Esther Tyson Joins JN's iLead programme
Prominent educator Esther Tyson has joined the team of the academic transformation initiative, the iLead education leadership programme, administered through a partnership between the Jamaica National Building Society Foundation and the Ministry of Education.
The programme, which is being implemented in 10 schools in the parishes of Portland, St Mary and St Thomas, has resulted in very positive outcomes for the initial three high schools and two primary schools, which were deemed to be in need of immediate support by the National Education Inspectorate.
The original five schools, Brimmer Vale High, Islington High and Port Maria Primary in St Mary; Robert Lightbourne High and Buff Bay Primary in Portland, have posted tremendous improvements in leadership the iLead management team says. The team says these improvements have impacted positively on student performance in the areas of mathematics and English language; as well as the Grade Six Achievement Test following one year of the intervention.
In July, five additional high and primary schools were added to the three-year initiative, which continues through to 2017. They are St Thomas Technical High School, Happy Grove High School in Portland, Martin Primary School in St Mary, Windsor Castle Primary School, and Retreat Primary and Junior High School in Portland.
Tyson, brings more than 36 years of experience as an educator to the iLead team, 15 of which were spent in school leadership. She joins the iLead team programme as a school improvement coach.
"Mrs Tyson's wealth of experience and expertise as a transformational principal, coach, school inspector and consultant will add tremendous value to the work of the programme, as we seek to deepen our involvement in schools and create a blueprint for school transformation in Jamaica," says Dr RenÈe Rattray, director of Education Programmes at the JN Foundation.
In her capacity as operations manager, Tyson will be responsible for the development and implementation of strategies to provide capacity building for principals, vice-principals and middle leaders, as well as school boards. She will also work with leaders to develop stronger teaching practices to improve learning.
Rattray pointed out that, "She will be intimately involved in the development and execution of initiatives that will strengthen leadership in the target schools, to consequently create better environments for teaching and learning."