CASTRIES, St. Lucia, Monday, January 13, (CMC) – The St. Lucia-based Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) Commission is undertaking a project, aimed at improving teacher professional development and training in six countries in the sub-region.
It said that under the OECS/USAID (United States Agency for International Development) Early Learners Program (ELP), an estimated 150 teachers from Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica, Grenada, St. Kitts-Nevis, St. Lucia and St. Vincent and the Grenadines will participate in the certification course in specialised reading instruction for teachers of Grades K-3, who aspire to advance their professional skills in the teaching of reading.
“This professional development initiative contributes to achieving the ELP’s overall objective of improving student learning at the end of the primary education cycle, with the specific objective to improve the reading achievement levels of all learners at the early primary level …in the six independent member states of the OECS.
“Additionally, this initiative is consistent with USAID’s Education Strategy 2011-2015 and specifically with their Goal #1, which is to improve the reading skills of 100 million students around the world,” the Commission said.
It noted that the on- and off-line comprehensive certification program will utilise international best practices, including regular real-time application of strategies/models/new learning; observations of true-to-life teaching experiences; and teacher-student interactions and how the teachers can contribute to professional learning communities at their school.
In addition, the program will incorporate a capstone project that allows the teacher to experiment with approaches, aimed at addressing students’ difficulties with reading and reading instruction.
“This certificate course in specialised reading instruction is one of many professional development initiatives for Grades K to 3 teachers, implemented by the USAID/OECS Early Learners Program, in striving to improve the early grade reading levels, across six OECS Member States, and is scheduled to commence January 2020,” the Commission added.