OUR GOAL IS TO DEVELOP LEADERS WHO CAN BRING ABOUT TRANSFORMATIONAL CHANGE ACROSS GENERATIONS.
This includes teaching them to have high standards for themselves and to set an example for others to follow. Led by our Education Director, Katie Martin, we have designed a curriculum committed to respect culture, develop critical thinking, and promote problem-solving styled learning.
It is based on our core educational themes: academics, leadership, service, languages, Haitian culture & history, and discipleship. Our students are engaged in standard classes of math, science, history and geography. Classes also include civics and biblical discipleship, which provides a foundation for how to treat others with respect, kindness, honesty, trustworthiness, and principles of responsible behavior.
The Joseph School teaches communication in multiple ways and makes sure each student has opportunities to express themselves. Throughout our curriculum, we cover verbal, non-verbal, written communication, and listening skills. We believe it is important to be able to express opinions in a way that works best for each individual student. We also believe that active listening skills are essential for strong leadership. Our students learn not just to listen, but to comprehend, ask questions and respond accordingly.
Our students learn Creole, French, and English and will be fluent in all three before they graduate. We want our students to not only have the best Haitian education possible, but to be equipped to compete on a global basis. Our students consistently demonstrate much higher academic achievement than other schools in the area.
Professional teacher development is critical for teachers to hone their skills and remain sensitive to the learning needs of their students. Few teachers in Haiti have the opportunity for professional development. TJS provides this opportunity to our teachers through the internationally recognized group Projects for Haiti or P4H. This is a Haitian led nonprofit teacher training team. This year, our teachers are using their professional development skills to create and submit active learning/student centered lesson plans as supplemental documents in their classrooms. As the school continues to grow we strive to provide opportunities for our Haitian staff to show their expertise and give our students the highest quality of education possible.
"Empowering young minds through education sets them on a journey towards a future where the possibilities are endless."
WE TEACH CHILDREN TO BE CRITICAL AND CREATIVE THINKERS AND PROBLEM-SOLVERS WHO LEAD WITH LOVE AND SERVICE.
We educate students actively, creatively and experientially; helping foster a community that supports and affirms students; and provides engaging opportunities for students, staff, and supporters to grow personally and to serve others.
Our methods of teaching include the following distinctive elements:
Emphasis on reading and the power of stories
Fostering creativity: including extended recess and play, sharing artwork, building models, experiential problem-solving, and engaging intellectual curiosity through experiments.
Mix of independent and collaborative learning: including the use of stations for tactile and visual learning, group games, and resources that reinforce our curriculum
Contextual and experiential learning: our classroom is beyond our walls, it extends to class trips to historical sites, hands-on learning about the natural world, and on-site learning contexts.
Emphasis on global citizenship: Learning world geography and history, communicating with classrooms in other countries, understanding other cultures.
Our curriculum is also initiating computer skills through classroom tablets so each student will be prepared to compete in a global, digital workforce.
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