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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.

Monday, September 9, 2013

Next Steps for the Digital Mentoring Project and Haiti School Leadership

Plans are well underway for our October 9-18 trip to the Cap-Haitien and Port au Prince area. A team from Laurier, which for the first time will include an executive from BlackBerry, will be in Haiti from Oct. 9-18. Here's what we will be doing:

Oct. 9-13 Cap-Haitien

a) Meetings with Justin Metelus, the Director of the Ministry of Education for the north, as well as various university presidents and deans as we discuss open,on-line learning and the development of the Digital Mentoring Project.
b) School leadership workshops including a full day workshop on using smartphones in effective ways, especially for educational purposes. I am delighted that two grad students from the University of Florida, who have been doing ground-breaking teacher development work in Cap-Haitien, will be joining us for part of this time.
c) Planning for the WLU May 2014 service-learning trip.

Oct. 13-18 Fermathe (Port au Prince area)

a) Teaching a Master of Education course for 40 Haitian school leaders.
b) Workshops on use of smartphones and educational applications.
c) Partnership meetings discussing how to expand Laurier's work in Haiti, particularly regarding open, on-ling learning and development of the Digital Mentoring Project.

I am delighted that Jhonel Morvan (Ontario Ministry of Education and lecturer at WLU) will be partnering with me again in this work.

Once again, I will use this blog to provide updates on the work while we are in Haiti. For up-to-the minute updates, please consider following me on twitter (@drstevesider) or use the hashtag: #laurierhaiti

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