedagogy courses at CalArts. Students at this level plan, prepare, and implement lessons, assess student achievement, and reflect on their performance. A discipline-specific supervisor will provide supervision, feedback, support, and evaluation.
To apply for a CSI position with CAP, please find the application form here.