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Support for Educators in the Field

WCE Grows Belize Partnership to Include Professional Development, Camp Starfish

Sunday, May 03, 2015

At the request of the Ministry of Education in Belize, the Watson College began providing professional development programs for teachers and administrators in Belize two years ago. Susan Catapano and Dennis Kubasko provided professional development for teachers in August 2013, and Catapano and eight students enrolled in graduate programs at the Watson College provided professional development programs for principals in 2014.

While in Belize last August, Catapano visited Camp Starfish, a summer camp started by parents of children with special needs. This summer, she will return to work at the camp with three students enrolled in the undergraduate program and four students in the graduate program at the Watson College, one faculty colleague from the University of Missouri-St. Louis (UMSL) and six students enrolled in teacher preparation programs at UMSL.

Twenty to 30 children ranging from toddlers to high school-age will participate in Camp Starfish. The college faculty and students will join parents and high school volunteers to read stories, do arts and crafts activities, engage in physical education activities and provide support for the children.

Students enrolled in the doctoral program at the Watson College will join the group during the first week of August to offer professional development workshops for the K-12 teachers in San Pedro Town.

Catapano has received a Friends of UNCW grant to buy materials to bring to the children participating in Camp Starfish, held July 25 through August 7.