Time for another virtual update on education life in the Dominican Republic. A quick one but a newsy and important one, nevertheless.
The Diocesan Department of Episcopal Education continues to wrestle with challenges posed by MINERD (that’s the government education agency) closing school buildings 6+ weeks ago. Instruction is now virtual. Parent Day was held via Zoom. Graduation competency exams have been held on-line (no pass the exam, no get a diploma). Many, many adjustments by our creative colleagues in the DR.
And our Equipo de Mision Educativo (Education Mission Team) has been closely involved in this work even from afar.
Almost-Doctor Cindy Linzell is involved in a University of Nebraska-Lincoln project to create online materials for teaching English as a second language. She has provided URL links for 3 sets of instructional activities to her Dominican classroom colleagues that are in widespread use. Hooray for Cindy!
Following our December visit, Dr. Joe Gaston established links to EdModo, a software infrastructure that Dominican educators are using to communicate and share teaching ideas. With Joe’s support, Dominican education leaders have established the “Club Tecnologico” — a network enabling school-to-school communication on an ongoing basis. Way to go, Joe!
My particular efforts have involved membership on Bishop Quezada’s Task Force that will guide the Diocese as schools reopen for the 2020-2021 academic year. I join Melvina and Miguelina on the Curriculum/Instruction subgroup. We will likely meet via Zoom throughout the summer. That’s the Bomb, Tom!
No idea when restrictions will lift sufficiently for us to visit the DR up-close, in-person. In the meantime, we remain involved at a social distance. We very much value your support!