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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, October 21, 2013

Outcomes and next steps for Laurier's educational work in Haiti

Our M.Ed. course in Fermathe wrapped up successfully on Friday and we arrived back in Canada early Saturday morning. By all accounts, it was a successful trip. Here are five key outcomes:

1. Arrangements made with schools Regina Assumpta (Cap Haitien), Go On (Delmas, Port au Prince), and the state university (UEH, Port au Prince) to support conversational English language programs for a Laurier service-learning team in May, 2014.

2. Agreement with Projects for Haiti to support Canadian teachers who want to be involved in teacher training in Haiti in July.

3. Proposal details discussed with the rector and dean of education at the Public University of the North at Cap-Haitien to establish an English Language Institute.

4. Extension of the Digital Mentoring Project to include groups of teachers and principals throughout the country.

5. Extensive training (through workshops and Master of Education sessions) completed on ways smartphones can support educational capacity-building and leadership in education.

There were many, many conversations and meetings which supported each of the above outcomes and I am indebted to those who participated on this networking and training trip. It is clear that Laurier's name is becoming more well-known in Haiti and that our work is being viewed as contributing to the sustainable development of the country, particularly in the north.

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