Did you know- The curriculum at The Joseph School (TJS) is custom developed to meet the needs of TJS students! By creating a custom curriculum, TJS has the ability to focus on subjects and lessons that may not be present in a typical Haitian classroom. Our Culturally Committed Curriculum directly aligns with our mission of preparing the next generation of student leaders in Haiti.
For instance, The Joseph School places a specific focus on language development with the goal of preparing every TJS graduate to compete in a global marketplace. TJS students study three languages during their primary school years (1st through 6th grade): Creole, French, and English. A fourth language, Spanish, is added in 7th grade. This gives students opportunities to see how communication is affected by words and language semantics.
Social and Emotional Skills
The Joseph School’s custom curriculum allows learning to go beyond math, science, and other academic subjects. TJS teachers understand the critical role of social and emotional learning for the students and how these skills promote student success. Social emotional skills help students develop ways to express themselves which promote kindness, sharing, problem solving, and empathy for others.
A focus on these skills helps develop academic excellence and build students’ confidence in their ability to become transformational leaders for their generation. Skills are practiced through coordinated classroom, school-wide, family, and community practices. Four key skills are focused on:
Personal awareness and management of emotions, values and stressors
Social awareness of others’ needs
Relationship skills and problem solving
Responsible decision making
TJS teachers are passionate about helping students learn and negotiate these current challenges, and our custom curriculum supports their efforts. This learning involves an understanding that each student has life skill needs. The Joseph School teaches communication in multiple ways and makes sure each student has a way to express themselves. In our curriculum, we cover verbal, non-verbal, written communication, and listening. The Joseph School believes 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. TJS teaches the students not just to listen, but to comprehend, ask questions and respond accordingly.
The Joseph School’s goal is to create generational transforming leaders. This includes teaching them to have high standards for themselves and to set an example for others to follow. Students at The Joseph School attended classes in civics and theology, which provide a foundation for how to treat others with respect and kindness, being honest and trustworthy, and taking responsibility for their actions
Education is an important part of any child’s development, however, at The Joseph School it is even more critical. Haiti is in a season of tremendous challenges economically, politically, and socially. TJS understands that social emotional skills are extremely important not only to the health and wellbeing of each individual, but to developing strong, caring leaders. This is crucial knowledge as our students learn how to have hope for their futures and build creative ways to negotiate possible solutions in these stressful times.
Now more than ever, it is clear that “Haiti does not have an education problem. Haiti has a leadership problem.” Thanks to the generous support of donors across the globe, The Joseph School is working to do more than just educate the next generation of Haitian leaders. The Joseph School is committed to developing informed and passionate leaders of Haiti.