Special Education Teacher Trainer

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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 Saint Lucia Boys Training Center, (BTC) in St. Lucia. The Boys Training Center (BTC) provides general residential as well as specialized treatment services for two categories of male juveniles, namely, Juvenile Offenders and Juveniles In Need of Care & Protection. The juveniles who are placed at BTC are wards of the State, and can only be placed at the institution through a formal commitment order of the Family Court. A structured program of activities geared towards rehabilitation and reintegration into the community is provided for wards of the institution. The programs include A) Skills/Vocational Development/Training, B) Auto-Mechanic/Welding, C) Carpentry/Joinery (Woodwork), D) Agriculture, E) Remedial Education. The majority of the wards have challenges with literacy and numeracy, resulting in low literacy achievement at both the primary and secondary levels. Against this background, BTC has identified the need for improved assessment of the boys to inform the creation of Individual Education Plans, especially for the boys who remain on compound to be educated. In addition, there is a need for more pedagogical training and support for the staff in order to develop their capacity to implement more effective strategies in their literacy instruction. These efforts would enable the Center to better address the needs of the boys in its care.

A Special Education Teacher Trainer, with a bachelor’s degree in special education, or other related education field and at least three years’ experience in teaching and conducting education-related training, is needed to work collaboratively with management and staff at the Center. The PCRV will train relevant staff in conducting and analyzing student assessments, as well as developing Individual Education Plans, guide and support staff in conducting individual student assessments, and assist staff in maintaining timely and appropriate records to track the boys’ progress. The Volunteer will also introduce best practices in literacy and train staff to apply the practices in their instruction, assist staff in integrating ICT in literacy instruction, and provide individual or in small group instruction when necessary. The PCRV will also be expected to contribute to the personal development of the boys through extracurricular or enrichment activities. The goal of this assignment is to build the capacity of the staff at the Center to identify and address the boys’ learning needs.

Please note these are approximate departure dates and may change.

Partner Information

Saint Lucia Boys Training Center (BTC)

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’ teaching experience
• At least 3 years’ experience conducting assessments and conducting education/literacy related training
• Proficiency in Microsoft Office (Word, PowerPoint, etc.)
• Good written and verbal communication skills
• Strong interpersonal skills
• Willingness to approach the position through the Peace Corps’ philosophy on development
• 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 in Eastern Caribbean

  • Eastern Caribbean may not be able to support Volunteers with the following medical conditions: ongoing counseling.
  • The following medication(s) are not permitted for legal or cultural reasons: none identified.
  • Volunteers who should avoid the following food(s) may not be able to serve: none identified.
  • After arrival in Eastern Caribbean, Peace Corps provides and applicants are required to have an annual flu shot and mandatory immunizations.

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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