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Primary Literacy Promoter

Not Actively Recruiting

Service Dates

June 1, 2020 - August 5, 2022

Application Window

May 1, 2019 - October 1, 2019

Location

  • Guyana

Contact Information

Marissa Henderson
mhenderson2@peacecorps.gov

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Description

The goal of the Read to Achieve project is for Guyanese students to attain literacy skills that contribute to academic success. Literacy Promoters work at primary schools in villages and towns throughout the country to support the Ministry of Education’s literacy curriculum in Grades 1-4. They are in school at least 35 hours per week where they are supervised by the Head Teacher and work along with an identified teacher counterpart.

Literacy Promoters work directly with students through small group “pull-outs” and one-on-one student tutoring. They conduct literacy diagnostic assessments with students, arrange pull-out schedules and deliver literacy lessons covering the components of the Literacy Wheel, which include alphabet knowledge and sounds, phonological and phonemic awareness, and phonics. They also maintain records of the students’ progress to share and discuss with the Head teacher and staff.

Literacy Promoters also work with teachers to strengthen general teaching skills, as well as specific skills related to teaching literacy, through modeling of teaching techniques, participating in communities of practice and assisting teachers in developing appropriate classroom learning resources. Depending on experience, Primary Literacy Promoters may also have the opportunity to conduct technical trainings (workshops or professional development sessions) with the teachers at their school, as well as teachers from their regional cluster.

Outside of class, the Primary Literacy Promoters’ work-plan involves developing and or maintaining classroom/school libraries and training students and teachers to utilize this as a resource for improving literacy. Finally, they collaborate with their teaching staff and local Parent Teachers Association to increase community awareness of literacy and plan and implement support activities so parents and caregivers can help their children learn to read.

The goal of the Read to Achieve project is for Guyanese students to attain literacy skills that contribute to academic success. Literacy Promoters work at primary schools in villages and towns throughout the country to support the Ministry of Education’s literacy curriculum in Grades 1-4. They are in school at least 35 hours per week where they are supervised by the Head Teacher and work along with an identified teacher counterpart.

Literacy Promoters work directly with students through small group “pull-outs” and one-on-one student tutoring. They conduct literacy diagnostic assessments with students, arrange pull-out schedules and deliver literacy lessons covering the components of the Literacy Wheel, which include alphabet knowledge and sounds, phonological and phonemic awareness, and phonics. They also maintain records of the students’ progress to share and discuss with the Head teacher and staff.

Literacy Promoters also work with teachers to strengthen general teaching skills, as well as specific skills related to teaching literacy, through modeling of teaching techniques, participating in communities of practice and assisting teachers in developing appropriate classroom learning resources. Depending on experience, Primary Literacy Promoters may also have the opportunity to conduct technical trainings (workshops or professional development sessions) with the teachers at their school, as well as teachers from their regional cluster.

Outside of class, the Primary Literacy Promoters’ work-plan involves developing and or maintaining classroom/school libraries and training students and teachers to utilize this as a resource for improving literacy. Finally, they collaborate with their teaching staff and local Parent Teachers Association to increase community awareness of literacy and plan and implement support activities so parents and caregivers can help their children learn to read.
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Benefits

Health coverage, Housing, Living allowance, Non-competitive eligibility (federal jobs), Stipend, Student loan forbearance, Training

Education Requirements

College Graduate

Desired Languages

English

Other Conditions

Prohibits paid work outside of the sponsoring agency at any time
Subject to criminal background check

Service Details

Focus Areas

Education & Youth

Weekly Hours

40

Service Type

Combination of direct and indirect service

Service Environment

Indoor and Outdoor

Placement

Individual Placement

Service Setting

Community-based Nonprofit, Community Development Organization, Early Childhood Program, Elementary School, Health Clinic/Other Health Organization, Higher Education Institution, High School, Hospital, Local Educational Agency, Local Government Agency, Recreation or Youth Center, Social Enterprise (nonprofit)

Activity Types

Hands On Activities, Office Activities, Professional Activities

Contact Information

Marissa Henderson
mhenderson2@peacecorps.gov

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