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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, March 20, 2014

Haiti Laurier service-learning trip - May 7-18, 2014

Plans for the Laurier service-learning trip to northern Haiti continue to come together. Currently, 15 people are participating on the trip including six Laurier teacher candidates, a director from BlackBerry, two staff from the Ontario Ministry of Education, a local school principal, a retired teacher, and Laurier faculty. Here is an update:

May 7-11 in Pignon (small town between Hinche and Cap-Haitien ... see the map above)
-Laurier teachers will be providing English as a Foreign Language programming to senior high school students at College de la Grace, one of our partners in Haiti
-other team members will provide leadership and teaching workshops
-I will be conducting the first level of research on the Digital Mentoring Project in College de la Grace where we have provided 40 BlackBerry smartphones and tablets to see how they are being used

May 11-18 in Cap-Haitien
-Laurier teachers will be providing support to ESL teachers in Regina Assumpta school and running a conversational English after-school program for senior high school students
-other team members will provide leadership and teaching workshops
-we will be initiating a research project at Regina that will mirror the project we have started at College de la Grace
-we will be conducting a special education needs assessment at the school
-continuing to network with local universities and the Ministry of Education
-we are providing Laurier laptops to a school and a local community organization

Stay tuned for more details as plans for the trip progress!

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