NYC Delegation of Educators, School Administrators & Leaders Returned From the DR Alarmed After Learning About the Serious Crisis Afflicting Dominican Education

The Dominican Government Is Urged to Do Something About the Quality of Education Being Provided to Dominican Students, Many of Whom Immigrate to the United States with Very Low Level of Literacy in Spanish and Math

(March 3, 2006) Bronx, NY — A very important press conference will be held at Hostos Community College on Friday, March 10, 2006 at 8:30am, 500 Grand Concourse Bronx, Building B, Room 115 to report about a recent visit to the Dominican Republic (DR) of a sizeable New York City delegation of over 40 educators, school supervisors, U.S. publishers, leaders and NYC University Trustees, including Hon. Hugo Morales and Hon. Carlos Sierra.

The purpose of the visit that took place from Friday, February 17th through Sunday, February 26th this year, was to share best practices between Dominican and U.S. educators and school administrators, to provide development training to Dominican teachers and school supervisors, and to recognize the presence and contributions of the African-American community of Samaná, DR.

Members of the Association of Dominican American Supervisors and Administrators (ADASA) provided over 12 workshops on teacher and student evaluations, introduction to bilingual models, teacher training methodologies, and among others, the U.S. and Dominican systems of education.

Other especial presentations included a seminar on the history of bilingual education by Dr. Dolores Fernández, President of Hostos Community College, and special orientation sections about the U.S. Middle State College Accreditation process by Dr. Ruth Lugo, Dean of the Metropolitan College of New York.

The trip was coordinated in accordance with a renewed student/teacher exchange agreement signed on March 7, 2005, between the New York State Education Department and the Dominican Republic Ministry of Education, in collaboration with Hostos Community College/Autonomous University of Santo Domingo’s Study Abroad Program and ADASA; and also in accordance with an agreement signed last year between the New York City Department of Education and the Dominican Ministry of Education in collaboration with ADASA.

“The trip was indeed a wonderful learning experience for all of us, and we look forward to continuing to work with Hostos Community College, la UASD, the Dominican Ministry of Education, the New York City Department of Education and all of the organizations that helped make the conference a total success,” said Mr. Robert Mercedes, President of ADASA.

Members of the delegation look forward to participate in the press conference and plan to reveal impacting findings about the Dominican educational system, and the overall conditions of visited schools, students and educators.

Press conference is open to the general public and media representatives are particularly encouraged to attend.

Contact: Néstor Montilla
President’s Office of International Programs & Community Relations
Hostos Community College
(718) 518-4300/4355
email: nmontilla@hostos.cuny.edu