- Bachelor’s degree and teaching certification preferred (Associates degree has to be accompanied with experience.)
- Strong communication and ability to build and maintain relationships with teachers, parents, students and the Coop School community
- Experience with teaching music and art to different ages
- Flexible, able to work autonomously as well as take directions as needed
- Passionate, organized, collaborative, and flexible.
- American passport is a positive, but an American travel visa is a requirement for most travel paths to the RMI. Coop helps with paperwork.
- Paid flight to RMI at start of contract. Paid return flight at end of contract.
- Housing: 1-2 bedroom furnished apartments with kitchen, living room, and bathroom
- $120 (pre-tax) utilities support
- 40% off tuition for employee children
Majuro Cooperative School was founded in 1975 by a small group of concerned parents who wanted to provide their children with a high-quality education. Co-op was first accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges in March 1994. In April 1997, the school was awarded a 3-year extension of its term of accreditation. It was revisited again in March of 2000, obtaining another 3-year term of accreditation, which was subsequently extended for an additional two years through 2005, and then again through 2007. In July of 2007 the school was accredited for three years through to the summer of 2010. In 2010 the school was given a six year accreditation by WASC. A six year accreditation was obtained by the school in 2016 with brief visits before 2022. Delayed by the pandemic, in 2023 Coop recently received a new 6 year accreditation with a planned mid-cycle visit in 2026.
Our Student Population
The school has grown significantly since its early days as a one teacher school with a single classroom. There are currently 370 students (about half boys and half girls) enrolled at Co-op, representing diverse cultural and socio-economic backgrounds. The current ethnic/nationality makeup of the student body is very similar to what it was in the late 1990s. This is reflective of the fact that a consistently large number of Marshallese parents have chosen to send their children to Majuro Cooperative School because of its remarkable academic record.
The large percentage of Marshallese attending Co-op means that English is a second language for the majority of students. For the vast majority of Co-op students, even those who have one parent who is a first language English speaker, the language that they use with their family and friends is Marshallese, and English is used only at school. The need for strong English skills underlies the school’s policy of starting English language instruction from the earliest grades in an effort to develop fluency in written and oral English among the students.
A significant challenge for the Marshall Islands is its transition from a rural, largely subsistence way of life to a highly urban, cash economy. Today, with more than 2/3 of the population living in the two major urban centers, cultural norms through the extended family system that governed the society for generations are breaking down.
Under the supervision the Principal, the teacher is responsible for providing an educational atmosphere where students have the opportunity to meet or exceed academic expectations. The Co-op teacher’s primary role is to prepare students for higher learning and purposeful membership in society. Coop focuses on the whole student and expect students to grow not only academically, but also emotionally through the school year.
• Instructs and guides students in accordance with the prescribed program of instruction in all areas of the curriculum and at a level consistent with the students’ ability. U.S.
• Administer and report required assessments in a timely manner and provide documentation of these assessments to the Principal and others as needed.
• Designs and implements weekly instructional lessons with standards and objectives that are targeted to meet the needs of all students and differentiated for students’ needs
• Plans classroom support and student activities for the Teaching Assistant(s) working in classrooms
• Provides support and collaborates with teachers as necessary, and all other staff members to ensure all students receive necessary supports and services
• Uses a data-driven approach to modify/adapt instructional plans to maximize student learning
• Provides a positive learning environment in which students are encouraged to be actively engaged in the learning process
• Maintains effective and efficient record keeping procedures of academic and behavioral outcomes (attendance, progress reports, report cards, etc.)
• Organizes and leads one afterschool program a week (i.e. coaches/leads a school team, teacher-chosen activity, etc.)
• Prepare and organize two whole school shows a school year.
• Lead national anthem at assemblies (and/o support students who lead anthem)
• Teachers are to be on campus and available for consultation with parents, students, and staff between the hours of 7:45 and 4:00 every day. Staff meetings are held once a week until 4:30.
• Teachers will receive a 40-minute duty-free lunch period and one prep period each day.
• Attend school events and functions throughout the school year (Halloween Carnival, Holiday Show, Graduation and Talent Show are some of these events).
• Teachers attend monthly staff meetings, monthly/quarterly PTA meetings, Team Planning Time (TPT) meetings and participate in at least one committee for school improvement.
• Participation and support in the WASC accreditation process.
• Ensure all certification paperwork is completed and submitted in a timely manner