The University of the West Indies (The UWI), Mona’s School of Education (SoE) in the Faculty of Humanities and Education today (October 5) staged a School of Education Day under the theme: Advocating Relevance, Inclusion, Sustainability and Equity: Transforming Primary Education.
The event was held in recognition of World Teachers’ Day, which is also being observed today.
The activities of the SoE Day were set to focus on primary education, which builds on a solid foundation set at the early childhood level.
The event featured four concurrent workshops which treated with: Differentiated Instruction; Targeting Numeracy; A Demonstration of the CARILIT Spelling Tutor; and INSIGHTS into Children’s Temperament for Educators.
There were also plans for two general sessions: one on ‘Technology Infusion in the Primary Classroom’ and the other on ‘School Librarianship’. The sessions were to be recorded and the recordings are to be disseminated locally to reach a wide cross section of educators.
Teachers at the primary level from across the island were invited to participate, with The UWI expecting to cater to at least 120 educators, including pre-service teachers.
According to Dr Marcia Rainford, director of the School of Education: “This initiative is of great importance because it seeks to expose pre-service and in-service educators to knowledge that should enhance their skills and eventually strengthen their capacity and have a positive impact on children in schools. In the long run initiatives such as these would have contributed in some measure to improved educational outcomes.”
The day’s activities ran from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm today.
The opening and closing sessions were to be held in the Multifunctional Room of the Main Library of The UWI. The concurrent workshops were to be held in lecture theatres of the School of Education.
The event was planned with the support of the Ministry of Education and Youth and was conceptualised by Rainford and supported by administrators of the SoE.
It was expected that the initiative would be useful for the pre-service and in-service teachers and also be beneficial to the education sector as well as the rest of the country.
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