To improve the effectiveness of classroom instruction and equip teaching assistants with the knowledge to deal with the diverse needs of students, the Guam Department of Education conducted a training seminar this week.
Facilitated by GDOE’s ISLA Ayudante’ Project, teacher assistants and instructional program aides from throughout the island’s schools were taught strategies on how to deal with children with disabilities, social anxiety, and other factors that may affect their academic performance as part of a training held twice every year.
Participants were also taught about privacy laws, such as FERPA, and practices concerning student rights.
Felix Chaco, GDOE program coordinator, said: “We have different learning strategies. We have different initiatives that we use so we want to keep them abreast of that to make sure they’re versed and ready and they could actually pose questions if they see something wrong at the school level.”
This activity was funded by the U.S. Department of Education Consolidated Grant to the Outlying Areas.