Ministry of Education launches Online Professional Development Programme

The Ministry of Education launched its Online Professional Development Programme on February 7, 2020 at the Ministry’s Head Office in Port of Spain. The Programme is the latest in the Ministry’s digital transformation efforts and the newest offering from the Teacher Education, Performance and Professional Development Division to promote professional development.

Dr. the Honourable Lovell Francis, Minister of State in the Ministry of Education said, “This programme is important to us as we have been focused on creating differentiated learning techniques in all classrooms. In any given classroom, there are learners who receive and perceive information differently… the goal of the teacher is to reach each child in a way that targets his/her different learning style.”

Chief Education Officer, Mr Harrilal Seecheran endorsed the Programme saying that the initiative will equip teachers to create and plan lessons for every student, particularly children with Special Needs, as the Ministry delves further into making all classrooms and schools inclusive.

This Online Professional Development Programme is testimony to the efforts being made by Minister of Education, Anthony Garcia for the Ministry to digitise not only its services to the public but also to develop systems that will create more efficiency in the Education System. Minister Garcia continues to advocate for the training of teachers in the use of ICTs in the classroom and now, teachers will have the opportunity to enhance their skills in a way that allows for the ICT skills learnt to be used to their personal benefit. Another benefit of this type of instructional design is that it aids teachers to create and plan lessons that will incorporate children with Special Needs as the Ministry of Education delves further into making all classrooms and schools inclusive for all students.

This Online Professional Development Programme is designed with a view to improve teacher efficacy through an enhanced technological approach. It was developed in conjunction with the Information Communication & Technology Division (ICTD), Curriculum Planning and Development Division, NIHERST, Student Support Services Division, Early Childhood Care and Education Unit and the School Supervision and Management Divisions of the Ministry of Education.

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