Some 30 teachers, volunteers and education officers are attending the 2nd Annual US Peace Corps Eastern Caribbean Literacy workshop, at the Garraway Hotel in Roseau Dominica, on Tuesday 16 February 2016. Participants include Peace Corps Volunteers, Dominican and Grenadian primary school teachers, as well as three education officers.
Associate Peace Corps Director for Dominica, Ferne Laurent stated that “The workshop will be held over the next three days. Volunteers and teachers will be engaged in sessions on literacy intervention and other best practices in literacy”.
The main thrust of the workshop is a balanced literacy approach, and the participants will be engaged in several topics such as guided reading.
Ms Laurent noted that the strategies embraced by Peace Corps are endorsed by international research and locally. “So we’re not doing anything out of the box, they’re real and we’re not reinventing the wheel. We’re really trying to get back into the things that we know are successful and have been tried and true and tested,” she explained.
Ms Laurent expects that the workshop, “will ignite not just the grade 1, 2 and 3, for which we are responsible, but it also will ignite education officers; a movement towards a whole school policy, where the balanced literacy approach is taught throughout the school”.
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