Inclusive Education Specialist
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A Peace Corps Response Volunteer (PCRV) is needed to serve as an Inclusive Education Specialist with the Ministory of Education, Science, Culture and Sport of Georgia (MoESCSG). Inclusive education has been a priority for MoESCSG since 2005. Development of inclusive education has not been accompanied by appropriate education measures. No university in the country provides a special education program, and psychologists and general education teachers are working as special education teachers. Many of these individuals have participated in training courses offered by the National Center for Teacher Professional Development at MoESCSG. This fragmented education does not give teachers the required knowledge to work in the classroom effectively. For students with special education needs to succeed, it is necessary to adapt the learning environment to include visual materials, simplified instructions, connection with everyday events and subjects, aids, and more. The MoESCSG staff and members of the multidisciplinary team, who provide consultations to special education teachers, need support to increase their knowledge about approaches such as Response to Intervention (RTI) and Universal Design for Learning (UDL). The support of a Peace Corps Response Volunteer (PCRV) is needed to increase their capacity in successful teaching and learning practices in inclusive education and developing resources on RTI and UDL. This will help the multidisciplinary team to provide consultations to teachers and to improve the knowledge of special education teachers.
To support MoESCSG with the above-mentioned needs, a Volunteer with a master’s degree in Special Education is needed to work with the Inclusive Development Division. Its function is to ensure equal access to education for persons with disabilities at all levels. The PCRV will also be working with the Ministry’s multidisciplinary team. The Volunteer will develop recommendation and specific resources to help improve the staff’s knowledge about best practices in informal education. The goal of this assignment is to increase the capacity of MoESCSG staff and members of the multidisciplinary team, and to develop resources that offer modern teaching methods and involve parents throughout the process.
Please note that departure dates and other details of this project could change because of the uncertainties as Peace Corps and local partners resume volunteer operations. Candidates selected for this position will be arriving in Georgia together as a group, so while the departure dates for the whole group could change, dates cannot be changed for individual candidates.
Ministry of Education, Science, Culture and Sport of Georgia
• High tolerance for ambiguity and high level of flexibility – some details of this project could change because of the uncertainties as Peace Corps and local partners resume volunteer operations
• Master’s degree in Special Education, Social Sciences or related field
• At least 3 years of experience working in the field of Disability Inclusion
• Experience and knowledge in special education and/ or experience working as a special education teacher;
• Strong skills in training and facilitation;
• Strong writing skills and ability to develop resources and elaborate conceptual frameworks
• Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
• Excellent written and spoken presentation skills
• Collaborative and flexible
• High levels of energy
• Ability to work in stressful and changing environments
• Excellent Computer skills (Excel, Word, PowerPoint, internet, etc.)
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