Leadership Academy for Special Education

The four-day third summer conference for the Special Education Project funded by the Bhutan Foundation and implemented by the Bhutan Youth Development Foundation and the Ministry of Education was held in Thimphu July 6-9 for the eight pilot schools under the project. The workshop was led by a resource team of three American education specialists who are also a part of the U.S. Advisory Committee for the project.

The focus of the workshop was to work with principals on issues related to leadership in special education and to work with Special Education Coordinating Officers (SENCOs) and teachers with leadership ability in the areas of assessment, specially designed instruction, and classroom strategies for students with mild to moderate abilities. The modules of the third workshop were developed based on the recommendations from evaluations of the past two workshops.

The opening of the workshop was attended by the Minister of Education, Lyonpo Thakur S. Powdyel, Secretary of Education Aum Sangay Zam and other senior officials who commended the program and the stakeholders involved in supporting educational opportunities for all children.

The resource team also spent a week in classrooms at Changangkha Lower Secondary School which serves as the lead pilot school for the program.