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Organisation key to success for Alta

Published: 
Thursday, November 30, 2017
Year in Review Part 3

Today Alta continues the Year in Review; excerpts from the annual report which was first presented to members of Alta at the annual general meeting in November. In the past weeks the review looked at Alta’s growth in students and development of tutors, as well as the strategies used and campaigns executed in order to reach students and tutors.

With over 50 classes around the country, it is important to have a clear organisational structure. Each region in Trinidad is managed by Alta Regional Coordinators who all report to Alta’s CEO. This year Alta has taken the decision to implement a National Coordinator who will manage all Alta programmes around the country.

This ensures that the CEO can focus on internal matters and Alta Online. Lystra Hazarie has been appointed Alta’s new National Coordinator. Lystra will be immersed in all aspects of programme development and management in the coming years.

For the first time this year, Alta decided to advertise the Nalis Youth Lit Programme for youth ten-15 via social media. There was an overwhelming response to the registration with 229 students assessed.

Unfortunately, given resource constraints, many of the students could not be accommodated. The response, however, shows that the Alta brand is strong and that there is an overwhelming unmet need for Alta among those in the ten-15 age group.

In order to keep tutors and the Alta programme up to date, every year Alta conducts refresher training for continuing tutors, as well as a Tutor meeting with current tutors to update them on all things Alta. This year Alta welcomed guest speaker Cathryn Kelshall of the Dyslexia Association who did a presentation on Dyslexia in the Alta classroom. As a mentor to Alta from the early years, Kelshall matched research and teaching approaches to Alta’s tutor and student experience.

Tutors got a better of understanding of their dyslexic students and why particular activities are necessary in the Alta classroom. Based on Kelshall’s advice, a new spelling element was introduced at this year’s refresher tutor training and implemented in Alta classrooms for this academic year.

For the past 25 years, Alta has committed to training at most 100 tutors annually. This year, 95 participants started the training course and 86 successfully completed the sessions. These tutors are currently completing their first term of teaching at classes around the country.

As Alta looks toward the future, one of the things that became apparent was that the organisation needed a strategic plan. In April 2017, Alta was fortunate to be guided by professionals from Deloitte who helped the management team develop a strategic plan. Ravi Rampersad, Marshall Ogle and Salaina Jagroop from Deloitte conducted two gratis workshops with Alta which led to a now implemented plan which will guide Alta’s work for the next three years

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