Members to NAGC can receive three publications -- Parenting for Gifted Children, Teaching for High Potential, and the academic journal, Gifted Child Quarterly. All are available through the mail and online.
The ACCESS Program, Ashland University's intensive English program, coaches international students in the development of their English language skills using a communicative, holistic approach. At this time, the program requires adjunct instructors for its upcoming fall semester.
Instructors should possess a master's degree in TESOL or a closely related field (or be in the final stages of completing a degree). They should also have substantial experience living abroad as well as some experience studying a foreign language.
Instructors will be responsible to use the communicative approach to teach lessons that encourage student self-efficacy. Lessons should be student-centered, thus minimizing teacher talk time and promoting discovery learning. In the ACCESS Program, instructors act as coaches in a community of shared learning.
Careful, customized preparation of learning activities and materials for students' individual and collective needs is of the utmost importance for ACCESS instructors. Scoring is done holistically against standardized rubrics and calibrated samples.
Ideal candidates should understand the theoretical basis of the approaches and methodologies mentioned above, or they should be open to adopting it as their teaching philosophy while in the program. All instructors will receive thorough mentoring through their first year of teaching in ACCESS.
In addition, ACCESS instructors need to be very gentle and extremely patient when working with our students and their families from other cultures. They should be able to see situations from other people's points of view and to show respect for people whose perspectives they may not agree with.
Listening and Speaking classes run from 10 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Monday-Thursday and from 10 to 11 a.m. on Friday on the main campus of Ashland University in beautiful Ashland, Ohio. Following Friday's class, the whole program participates in a cultural activity or trip. Reading and Writing classes run from 1:15 to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday.
Master's degree in TESOL or related field
Extended experience living abroad
Experience studying a foreign language
Willingness to work in a faith-affiliated environment on the campus in Ashland, Ohio
Ashland University, ranked in the top tier of colleges and universities in U.S. News and World Report’s National Universities category for 2017, is a mid-sized, private university conveniently located a short distance from Akron, Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio. Ashland University places great emphasis on the importance of each individual. The phrase “Accent on the Individual” has been our motto for many years and, hopefully, characterizes well the nature and content of the campus environment. It means that our concern for the student extends beyond ensuring a quality education in the classroom and laboratory to include a commitment to provide a stimulating and supportive environment in every respect.Translating the ideas of our Mission Statement into the realities of everyday life is the responsibility of each Ashland University employee. These ideas must be evidenced daily in the classroom, residence halls, each teaching site, on the playing fields and in our interaction with others. It should be the goal of each Ashland University employee to ensure that our Mission Statement is not merely words on paper but a true reflection of who and what we actually are and intend to be in the future.