Our Programmes

We recognize that Teaching is developmental and that the skills, knowledge and attitudes of our new teachers need to be nurtured for them to be adequately prepared to teach our nation’s students. We are committed to building our teachers’ capacity to enable them to be more effective throughout the various stages of development from their entry to exit from our noble profession.

  1. Induction Programme for Beginning Teachers: 2 year duration
  2. Our new teachers are welcomed into the fold of the teaching fraternity at the Orientation Session which launches the Beginning Teachers’ Programme. The Orientation is followed by Continuous Professional Development (CPD) workshops on core areas of teaching and learning for example:

    Year 1:
    1. Understanding and Teaching Special Needs Learners
    2. Learning Across the Curriculum for Primary Education
    3. Learning Theories
    4. Lesson Planning
    5. Unit Planning
    6. Literacy
    7. Numeracy
    8. Differentiating Instruction
    9. Gender-Based Pedagogy
    10. Assessment and Evaluation
    11. ICT in Education
    12. Parental Involvement

    Year 2:
    Teachers become familiar with the stages of action research and then embark on seeking solutions to challenges which they have encountered in the classroom. Teacher networking and team building characterize this phase which culminates with a presentation of their report on their findings.

  3. Continuous Professional Development (CPD) Activities:

  4. Teaching is complex for no student is the same and the demands of the profession are continuously expanding to meet the needs of the ever- changing global village. Continuous professional development support is extended throughout the year to all we define as teachers under our purview: School Supervisors, Curriculum Coordinators and Officers, Principals, Vice Principals, Senior Teachers, Heads of Departments, Deans and classroom teachers. The following illustrates an overview of the CPD activities which were offered in the recent years:

    • Leadership and Management
    • Literacy and Numeracy
    • ICT in Education
    • Curriculum Content: Primary School Dance
    • Painting for Secondary School Teachers
    • Primary School – Integrated Arts Workshop
    • Voice and Speech Training
    • Continuous Assessment Component :Training
    • Continuous Assessment Component :Training- Sensitization of Principals in Tobago and Practice Assessment
    • Continuous Assessment Component: Training
    • Bridging Programme for Teachers with B. Ed./ECCE and Special Needs Specializations
    • Robotics in Education Workshop for Secondary School Teachers
    • Pedagogy

    The TTDD has the responsibility to provide and report on professional development opportunities in which our teachers are engaged throughout the year.

  5. The Annual Professional Development Workshops for Teachers July-August
  6. This is the flagship programme of our Division which was established in 2008 by a former Minister of Education, the Honourable Esther LeGendre. The objectives then and now are essentially the same:
    • to promote continuous learning and
    • to stimulate the growth of a community of learners

    We are mindful that many teachers prefer to attend workshops during the school vacation because they do not have to worry about missing classes or picking up children from school. Teachers come to seek solutions or strategies to challenges they have been experiencing in and out of the classroom and to also renew acquaintances with colleagues from previous workshops.

    Here are a few of the workshops we have offered through the years:
    1. Data- driven Instruction
    2. Classroom Management
    3. Identifying Students with Special Needs
    4. Play Therapy
    5. Learning with Blogs and Wikis
    6. Differentiated Instruction
    7. App Development Made Easy
    8. Developing ICT Infused Lessons
    9. Preparing for Promotion Series