PHILIPSBURG – The Student Support Services Division (SSSD) of the Ministry of Education, Culture, Youth and Sports Affairs, recently concluded phase 1 of its Teacher Support Program, which was provided for all public elementary schools, Hillside Christian Schools and the Seventh Day Adventist School.
The Teacher Support Program is an on-the-job training for elementary school teachers, however, support staff and management of the schools also participated. The training was facilitated by Mrs. Gibbs, who is a special needs specialist from Barbados, and it provided appropriate instruction for students with special needs.
The program involved classroom observations during the morning hours and workshops were conducted in the afternoons. Meetings were also held with school management and care teams.
The expected outcome of the training is that teachers will be able to better identify, accommodate and differentiate instruction for those students experiencing learning difficulties in the classroom.
The SSSD is the referral point for many schools on St. Maarten. Services include psychological, counseling, social work, educational diagnostic, career guidance, speech therapy and parent education.
SSSD’s motto is: “If every child must learn, then every parent, family and community must be a part of the process.”
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