PHILIPSBURG:—- The Student Support Services Division (SSSD) of the Ministry of Educati on, 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 Seven Day Adventist School.
The Teacher Support Program is an on-the job training for elementary school teachers, however the 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 afternoon, 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 Student Support Services Division (SSSD) is the referral point for many schools on St. Maarten. Some services include psychological services, counseling services, social work services, educational diagnostic services, career guidance services, speech therapy services and parent education.
SSSD Motto is:
“If every child must learn, then every parent, family and community must be a part of the process”
Source: St. Martin News Network SSSD concludes teacher support program.