Administrators Conclave

Monday, 31st August 2020

9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

Opening Ceremony

The COVID- 19 Pandemic and its Impact on Bahamian Education”

10:15 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.

Breakout Sessions

“Disaster Preparedness: 
A Necessity for School Leaders” 

The Hon. Iram Lewis M.P., 

Minister of State for Disaster Preparedness, Management and Reconstruction 

“Timetabling in the New Normal” 

Antionette Storr

Assistant Director of Education (Actg.), Schools Management   

 “Communication with Stakeholders – Your Public Relations Plan” 


Keyshan Bastian

Assistant Director of Education, 

Career and Technical Education 

“Effective Monitoring and Accountability Practices”  

Dominique McCartney – Russell 

District Superintendent Abaco 

“Digital Forecast Notes in OneNote”  

Samantha Wilson

Education Officer

11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Plenary Session

“Making a Difference for Every Student:  Lessons from Around the World” 

Dr. Douglas Reeves will share the latest evidence from around the world about best practices in a live, virtual, and blended learning environment.  He will consider how to maximize student engagement, provide effective checks for understanding, overcome student boredom, assess student learning, and focus the curriculum on what is most essential for student success.   

Dr. Douglas Reeves

1:15 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.

Breakout Sessions

“Implementing Blended Learning in a Traditional School Environment: Best Practices for Administrators”  
“All About EMIS” 
“Office 365 Tools for Administrators”  

Dr. N.  Lyric Knowles 

Director of Academic Affairs, Genesis Academy 

 Sharmaine Sinclair 

Assistant Director of Educational Planning 

Lamont Gray


Virtual School


“Creating a Virtual Staff Room”  

Janice Rolle, 

Instructional Technology Specialist, Technology Section 

“1on1 Learning Management System” 

One on One Educational Services

Training Team

2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Plenary Session

“Supervising Remotely” 

Mr. Ian Ferguson 

Executive Director Administrative Operations, Bahamas Ministry of Tourism and Aviation  

This session is designed to remove the box of traditional thinking in how we access enhanced teaching and learning methods. It aims to equip each administrator with a positive outlook on remote learning, technology, and other strategies that will ultimately produce a globally competitive system, educators and students. 

Tuesday, 1st September 2020

9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

Plenary Session

“Effective Management of Public Health in the COVID- 19 ERA: Implications for School Leaders” 

Dr. Delon Brennen 

Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Ministry of Health  

10:15 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.

Breakout Sessions

“Health and Safety Plan” 

Daisry Higgs

Administrator/ Section Head, Safety and Disaster Risk Reduction Unit   

“Hurricane Dorian: Lessons Learnt (perspectives from Abaco and Grand Bahama)” 

Justin Higgs, Principal, Hope Town Primary School, Abaco,  Chester Cooper, Principal, Eight Mile Rock High School, GB 

Brenell Clarke- Higgs, Principal, Crossing Rock Primary, Abaco 

Paul Knowles- Principal James A. Pinder Primary School, Abaco 

“All About EMIS” 

Sharmaine Sinclair,

Assistant Director, Research and Planning  

“1 on 1 Learning Management System” 

11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Plenary Session

“Identifying and Meeting the Psychosocial Needs of the School Population: Coping with the New Normal” 

At the end of the session attendees will be able to: 

  1. Identify three psycho-social needs of the varying communities in the school (administrators, teachers, support staff and students)  

  2. Explore strategies to mitigate possible pandemic related challenges, for each group. 

  3. Develop a school- wide checklist to address the psycho-social needs highlighted by the pandemic

Dr. Harrison Thompson 

Therapist and Relationship Consultant  

1:15 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.

Breakout Sessions

“The Bahamas High School Diploma Update” 

Keyshan Bastian

Assistant Director, Career and Technical Education 

“Curriculum and Instruction in a COVID 19 Era” 

DDE Sharon Poitier 

Deputy Director, Curriculum Division  

“Virtual Staff-room” 


Janice Rolle, 

Instructional Technology Specialist, Technology Section 

“Office 365 Tools for Administrators “ 

Lamont Gray

Administrator, Virtual School 

2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Director’s Charge  

Mr. Marcellus Taylor 

Director of Education