Diversity is about all of us and about us having to figure out how to walk through this world together.~ Jacqueline Woodson
Yesterday I had a full day with the executive management of the TCI Sports Commission. Participants appreciated diving deep into the ideas of equity and conclusion. They also appreciated learning about generational gaps and pairing that with a discussion about the history of the TCI and how a countries history and defining moments can shift generational characteristics.
This week were excited for the re-launch of Lit for Birth which was a program started by Jamell and me in 2017. As owners of Learn and Lead, and as parents us, we saw how easily language development and early literacy could fall through the cracks. We wanted to raise awareness on the importance of early steps that you can take to ensure your child has the best start possible.
Literacy from Birth, which we referred to as Lit from Birth, was a program that was launched in conjunction with InterHealth Canada. The nurses and midwives at IHC were trained on how to explain early language and literacy concepts to moms and provide them with a board book and a list of tips at the time of discharge. This program ran from June 2017 (the period of birth of our youngest) until April 2020 when we had to adjust to the challenges of COVID 19. In that period hundreds of books were given to moms and little ones in Providenciales and Grand Turk.
The Youth Help Foundation and United Way, with a little support from us, has taken over the reins of this program. We are grateful to see this program come to life again and want to encourage parents and caregivers to be intentional about stimulating language and literacy from birth. 90% of brain development occurs in the first 5 years of life, and we want to make sure we are creating environments where our little ones can thrive to their potential.
For more about the program, contact the Youth Help Organization. firstname.lastname@example.org
"My advice for young people is, study what you love and intern in what you want to do. And I think itâs okay to pivot as many times as you need to." - Eva Chen
Earlier this week we made a quick trip over to Grand Turk to work with some of the students taking part in the National Internship Program. The goal of this workshop was to address some of the concerns raised in the National Skills Auditâ¦particularly, critical thinking.
In âThe Analytical Mind,â participants are encouraged to be intentional about the way they are team players, the way they learn information, the way they apply critical thinking to their work surroundings, and how to reach their personal and professional potential.
"Inclusivity means not ‘just we’re allowed to be there,’ but we are valued. I’ve always said: smart teams will do amazing things, but truly diverse teams will do impossible things."
~ Claudia Brind-Woody
On Friday we continued our DEI training with the Royal Turks and Caicos Police force. We had great learning, great discussion and great debate. Diversity, Equity and Inclusion training challenges participants to look inward before looking outward.
"You can have brilliant ideas, but if you can't get them across, your ideas won't get you anywhere." Lee Iacocca
Congrats to these two employees from British Caribbean Bank for completing 'The Business Writer.' This coaching program provides an opportunity for employees to brush up on their writing skills and increase their confidence in everyday business writing.
Perhaps it is because our children are home and full of 'Summer Holiday Energy', but I have been getting questions about parenting 'strong willed children.' So, I thought I would re-post one of my blogs from earlier this year. Here you go! Happy reading parents!
I have taught many of children in my career and have met so many different personalities. Every child really is unique. I have always been extremely fascinated with strong willed children. Their confidence, their decisiveness, their sense of justice and their ability to stand alone! I know that parenting strong willed children can be exhausting, but I also know that strong willed children also grow up to not only do great things, but to make incredible contributions to our society.
Compliance is something that we like to see as adults. Some children are naturally more compliant than others, and although we can shape compliance in many ways, we do need to take the personalities of our children into consideration.
Strong willed children are generally spirited and courageous. The don’t fit well into the ‘seen’ but not ‘heard’ box. They thrive on independence. They are experiential learners that excel when they feel as though they are in charge of themselves. This sometimes creates power struggles in the household. Especially if your child has their heart set on something and needs to switch gears. Power struggles, as simple as which pajamas need to be worn, can create frustration for parents, and therefore it’s important to take your child’s personality into account when parenting.
Before I give you some strategies for strong willed children, I want to remind you parents, that there are some amazing long-term benefits for our strong-willed children. As they mature, they are often driven and extremely self-motivated. They are less likely to give into peer pressure and they are not afraid to stand up for their rights or the rights of others. In my books, these are important reasons to be intentional about the way you parent your strong-willed children, and to be mindful of the impulse to 'put them in their place' or show them who is the boss.
Here are some tips when parenting strong-willed children:
"Diversity is the mix. Inclusion is making the mix work." - Andres Tapia
Earlier this week we continued our DEI training with the Royal Turks and Caicos Police Force. DEI training is about awareness and provides an opportunity for teams to dive deep into how to manage the complexities that can arise with a diverse staff. Diversity, goes beyond race, ethnicity, nationality and culture, and includes aspects such as age, generations, education, experiences etc. We look forward to our continued training in this area with RTCPF.
“The future belongs to those who learn more skills and combine them in creative ways.”
- Robert Greene
Over the last little while I have had the opportunity to work with the Health Professionals Authority. We had such a great time learning and growing personally and professionally. Soft Skills development is essential in today's workplace and in order to truly improve, the principles must be embodied in all areas of your life. The Essential Soft Skills that HPA decided to work on are:
"Your business writing can serve as persuasive evidence of your competence, your personality, and your management style." Wilma Davidson
Writing is a key method of communication for most people, and it's one that many people struggle with. The Business Writer provides a great opportunity for professionals to brush up on their skills and review the basic concepts that make someone a confident and effective business writer. For more on The Business Writer Coaching Program, visit our Coaching Page.
Just about every summer learning post will discuss the importance of summer reading. This one will as well! Summer reading is not only fun but yields great benefits for our children. However, to provide a twist, I want to highlight the benefits of audiobooks.
I’m often asked, “Do audiobooks really have much benefit?” My answer: Yes! Yes! Yes! Audiobooks are a great way to boost your child’s literacy skills. Many children don’t have an interest in regular reading, so it makes summer reading a challenge. Audiobooks provide way to have your child to engage with stories in a different way. This allows for the listener’s imagination to step in, picture the scenes, picture the characters, and connect with the story.
Here are my Top 5 benefits for listening to audio books.
Children can listen to audiobooks everywhere. Facilitate your child’s listening by adding an audiobook player to their tablet or phone. Happy Listening!
âA good teacher can inspire hope, ignite the imagination, and instill a love of learning.â - Brad Henry
This year we had a staggered start to our Summer Enrichment Program. We are excited to function at full force this week and look forward to seeing awesome growth in our students this summer! Don't forget to check out this space for Summer Learning Tips!
Whether you call it ‘The Summer Slide’ or ‘Summer Brain Drain,’ we know that when our children take 2 months off school, we risk some learning loss. Spending just 15 minutes daily and being intentional about highlighting the learning around them can reduce the likelihood of learning loss tremendously!
As you plan what your summer learning will look like, don’t forget to include math! It’s not uncommon to have more learning loss in math than it is in literacy. We certainly hear about bedtime reading routines more often than bedtime math routines!
The summertime is a great time to improve math skill, confidence, and success. These three concepts are strongly linked. As a child begins to improve their skill in math, they start to feel more confident. This increased confidence will bring more success, and the success then drives the desire to learn more skill and gain more confidence and so on. It is a beautiful cycle to see.
Math curriculums can move quickly during the academic year, and reviewing concepts already learned or getting a sneak peek at concepts to come allow your children to enter the new math year with greater confidence and ease.
Here are my top 5 tips to remember about Summer Math Learning.
Yolande Robinson, M.Ed.