Summer Intervention Program Teacher & Curriculum Developer

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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

Six Peace Corps Response Volunteers (PCRVs) are needed to serve as Summer Intervention Program Teachers & Curriculum Developers for the Ministry of Education, Reconciliation, Ecclesiastical Affairs & Information Curriculum Development Unit in St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Eastern Caribbean. Recent data from reports provided by the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States creates cause for concern regarding the number of students repeating grades on both the primary and secondary levels. St. Vincent and the Grenadines is among the OECS countries with the highest repetition rates, with the largest number of repeaters being in grades K and 6. The Ministry of Education has attempted to combat this issue with increased teacher training for teachers in literacy and numeracy and the implementation of the OECS/USAID Early Learners Program, which will focus on raising the levels of literacy in Grades K-3 for the next four years. Additionally, the National Library has worked to implement programs to promote and support literacy. Among the strategies that have been implemented to decrease the number of students repeating primary school grades, one of the areas needing more support is summer programs. Although there are a number of summer programs which provide various types of services to students—from academic support and leadership development to athletic engagement—there is no formal system of “summer school” which would provide a structured environment for students to gain intense, focused academic instruction by highly qualified teachers. Such a program would help students recover some of the information they may have missed during the school year and battle the “summer slide” by actually growing their skills in literacy and math during the summer.

Six Summer Intervention Program Teachers & Curriculum Developers, with at least a bachelor’s degree in elementary education OR a bachelor’s degree in any field with experience teaching ages 5-18 years in a classroom setting AND two years’ experience as a successful primary/secondary school teacher, are needed to provide intense summer instruction in reading and math to students in St. Vincent. The PCRVs will work in collaboration with a designated Education Officer, mentees and/or fellow Peace Corps Volunteers to plan, promote, and carry out the summer school program, conduct individual student assessments and develop action plans, and provide focused reading and math instruction to classes of students at designated school sites. The PCRVs will also work in collaboration with local education officers and fellow PCRVs to develop a summer intervention reading and math lesson guide, identify and/or create appropriate teaching and learning resources for effective lesson planning and lesson delivery, and write daily lesson plans in reading and in math which engage various types of learners and help students master required skills and objectives. The goal of this assignment is to assist educators in St. Vincent in closing the learning gap for students struggling with literacy and mathematics skills.

Please note these are approximate departure dates and may change due to programmatic needs. Delayed arrival based on the availability of the Volunteer(s) cannot be accommodated. Please only apply if you are able to depart for service on 26-May-2019.

Partner Information

Ministry of Education, Reconciliation, Ecclesiastical Affairs & Information Curriculum Development Unit

Required Skills

• Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education OR Bachelor’s Degree in any field with experience teaching ages 5-18 years in a classroom setting
• 2+ years’ experience as a successful primary/secondary school teacher
• Ability to present effective, engaging lessons with very little resources
• Experience working with at-risk students or students from a developing country
• Strong interpersonal skills
• Openness to respect and learn from local knowledge as a basis to the work outlined
• Demonstrated ability to work effectively with Ministry and school-level officials
• Strong and effective communicator, both written and verbal, with excellent interpersonal skills.
• Ability to work independently and with a team, and maintain a positive working relationship with colleagues

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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