Introducing the IEAL-J
i.Background and status
The Institute for Educational Administration & Leadership- Jamaica (IEAL-J) is a Virtual Institute. It was founded in October 2012, and is a registered educational charity funded by private donations, targeted fund-raising and Membership Fees.
The vision of the IEAL-J is to lead the transformation of Jamaica’s educational leadership & management landscape through its three pillars: research, innovation and capacity-building.
In November 2012, the IEAL-J was formally recognised as the National Affiliate of the Commonwealth Council for Educational Administration & Management (CCEAM).
In February 2014, the IEAL-J became an Institutional Member of the International School Leadership Development Network (ISLDN), located in the USA and the UK.
In November 2015, the IEAL-J signed a five years MoU with the University of Technology, Jamaica (UTech) to collaborate on areas of mutual interest, in particular, in research production and capacity building. This MoU also provides that UTech will host the IEAL-J Public Lectures, held April and November annually.
In July 2016, the IEAL-J signed a three years MoU with the University Council for Educational Administration (UCEA) in the USA, to collaborate on, inter alia, the mutual aims and similarity of missions of both organizations including the sponsorship and dissemination of research, improvement of the preparation and professional learning of school leaders, and the influence of policy.
In November 2017, the IEAL-J signed a three years MoU with the University of the Commonwealth Caribbean (UCC) to collaborate in areas of mutual interest, in particular, in capacity-building and research skills development. This MoU also provides that UCC will allow the IEAL-J the use of its Internet and other facilities, including meeting rooms for business meetings, and annual meeting of members.
II.The work and impact
- Research & scholarship
May 2013, publication of the Research Report: “The Politics of Progression: Perceived barriers to progression among Primary School Teachers in Jamaica”.
March 2014, 2 IEAL-J Members publish paper, “Teacher CPD Across Boarders: reflections on how a Study Tour to England helped to change the practice and praxis among Jamaican teachers”
April 2015, 5 IEAL-J Members publish paper “Crossing the border: reconstructing and re-aligning teacher and principal identities through a study tour”
August 2015, 8 IEAL-J Members published in Special Issue of the Bridge: The international Journal of research, theory & practice, published by the University of Leicester, UK.
October 2015, 3 IEAL-J Members publish paper “Building Teacher Capacity through an International Study Tour: Impact and Evidence”
- Public Lectures
In conjunction with its partners, the IEAL-J hosts two Public Lectures annually.
- April 2014. School Leadership, Governance and Accountability. Delivered by Mr Ian Potter, Headteacher, Bay House School & Sixth Form; and Mr David Wiltshire, Lecturer, University of Portsmouth, UK.
Discussant: Miss Sonja Simms, College of Agriculture, Science & Education.
- November 2014. Successful and Effective School Leadership in Jamaica: What school leaders know and do. Delivered by Professor Paul Miller, IEAL-J President & Brunel University.
Discussant: Dr Disraeli Hutton, University of the West Indies, Mona, Jamaica.
- April 2015. Prevalence and Patterns of Substance Abuse in Jamaican Secondary Schools: Implications for learning and behaviour. Delivered by Dr Ellen Campbell- Grizzle, Dean, College of Health Sciences, University of Technology, Jamaica.
Discussant: Mr Michael Tucker, Executive Director, National Council on Drug Abuse, Jamaica.
- July 2015. Developing TVET: a model for Jamaica. Delivered by Dr Grace Mclean, Chief Education Officer, Ministry of Education, Jamaica. [This event was held at the International University of the Caribbean]
Discussant: Dr Marcia Rowe-Amonde, HEART Trust- NTA, Jamaica.
- November 2015. Challenges of Quality: the role of the development of the National Qualifications Network. Delivered by Mrs Maxine Henry-Wilson, Commissioner, Jamaica Tertiary Education Commission and for Minister of Education, Jamaica.
Discussant: Dr Fritz Pinnock, Caribbean Maritime Institute, Jamaica.
- April 2016. Corruption as Redemption? Barriers to Progression among teachers in Jamaica. Delivered by Professor Paul Miller, IEAL-J President & Brunel University.
Discussant: Dr Laurette S. M. Bristol, Catholic College of Mandeville, Jamaica.
- December 2016. A Multilevel Examination of Curriculum in Jamaica: Policy and practice. Delivered by Dr Carmel Roofe, IEAL-J Vice-President & Lecturer, University of the West Indies, Mona, Jamaica.
Discussant: Dr Clover Flowers-Hamilton, Ministry of Education, Jamaica.
- February 2017. High Performing Principals in Jamaica: The Anatomy of High Performing Principals. Delivered by Dr Disraeli Hutton, Senior Lecturer, University of the West Indies, Mona.
Discussant: Dr Taneisha Ingleton, Director of Programmes, National College for Educational Leadership
- November 2017. STEM Education: The Jamaican Context. Delivered by Dr Kamilah Hylton, Dean, Faculty of Science & Sport, University of Technology, Jamaica
Discussant: Dr Hope Mayne, Lecturer, University of Technology, Jamaica
- April 2018. Educational Leadership & Sustainability: Jamaica and Vision 2030. Delivered by Senator Ruel Reid, Minister of Education.
Discussant: Professor Bernadette Warner, University of the Commonwealth Caribbean.
The IEAL-J leads the International Conference on Educational Leadership & management.
2015 August: National Conference on Educational Leadership & Management. Theme: Educational Leadership & Management in Jamaica: From Nursery to University.
March 2017: International conference on educational leadership & management. Theme: Educational Leadership & Management for Sustainability: Current realities, Future possibilities.
March 2019: International conference on educational leadership & management. Theme: Educational Leadership for Social Justice: Policy, Practice, Community.
- Capacity- Building & Innovation
July 2013, facilitated and led a Study Tour & Capacity Building Exercise to England. 11 Jamaican educators from 8 schools participated in this 3 weeks visit to England which included visits to 10 schools and bespoke lectures on Managing Change, Instructional Leadership and Educational Policy provided by Middlesex University and the Institute of Education, London.
April 2014, facilitated a Reverse Study Tour to Jamaica which included 10 educators and students. This lasted over 10 days, and included visits to 8 schools, 2 teachers’ colleges and 1 university.
April 2018, facilitated a half day seminar at Friendship Primary School to a group of 70 school leaders, education officers and teachers on:
- “Emotional Intelligence & School Leadership”
- Effective school leadership: 21st century skills requirement”
iii. Award Holders
The IEAL-J recognises the work and research scholarship of members with two categories of awards. The Fellowship of the Institute is presented to established researchers, policy makers and/or practitioners in education. The Best Thesis Prize is presented to up-coming scholars in educational leadership & management research.
- Fellows of the IEAL-J
- Mrs Kadia Hylton-Fraser, National College for Educational Leadership (awarded as a teacher at St Jago High School)
- Mrs Shernette Powell, Point Hill Primary & Junior High (awarded as Principal at Tydixon Primary)
- Ms Talia Carter, Vocational Development & Training Institute (awarded as a teacher at Penwood High School)
- Dr Ellen Campbell- Grizzle, Unicersity of Technology, Jamaica
- Dr Carmel Roofe, University of the West Indies, Mona
- Dr Grace McLean, Ministry of Education
- Thesis Prize Winners
- November 2014, Best Thesis Prize (Masters) awarded to Katherine Williamson Teape, St Jago High School + Veronica Gaynor, Iris Gelly Primary
- November 2015, Best Thesis Prize Award (Masters) awarded to Peter-Gaye Smith, Campion College
- December 2016, Best Thesis Prize Award (Masters) awarded to Latoya Orr, Penwood High School
iv.IEAL-J Council/ Officers
Mrs Shernette Powell, Vice President & Director of Research & Capacity Building, Principal, Point Hill Primary & Junior High
Mrs Kadia Hylton-Fraser, Vice President & Director of Outreach & Public Engagement, Director of Programmes, National College for Educational Leadership (NCEL)
Mrs Nola P. Hill-Berry, Director of Member Engagement & Services, Lecturer, University of Technology, Jamaica
Ms Talia Carter, Director of Media & Corporate Affairs, Lecturer, Vocational Training Development Institute
Mr Greg-Louis Austin, Director of Branding & Technology, Head of School, University of Technology, Jamaica
Professor Paul Miller, President & Director of Partnerships & Opportunities, University of Huddersfield, UK.
Previous (and current advisors):
- Mrs Katherine Wiliamson-Teape, St Jago High School
- Dr Carmel Roofe, School of Education, University of the West Indies
- Professor Disreali Hutton, School of Education, University of the West Indies
Ministry of Education, Youth & Information
National College for Educational Leadership
University of the Commonwealth Caribbean
Catholic College of Mandeville
University of Technology, Jamaica:
- College of Health Sciences
- Faculty of Science & Sport
- Faculty of Education & Liberal Studies