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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.

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Haiti Educator and Leadership Institute: First Report

A team of 30 Canadian and 12 US educators are part of our summer Educator and Leadership Institute in Cap-Haitien, Haiti.

We have had an amazing start to the institute! Here is an overview of the first two days:

1. Teacher Training: 220 Haitian teachers are registered for the institute! There are six courses including: Math, Science, Critical Literacy, Early Learning, Special Education, and School Leadership. Each course is being led by two Canadian educators, each of whom speaks French. There have been rave reviews from the Haitian participants!

2. English and Science Camp: 110 children, ages 4-14 are in the morning camp being led by a group of Haitian high school students, Laurier Bachelor of Education students, and education students from Central Washington University and Northeastern State University. Everyone is having an amazing time including the group of 18, 4 and 5 year old girls!

3. University English Program: 25 university students are in the afternoon camp being led by a former Haitian student from our English program as well as the Laurier B.Ed. students. Many students are saying this program has been the highlight of their day.

4. Research Project: We are researching the teaching efficacy of (belief that you can make a difference in students) and process of online learning for Haitian teachers. Both studies are significant in their scope.

My internet connection is limited but it's important to report that things have started amazingly well! Stay tuned for pictures when I have a better internet connection!

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