Mico CARE Centre: Supporting Educational Transformation

November 28, 2021 0 comments Dr. Marston Thomas, PhD, JP Categories Updates

AS THE foremost institution for child assessment and research in education in Jamaica and the English-speaking Caribbean, The Mico University College Child Assessment and Research in Education Centre (Mico CARE Centre, plays a pivotal role in lending specialised support to the education sector to promote sustainable development. As part of this ongoing effort, at different intervals, the centre engages with its stakeholders to inform and update them on applicable solutions and changing educational practices to aid the improvement of academic outcomes.

With the reservoir of experiential knowledge that exists at the centre, the institution is an essential voice in the dialogue around education and special education transformation in Jamaica. To support this process, the centre proactively engages in relevant research and consultation with teachers and policymakers; develops and distributes special and general education resource materials person to person, as well as through the use of various digital platforms; develops diagnostic tools, and trains teachers in the administration of education evaluations.

Recognising the importance of inclusiveness in any educational transformation programme, the centre is a constant advocate for specialised attention to be given to the unique educational requirements of the nation's specialneeds children who cannot learn effectively in general classroom settings. This is the kind of focus that is required to bridge the educational divide and to truly optimise the development of Jamaica's human capital.

In embracing this inclusive approach, the centre broke new ground earlier this year with the launch of its revised Mico Diagnostic Reading Test - 2nd Edition (MDRT-II) when, for the first time, training on the measure was offered to members of the deaf community.

Also, with the challenges brought on by the COVID19 pandemic, there has now been a greater call on the centre to offer more support to teachers and parents. This has led to the introduction of the centre's Online Workshop Series, offered free of charge to assist teachers and parents to tackle learning regression in students, as well as to address social-emotional learning and to help to build resilience in children.

The Mico CARE Centre is strongly advocating for the sector to cultivate a system of education where positive impact and desired outcomes are realised; one where value is added at every stage of the education grid and no one is excluded or left behind.

This article first appeared in the Sunday Gleaner, November 28, 2021 - Jamaica, as part of a national celebration of The Mico's 185th Anniversary Celebration. From PressReader >