Literacy Support Specialist

Before You Apply

Peace Corps Response positions are open to returned Volunteers or U.S. citizens with significant professional and technical experience.

Project Description

Seven Peace Corps Response Volunteers (PCRVs) are needed to serve as Literacy Support Specialists with the Quality Assurance Development Services (QADS) department of the Ministry of Education, Youth, Sports and Culture (MoEYSC) in seven District Education Centres and substations around Belize. QADS has programs related to curriculum development and implementation, early childhood education and development, and literacy and secondary school supervision. Its work in literacy is guided by the Belize Education Sector Strategy and the Draft National Literacy Strategy (NLS). The current focus of the NLS is to ensure that all eight-year-old children are either reading at or above grade level or are the subject of a reading intervention. District Education Centres are government administrative offices that provide a wide range of education services to local schools. In 2018, the Belize MoEYSC will expand its literacy screening and intervention system for Standard One (U.S. Grade 2) students to all schools in five districts. This expansion of the literacy screening and intervention system will be supported by the DECs to which the Peace Corps Response Volunteers (PCRVs) will be assigned. In 2017, a cohort of four PCRVs assisted in the pilot phase of this project by helping develop and field test an intervention toolkit and providing much useful data on the effectiveness of the toolkit and an accompanying screening.

Seven Literacy Support Specialists, with an advanced relevant degree and at least 3 years’ professional experience working in literacy development, are needed to work alongside Language Arts Education Officers and local teachers. The PCRVs will support QADS in developing and delivering continuous professional development workshops for Standard One teachers focused on conducting literacy screening and implementing strategies to support students who are struggling to develop literacy skills. The PCRVs will also deliver school-based coaching in literacy development to teachers, monitor the implementation of the Standard One literacy screening, assist teachers in analyzing the results, and attend and contribute to monthly planning meetings organized by QADS. The goal of this assignment is to build the capacity of the teachers to identify and address students’ literacy needs and the activities described above are subject to change as appropriate according to MoYESC priorities.

Please note these are approximate departure dates, but candidates should only apply if they are available to depart by 10-June-2018. Application reviews and interviews will occur on a rolling basis, so please consider applying as early as possible.

Partner Information

Quality Assurance Development Services (QADS) of the Ministry of Education, Youth, Sports and Culture (MoEYSC)

Required Skills

• Bachelor’s Degree with strong early childhood literacy component
• Three years of experience working in a school setting with students with or at risk of delayed literacy development
• One year of experience providing professional development training to teachers
• Licensed teacher (active or inactive)

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.

Medical Considerations in Belize

  • Belize may not be able to support Volunteers with the following medical conditions: requiring a psychiatrist for psychotropic medications support; ongoing counseling.
  • The following medication(s) are not permitted for legal or cultural reasons: Vyvanse.
  • Volunteers who should avoid the following food(s) may not be able to serve: none identified.
  • After arrival in Belize, Peace Corps provides and applicants are required to have an annual flu shot, to take daily or weekly medication to prevent malaria, and to receive mandatory immunizations.

Before you apply, please also review Medical Information for Applicants to learn about the clearance process and other health conditions that are difficult to accommodate in Peace Corps service.

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