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Territory’s School Personnel Will Participate in Two-Days of Professional Development

Professional development activities for public school teaching professionals and other school-based personnel will take place across the territory on Thursday and Friday, Jan. 7 and 8. All school- based persons are hereby notified of the times and venues of the scheduled activities by their respective district:

St. Thomas-St. John District
Thursday, January 7
7-7:45 a.m. — All administrators, instructional staff, at Wyndham Sugar Bay Resort & Spa
Coordinators, Counselors and Paraprofessionals
8 a.m. — School lunch personnel in Lockhart School Cafeteria
8 a.m. — School nurses in Lockhart School Library
(Standardizing Health Care Presentation by Robert Cook, American Red CrossCertified CPR/First Aid/Water Safety Instructor)
8 a.m. — Secretarial staff at Curriculum Center
8:30 a.m. — Elementary PE teachers (two days) in Bertha C. Boschulte School Gymnasium
9 a.m. — Maintenance employees at E. Benjamin Oliver School
9 a.m. — Monitors in the BCB Music Room
Friday, January 8
All instructional and support staff must report to their assigned schools with the following exceptions.
7:45 a.m. — Attendance/guidance counselors and social workers at the Curriculum Center
(“Mental Health Issues in Schools Presentation” by Aracelis Francis, DSW, ACSW, CISW, and “Implementing Mental Health Strategies and Evaluating Data Collection Tools”)
7:45 a.m. — School Nurses at the Curriculum. Center Computer Lab
(Assessing School Nurses Software Programs)
7:45 a.m. — Career-Tech teachers at the Marriott’s Frenchman’s Reef
8 a.m. — Special Education teachers (administering VITAL-A) at the Marriott’s Frenchman’s Reef
8 a.m. — Kitchen managers and cooks in Lockhart School Cafeteria
10 a.m. – Monitors at the CAHS Career Center
10 a.m. – Custodians in the CAHS Gymnasium
Featured presenters at the January 7th session will include husband and wife team, Drs. Harry and Rosemary Wong, who will be presenting on “How to be an Effective and Successful Teacher.”Harry K. Wong is one of the most sought after speakers in education today. As a former secondary science teacher and classroom teacher, he has developed methods that resulted in no discipline problems, a zero drop-out rate, 95 percent homework turn-in factor, and the ability to demonstrate mastery of learning for each of his students. He has been credited with transforming schools and turning around the lives of tens of thousands of teachers, and his techniques have been adapted by thousands of educators for success in their schools and classrooms. He has been called Mr. Practicality for his common sense, research-based, no-cost approach to managing a classroom for high-level student success.
Also presenting will be Baruti Kafele, who will lead a discussion on “Motivating, Educating and Empowering Black Males.” He is currently the principal of Newark Tech High School in Newark, N.J., which has been recognized by U.S. News and World Report for the past two years as one of the best high schools in the United States. An award-winning educator, Principal Kafele, as he is affectionately called, led the transformation of three middle schools and a high school including the Sojourner Truth Middle School in East Orange, which has emerged as one of the highest-performing urban middle schools in the entire state of New Jersey. Kafele is the author of five books, which include: “Motivating Black Males to Achieve in School and in Life,” “A Handbook for Teachers of African American Children” and “A Black Parent’s Handbook to Educating Your Children (Outside of the Classroom)”. He is also the recipient of numerous educational, professional and community awards, to include the City of Dickinson, Texas, proclaiming Feb. 8, 1998, as "Baruti Kafele Day!"
For more information, contact the District Offices of the Superintendent at 775-2250 or 773-1095.
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