United Kingdom Border Experts Arrive in TCI

A five-member team of experts from the United Kingdom (UK) Home Office, funded by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO), arrived in the Turks and Caicos Islands on May 13, 2018 to assess the current illegal migration issues within the islands over the next two weeks and to provide advice to the Ministry of Border Control on how to enhance the effectiveness of the Turks and Caicos Islands response to tackling immigration crimes.

This initiative emanated from a request made by the Premier of the Turks & Caicos Islands (TCI), Hon. Sharlene Cartwright – Robinson which has been agreed by the Overseas Territories Minister Lord Ahmad.  

Meetings will be held with senior government officials and stakeholder institutions including Maritime, Customs, Radar Departments, Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force, sea ports and airport authorities.

The Deputy Premier, Hon. Sean Astwood met with the team on Monday May 14, 2018 at his office at which time he articulated several challenges and solutions to immigration and national security to the team.

 

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Department of Education - Promoting Professional Development

Members of staff from the Department of Education attended The Danielson Group – Regional Conference, on The Framework for Teaching: Skill Building for Stronger Communities, in Naperville, Illinois, at Northern Illinois University, April 25-27, 2018.

The Danielson Framework for Teaching provides the opportunities for intensive, shared professional skill building. The Conference allowed participants to learn from Charlotte Danielson, author of the text and materials for the Framework for Teaching, and to further network with fellow educators.

The Team attending the Conference from the Department of Education, included:

 

Mrs. Sarah Kennedy – Education Officer – School Zone Supervisor

Mr. Jasmin Walkin – Education Officer – Special Needs

Dr. Keran Williams-Toussaint – Education Officer – Teacher Development & Training

Mr. Reinwald Lewis – Principal – Helena J. Robinson High School

Mrs. Sophia Garland – Principal – Enid Capron Primary School

 

The three (3) day Conference focused on four (4) Learning Strands for Professional Development. These included:

Learning Strand 1 – Observer Training -  highlighted the use of the Framework for Teaching to accurately collect and align quality evidence about teaching performance. The Strand explored the factors relating to fair and purposeful observations for accurate judgment. The Strand was indeed beneficial to school leaders who have the responsibility of observing teaching practice.

Learning Strand 2 – Data Driven Conversations -  focused on learning to collect and use quality evidence in focused and collaborative conversations to advance teaching. Further, the Strand concentrated on structures and tools to guide conversations and to determine areas of growth. The training promoted encouraging teachers to share their thinking about instructional decisions and outcomes.

Learning Strand 3 – Component Deeper Dive - explored important aspects of teacher instruction, assessment and engaging students in learning. The sessions in this Strand highlighted giving components and support to teachers as they apply their knowledge of the Framework for Teaching to effectively deepen student understanding and learning.

Learning Strand 4 – Special Education – highlighted the responsibility of educators to recognize and support the efforts and expertise of teachers of students with disabilities. Training in this Strand explored equipping observers to support a meaningful and collaborative process for teachers of students with disabilities. The Strand promoted engagement with both general and special education teachers to enhance the learning experience for all students.

Participants noted that the Sessions were indeed informative, engaging and beneficial to their practice, and in the future, to that of teachers as well.  It is envisioned that the Framework for Teaching will be implemented in the next Academic Year within the Public Schools of the Turks and Caicos Islands.

 

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CLEMENT HOWELL HIGH SCHOOL RECOGNIZES AUTISM AWARENESS MONTH - AUTISM: IT’S NOT A DISABILITY, IT’S A DIFFERENT ABILITY

CLEMENT HOWELL HIGH SCHOOL RECOGNIZES AUTISM AWARENESS MONTH

AUTISM: IT’S NOT A DISABILITY, IT’S A DIFFERENT ABILITY

In recognition of Autism Awareness Month, Clement Howell High School hosted a group of students from the Ashley Learning Centre.  The school works closely with the Centre where some of our teachers visit and assist with teaching of the students, especially Music.  The Tourism Club students are volunteers at the Centre working with the students on a regular basis and providing some basic items towards preparation of breakfast, snacks and lunch.

The students and teachers made a courtesy call on the Principal and then they received a tour of the school.  The students welcomed the group and some participated in the tour with them.  The group of students who came enjoyed interacting with the students from Clement Howell and they were excited to be in ‘regular school’.

They met other teachers in the staff rooms, toured the labs and ended with a session at the Music room. The students were able to play instruments and for those who are already knowledgeable of playing the instruments, they showed their skills. 

The teachers wore T-shirts to celebrate the initiative. They also organized a small fundraising effort in order to make a contribution to the Centre on behalf of the school.  The school will continue to support the Centre.

 

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