Be an innovator, teach to lead, care, inspire, and above all, be creative and fun. These were some of the themes used during the Annual Education Conference. Each was used to encourage the educators in the Cayman Islands to seek the highest standards for students.
The conference was held by the Ministry of Education, Training and Employment on 20 February at the Mary Miller Hall in Grand Cayman. Teachers and educators from throughout the Islands were on hand.
“Our theme this year drives to the heart of any education system,” said Education Minister Rolston Anglin. “It speaks to where you as teachers engage children to become lifelong learners. You have an awesome responsibility to come up with ways to teach, care and inspire. We empower you in your position and expect all of you to care to develop our kids into future leaders.”
Throughout the conference, each of the teachers participated in workshops addressing three specific areas – National Strategic Priorities, Sharing Good Practice and Connecting with Children. There were more than 60 workshops, many of which were delivered by educators in the government system, touching on areas that included the curriculum, behavioural studies, technology and even our culture as it is related to discipline.
Keynote speaker Patrick George Smith, associate vice president from Northern Caribbean University, said, “Dream the impossible for your students. The future doesn’t happen, we create it. Recognise and respond with your students’ feelings. You are the ones that will shape the reality for your students and always remember if the standards are clear and the process is there, your students can make it.”