Posted: Saturday, March 5, 2022. 12:44 pm CST.
By Aaron Humes: The Participate Learning exchange program still has spaces available for international teachers, including Belizeans, to teach in American schools.
The program is intended to give American children skills on bilingual education and create open and diverse cultural experiences toward meeting the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Its premise is that the experience of national educators who have lived the way of working in schools outside our borders can contribute to recognizing our deficiencies and strengths.
Belizean Stephen Diaz, who works at Mullen Elementary School in Virginia, says gaining important skills in developing competency has allowed its students to progress as they demonstrate mastery of academic content. “The strategies that are competency based provide flexible personalization learning opportunities for each student and are definitely a best practice for skills transfer for cooperation with educators in my country of origin”, he said.
As the renowned American researcher and Professor of Education at the University of Illinois at Chicago, James Pellegrino, explains, as reflected in the National Research Council’s American report “Education for Life and Work: Developing Knowledge and Transferable Skills in the 21st Century”, it is no longer enough to simply develop skills and acquire knowledge; to reach their full potential, students will need to apply to learn and transfer it to new contexts, which undoubtedly requires deeper learning and harnessing problem-solving, critical thinking and self-management skills.
As the US Department of Education points out, depending on the strategy pursued, competency-based systems also create multiple pathways to graduation, make better use of technology, support new staffing patterns that use teachers’ skills and interests differently, take advantage of out-of-school-time learning opportunities, and walls.
For Diaz, this conception of the U.S. Department of Education can be applied to his personal experience as an educator in the United States. Skills that he learned during his professional exchange are especially helpful in the form of Personal Development and support staff for English and Math and ESOL support. “This definitely enhances my pedagogical skills”, he said.
Whether you are a single educator or you have a family, the Participate Learning program provides facilities for teachers recruited such as:
– Visa procedures for the educator and his or her family.
– Contracts on equal terms as an American teacher.
– Assistance in the process of renting a house and purchasing a car.
Some requirements to be recruited in the Participate program are:
-Be a graduated teacher with more than two years of continuous teaching experience.
-Proven ability to perform professionally in an English-speaking environment
-Currently working in education.
Applications are currently being received for educators who are interested in starting the next U.S. school year. If you are an educator or know an educator who would like to be part of Participate Learning you can apply at www.participatelearning.com
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