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I have been an elementary and secondary school teacher and administrator. Currently, I am a faculty member in the Faculty of Education at Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. My M.Ed. and Ph.D. had a focus on the educational and linguistic experiences of children who moved from other countries to Canada.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Final Thoughts on the May Haiti Trip

There were a number of key outcomes of the trip:

1. Five M.Ed. students completed their project presentations and now have final editorial changes to make before completing their Masters of Education.  Key message: there is a new generation of school leaders in Haiti which is desiring to build strong schools.

2. The opportunity to see a number of schools and communities, some of which have been re-built following the earthquake.  Key message: people's donations to earthquake relief ARE making a difference, particularly amongst the smaller NGOs.

3. Discussions around the new digital mentoring project were met with great enthusiasm and interest.  Key message:  we have the opportunity to equip and engage school leaders in Haiti and Canada in a way not done before.

Next Steps May-October:
1. Complete the supervision of those who are doing M.Ed. degrees.
2. Continue the digital mentoring pilot project.
3. Return to Haiti in mid-October for meetings with Cap Haitien University, the Ministry of Education, and the Haitian Institute for Studies in Education as well as delivering a M.Ed. course.
4. Prepare for a major grant proposal around digital mentoring and capacity building in Haiti.

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