10/5/12

Celebrating World Teachers' Day


A note from our Director of Education Jaime Bruce

On World Teacher’s Day, we celebrate the efforts of dedicated professionals around the world, and the impact they have on the lives of students.  I’m sure we can all recall at least one teacher who had a profound impact on our lives, not only on the careers we chose, but the people we became.   Today we recall those names with warmth, and gratitude.

The slogan of this year’s celebration is, “Take a stand for teachers!”  Today many will join the ranks of the already standing, and discuss the commitment necessary to ensure that all children have the chance to go to school, and once they get there, receive an education that is of the highest quality.  Over the past decade, significant strides have been made towards reaching this goal. This is thanks, in large part, to the work done each and every school day by teachers, both local and foreign.  

At WorldTeach we are dedicated to providing quality education to our students.  Our commitment has prompted us to increase the resources and support we offer our teachers.  Over the past year we have created context-specific curricula and assessments for teachers to implement in the classroom which align with the national education standards and benchmarks where our teachers serve.  We have also expanded the number of volunteers receiving ongoing training and support.  This time last year, 61.5% of our volunteers were receiving in-service teacher training.  Currently, 87.4% of our volunteers are receiving training, and this number is projected to increase in the coming months.  WorldTeach recognizes that only when teachers have sufficient resources and support can they adequately address the needs of the students in their class.  So, today we celebrate the work of our volunteer teachers, and give them the standing ovation they deserve.

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Jaime grew up in Texas and began her career as an international educator in Cairo. After two blissful years instructing Egyptian students, she went on to teach in Shanghai, China for a year. Her next challenge was working for an NGO as a teacher trainer in Djibouti. In addition to setting up training workshops and conducting observations for the Ministry of Education, she also taught at the country's only university. Most recently, Jaime served as Panama Curriculum Developer for WorldTeach while pursuing her master's degree in International Education Policy at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. She is excited to join the staff full time as Director of Education, managing the curriculum development, assessment, and TEFL Certification programs.

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