One-Year Civic Education and Social Studies Teaching Positions Available in China

May 30, 2012 / Announcements, Volume 4, Issue 1
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Note: Applications are no longer being accepted for the positions described below.

The Center for Civic Education is pleased to pass on to you the following one-year teaching opportunity in China. The opportunity involves a one-year civic education pilot program in a local school district in Shenzhen, a major city in southern China immediately north of Hong Kong.

Note: Applications for the positions described below are no longer being accepted. Thank you for your interest.

The local school district plans to adapt and pilot two programs developed in the United States by the Center: Project Citizen and Foundations of Democracy. Project Citizen will be used in fourth-grade classes in Shenzhen-area elementary schools and Foundations of Democracy will be used in seventh-grade classes in its middle schools.

Positions available:

Eight civic education or social studies teachers (four elementary school teachers and four middle or high school teachers) are needed to act as mentor teachers for the one-year pilot program starting on August 10, 2012, and ending on July 10, 2013.

Requirements:

• A teaching credential or civic education program management experience

• A bachelor’s degree or above and two years of teaching experience in the field of social studies

• Rich experience teaching social studies; experience teaching Project Citizen and Foundations of Democracy is preferred

Benefits:

• Free furnished apartment with kitchen and bathroom, hotel-management style

• $1,500 for one roundtrip ticket between the United States and China

• Cash subsidy for business-related transportation or reimbursement for business-related transportation

• Subsidized or free lunch during workdays

• A liaison and assistant to support mentor teachers’ experience of working and living in China

• Training for the pilot civic education programs by American trainers

• Opportunity to observe schools in China and gain teaching experience in a different culture

Salary:*

Salary starts from $30,000 (190,479 Chinese Yuan) to $50,000 (317,465 Chinese Yuan) yearly (exchange rate based on $1 = ¥6.3493) based on teaching and other relevant experience. The hiring and salary period is twelve months.

Insurance:

It is strongly recommended that hired teachers purchase health insurance in the United States. However, if it is necessary, the employer will assist mentor teachers in purchasing health insurance to cover contingencies such as emergency hospital visits. A health insurance company in China will grant insurance according to the individual’s situation.

Reporting time and job training:

• Hired mentor teachers must arrive in Shenzhen on August 10, 2012. The school district will provide a two-week job training to help teachers adapt to their new living and working environment in China. This training includes learning some simple Chinese.

• The program will end on July 10, 2013.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to the following:**

• Attending the first civic education program training provided by two senior American civic education experts and providing similar training to Chinese teachers in the second semester. Training includes, but is not limited to civic education theory, civic education pedagogy, designing lesson plans for Project Citizen (fourth grade, for elementary schools) and Foundations of Democracy (seventh grade, for middle schools), and using the programs.

• Overseeing (observing, monitoring, and providing advice on) civic education pilot programs in five schools in the Shenzhen school district

• Conducting workshops regularly on the pilot program, answering teachers’ questions, and helping to solve problems

• Participating in workshops on pilot program evaluation, writing and submitting a working report at the end of each semester

How to Apply:

Applications for this position are no longer being accepted.

*Because currency fluctuates frequently, salary and allowance for benefits will be based on Renminbi (Chinese Yuan). The exchange rate between the U.S. dollar and Chinese Yuan on May 29, 2012, was $1 = ¥6.3493 based on the floating rate.

**Expert and teacher responsibilities may change based on the teaching needs of the local school district and the pilot program.

The Center for Civic Education will not be involved in any way with the program itself and will have no control, responsibility, or liability for its operation, including who is hired or how the work is conducted. The hiring party, and the party that is therefore responsible for this program, is the Beijing Ideal School Institute.

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