Two very different institutions with similar missions are contributing to positive change in teaching and learning in classrooms across Jamaica. Since 2008, Saint Mary’s University and the Catholic College of Mandeville (CCM) have offered the Master of Education in Teaching and Learning program to students in Mandeville, Jamaica. Nearly 100 students have graduated and currently 73 students are in the program. The Mandeville Diocese is the poorest in the country and among the poorest in the Caribbean, so our work there is of particular importance and significance.
Brother Robert Smith, vice president for the Schools of Graduate and Professional Programs, and Suzanne Peterson, director of the M.Ed. program, recently visited the Catholic College of Mandeville and attended the M.Ed. Fall Conference. They met with CCM leadership, the Jamaica Ministry of Education, current students in the M.Ed. program, 40 alumni and several of our SMU doctoral students. Peterson also visited four schools in which our alumni and current students teach, and Brother Robert had the opportunity to meet with Mandeville Bishop Neil Tiedemann, CP. Earlier this fall, Saint Mary’s was represented at a CCM commencement ceremony by Tracy Lehnertz, associate vice president for institutional effectiveness.