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About Us – ASCD Bahamas

About Us

Welcome to BASCDA!

ASCD is an international nonprofit association founded in 1943. It is well known throughout the world for the high quality programs, products and services that support research- based, result-driven teaching and learning.

Comprising 140,000 members—superintendents, principals, teachers, professors, and advocates from more than 134 countries—the ASCD community also includes 56 affiliate organizations. The Association holds Annual Conferences throughout the United States of America.

The Bahamas became a part of this organization, ASCD  (Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development) in 2008 as Bahamas ASCD Connected Community.  A small group of educators headed by Dr. Verneth Patterson and Mrs. Christine Williams met to plan goals and objectives for the way forward.

The Bahamas ASCD held its inaugural conference in October 2011 at Stephen Dillet Primary School on Wulff Road, Nassau, Bahamas. Approximately one hundred and sixty (160) educators were in attendance.   Mr. Walter McKenzie Director of Constituent Services from ASCD headquarters in Virginia was our keynote speaker. He spoke on our theme: “Instructions that produce desired results for 21st century learners”.

In October 2012 Bahamas ASCD met the requirement of Affiliate status. We are now Bahamas ASCD Affiliate. The announcement was made at our second Annual Conference October 2012 by Mr. Walter McKenzie Director of Constituent Services.

The Bahamas ASCD Affiliate is a growing organization. It is an environment where we are focused and we explore learning strategies from leaders in the field. We share best practices and teaching strategies. We network and collaborate to help us become better educators.

We believe that each child, in each school, in each of our community deserves to be healthy, safe, engaged, supported and challenged.

We in The Bahamas ASCD Affiliate are determine to learn and grow; lead and succeed, and promote effective teaching and learning in The Bahamas.

Unordered & Ordered Lists

Organizational Aims

  • To be a non profit organization established for the purpose aiding, supporting and assisting or causing to be aided supported and assist all members of the Association in reaching their full potential without consideration of race, religion , color or creed.
  • To support the Programme, anywhere in the Bahamas which are designed to promote Educational changes and the Professional growth of its members and all other associated with Education in the Bahamas.
  • To formulate suggested curriculum development for the Bahamas.
  • To assist in the supervision and implementation of such plans.
  • To encourage adherence to the plans established.
  • To conduct or cause to be conducted business.
  • To take such steps as the Association shall deem fit to publish and spread the work of the association by such means and in such manner as the Association shall see fit, including Radio, internet and Television broadcasts.
  • To take any gift of property, whether subject to any special trust or not to assist with any one or more of the objects of the Association.
  • To take such steps by personal written appeals, public meetings or otherwise as may from time to time be expedient for the purpose of procuring contributions to the funds of the Association in the shape of donations, annual subscriptions or otherwise.

Organizational Objectives

  • To print and publish and disseminate any newspapers, periodicals book or leaflets that the Association may think desirable for the promotion of its objects and acquire printing process, types and equipment, related thereto if deemed appropriate.
  • To ensure that all properties of the name of the Association are adequately covered by insurance at all times.
  • To obtain any provisional Order or Act of Legislature for enabling the Association to carry any of its objects into effect, or for effecting any modification of the Association’s contribution or for any other purpose which seem expedient.
  • To liaise with the College of the Bahamas and other tertiary institution in the Bahamas regarding accreditation for the conference attendees.
  • To hold workshop and conferences annually.
  • To support and encourage Educational tourism.
  •  To liaise constantly with the minister and the Director of Education and the Bahamas Union of Teachers regarding the work of the Association and BEMU (Bahamas Educators’ Managerial Union).