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.
Operation Smile Curriculum
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 220,000 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.