The forum which was hosted by BMA, was held in the Thomas W. Cole Jr. Research Center for Science and Technology Sat., Nov. 12, 2016, and in attendance were Atlanta Public School officials, Atlanta based educators, CAU professors and several members of the Jamaica - Atlanta Diaspora community who are actively involved in supporting education in Jamaica and in Metro Atlanta.
On hand to welcome the minister were CAU President Ronald A. Johnson, U.S. Congressman and CAU alumnus Henry “Hank” Johnson Jr. (U.S. Representative for Georgia's 4th Congressional District), Dr. Betty Clark (former Interim Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, professor emerita of mathematics, and special advisor to the president), Getchel L. Caldwell II, Senior Vice President of Institutional Advancement and University Relations, Dr. Moses Norman (Dean of the School of Education) and Dr. Conrad Ingram (professor, Department of Chemistry and forum organizer) and BMA President Gail Dunwell.
The forum organizers assembled an impressive panel comprised of Dr. Donyall Dickey (chief academic officer, Atlanta Public Schools), Dr. Emily Abrams Massey (associate superintendent of Atlanta Public Schools), Education Minister Ruel Reid, Professor Kofi B. Bota (international education consultant and former CAU Vice President for Research and Sponsored Programs), Dr. Man Sharma (president of Educosoft Inc. and professor emeritus at CAU) and Ms. Sarah Vaughan (president, Queen's High School Alumnae -Atlanta Chapter and Representative of the Union of Jamaican Organizations in Atlanta).
Presentations made by panelists included the following: A Perspective on K-12 Education in Jamaica: Current Status and Transformation Agenda (Minister Reid); Implementation of Best Practices Toward Achieving Excellence in Atlanta Public Schools (Dr. Donyall Dickey & Dr. Emily Massey); Technology-Driven Educational Transformation in Jamaica: A Global Perspective (Dr. Kofi Bota) and The Atlanta Jamaican Diaspora Educational Engagement in Jamaica (Ms. Sarah Vaughan). An intensive question and answer session followed the presentations.
During a pre-forum meeting President Johnson and Minister Reid explored potential avenues of corporation and collaboration between CAU and Jamaica in areas such as student and faculty exchange programs and training of Jamaica educators in areas including educational leadership where CAU has a very strong graduate program. Category: Education
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