Special Education Teacher Trainer

Project Description

A Peace Corps Response Volunteer (PCRV) is needed to serve as a Special Education Teacher Trainer in the Special Education Department (SPD) in the Ministry of Education in Dominica, Eastern Caribbean. The Ministry of Education is developing its plan to create and offer training in special education to increase its capacity in this area, and SPD hopes to engage teachers in a staff development program with the assistance of trained personnel at two schools on the island, which could be extended to other schools. The support of a PCRV is requested to engage officers who are responsible for training teachers in Special Education, in addition to teachers, in training regarding classroom strategies and instruction, behavior management, curriculum development/modification and any other needs identified from an analysis to be conducted by the PCRV.

SPD has selected two schools within walking distance from the city of Roseau for this project. The PCRV will collaborate with the Principals and special education teachers in the Roseau Primary School (a public primary school) and the Alpha Centre (a special school for children with intellectual disabilities). The PCRV will conduct an assessment with the MOE and staff of the target schools and then co-develop and co-implement with SPD a training for a cohort of 10 educators from the Roseau Primary School, Alpha Centre and other schools based on the needs assessment of the target schools. The overall goal of this assignment is to build the capacity of SPD to meet the diverse needs of the schools, teachers, and students with special education needs.

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 the Eastern Caribbean together as a group, so while the departure dates for the whole group could change, dates cannot be changed for individual candidates.

Partner Information

Special Education Department (SPD), Ministry of Education & Human Resource Planning Vocational Training & National Excellence

Required Skills

• 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 with at least 2 years of teaching experience
• 2 years of professional administrative or consultative experience in the field of special education
• Training in ICT integration in education
• Knowledge of inclusive education practices.
• Knowledge of the principles and methods used in teaching students with special educational needs.
• 3 years designing and facilitating training workshops for adult learners
• Strong interpersonal skills.
• Experience in developing a comprehensive program.
• Able to provide technical expertise and guidance to school and the special education department in the preparation and implementation of special education plan.
• Experience maintaining records and prepared reports.

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 Eastern Caribbean

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Medical Considerations

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