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JN leads 'education revolution' this summer

Published:Monday | June 27, 2016 | 6:00 AM
In the Command Centre. Nadine Molloy (seated), principal of Ardenne High in St Andrew, takes charge in a symbolic gesture as she outlines the strategy for a new education thrust to some of the country’s top school leaders ahead of the JN Foundation’s School Leadership Summit, scheduled for July 25 and 26 in Kingston. Other school leaders, along with members of the Jamaica Defence Force, pictured here are (from left) Esther Tyson, school leadership coach, JN Foundation; Dr Renee Rattray, director, education programmes, JN Foundation; Lynton Weir, principal, Old Harbour High School, St Catherine; Kasan Troupe, principal, Denbigh High School, Clarendon; Lawrence Rowe, principal, Mile Gully High School, Manchester; Sergeant Phillip Dawkins; Oneal McLeod, national mathematics teacher of the year, Godfrey Stewart High School, Westmoreland; Kandi-Lee Crooks-Smith, principal, Allman Town Primary, Kingston; Karl Coke, principal, Buff Bay Primary School, Portland; Colleen Montague, principal, Wolmer’s Girls’ School in Kingston; and Lance Corporal Lamar Manning.

A 'learning revolution' will be launched as the Jamaica National Building Society (JNBS) Foundation hosts a major School Leadership Summit to set a new pace for education in Jamaica.

School leaders and Ministry of Education officials will benefit from an exchange of expertise in school leadership from top international and local professionals in educational leadership at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston, on July 25 and 26. The event, organised under the theme 'Join the Education Revolution', will include educators who have already made significant impact in classrooms, moving from 'chalk and talk', to stimulating leadership. Dr Renee Rattray, director of education programmes at the JN Foundation, says the intent of the summit is to energise school leaders and inspire new thinking and approaches to leadership in schools.

"The summit will provide the opportunity for school leaders across Jamaica to gather and learn, infuse their practice and renew their commitment to supporting their staff, as well as improving outcomes for students," Dr Rattray said. She said that, in keeping with the mantra of the foundation, they wanted school leaders to be inspired and prepared to encourage others, when they leave the summit, to "innovate, impact and lead".

POWERFUL PRESENTATIONS

Dr Rattray outlined that participants will benefit from powerful presentations from several local and international speakers, including principals of 'turnaround' schools like Salome Thomas-El, head of school at the Thomas Edison Charter School in Delaware, USA, who will be the keynote speaker on the opening day. An award-winning teacher and principal, Thomas-El has had a track record of assisting challenged young people in the US to achieve success. Other international speakers at the summit will include science professor at New York's prestigious Columbia University, Chris Emdin, who is well-known for his use of hip-hop music to build interest in science among young people in the US; and US-based principal and motivational coach Pete Hall.

School leaders may visit www.jnfoundation.com and click the link 'register here', to complete the online registration form. They may also call 926-1344, extension 5164, to register. To finalise their registration, payment should be made at any JNBS branch or MoneyShop. Persons with JN accounts, who are already using the JN LIVE online banking, may also pay via JN LIVE.