Training teachers in Dominica

Tuesday July 6 2010


Lynchburg College has expanded its special needs workshops to the Commonwealth of Dominica in the Caribbean.

Weeklong training is being offered this week to 30 primary and secondary school teachers.

Dominica is located a few miles from Martinique to the south and Guadeloupe to the north. The island's population is about 70,000.

Lynchburg College received an award of $5,320 from the U. S. Department of State through the U. S. Embassy in Barbados for this educational project. The awarded funds cover instructional materials, and instructors' travel, food, and lodging. The LC instructors are volunteering their time.

"Training for Effective Instruction for Educational Professionals" is designed for educators of struggling students and students with special needs. The focus responds to a professional training need identified by the Dominica Ministry of Education for the nation of Dominica.

The training is provided by Dr. Ed Polloway, professor of special education and dean of graduate studies at Lynchburg College, Dr. Glenn Buck, associate professor of special education at Lynchburg College, and Dr. Jim Patton, University of Texas at Austin.