Careers & Education

Allman Town Primary's success experiment

Vice-principal Lilea Lewin Robinson assists a
male student with his Language Arts work.

AT Allman Town Primary School, separating boys from girls is working wonders. The experimental teaching method has seen underperforming boys close the gap with their female counterparts in key educational areas. Kandi-Lee Crooks-Smith, principal, said she realised there was a gap in attainment bet ... Read More

Latoya Spence (left) and Tiffany Dean. (PHOTO: KARL MCLARTY) Two awarded PwC scholarships
TIFFANY Dean and Latoya Spence have been awarded scholarships by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) Jamaic ... Read More

Latoya West-Blackwood How to write that book you've always wanted
AT some point in time the idea must have crossed your mind: surely you have enough material to write ... Read More

HUMES... I am proud to work for a company that places
emphasis on team-member development Crunching numbers with Yannique Humes
THE heart of a business operation is an important piece of machinery, and the accounting department ... Read More

Effective networking

By NICOLE NATION | Sunday, January 25, 2015    

IN Celia Davidson-Francis' line of work, networking is essential. She is the director of alumni relations for the University of the West Indies, Mona, and when in social settings, she has to know how to work the room so that she can deliver results. During an event she can be introduced to scores of persons and as such she has over the years perfected her networking strategy. This week she shares some tips on networking. 1. Exude confidence Be confident always in how you interact with others ... Read More

Basic schools get tablets

Sunday, January 25, 2015    

Kenton Phillips chairman of the Clarendon Parish
Board and Jo Anderson-Figueroa, monitoring and
evaluation specialist, Digicel Jamaica Foundation,
join students from Doris Easy Basic School, Victoria
Basic School and Alexander Basic School in
exploring the new technology.

THE Early Childhood Commission has distributed 100 tablets to 20 basic schools in Clarendon in an effort to increase the quality education they deliver. The official handing over of the tablets took place at the Clarendon Early Childhood Resource Centre located at Foga Road in May Pen on January 9. The 20 basic schools who received tablets were Alexander Basic School, Cross Basic School, Coastes Pen Basic School, Church of Prophecy Basic School, Doris Easy Basic School, Evans Basic School, Fait ... Read More

Dealing with a negative coworker

x | Sunday, January 25, 2015    

Dealing with a negative coworker

NEGATIVE people can be found everywhere and when they're in the workplace, their attitudes don't promote productivity. Some don't like their jobs or the company; their bosses are always jerks; or they complain of always being treated unfairly. You may think the best way to address their impact on you is to avoid them, but Cheryl Campbell, owner and human resource consultant at HR Outsourcing Solutions, said when a workplace has a negative coworker the first thing to do is find out the reason fo ... Read More

JN pushes exchange to build capacity in rural schools

Sunday, January 25, 2015    

Kandie-Lee Crook-Smith (centre), principal of Allman Town Primary in Kingston, shares with
principals, vice principals and middle managers from iLead project schools during a visit to the
school recently. Listening are: Sharon McKenzie, education officer, Region Two; Vendilita
Kennedy, principal, Port Maria Primary; Linett Boyd, vice principal at Port Maria Primary; and
Duval Wyndham, vice principal at Buff Bay Primary

FIVE rural schools considered to be in need of management support, according to the National Education Inspectorate, are participating in an exchange programme with some of the country's top-performing educational institutions. Dr Renee Rattray, educational leadership professional and education director at JN Foundation, says the aim of the initiative is to strengthen the capacity of school administrators and educators under the iLead Education Leadership Programme, which was launched last year ... Read More

Steps to team building

BY KIMBERLEY HIBBERT Career & Education reporter hibbertk@jamaicaobserver.com | Sunday, January 25, 2015    

   Steps to team building

IN every workplace there are talks about building and working as a team, but only few people truly understand how to create the experience of teamwork or how to develop an effective team. Rayanne Ingram, recruiting analyst at Choice Business Solutions, said organisations should seek to identify and implement ways in which the workers feel valued and most importantly, feel as if they are not divided. To do this, team building has to be the focus. Tips for team building include: Investing in em ... Read More

Create a vision board

BY NICOLE NATION | Sunday, January 25, 2015    

WHAT do you want out of life? A house, a car, a handsome, sexy man with chiselled abs? Why not put all of this on a vision board? A vision board is a place where you can refine your inner desires in order to bring them to life, certified health and lifestyle coach Kenrese Carter says. "A vision board is a place where you can create a magical journey, a journey that is "awespiring", one that brings your deepest desires to life. A vision board allows you to gather your thoughts and see them clea ... Read More

Certified

Sunday, January 25, 2015    

Netoya Morgan

Sandals Royal Caribbean garde-manger Netoya Morgan receives her International Culinary Tour certification from general manager Gerald Christ. Morgan was one of eight persons from resorts in Jamaica who participated in the first International Culinary Tour through the Sandals Corporate University in partnership with Liaison College in Toronto, Canada. The International Culinary Tour exposed Sandals participants to advanced kitchen management, molecular cuisine, food and wine pairing, classical de ... Read More

French national honour for two UWI academics

Sunday, January 25, 2015    

THE government of France has conferred the designation Knight of the National Order of Merit (Chevalier de L'Ordre National du Merite) on two members of staff of the University of the West Indies, Mona campus. They are Head of the Department of Modern Languages Dr Paulette Ramsay, and Senior Lecturer and former head of the Department of Government Dr Jessica Byron-Reid. The award, which was created in 1963 by the late President Charles de Gaulle, recognises distinguished service and exceptional ... Read More

Logo competition

Sunday, January 25, 2015    

Logo competition

Stephen Facey, Chairman and CEO of Pan Jamaican Investment Trust Jamaica Limited (Pan-Jam) presents Cheryl Levy with a cheque valued at $20,000 for placing third in the company's 50th anniversary logo competition on January 16 at Pan-Jam's New Kingston offices. The company has integrated the three designs to form the official Pan-Jam 50 logo. Logo competition --> Read More

Education ministry to cover exam fees under CVQ programme

Sunday, January 25, 2015    

THE Ministry of Education says it will cover examination and registration fees for students who will be assessed in the new subject areas under the Caribbean Vocational Qualification (CVQ) programme. This is being done under the ministry's examination support programme, and the subjects covered are call contact centre level one; crop production level one; food and drink level one; and motor vehicle air condition repairs level two. Launched in 2007 by HEART Trust/NTA and the National Council o ... Read More



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