Over 60 teachers are expected to attend the second Summer Institute on Special Education to be held next week by the Barbados Union of Teachers (BUT), the Ministry of Education, Science, Technology and Innovation and the Canadian Teachers??? Federation.

The Institute is scheduled for the Deighton Griffith Secondary School, Kingsland, Christ Church, from July 15 to 26. It will run from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. each day.

The sessions aim, among other things, to provide students with appropriate tools that may be used to identify exceptional students in the regular classroom setting and to help develop teaching and learning strategies to effectively deal with the needs of all students.

Teachers will be exposed to courses in Learning Disabilities and Differentiated Instruction Practices; Early Childhood Education; Authentic Assessment Practices; and Teaching, Reading and Literacy.

The 10-day programme will be delivered by four Canadian tutors and four local facilitators. The tutors from Canada are team leader, Brian Gallagher who will be joined by Heather Donovan; and Christine Jenkins and Thomas Widstrand. Local tutors will be Janice Gibbs (Learning Disabilities & Differentiated Instruction Practices); Jacqueline Richards/Catherine Blackman (Early Childhood Education); Everton Briggs (Authentic Assessment Practices); and Colleen Gilkes-Collymore (Reading & Literacy)

Minister of Education, Ronald Jones, will address the official opening of the Summer Institute on Monday, July 15, at 9.00 a.m., while President of the BUT, Pedro Shepherd and Canada???s team leader, Mr. Gallagher will deliver remarks.


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