Department of Education Mandates Online Special Education Didactic Training Series

On Friday, January 19, 2018, Guidance Counsellors and Special Educators assigned to the TCIG public schools commenced their participation in an Online Training Series hosted by the Center for Children with Special Needs (CCSN) under the overall direction of Dr Michael Powers, an assistant Clinical Professor of Psychology at the Yale Child Study Center.

This training series is part of a comprehensive collaborative program consultation project between CCSN and the Ashley Learning Center in Providenciales under the passionate leadership of Mrs. Angela Williams-Valerio. In May 2017, Mrs. Williams-Valerio facilitated the professional linkage between the CCSN and representatives from both the Ministries of Education and Health and a commitment was made to extend the benefit of the partnership between CCSN and the Ashley Learning Center to the Education and Health Sectors.

The Training Series consists of six training modules (2.5hrs each) designed to provide participants with an introduction to teaching principles that are guided by the science of applied behaviour analysis (ABA). The topical areas to be covered in the series include conceptual knowledge, terminology, and a basic application of ABA that participants will be able to use to meet the individualised learning needs of students with Special Education Needs (SEN), including Autism Spectrum Disorder and other complex neurodevelopmental disorders.

During each session, a board certified behaviour analyst (BCBA) uses a tele-health platform to present information via a visual media-supported lecture (e.g. slides, video clips). At the end of the training series, it is expected that participants will be able to:

  • Identify the key features of evidence-based instructional procedures in both structured and unstructured environments.
  • Utilize individualized reinforcement procedures to increase student motivation.
  • Identify how antecedents and consequences are used to determine the function of challenging behavior.
  • Identify the difference between reinforcement and punishment with regards to the impact of each on student behavior.
  • Identify a functionally equivalent behavior to teach as an adaptive replacement for challenging behavior.
  • Identify various antecedent and consequence-based interventions and the impact of these interventions on student learning.
  • Embed visual supports to enhance student learning.
  • Describe the importance of on-going analysis and identify common methods for data collection.

A number of different CCSN Clinical Staff from various disciplines support this project with both direct and tele-health consultation. The primary instructors for the Training Series are Ms. Shaunessy Egan, M.S. Ed., BCBA, and Ms. Cali McGinn, M.A., BCBA from the CCSN’s base in Glastonbury, Connecticut. Ms. Egan is a BCBA and certified special education teacher who serves as a Program Coordinator at CCSN. She has experience providing direct instruction to learners with various needs, creating individualized curriculum adaptations, developing comprehensive educational plans, and consulting to school systems and families. Ms. McGinn is also a board certified behavior analyst (BCBA) and certified special education teacher. She serves as a Senior Behavior Analyst at CCSN with experience providing consultative program development support to educational teams and experience implementing Positive Behavioural Interventions and Supports in schools. The training series will be further supported by Ms. Colleen Suzio, M.S., BCBA and Ms. Gosia Bochenska, M.S., BCBA, who also both serve as Senior Behavior Analysts at CCSN.

While the sessions have been made mandatory for all Guidance Counsellors and Special Educators in the TCIG public schools, the Department of Education has been keen to invite the participation and involvement of ALL educators within the public and private sectors. By the end of the second session which was held on Friday, February 16, 2018, some twenty-eight participants from both sectors had enrolled including the Special Educators assigned to Special Needs Unit’s SNAP Centre in the Ministry of Health.

It is expected that the next online session will be hosted on Friday, March 16, 2018. Education Professionals who would like to participate in these sessions may contact the Department of Education by emailing Ms. Sriya Smalling, the Educational Psychologist, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

BUSINESS LICENCE RENEWAL PROCESS – 2018/19

The Revenue Department hereby notifies the general public that the 2018/19 Business Licence Renewal period has commenced and advises that the following should be noted to expedite the process:

 

  • Registered companies are required to submit a copy of their register of members/shareholders and demonstration of good standing with their application for renewal.
  • Sole traders and partnerships must present a valid Business Name Registration Certificate from the Financial Services Commission along with their application for renewal. 
  • Establishments requiring annual inspections from the Environmental Health or an Accommodation Licence are reminded to seek inspection ahead of the renewal deadline.  Applications will not be accepted until all relevant information is received.  The Revenue Department reserves the right to request further documentation and conduct inspections.
  • Application and payment for renewals must be made on or before April 30th 2018 to avoid penalties. 

The Revenue Department (RD) would also like to remind the general public that Business Licence Certificates must be promptly collected at the Revenue Department Offices. Business Owners are urged to collect and display their Business Licences prominently in the place of business. This is in accordance with section 16 of the Business Licence Ordinance which states:

 

 “The Holder of a licence shall display the licence in a conspicuous place on any premises occupied by him for the purpose of carrying on business and shall produce such licence for inspection when requested to do so by the Permanent Secretary, Finance or a person authorized by him in that behalf, or a Police Officer not below the rank of Sergeant.”

 

A Business Owner may be liable for a fine of $1000, if he or she fails to properly display the business licence within his/her business.

 

Business Licence holders are hereby urged to collect outstanding licences immediately. Please contact the Taxpayer Services Section for further information.

 

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Minister of Tourism Visits South Caicos

The Minister of Tourism, Environment, Heritage, Maritime & Gaming, Hon. Ralph Higgs, accompanied by Permanent Secretary, Cherylann Jones, and other senior officials visited South Caicos on Friday 2nd March.  The purpose of the visit was to meet with Seafood Plant Operators, and Fishermen, to get a better understanding of state of the industry since the opening of the Conch and Lobster seasons.  

South Caicos, the fishing capital, of the Turks & Caicos Islands currently has three functioning plants, which provides jobs for many of the South Caicos residence. With almost 100 licensed fishermen, and other persons working in the plants.  The plants also export conch and lobster and supply local markets, the Minister had the opportunity to tour a fishing plant and engage fishermen.

In a meeting with the fisher folk, Minister Higgs, indicated his intention to work closely with the stakeholders in the fisheries industry to ensure the sustainability of their livelihoods, fish stocks, and securing opportunities for a robust and diversified industry. He went on to say that the issue of illegal poaching of banks was high on his agenda.  He requested the commitment of the fishermen in working with the Department of Environment & Coastal Resources (DECR) in policing this precious resource.

The visit also lend itself to a few site visits of development on the island which are being monitored by the DECR.

TCIG to Host Educational Sessions on the Tobacco Control Ordinance

The Department of Mental Health and Substance Dependence within the Ministry of Health, Agriculture, Sports and Human Services wishes to inform the general public of the following dates for its upcoming educational sessions on the Tobacco Control Ordinance.

Grand Turk – 15th March at 10:00 am, Salem Baptist Church Hall

Providenciales – 16th March at 10:30 am, Department of Planning, Conference Room, Emily’s House, Leeward Highway

Owners of Restaurants, Bars, Hotels and anyone involved in the sale of tobacco products are urged to attend this important meeting. 

As a means of continuing to protect public health, there will be increased enforcement in this area. Therefore, it is imperative for the public to equip themselves with information so that they are not found in conflict with the law.

For further information about the Tobacco Control Ordinance contact the Mental Health and Substance Abuse Department at: 338-3613 in Grand Turk, and 338-4737 in Providenciales or visit our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/TCIDMHSD

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