Co-design and Co-facilitate Task-based ESL Activities Integrating ICT

Eligibility

Open to all RPCVs

Activity/project background

Sachkhere Public School #3 is currently part of the Georgia’s education reform, "New School Model" which has two main goals: to improve the quality of teaching and learning and to create an environment that will contribute to the formation of a good citizen. One of the main objectives within this program is for teachers to design and implement activities and integrative task-based assignments based on constructivist principles. Another critical objective of the program is to integrate technologies in teaching/learning process and create digital resources that help students in completing integrative task-based assignments. Through integrative task-based assignments students will demonstrate and enhance critical thinking, analytical and creative skills, as well as reading, speaking and creative writing skills through problem-based approach. The knowledge and skills gained through variety integrative task-based activities will lay the foundation for students’ future professional lives.

The primary development need for the project is for teachers to gain more knowledge and collaborative experience in designing engaging task-based activities using a constructivist approach, specifically to transform student knowledge into applicable skills for daily life. The school has partnered with four Peace Corps Volunteers before, who have helped build a number of sustainable activities at school. While the schools understand that the nature of virtual service is very different than a two year Volunteer, the hope is that VSPP engagement in this project will provide recommendations on planning and implementing integrative task-based assignments for students, resource development and technological expertise in creating a bank of complex tasks.

Virtual service engagement and tasks

The VSPP will engage in the following tasks, in collaboration with their Host Country Partners:
-Identify and co-plan engaging curriculum-driven task-based summative assessment activities for a selected grade level (2 hours per week, 14 weeks)
-Co-plan engaging online sessions that focus on integrating content into goal-oriented, age-appropriate and level-specific tasks, digital resources and assessment instruments (1 hour collaboratively and 2 additional hours independently, 12 weeks)
-Co-facilitate online sessions and summative assessment meetings where students report on their work towards the complex assignments (1 hour per week, 12 weeks)
-Co-create a package of complex tasks and related digital resources accompanied with the guidelines for use of teachers (2 hour per week during 14 weeks)

This engagement is expected to be approximately 15 weeks. VSPPs are expected to engage on the tasks listed above for an estimated 8-15 hours per week.

Meetings between VSPPs and Host Country Counterparts will take place during normal office hours, 2:00 pm 6:00 pm GMT+4 time and/or evening time between 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm GMT+4. Specific times will be determined during orientation.

The Host Country Counterpart will have access to a computer, internet, and telephone, Messenger, Zoom, Gmail, Teams for regular communication and collaboration.

Per the Child Protection Code of Conduct, when engaging online with minors (0-18), two adults must be present.

Optional additional activities

The Peace Corps mission is to promote world peace and friendship by fulfilling three goals:

  1. To help the people of interested countries in meeting their need for trained men and women.
  2. To help promote a better understanding of Americans on the part of the peoples served.
  3. To help promote a better understanding of other peoples on the part of Americans.

Goal 1 will be achieved through the VSPP's engagement and completion of the above tasks. The counterpart and VSPP may also choose to identify an activity that aligns with Goal 2. Additionally, the VSPP may identify a Goal 3 activity to implement during their engagement. See recommendations and tools for Goal 3 activities.

Essential qualifications

Education: Bachelor’s degree in education or related degree

Experience:
• Experience in working with students
• Experience in resource development

Intercultural skills and motivation: flexible, strong cross-cultural agility, high tolerance for ambiguity, able to work independently, resourceful, creative, and genuinely motivated and capable to serve virtually

Desired qualifications

Education: Master’s degree in education

Technical Skills: Familiarity with virtual engagement and communication

Experience:
-Experience in curriculum planning, instruction or assessment in a school setting
-Experience in using technology and creating digital resources for students
-Experience teaching critical thinking

Partner background

Name: Sachkhere Public School #3

Type of entity: Government

Mission and goals:

The mission of Sachkhere Public School #3 is to provide quality general education to students from grade 1 through 12 through formal and non-formal educational interventions, to raise competences and awareness of designing and implementing various types of projects, considering their individual abilities and needs, in a safe and opportunity-rich environment.

Terms and conditions of engagement

VSPPs will be engaging with the host country partner, in coordination with Peace Corps post staff, remotely from the US. They should have access to a computer, internet, and telephone in order to enable direct engagement with the Peace Corps overseas office and the Host Country Counterpart assigned by the host country partner.

Orientation with the host country partner will be provided, within the designated virtual service hours, during the first week of virtual service via an online presentation and discussion. The host country partner will provide an overview of its organization, the local context, and how they envision collaborating with the VSPP.

The VSPP will have regular check-ins with their counterpart and bi-weekly check-ins with Peace Corps staff. Spending unstructured time with counterparts can be critical to relationship-building and is encouraged through activities such as coffee chats and informal calls within the weekly 5-15 hours.

Engagement-specific safety and security

The VSPP will receive an orientation on Peace Corps’ Child Protection Policy and how it relates to online engagement along with IT security best practices. The VSPP will be expected to follow safety and security guidelines for online engagement to ensure their safety and that of the Host Country Partner and their counterpart, and any beneficiaries of the engagement.

Supervision requirements

The VSPP will report to a designated Peace Corps staff member. The VSPP will be expected to abide by the Virtual Service Pilot Participant and Donation Agreement and Participant Principles of Engagement. The VSPP will also be expected to check in with the designated host country counterpart as assigned by the host county partner.


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