Oct. 16, 2003 – Friday's St. Croix Federation of Teachers Mini-QuEST conference has as its theme "Virgin Islands Public Schools: The Right Choice."
QuEST stands for Quality Educational Standards in Teaching.
According to a release distributed by the teachers union on Thursday, the Friday program includes professional development workshops for teachers in general, art and music teachers, physical education teachers, paraprofessionals, librarians, school psychologists, speech therapists, education diagnosticians, nurses, counselors, and support staff.
Topics to be addressed in the more than 30 workshops also include health and safety, managing antisocial behavior, disaster preparedness, certification for vocational teachers, Praxis (math) preparation, natural medicine, Microsoft basics, teacher incentive grants and "Instructional Strategies That Work."
The purpose of the conference, which give students a day off from classroom instruction, is to assist educators "in meeting their goals of enhancing our professional growth and improving student achievement," the release stated.
The keynote speaker is Dr. Kendall Griffith, a native Crucian, cardiologist and director of the Cardiovascular Laboratory at Juan F. Luis Hospital.
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