Literacy Instructional Coach

Project Description

The Ministry of Education, Culture, Science and Technology (MoECST) – Curriculum Unit in Belize has requested the support of Peace Corps Response Volunteers (PCRVs) to serve as Literacy Instructional Coaches in various District Education Centres (DEC) and substations. In Belize, the disruption in education due to the global pandemic, particularly in primary schools, resulted in notable setbacks, particularly in the realm of reading proficiency. Recognizing this challenge as a significant issue, both the government and local communities identified the imperative for a targeted literacy intervention. Ajoint initiative, titled Literacy Alive, was launched in August 2023 across six districts in Belize, focusing on all government primary schools. To ensure the success of the project, a comprehensive series of professional development and leadership training sessions were conducted. These sessions informed the development of a strategic implementation plan designed to address reading deficiencies prevalent in primary education using a phonics-based approach.

The PCRVs will support the Ministry of Education in integrating sound practices from the Peace Corps Belize Literacy Intervention Project into the existing Literacy Alive Program. To execute this, Peace Corps Response Volunteers will collaborate with District Education Officers in implementing the program. Their responsibilities will include teacher training, coaching in differentiated instruction, monitoring, supervision, and data collection. Furthermore, they will be actively engaged in reporting functions to the Ministry, ensuring a seamless flow of information to gauge the project's effectiveness and make informed adjustments as necessary.

Candidates selected for this position will be arriving in Belize together as a group, so while the departure dates for the whole group could change, dates cannot be changed for individual candidates.

Partner Information

Ministry of Education, Culture, Science and Technology (MoECST) – Curriculum Unit

Required Skills

• Bachelor’s degree in Education
• Three years of experience working in a school setting with students at elementary school level with experience in differentiated instruction
• Teaching license (active or inactive) OR professional experience as a professor of education or teacher educator
• Experience providing professional development training to teachers
• Sound knowledge of the science of reading and phonics instruction
• High tolerance for ambiguity and high level of flexibility
• Intercultural competence
• Emotional intelligence and maturity

The Peace Corps embraces and leverages the diversity of its volunteers as a reflection of America's diversity. Peace Corps Response is committed to reflecting the diversity of the United States in the professionals we send into the field to support the mission of world peace and friendship. Applicants with diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

Serving in Belize

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