Special Education Teacher and Trainer

Before You Apply

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

Project Description

A Peace Corps Response Volunteer (PCRV) is needed to serve as a Special Education Teacher & Trainer at the School for Children with Special Needs in St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Eastern Caribbean. The School for Children with Special Needs, Kingstown is one of three schools in the nation serving children with various disabilities. The school currently supports 64 students with a staff of 11 teachers. The students range from early primary aged to early adulthood. There is a negative stigma associated with students with special needs in St. Vincent. Teachers in mainstream schools often feel that students with learning struggles or special needs lack the ability to learn or are “slow learners.” Some parents may find shame in seeking assistance for their child with special needs, fearing the child will be negatively labeled. As a result there is limited resources and support available to special education centers. Schools like the School for Children with Special Needs, Kingstown are challenged with finding an adequate number of highly qualified staff members who are thoroughly trained and prepared to teach children with a range of disabilities. Against this background, the School for Children with Special Needs, Kingstown has identified the need for improved assessment of their students to inform the creation of Individual Education Plans, especially for children who have the ability to make significant academic progress and function independently. In addition, there is a need for more instructional and pedagogical training and support for the staff in order to develop their capacity to implement more effective strategies in their instruction. Parents and guardians could also benefit from information and training which will help them support their children away from school. These efforts would enable the school to better address the needs of the children they serve.

A Special Education Teacher & Trainer, with a degree and certification in education and at least 3 years’ experience in teaching special education and conducting assessments, is needed to train relevant staff in conducting and analyzing student assessments, as well as developing Individual Education Plans. The PCRV will guide and support staff in conducting individual student assessments and developing Individual Education Plans, introduce best practices in literacy and numeracy, and deliver demonstration lessons to facilitate teacher training and preparation. The PCRV will also provide quality, specialized instruction to students with a range of mental, physical, and learning, conduct parent workshops and trainings to help parents understand and manage children with special needs, and assist staff in maintaining timely and appropriate records to track the students’ progress. The goal of this assignment is to build the capacity of the school to enhance the students’ learning experiences.

Please note these are approximate departure dates and may change due to programmatic needs.

Partner Information

School for Children with Special Needs, Kingstown

Required Skills

• A bachelor’s degree in Special Education, or other related education field
• A certification in special education, elementary (primary) education, secondary education, or related education certification
• At least 3 years’ successful special education teaching experience
• At least 3 years’ experience conducting assessments
• Knowledge of safety procedures to be used when students display challenging physical behaviors
• Experience creating and facilitating training sessions for adults
• Proficiency in Microsoft Office (Word, PowerPoint, etc.)
• Good written and verbal communication skills
• Strong interpersonal skills
• Openness to respect and learn from local knowledge as a basis to the work outlined

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

Before you apply, please 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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