Govt hires Canadian teaching expert
Bermuda has appointed a leading Canadian educator to develop plans to improve teaching.
Avis Glaze, an advisor to the Premier of Ontario, is to help put together a strategy highlighting “instructional leadership”, Education Minister Dame Jennifer Smith told a press conference today.
Giving an update on the Ministry’s undertaking of recommendations from the 2007 Hopkins Report, Dame Jennifer also revealed appraisals on principals are being brought up-to-date to advance the quality of leadership.
Principal appraisals have been in arrears but will be completed by October, she said.
The Minister said a national school emergency and crisis response plan, as well as an updated code of conduct for students, would help address David Hopkins’ concerns over the lack of transparency and accountability.
And she said a new structure of Individual Education Plans, replacing The Education Centre, would help ensure all students reach their full potential by assisting students instead of sidelining them.
Dame Jennifer gave details on proposals to meet all ten of Dr Hopkins’ suggestions and told the media: “Bermudians should feel confident that the Bermuda public school system is in good standing to provide the education needed by our students into the 21st century.”