Education provides the tools for young people to access diversified career options, higher income levels, sustained health and active citizenship. To achieve these outcomes, children must receive a quality education taught by skilled and competent teachers and school leaders who have the capacity to foster these abilities.
The Wilfrid Laurier University Faculty of Education, in partnership with individuals from school boards in Canada and organizations such as D2L, has developed the Educator and Leadership Institute (ELI) to build teaching and leadership capacity in communities globally. The first ELI was launched in northern Haiti in August 2016 and continues to support educators in science, mathematics, critical literacy, early learning, special education and school leadership. The vision for ELI is founded on a Haitian Creole expression,
The initial objective of ELI Haiti was to impact the learning outcomes of 100,000 students by directly instructing 1,000 teachers and 100 principals in Haiti by 2020. We do this by leveraging Laurier's outstanding school partnerships and solid track record in northern Haiti to promote our strong reputation for teacher professional learning. The summer institute provides the primary means for this professional development work.
In tandem with the face-to-face courses, and with the support of D2L, we are also developing online resources that support and extend the learning that occurs in the summer institute. The launch of ELI Nepal and ELI Egypt have been in response to localized needs to take what has been learned through the ELI Haiti experience and leverage this for work in other contexts.
As part of the ELI, leading educators from Ontario, including Laurier students and faculty, travel to Haiti, Nepal, or Egypt to provide courses and engage educators in those contexts in professional learning. The courses occur each morning followed by an afternoon teaching practicum. This unique aspect of ELI provides an opportunity for educators to practice the learning that they are experiencing from the courses.
Laurier is exploring opportunities to facilitate the Educator and Leadership Institute in other countries such as Kenya, Zambia, China, and Ghana.
For more information about the Haiti Educator and Leadership Institute, contact Associate Professor, Steve Sider.