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The Beginning Teachers 2023/24
"Navigating Education's Ever-Changing Landscape: New Teachers Shaping the Future"
Dear Future Educators,
In line with the recommendations of the Ministry of Education and Youth, we are pleased to announce that Cabinet, through Decision No. 27/06 – 17, approved the Beginning Teacher Mentorship Policy. This approval signifies the implementation of a mandatory mentorship programme for all beginning teachers, as well as teachers returning to the profession after a hiatus of five or more years. Your participation is a significant step in ensuring the continuous improvement of teaching standards in Jamaica.
Your decision to embark on this noble journey of shaping the future through education is commendable, and we are here to provide you with the support and guidance you need as you transition into the teaching profession. We appreciate your dedication and enthusiasm in completing the required documentation for the Mentoring and Induction of Beginning Teachers 2023/2024 programme.
Here are some essential points to keep in mind:
- Certification Requirements:* To successfully complete the programme in December 2023, you will need to accumulate a total of 80 out of 100 points. The completion of this initial form, with all the relevant information for Phase 1, will earn you 10 points toward this goal.
- Phase 1 – Individual Preparation (10 Marks):** Prior to completing the form, please prepare the following items for upload by October 6:
– Join your Google Classroom https://rb.gy/j657a
– Create a Google Site (here’s a helpful guide: [Google Site Tutorial](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EV7l0PBZCEE)) and upload it in the designated section.
– Create a Professional YouTube channel (guide: [YouTube Channel Setup](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RG4CE-JOXVU)) and provide the link/URL.
– Establish a LinkedIn account (tutorial: [LinkedIn Account Creation](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jh5eDSMPvjE)).
– Prepare a professional headshot photograph for upload. This image will be featured in the closing ceremony magazine, reflecting your commitment to professionalism.
- Phase 2 – Synchronous Overview (Zoom):** In October 2023, we will kick off Phase 2 with a synchronous session via Zoom. This session will provide you with an overview of the programme and introduce you to your mentor/facilitator.
- Phases 3 and 4 – Group and Asynchronous Learning:**
– Phase 3: Over an 8-week period, from October 10 to November 2023, we will engage in group sessions every Tuesday from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm. During this phase, you will have ample opportunities to interact with course materials and progress at your own pace. Expect to collaborate with esteemed educators such as Dr. Winsome Gordon, CEO of JTC, guest facilitators, Teacher Registration Staff, Subject Associations, and more.
– Phase 4: This phase is designed for asynchronous learning via Google Classroom. There will be no live lectures or oral presentations; instead, you will access course materials and recordings as needed for your reflections.
Phase 5 – The Closing Celebration Ceremony:** This final phase will culminate in a grand Closing Celebration Ceremony, where we will recognize the Most Outstanding Beginning Teacher, Team Leader, and Institution. It is a moment of celebration for your hard work and dedication.