- Steve Sider
- 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.
Wednesday, May 7, 2014
Sak Pase: Greetings from Miami in transit to Haiti
Sak Pase? This Creole expression is a common greeting in Haiti. Our 2014 Laurier Faculty of Education team has been practicing it, and other Creole phrases, for weeks in preparation for our May service-learning experience which starts today! This year’s team is made up of 15 people including Laurier teacher candidates, Bruce Alexander (principal in the WRDSB), Laurier faculty (Steve Sider), and staff from BlackBerry and the Ontario Ministry of Education.
The team is engaged in a number of projects in Haiti, for four days in a small town called Pignon and then for a week in Haiti’s second largest city, Cap-Haitien. Laurier teacher candidates are delivering a conversational English language program in multiple schools. In addition, the other members of the team are leading workshops for principals and teachers, conducting two research studies on special education and uses of mobile technology, and are engaged in networking meetings as Laurier increases its presence in northern Haiti.
Laurier has a well-established reputation with the Haitian Ministry of Education as well as in many schools and universities. Piti piti (Creole for little by little), Laurier is working with our Haitian partners to help build the social capital of the region.