Education and training for teachers
Operation Smile seeks to change the lives of children. This includes our patients and our youth supporters. Teachers are instrumental to this process, and through Operation Smile, have access to various resources that can help educate students in their community and around the world.
In order to educate children through service opportunities, Operation Smile is continuously developing new educational curricula for teachers to implement in the classroom. Through student-centered, interdisciplinary, interactive and authentic lessons, that include National Standards of Learning, teachers can facilitate lessons that will help cultivate generations of giving, altruistic and motivated people.
Educators can also become advisors to students who want to form Operation Smile Student Associations. In collaboration with the Operation Smile Student Programs department, educators can help instill values of commitment, leadership and volunteerism in their students. Advisors can attend leadership conferences with their students, and also have the opportunity to apply to become student sponsors on international medical missions.
Introducing Students to Operation Smile
Operation Smile stresses the importance of diversity as evidenced by its work in more than 60 countries, providing more than 3.5 million comprehensive healthcare evaluations and over 200,000 free surgeries for children born with facial deformities worldwide. The organization also celebrates differences in classrooms around the globe. In an effort to increase awareness in ways best suited for individual classroom needs, four lessons are available to introduce students to Operation Smile.
Each lesson focuses on students developing an effective connection to Operation Smile by incorporating Health, Language Arts, Mathematics, and/or Technology National Standards of Learning. Exciting and valuable lesson choices are offered for every grade level.
Final Mile Curriculum
Last year, more than 4,000 elementary school students from more than 200 schools in Virginia and across the U.S. participated in the Operation Smile Final Mile to get fit and raise money for Operation Smile.
The marathon ensures that students exercise their bodies. Operation Smile now offers teachers an optional Final Mile educational curriculum to exercise students’ minds.
The curriculum is separated for kindergarten to 3rd graders and 4th to 6th graders. It includes four authentic, differentiated, interactive, interdisciplinary, and student-centered lessons. State and national standards are identified for each lesson, and teachers can flexibly incorporate as many or as few components of the lessons as best suited for individual classroom needs.