GLXi’s growth has been organic, happening by word of mouth between teachers and educators, since our first classroom on Lake Amatitlan near Guatemala City. By 2017, the program had grown to 34 teachers with over 800 students in 5 regions of the country. Open Books, Open Minds went from an after-school program, to being adopted by administrators and principals as a part of their school curriculum. Rapid growth comes with challenges, and one of those was the need for a broader effort for ongoing coaching and mentoring of teachers as they implemented the curriculum into their classrooms.
One of the solutions was the creation of Hub Coordinators. These were astute and masterful teachers or principals who really got the curriculum strategies both theoretically and practically. We know what the research shows about professional learning communities, and we wanted to replicate this model.