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Minister for Education, Innovation, Gender Relations and Sustainable Development Dr. Gale T.C Rigobert

Saint Lucia to host ‘major regional teacher education conference’

[Press Release] As part of ongoing teacher education efforts, educators from across the Eastern Caribbean will gather in St. Lucia from 3rd to 4th April, 2018 at the Harbor Club in Rodney Bay for a major regional teacher education conference under the theme: “One Voice in Re-Engineering OECS Teacher Education.”

The opening ceremony will be held on April 3rd from 9:00 AM to 10:30 AM.

The conference seeks to bring together regional leaders in education to focus on a collaborative approach to the strengthening of the education of teachers.

The conference will bring to the fore recent research conducted on teacher education in the region, their implications and recommendations, programme specific efforts managed by the Education Development Management Unit in response to the OESS as it relates to teacher education and explore how regional leaders might support teachers and pre-service teachers in functioning as highly skilled professionals.

The conference will include technical sessions for teacher educators and curriculum officers. Specifically, the objectives of the conference are as follows:

1. Present and discuss research on teacher education and professional development in the OECS.
2. Critically analyze the present conditions to determine possible actions towards developing a sustainable in-service professional development programme led by the teachers’ colleges of the OECS.
3. Establish strategies and mechanisms for developing evidence-based approaches to teacher education and professional development in the OECS.
4. Provide training for technical personnel of the OECS towards enhanced teacher education and professional development approaches.

Participants include: Chief Education Officers, Education and Curriculum Officers, Principals of National Colleges, Deans of Teacher Education Programmes, Teacher Educators, Teachers’ Union Representatives, principals and teachers and other Education Specialists of the OECS Member States.

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