• The Downingtown Community Education Foundation is looking for teachers who are interested in working with the foundation to offer enrichment programs for elementary, 6th grade center and middle school students after school and/or in the summer. Due to the popularity of the programs and requests from parents and students, we have expanded to offer programs for 1&2nd graders as well as level 2 or advanced classes in some areas.  We also have added an Arts component to our previously STEM programs – creating STEAM.  The foundation believes that through programs such as these that help children learn, grow, and reach their potential that we will enrich and elevate the entire DASD community.

    Our current program offerings are:

                  Elementary:

                               Cooking up Science – grades 1&2       Cooking up Science – grades 3-5

                               Digital Photography

                               Engineering                                                         Engineering 2/Advanced

                               Forensics

                               Programming – grades 1&2                  Programming – grades 3-5

                               Robotics – grades 1&2                                        Robotics – grades 3-5

                               Textile & Fashion

                               Theater

                  6th Grade Center, DMS, LMS:

                               Cooking up Science

                               Digital Photography

                               Engineering                                              Engineering 2/Advanced

                               Programming

                               Robotics

    We run 3 program sessions a year – Fall (mid Oct- early Dec); Early Spring (mid Feb – early April) and Summer (two one-week sessions in July).   During the school year, the programs are seven two-hour classes – once a week.  During the summer, the programs are one week (5 days) three-hour classes.  Teachers may teach in any or all three sessions. Teachers from all levels and disciplines are needed to teach these classes. Training will be provided in all areas so even if you don't know the subject area, but if you want to learn a new skill, this is a great opportunity for you. We are always looking to add new programs – especially those that focus on STEAM.  Please let me know if you have any ideas you would like to discuss and develop into new programs.

    The Early Spring session will begin the week of Feb 13th and run for 7 weeks.  It may go through the first week in April if there are any weather related or other school closings.   Programs are offered on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays depending on what works best for the school and teacher availability.  Elementary and 6th Grade Center programs are 3:30-5:30pm.  Middle school programs are 2:45 – 4:45pm.  Teachers are paid $700 per session plus an additional $80 to attend a two-hour training session prior to the start of a new program cycle.  We have teachers who are program leaders who facilitate the trainings and develop the shared curriculum.  Cooking up Science – Emily Vanim; Digital Photography – Brian Hassel; Engineering – Wendy King; Forensics – Brittany Schwab; Robotics – Catherine Edwards.

    Send an email to jfenn@dcedf.org  -  with your name, what program you want to teach, the school(s) you can get to and what day(s) you are available.  Please note, the Early Spring session will be set by the end of November so please reply asap if you are interested.