Once again this December, the Educational Mission Team will travel to the Dominican Republic for a
sixth workshop series to provide professional development opportunities for Episcopal educators. With
Diocesan colegios now resembling a school system, ongoing, regular professional development
opportunities have made a difference in making educational improvement a reality in many schools. Our
major partners, Education Coordinator Miguelina Jorge Corporan, and School Board President Florencia
Melvina Dinsey, provide valuable counsel to Bishop Moises Quezada Mota that guides our team efforts.
The team arrives in Santo Domingo on December 8th and returns home on the 14th. In the 5 work-days
in-between, we will work closely with improvement teams at 8 model schools to facilitate their projects
for instructional transformation. In May, these teams set goals for programmatic change in two areas
(English language learning and educational technology) and elaborated plans for meeting them. This
trip, we will help the teams make progress in intensive, collaborative work sessions. No speeches or
presentations this time; we're rolling-up our sleeves and digging into projects that our Dominican
colleagues have identified.
Once again, this professional development activity departs from past efforts in its scope, focus and
impetus for change. We have become contributors to a major change initiative developed and carried
forward by teachers and administrators in Diocesan colegios. Our role demonstrate the growing scope,
local ownership, targeted nature and potential impact of educational improvement efforts.
We welcome your thoughts and prayers as we travel and work in the Dominican Republic in the coming
weeks. And, as always, thank you for your continuing support.
-- Dr. Thomas McGowan, Educational Missionary