Continuing Professional Development (CPD) is a key strand of the Connecting Classrooms programme. The courses are fully funded and available online. For the first time they are being being conducted face to face ensuring a more exciting and interactive approach.
Designed for teachers who are new to working in an international context and those with plenty of experience of working with global themes, this extended programme has something for everyone.
A series of three CPD training sessions took place in Jamaica and were facilitated by trainers recently certified by the University of London to do CPD training. Below you can find out more information on the outcomes:
Training Session St. Ann
The first in a series of trainings took place in the resort parish of St. Ann, and saw over 30 teachers from various primary and secondary schools taking part.
The facilitator for the one-day training course was Shaunelle Mattis, an English Teacher for six years. Shaunelle was recently a participant for CPD training in Mexico and is now a certified trainer by the University of London for CPD courses in global citizenship and international learning. The training programme was made up of two sections:
- professional development for global citizenship
- professional development to enrich education - with a focus on international learning
Themes covered in the programme included; sustainable living, rights and responsibilities, identity and belonging, fairness and equality as well as conflict and peace.
Training Session Montego Bay
The second training took place in the western region of the island, in the second city Montego Bay at the Iberostar Rose Hall Beach Hotel. The session involved 55 teachers.
The trainer for the session was Principal of Haddo Primary in Westmoreland, Rochelle McGregor-Smith, a recent participant of CPD training in Mexico, making her a certified trainer by the University of London for CPD courses. The training was evaluated by Education Officer for the Jamaica Teaching Council Lebert Drysdale, and focused on global citizenship and international learning, two important courses that places emphasis on equipping children with the right educational tools for the world they will live in as adults.
The one-day training ended with all teachers present receiving certificates of appreciation, and pledging to incorporate tips and suggestions received at the training in their individual classrooms.
Training Session Kingston
The final training in Kingston involved 37 teachers, bringing the total for all three trainings to 125.
The trainer for the session was Judene Johnson-Small, teacher at the Trinityville Primary School. She introduced pertinent themes in the courses such as global citizenship, global learning as part of Connecting Classrooms programme. The training was evaluated by Executive Director of the Jamaica Teaching Council, Dr. Winsome Gordon, who expressed satisfaction at the programme and lauded teachers for participating.
Again, the one-day training ended with all teachers present receiving certificates of appreciation, and pledging to incorporate tips and suggestions received at the training in their individual classrooms.