A total of 120 primary school teachers in 75 schools across seven parishes will be trained and certified in the use of the Lindamood-Bell Learning Processes, in order to diagnose and correct various language-based learning disabilities in students.
Under the six-month-long project, which is being funded by the Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF) at a cost of $20.6 million, teachers will receive 350 hours of professional development training in the Lindamood-Bell Literacy Modules; 450 hours of professional development coaching; three years of ongoing instructional leadership development; and job-embedded coaching and teaching kits.
The training, which will be conducted by the Creative Language-Based Learning (CLBL) Foundation, is being financed under JSIF’s Integrated Community Development Project and the Special Educator Needs Coordinator Phase Two.
A four-week session was held in the summer where teachers benefited from intensive professional development in order to better enable them to support the students.
Minister of state in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information Alando Terrelonge welcomed the initiative, sayng it has the potential to revolutionise the education sector in Jamaica.
“When we have a creative learning-based platform that will assist children with learning disabilities, it is a win not just for the teachers who are being trained, but it is a win for all our thousands of Jamaican children who will now benefit from teachers who’ve educated themselves and gone through professional development,” he noted.
Terrelonge was speaking at the contract-signing ceremony with CLBL representatives at JSIF’s headquarters in Kingston on Wednesday.
Minister without portfolio in the Office of the Prime Minister Michael Henry, in his remarks, said that the investment is a worthwhile one.
He noted that while the programme is intended to treat with students who have learning disabilities, including dyslexia, its benefits will extend to the wider education sector. He urged parents to support the initiative.