Call for 2018 Teaching Artists

People in Education is hiring Teaching Artists to facilitate digital media projects in classrooms across Metro Detroit, starting October 2018. 

Our Artist in Residence (AIR) Program is a four-month residency for digital media makers interested in developing social practice works with a focus on humanizing schooling. These works will contribute to PIE’s mission to shift the conversation about education toward the idea of humane schools. This year’s focus for media projects will be school lunch.

The application deadline is September 19, 2018 with a start date of October 09, 2018.

Why school lunch?

In seven years of working with young people in Detroit classrooms, there is always one topic students are hungry to talk about: lunch. We’ve dabbled in investigating lunch before, among other topics. But this year we’re changing how we make by creating several media projects around a central theme. Often in policy and reform conversations we flatten the complexities of the issues and thus develop flat solutions that fail to address the heart of the education crisis. This new model allows us to get multiple angles on one subject and show how complex schooling is.  We have decided school lunch is the best place to start!

About the Teaching Artist position

Artists will work with PIE for four months to develop and implement a Media Project. Our projects investigate a complex community issue through a collaborative media-making and design process. Projects require a month of preparation and three months of work in the community. The AIR Project Coordinator will be available to answer any questions and support artists with their proposals for projects. See past media projects here

This is a part-time, contract position with the expectation of approximately 140 hours of work (averaging 10 hours a week while working in the community) over the period of October 2018 through January 2019. Included in this time frame is an artist social practice training October 17 - 19, during the day. Teaching Artists will be compensated with a $3,000 stipend for their participation in this four-month project.

Specific Responsibilities

The PIE Teaching Artist will:

  • Build a strong, collaborative partnership with assigned community partners

  • Develop in-depth knowledge of practices for the development of ethical agency, critical thinking and creative problem-solving

  • Facilitate a Media Project and guide partners in:

    • Developing skills in digital media production

    • Investigating “Big Questions” which identify and deconstruct systemic problems that impact their lives and their communities

    • Designing solutions for those systemic problems based on research

    • Increasing partners’ mastery of classroom curriculum in general

  • Implement PIE documentation and evaluation procedures, which include:

    • Weekly lesson planning

    • Program evaluations before, during, and after the Major Media Project

  • Participate in Bi-weekly staff meetings


The ideal candidate will have:

  • Demonstrated commitment to social justice values.

  • Mastery of at least one media arts practice (video production, audio production, graphic design, or web design)

  • Experience working as an educator in K-12 schools and/or youth leader/facilitator in a community organization.

  • Familiarity with theories and practices of popular education.

  • Familiarity with arts-infused education practices.

  • Proficiency with Google applications (Google Drive, Calendar, etc.).

  • Experience working collaboratively with a diverse staff.

  • Excellent interpersonal, written, and communication skills; strong public speaking skills.

  • Excellent self-management and time-management skills.

  • Ability/desire to work flexible hours, including occasional evenings and weekends, and willingness to travel occasionally.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Demonstrated commitment to authentic youth leadership.

  • Thorough and creative lesson-planning, paired with the ability to improvise in the classroom.

How to Apply

To apply, please send the following to with your name and “PIE Teaching Artist Application” in the subject line:

  • Cover letter

  • Resume

  • Three work samples such as art projects, curricula, articles or essays or reports, links to videos of work or workshops you have led, etc. Work samples that demonstrate your skills as an artists and/or educator.

  • Three professional references including names, emails, and telephone numbers.

Download a PDF of the Call for Artists here. 

We strongly encourage people of color, women, LGBTQ, and disabled candidates to apply.

Apply by July 18 for the 2018 Rida Institute!


People in Education is now accepting applications for the Rida Institute, a year-long training that prepares educators to facilitate humanizing classrooms.  

We believe that in order to transform our school system, educators must begin by transforming our own practices and design our classrooms to nurture leadership in our students. 

The primary goals of the Rida Institute are to:

  • Connect teachers to their personal purpose in education, exploring why they teach.

  • Increase the resilience of educators, lowering rates of teacher burnout.

  • Provide insight on practices to create more compassionate classrooms.

  • Increase the relevance of classroom content to students’ and teachers’ lives.

  • Create deep relationships that will support educators throughout their career.

Apply here for the 2018 Rida Institute. The deadline is July 18th.

We do not want cost to be an obstacle for anyone; we are happy to work with you to make the Institute affordable. The cost for the year-long Institute for individuals is a sliding scale, from $500 to $50. The cost to participate as a representative of an institution is $500. Meals will be provided on all three days of the Rida Institute Retreat and at other events throughout the year.

The application is where you can enter the amount you decide upon.

Questions? Email

The Rida Framework

The Rida Framework is the primary planning and evaluation tool that PIE uses to humanize schooling, inspired by the educational theories of Paolo Freire, Jeff Duncan-Andrade, and James and Grace Lee Boggs. Freire, a Brazilian educator and theorist, believed that cycles of critical reflection and action were key to any transformative learning process. From this approach, users of the Rida Framework articulate practices (action) that will result in desired/outlined outcomes within their classrooms, which they will document and evaluate via predetermined metrics (reflection).

Save the Date: Rida 2018

“Going to the Rida every year feels like drinking from the fountain of youth… I get re-energized, reinvigorated, and recommitted to my mission.” - Rida alum

Heads up! The Rida Institute is a year long, and we're kicking off in the summer with touch points throughout the year. Here is some of what we’re planning so far:

Rida Institute Professional Development Training

The Rida Institute begins with a three-day intensive retreat taking place July 31st - August 2nd in Detroit. Participants will be trained in PIE’s best practices for curriculum planning and classroom culture-setting. PIE will continue to support participating teachers to reflect and course-correct throughout the year. Here is an overview of the Rida Institute timeline:

Rida Institute Summer Intensive 2018 (July - August) This three-day intensive will introduce teachers to the Rida Framework, one of PIE’s tools for humanizing schooling. This year we’ll have talks by visiting educators (to be named soon!) and we’ll focus on developing unit plans and self-defined metrics by which participants can measure progress towards their goals.

Monthly Meetups Monthly throughout the school year, teachers will have the opportunity to come together to “tune up” their classroom plans and practices. These meetups will take the form of book clubs, lesson planning parties, and more to troubleshoot classroom challenges and share successes.

Classroom Visits and Interviews Every classroom will be observed at least once throughout the school year by PIE staff. We will also conduct interviews with students to assess their perceptions of the classroom. Teachers will reflect on these evaluations and observations during one-on-one meetings to understand what’s working and not working in their classrooms, and adjust their practices accordingly.

More info is coming soon, and we'll be sure to keep you updated!

People In Education is seeking a Project Coordinator


People In Education is seeking an eight-month contract Project Coordinator to provide general project and administrative support for our Artist In Residency program.  

About the Position:

This position is an eight-month contract for an average of twelve hours per week, based in Detroit, Michigan. The deadline to apply is May 29 at midnight EST. The target start date for this position is June 19, 2018.

Working at PIE is fun, dynamic, and challenging. We are a growing, grassroots project that continues to evolve, and we are seeking candidates who are passionate about their work and excited to contribute.

The Project Coordinator will work with the PIE director in coordinating a team of artists to create media projects that explore ideas and practices around humanizing schooling through PIE’s Artist in Residency program. Position responsibilities include:

Responsibilities include:

Project support

  • Assist PIE Director with project management tasks, including meeting planning and documentation, and facilitating regular communication with partners

  • Research policy and planning on topics for PIE’s AIR projects

  • Coordinate the production of final products

  • Document and archive projects and create write-ups about AIR projects

  • Assist with project evaluations with partners

  • Coordinate project launches and other events

Program support

  • Coordinate open calls for AIR applications

  • Assist PIE director with coordinating artists trainings

  • Conduct outreach on completed and in-development PIE projects to organizations that might use them, particularly educational institutions and community organizations

What We’re Looking For

We are seeking a candidate with an interest in education issues, demonstrated project management skills, and a strong commitment to social justice. The ideal candidate would be outgoing, self-directed, extremely detail-oriented, and able to work in a collaborative environment with a broad range of partners. The candidate must possess excellent verbal and written communication skills and be able to conduct basic research.

An interest in design, visual culture, and experience with Adobe Creative Suite software are pluses.

While this is an entry level position, we are looking for someone interested in developing both their own skills and PIE’s organizational capacity.

How to Apply

To apply, please send the following to with your name and “AIR Project Coordinator” in the subject line by TUESDAY, MAY 29th :

  • Cover letter

  • Resume

  • Three professional references including names, emails, and telephone numbers.

We strongly encourage people of color, women, LGBTQ, and disabled candidates to apply.

Allied Media Projects is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, gender, gender identity, gender expression, age, ethnicity, national origin, immigration status, sexual orientation, religion, HIV serostatus, disability, height, weight, veteran status or marital status.