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|Posted By: Beverlyn Cain on November 22, 2004|
It sounds as if you have a plan. Write the plan up. Find a grant to fit the plan.
I have been in the field of early childhood education for 27 years. During that time, I have been a classroom teacher for toddlers -five year olds(17 years)
I have been a teacher mentor for intern students in the early childhood field. For the last five years, I have been on faculty here at Elizabeth City State University, Elizabeth City, North Carolina. I am the Director of a small Lab School (national accreditation, five star state rating) and I am an Associate Professor as well as Program Coordinator for a newly established Birth through Kindergarten Program four year degree program.
Further, I am involved with a Bush initiative African Textbook Project. I along with the Project Coordinator, and three other faculty have formed a partnership with Senegal, Africa. We have been creating workbooks for children in grades 1-3. The curriculum is an integrated one. They have a similar problem of children entering school using various dialects. Their policy is that once they enter school, all children learn French.
We have traveled to Senegal twice to work with our Senegalese partners on this project.
ECSU is a small Black Heritage college. The faculty is small and culturally diverse. Originally, I am from the New England area, Massachusetts.
I do not know how realistic this idea is however, I was thinking of working on a professional development proposal from the Dept of Education in Washington, DC. However, I am not sure whether they fund those grants outside of the US. I will find out. Do you have grants available there?
Would you happen to know the president of the Tobago Community College? He was here in September. He is involved with faculty from here on a grant. His name is Dr. Murray.
I have looked over a website concerning education in Tobago. It looks as if they are in the process of reformatting basic education beginning with preschool and special education. If this is so, the educational authorities would possibly welcome a professional development grant. I am getting ready to review an article called "The Impact of Structural Adjustment Policies on the Educational System in the Carribbean " by Andrew Downes