The one-year teaching commitment begins in August/September 2016 and ends in June 2017. Teachers have a holiday break from approximately Dec. 20 until Jan. 6.
All selected volunteer teachers are assigned to an elementary classroom, a middle school classroom, or a resource teacher role. BECA interviewers will explain the differences between the three positions in detail, but for now we have listed the general responsibilities required of all teachers.
- Facilitate relationships with parents and other community members.
- Lesson-plan (to be done in a timely manner and submitted for review).
- Foster a safe and productive classroom environment for students.
- Serve as a Lunch/Recreo monitor at least once a week.
- Support your fellow teachers in school and at home.
- Serve as an ambassador for BECA by helping to spread the word about our work to your families and friends.
- Ask for help when you need it!
- Maintain attendance records for all students in your homeroom.
- File a copy of your weekly lesson plans on the agreed upon schedule.
- Provide administration with a copy of your weekly class schedule before the week begins.
- Sign 'Libro de asistencia' upon entering and leaving school each day (required by law).
- Ensure classroom is open and ready for students at beginning and end of school day.
- Attend all teacher meetings.
- Keep the office informed of any problems (disciplinary or otherwise) you are having with students or concerns you have about students.
- Keep student files updated with the information outlined in Student Files section.
- Keep the office informed of extended absences of students.
EXAM ADMINISTRATION RESPONSIBILITIES
- Grade exams
- Collect performance grades from other teachers and prepare Bimester report cards
- Fill out hard-copy of grading spreadsheet.
- Fill out electronic version of grading sheet - kept on a computer accessible for all.
- Fill out "Libreta de Calificaciones"
Other responsibilities individual volunteers can choose to take part in:
- Organize Libros Y Familias workshops
- Plan group's trip to Discovery School Conference
- Plan and organize extracurricular activities for students
- Attend Parents' Asociacion Meetings (at discretion of Administrator)
- Participate in fundraising efforts to support BECA's program costs
While BECA asks for a one year commitment from our volunteer teachers, we actively encourage teachers to consider returning following their initial year with us. BECA recognizes that there are huge benefits to teachers returning for a second year. Returning teachers are much more effective in the classroom thanks to their previous year's experience. Just as importantly for a community school model like ours, they serve as a bridge between new teachers and the community, helping new team members adapt to their roles much more quickly than they otherwise would. Second-year teachers are offered a monthly stipend, which is designed to cover all out-of-pocket expenses that a volunteer might incur during their time with BECA.