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Transitioning to the New Norm: Early Intervention Strategies for at-risk Students

11:15 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

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Mrs. Sherika Lawrence Brown

Mrs. Sherika Lawrence - Brown is a Special Education Lecturer at Church Teachers’ College: Mandeville. She has 20 years of teaching experience and has worked with students at the secondary level with mild-moderate learning disabilities and challenges.

Mrs. Lawrence Brown obtained a teaching diploma from Church Teachers’ College: Mandeville, a Bachelor of Arts Degree and Master of Science Degree in Special Education both from Nova Southeastern University.


She is very passionate about the holistic development of children. It is her goal to contribute to future developments in the field of Special Education to ensure that students with special needs are given a fair opportunity to maximize their true potential to achieve their social and educational goals.


Since March 2020, the Covid-19 virus has created a shift in how educators approached the teaching learning process. The instructional approach used during this period is mainly the online platform. The online platform poses many challenges for both students and educators. Research shows that many of our students have little or no access to education during this period, thus there is a learning loss in the system. These students are at a risk. Since November 8, 2021, some schools have been granted permission to open the doors to students for face-to-face learning. While this is good, educators must be cognizant that students are living through a traumatic experience and the transition from online learning to face-to-face learning needs to be approached with caution. An early intervention may be needed to help those students who have suffered a learning loss or who may be at risk. This session will focus on:

· What is trauma?
· Why Covid-19 is a traumatic event?
· How can we as educators alleviate the learning loss?
· How can educators help students transition from virtual classroom to face to face?
· Early intervention strategies for those students at risk

Moderated by:

Mr. Everton Clarke

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