What is THINK Global School
Built upon project and placed based learning, The Changemaker Curriculum is THINK Global School’s groundbreaking new student-driven learning model. We believe that education should connect you to the world around you, providing context and insight into today’s most pressing issues.
The Changemaker Curriculum draws from the 21st Century’s most innovative and effective educational models, combining high academic standards with interdisciplinary, project-based learning. Through this model, a student's environment informs their studies and their studies give meaning to their environment. 60% of student work involves teacher-led projects that have been specifically crafted for each country, with the remaining 40% dedicated to projects driven by the student’s own goals and interests. All project work is tied to rigorous learning targets which guide the student’s projects, assessments, and overall development throughout their THINK Global School career.
Through the Changemaker Curriculum, teachers act as mentors to students, providing guidance and oversight related to their major project decisions and work. As part of their learning, students have the opportunity to prepare for and write multiple AP exams, including AP English, Statistics, Spanish, Seminar and Research. Finally, a newly developed self-development and social intelligence program provides underlying support for student personal growth and a stable foundation for learning.
The TGS Educator encompasses more than just managing learning with students, this holistic position is designed around the concept of being a mentor/advisor for students. You will be assigned an advisory to manage Project Based Learning designed by students and staff and will be woven into all aspects of program delivery, often times living with students in communal settings. At TGS learning opportunities can happen at anytime and we consider informal learning situations a valid as formal classes. As an educator you primary role will be to help students design a customized individual learning plan that meets TGS’s graduation requirements.
Manage Student Driven Project Based Learning
Develop a sense of community with in an advisory
Establishes and maintains individual learning plans for each advisee.
Helps advisees establish learning goals
Reviews progress toward goals with advisees regularly
Monitors advisees' schedules
Assure that assigned student meet the following graduation requirement component:
Mastery of Learning Targets
Completion of Service Learning Project
Portfolio Presentation of Learning
Completion and Presentation of Capstone Project
Yearly participation in the Student Wellness Program
Learning Facilitator Role
Creates brain compatible learning environment: stimulating, active, safe, respectful, project-based learning
Infuses global perspective content into program
Implements interdisciplinary/thematic activities
Uses an array of community and other learning resources
Involves students as a resource in planning, peer assistance and feedback
Strives to incorporate the following into student learning opportunities:
Exercise good judgement when proposing activities to ensure the safety of students.
Share on-duty responsibilities
Follow Safe Protocols for daily operations within locations
Follow Local Emergency Action Plans for each country
Maintain relationships with Local Contacts who can aid the TGS community in an emergency
Communicate with supervisors any safety concerns or incidents in a timely fashion.
Collaborate with different departments of TGS to ensure the effective delivery of program elements
Collaborate with In-country Site Coordinator and PBL Community Partners
Seeks ideas and local resources to augment the program and lessons
Regularly check a variety of sources for ideas: conferences, literature, colleagues, etc.
Informs staff about new ideas, approaches, activities
Articulates clear statement of learning standards and outcomes
Selects and uses a range of assessment tools for appraising student progress
Assesses and monitors student learning outcomes using approved TGS software
Assessment is differentiated to meet individual student learning styles and levels
Regular communication of assessment outcomes with parents
Regular standardization/moderation of implementation of assessment criteria/mark schemes
Works to understand and demonstrate ISTE Standards for Teachers in their professional and classroom activities
Actively participates in organized internal and/or external technology PD
Works to acquire and implement skills outlined in the Tech Skills Matrix for Teachers
Demonstrates a growth mindset with regards to technology in education, regularly sharing and discussing technology best practices with peers
Implement TGS policies and procedure to ensure the health and safety of students
Supervise students when assigned
Co-create fun and interesting activities outside the classroom that leverage country location offerings
Share supervision schedule with other teachers at student residence which will include overnight duties
Report any concerns regarding student welfare to supervisors
Support, conduct and be an active participant in the Student Wellness Program
Program Development Role
Strives for continuous school improvement and articulates and advances school mission and beliefs
Understands and supports change processes and utilizes data objectively for decisions
Works effectively as a team and group member in planning, shared decision making, problem solving
Collaborates with community agencies for student and family needs
Successfully design, lead and supervise a 5-10 day weXplore with a group of 10-15 students
Follow procedures for the planning, conducting and ending of a trip.
Maintain academic records through the use of approved software
Enter journal entries of students with the intent of taking a proactive approach to helping students live the core values of TGS
Secondary Roles and Responsibilities
Collaborate and coordinate with other departments within the TGS Organization
Participate in other duties as assigned
Support Onsite In-Country Coordinator with logistics, i.e transportation, lodging, medical facilitation, technology needs, etc.
Frequently move equipment weighing up to 50 pounds for various classrooms and events needs.
Frequently works in outdoor weather conditions.
Typical physical fitness level: As a traveling boarding school . Staff employed are required to participate on extended expeditions outside the normal school day. Staff will be required to move on their own with little assistance, carry 20-65 pounds over varying terrain, enter and exit a boat with little assistance and be able to upright himself/herself in case of a boat tipping. Staff will be on and off trail at elevations of 7,000-14,000 feet.
Ability to develop and deliver effective Teacher driven workshops for students with special emphasis on PBL, Assessment, student driven projects and integration of technology.
Excellent leadership, organizational skills and attention to detail.
Flexible, adaptable and open to change.
Strong personal motivation, initiative, follow through and commitment.
Knowledge of TGS program and skill requirements.
Ability to work both independently and cooperatively as a team member and give and receive both positive and constructive feedback.
Able to prioritize and work on multiple projects simultaneously.
Very strong and effective communicator, both written and oral.
Current WFR and CPR certification.
Familiarity with learning opportunities within assigned countries
Leadership and organizational skills to manage small and large groups.
Technology Skills: Competency with Google apps especially Calendaring, Spreadsheets, and Forms
Technology Skills: Ability to self-assess personal skill level and the motivation to learn new skills.
Ability and desire to live and work in a communal setting that is both a professional place of business and a home to students and staff.
Strong personal motivation, initiative, and commitment