We are who we are be­cause of our teach­ers

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THE PAS­SAGE of Hur­ri­cane Matthew led to the Ja­maica Teach­ing Coun­cil (JTC) mak­ing changes to the cel­e­bra­tion of World Teach­ers’ Day, nor­mally cel­e­brated on Oc­to­ber 5 of each year. How­ever, JTC is tak­ing the op­por­tu­nity to cel­e­brate teach­ers dur­ing the month of Oc­to­ber.

We are in­deed thank­ful that Ja­maica was spared. To­day, we take the op­por­tu­nity to ex­press our depth of grat­i­tude to our teach­ers for an­other year of com­mit­ment to the ed­u­ca­tion of our chil­dren. We salute our ded­i­cated and hard­work­ing teach­ers!

The year 2016 marks a wa­ter­shed year for the teach­ing pro­fes­sion as it is re­shap­ing and repo­si­tion­ing it­self to meet the chang­ing de­mands of the 21st cen­tury. The pro­fes­sion is chal­lenged to fo­cus on its fun­da­men­tal pur­pose of teach­ing and learn­ing as the na­tion grap­ples with other fac­tors that im­pinge on school life. Teach­ers’ en­gage­ment with the ini­tial tri­alling of the teacher ap­praisal in­stru­ments en­sure that the in­stru­ments Teacher of the Year and Prin­ci­pal of the Year with LASCO CEO Las­celles Chin (left). would be mean­ing­ful in to­wards a more ob­jec­tive, teach­ing among all pro­fes­sion­als. their var­i­ous con­texts. ev­i­denced-based ap­praisal More av­enues

JTC con­grat­u­lates teach­ers for prin­ci­pals and teach­ers, for In-Ser­vice Pro­fes­sional and en­cour­ages them to tak­ing into full con­sid­er­a­tion De­vel­op­ment are be­ing keep mov­ing for­ward to the lo­cal en­vi­ron­ment ap­proved by JTC per­mit­ting pro­fes­sional au­ton­omy in which these pro­fes­sion­als teach­ers to proac­tively through clin­i­cal teach­ing work. As we move to­wards ac­cu­mu­late pro­fes­sional prac­tices that en­gen­der greater col­lec­tive ac­count­abil­ity, cred­its. learn­ing. Pos­i­tive de­vel­op­ments teacher ap­praisal can­not On 28 Oc­to­ber, 2016, for the pro­fes­sion be puni­tive but rather start­ing at 8:30 a.m., are tak­ing place. Fore­most sup­port­ive with the in­ten­tion Ja­maica will wit­ness its first among them is the move to pro­mote good qual­ity sym­po­sium on the teach­ing Dr Win­some Gor­don pro­fes­sion. Ar­eas to be cov­ered will in­clude rec­om­men­da­tions for the re­vi­sion of the ap­praisal in­stru­ments, a mean­ing­ful ca­reer path and a re­view of some of the ILO/UN­ESCO rec­om­men­da­tions for the teach­ing pro­fes­sion in the Ja­maican con­text. Ja­maica Teach­ing Coun­cil is un­wa­ver­ing in its com­mit­ment and sup­port to the teach­ing pro­fes­sion. We are mind­ful of the anx­i­ety of many stake­hold­ers around the de­lay in the JTC leg­is­la­tion, but progress is be­ing made.

A guid­ing path for new teach­ers

In­duc­tion into the teach­ing pro­fes­sion starts in the train­ing in­sti­tu­tions. Each year, JTC or­gan­ises to hold in­duc­tion pro­grammes at all pub­lic teacher-train­ing in­sti­tu­tions and de­part­ments. New teach­ers are to be men­tored for at least one year in their posts and should be ex­posed to qual­ity pro­fes­sional sup­port, and for­ma­tive and sum­ma­tive ap­praisals.

No pro­fes­sion with­out mas­ters

Nine­teen Master Teach­ers are still in the sys­tem, and 11 are be­ing as­sessed to be recog­nised as mas­ters of the art and sci­ence of teach­ing. The new ap­praisal in­stru­ments will widen op­por­tu­ni­ties to iden­tify Master Teach­ers in all the Qual­ity Ed­u­ca­tion Cir­cles (QECs) and across cur­ricu­lum sub­jects. We call upon our Master Teach­ers from time to time to share with other pro­fes­sion­als and to be part of the train­ers of train­ers group.

Recog­nis­ing and award­ing ex­cel­lence in teach­ing and lead­er­ship

JTC con­tin­ues to iden­tify and award ex­cel­lence in the teach­ing pro­fes­sion. This year, nearly 200 teach­ers re­ceived awards pre­sented

their QECs. We are in­deed grate­ful to our spon­sors, fore­most among them are the Em­bassy of China and the Ja­maica Teach­ers’ As­so­ci­a­tion (JTA). The LASCO Group of Com­pa­nies con­tin­ues to award the Teacher and Prin­ci­pal of the Year and to part­ner in the as­sess­ment and se­lec­tion process.

A pro­fes­sion needs an an­chor

Our Cor­po­rate Ser­vices Unit of the Ja­maica Teach­ing Coun­cil ren­ders di­verse ser­vices en­abling the Pro­gramme Units to carry out crit­i­cal busi­ness func­tions geared to­wards the en­hance­ment and main­te­nance of pro­fes­sional stan­dards in teach­ing and the pro­fes­sional sta­tus of teach­ers.

Its role en­com­passes fi­nance ad­min­is­tra­tion, as­set man­age­ment, lo­gis­tics, com­mu­ni­ca­tions, pro­cure­ment, hu­man The green class­room Ex­cel­lent Teacher awardees in St Mary. re­sources and fa­cil­i­ties stan­dards to which we hold man­age­ment. We seek to the teach­ing pro­fes­sion. As en­sure the best pos­si­ble a ser­vice driven agency, we use of syn­er­gies and pro­mote a qual­ity cus­tomer re­sources across the coun­cil, ser­vice ethos un­der­pinned ef­fi­cient and ef­fec­tive by a cul­ture of op­er­a­tional sup­port and ex­cel­lence, love, ser­vice work to the same high and in­tegrity. Teach­ers’ In­no­va­tive re­sponses to learn­ing needs

Teach­ers ex­per­i­mented with teach­ing boys se­lected cur­ricu­lum sub­jects

through a farm­ing ex­pe­ri­ence. Boys, with, some girls par­tic­i­pat­ing, planted pep­pers and un­der­took mean­ing­ful learn­ing in math­e­mat­ics, sci­ence and English lan­guage. They were also able to sell many pounds of pep­pers to the com­mu­nity. The Boys’ Fo­rum mo­ti­vat­ing boys, stim­u­lat­ing teach­ing and learn­ing

The Boys’ Fo­rum, or­gan­ised by JTC, was held on April 26, 2016 at Wolmer’s Boys’ School. The fo­rum al­lowed boys to in­ter­act with busi­ness per­sons and high-level ed­u­ca­tors, dis­cussing op­por­tu­ni­ties opened to them in pur­suit of their liveli­hood de­ci­sions. I am a teacher - en­sur­ing mem­ber­ship in my pro­fes­sion Teach­ers in a sci­ence, tech­nol­ogy, en­gi­neer­ing and math­e­mat­ics work­shop.

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