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ROE #11 and Rotary International partner to host Jamaican educators

The Regional Office of Education #11 has partnered with The Rotary Foundation to receive a global grant that would bring Jamaican educators to the region to work with local educators at the Regional Office of Education #11 in Charleston.

Educators from Jamaica will spend five days, June 4-8, working with about 40 area educators in an intensive train-the-trainer experience in social and emotional lessons that build individual protective factors in children to help them succeed. Teachers, counselors, and principals representing over 20 different ROE #11 school districts are currently signed up for the week-long training that addresses methods of managing school conflict.

“It says a lot about the commitment of our educators to sacrifice a portion of their summer break for their own professional learning,” said Dr. Kyle Thompson, assistant regional superintendent. “There was enough interest generated to have a participant wait list.”

Tuscola Rotary member Dr. Rick Davidson served as the lead grant writer over the past several months. Davidson acknowledges that this was the most challenging grant he has written, but also the most important.

“It is crucial that we provide opportunities for our educators to learn from one another,” said Davidson. This Rotary Global Grant project will be facilitated by trainers from the Peace Learning Center out of Indianapolis, Ind.

“It has been a great, collaborative partnership over the past nine months,” Davidson added.

“This opportunity would not be possible without the dedication from Rotarian Davidson and Rotary Districts 6490, 6510, and 7020,” Thompson indicated. “The Regional Office is just happy to be a part of it.”

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