Education Minister Jennifer Smith, right, announced a new initiative today to transform schools. Education Commissioner Wendy McDonnell, left, will lead the project. *File photo
Education Minister Jennifer Smith, right, announced a new initiative today to transform schools. Education Commissioner Wendy McDonnell, left, will lead the project. *File photo
FRIDAY, JAN. 21: The Ministry of Education will be focusing on a new teaching and learning initiative to transform public schools.

Education Minister Jennifer Smith said that after re-reading the Hopkins Report and the Blueprint for reform and meeting with various stakeholders, she decided to go with “teaching and learning”. She met with the Board of Education, the Association of School Principals and the Bermuda Union of Teachers.

Education Commissioner Wendy McDonnell will assume responsibility for Teaching and Learning. She will also continue her current role as commissioner.

A press statement said: “Mrs. McDonnell has been given this responsibility because of her extensive and successful background in championing educational reform in Canada prior to returning to her home country, Bermuda, and assuming the post of Commissioner.”

Permanent Secretary of Education Warren Jones will take on responsibility for the day-to-day operations of the Department of Education in the dual position of Permanent Secretary and Acting Commissioner of Education with responsibility for Operations.