BATCE aims to transform education

 

BATCE aims to transform education: Promote teamwork and stakeholder involvement to facilitate 21st Century learning and teaching.

 

Principals and Staff at Bishop Anstey High School East and Trinity College East and Sixth Form were engaged in one week of professional learning during the period April 18th – 21st, 2017.  Two pre-conference activities were completed on April 18 (Strategic Planning) and April 19 (Review of Policies) and the week culminated in a two–day conference on April 20th – 21st, 2017.

The theme of the conference “Teaching in the 21st Century: Overcoming Challenges with its tagline Together we can transform Education signified recognition at BATCE, that if we are to achieve success, we must keep abreast and engage in best and current practices in an effort to overcome barriers that inhibit success. Our tagline implies that with ‘all hands on board,’ stakeholders’ involvement and teamwork, we can develop, implement and sustain the necessary changes required to achieve desired outcomes.

The conference aimed to:

  1. Present participants with updated information on current and good practices and trends in education
  2. Facilitate collaboration and networking among school participants and stakeholders
  3. Stimulate reflective practice by participants

There were ten (10) sessions on Day 1 and eleven (11) sessions on Day 2.  Sessions were conducted concurrently.

The feature address speaker at the conference was Raymond Hackett, a renowned Caribbean Educator whose fifty-four year contribution to the National Education sector included research on school improvement at the Early Childhood, Primary and Secondary school level.  Mr Hackett stated clearly that “.Therefore, with 21st century education, it can no longer be business as usual. Policy makers, examination boards, university providers, school leaders, teachers, and other stake holders related to education must all develop a new perspective and philosophy of education.” He further postulated that “Clearly, relevant strategies are necessary for educating young people and teenagers in the 21st century so that they would wish to and be able to participate under equal conditions in sustainable development, human development, peace, and the search for equity.”

Topics at the conference included:

TEACHING & LEARNING

  • Cross Curriculum Teaching
  • Strategies for Teaching Young Men
  • Coping Strategies for teaching in the 21st Century
  • Practical Educational Assessment
  • Data Usage

TECHNOLOGICAL LEADERSHIP

  • Grade Book
  • Power School – Hands On

ADMINISTRATION/HUMAN RESOURCES

  • Dealing with difficult situations: Verbal and Non-Verbal
  • Benefits of EAP Usage
  • Money Management

HEALTH & SAFETY

  • Understanding Mental Health Challenges
  • Occupational Hazards
  • Brain and Youth Development
  • National Conversation on Pornography: Sending the right message
  • Health and wellness

WHOLE CHILD DEVELOPMENT

  • Educating the whole child

LEADERSHIP/SUPERVISORY MANAGEMENT

  • Effective Delegation
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Team Building
  • Policy Development
  • Legal Aspects of Education

All topics at the conference were presented by experts in the various fields which included Dr Jerome De Lisle, Hanif Benjamin, Clare Telemaque, Dr Samuel Shafe, Mitra Ramroopsingh, Roland Renne, Dr Elna Carrington-Blaides, Nicholas J Dean, Franklyn V Dolly, Ariel Enightoola, Hermes Jacobs, Denise, Jittan-Johnson, Krystle Julien-Ralph, Natalie Bardy, Nadia Pierre, Vickram Ramlal, Jody White, Chris Metivier, Lawrence Jagassar and BATCE Director, Jennifer Doyle.

The Office of the Director expressed special thanks to all presenters, the organizing team and members of staff who made the professional experience of the week a memorable and meaningful event.