Partnership for Literacy Enhancement for the Deaf Project September 2017 – March 2018

Jamaica Association for the Deaf

 


PROJECT OVERVIEW

A cursory glance at Deaf education in Jamaica reveals that inadequate instructional practices, low Jamaican Sign Language (JSL) communicative competence, poor parenting support and the absence of an appropriate JSL Curriculum have been identified as major contributing factors to the poor literacy development of Deaf Students. The Partnership for Literacy Enhancement for the Deaf Project is a United States Agency for International Development (USAID) sponsored activity that has been designed to address these issues and seeks to provide an innovative, cost effective method to open new opportunities for Deaf and Hard of Hearing children in Jamaican public schools catering to the improvement of performance.

The project will focus primarily on improving the language and literacy development of Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students through guided language enrichment activities, introduction of JSL as a Subject Curriculum and training of teachers and parents in appropriate techniques for learning support. Emphasis will also be given to coaching and mentorship of school administrators and teachers to build confidence in the implementation of a sign bilingual approach and general instructional practices.

The direct and ultimate beneficiaries of the project will be the students who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing (D/HH) within all the schools for the Deaf in Jamaica. Their families, teachers and school administration will also be directly impacted by the project.

It is expected that after the life of the project, the number of Deaf students functioning at age appropriate levels in literacy will increase by 10 percentage points. Activities are also expected to enhance the bilingual approach to Deaf education through increasing the competence and confidence of instructors in delivering student-centred lessons using JSL as their language of instruction. An increase in the quality and volume of parental support to the literacy development of their Deaf child is highly anticipated.

While the JAD will be the lead stakeholder, the project activities will include, teachers, students, parents and school administrators from all others schools for the Deaf in Jamaica, thereby impacting 11 schools spread across 6 parishes. This collaborative approach evidenced by the partnership of all schools for the Deaf will be a strong commendable feature of the project, and it is expected to exponentially increase the potential for significant impact on Deaf Children across Jamaica. In the execution of the project, much consideration will be given to gender integration and sustainability of activities and gains beyond the life of the project.


Activity Goals and Objectives

The activity is aimed at increasing the literacy level of Deaf children in schools operated by the four major service providers of deaf education in Jamaica. This will be realized through the attainment of the following main objectives:

  1. Increase the number of deaf students functioning at age appropriate levels for literacy development by 10%;

  2. Establish JSL as a subject within the schools for the Deaf by 2020;

  3. At least 75% of all teachers advancing at least two levels of JSL Communicative Competence at the end of the three years from entry;

  4. Provide learning forums for teachers in the areas of effective in-school transitioning and instructional practices for multiple disabilities; and

  5. Foster the development of parents’ communication skills through JSL.


PSYCHO-EDUCATIONAL ASSESSMENT - CONSULTANCY

The Jamaica Association for the Deaf through its Cooperative Agreement with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), seeks the services of a suitably qualified clinical or school psychologist (from henceforth, referred to as psychologist) to provide clinical and technical services to support the implementation of this program entitled Partnership for Literacy Enhancement for the Deaf.  The overall objective of the consultancy is to identify at risk students, conduct psycho-educational assessments and provide valuable recommendations to the parents and teachers of the participating children who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing. The Consultant will be expected to assist teachers, parents, and students in understanding, preventing, and addressing learning, behavioral, developmental, and emotional difficulties.


Scope of Work

Under the supervision of the Project Coordinator, the role of the consultant will be to:

  • Conduct universal screening to identify at risk students based on extremely low academic functioning and persistent emotional and behavioural challenges. Students may be based at any or all of the following school locations:

  • Lister Mair/Gilby High School

Kingston

  • Danny Williams Primary

Kingston

  • Exced Unit for the Deaf

Kingston

  • Caribbean Center for the Deaf

Kingston

  • May Pen Unit for the Deaf

Clarendon

  • Port Antonio Unit for the Deaf

Portland

  • St Christopher’s School for the Deaf

St. Ann

  • Caribbean Center for the Deaf

Manchester

  • Jamaica Christian Centre for the Deaf

St James

(It is estimated that approximately 100-120 students will be eligible for assessment)


  • Procure appropriate  diagnostic tools/instruments to assess students who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing

  • Conduct psycho-educational assessment with students who have been identified as likely to benefit from such interventions

  • Compile assessment reports to include recommendations to assist parents and teachers to develop challenging, but achievable, cognitive and academic goals and interventions for participating students (with consideration for the different abilities, disabilities, strengths and needs).

  • Hold case conferences with parents, reading specialist and relevant teachers

  • Collaborate with teachers and project reading specialist to design prevention and intervention programs that influence student learning

  • Provide an overall report of trends noted in the sample of students for which assessments were conducted

  • Provide training to teachers of the Deaf on how to effectively manage students with multiple disabilities

  • Practice in ways that meet all appropriate ethical, professional, and legal standards

  • Apply sound principles of data- driven decision making to all aspects of practice.


Qualifications, Skills and Experiences

  • A licensed practicing school or clinical psychologist with any combination of the following:

  • Doctoral degree in Educational or Clinical Psychology or any other relevant discipline with at least two years of progressively responsible professional experience in an assessment/clinician role with a reputable educational institution

  • Master’s Degree in Educational or Clinical Psychology with a minimum of five years of progressively responsible professional experience in an assessment/clinician role with a reputable educational institution.

  • Competent in Jamaican Sign Language. Competence in American Sign Language is also acceptable provided the consultant is willing to make the necessary adaptations for JSL.

  • Demonstrated ability in the assessment process and the selection of appropriate test instruments to be used with the Deaf and Hard of Hearing.

  • Demonstrated expertise in collecting, managing, and interpreting various types of individual and group data.

  • Knowledge of universal screening and literacy development of students who are Deaf

  • Knowledge of Disabilities and Deaf culture  and experience working with the Deaf Community


Time Frame and Deliverables:

DELIVERABLES

TIMELINE

PERCENTAGE OF CONTRACT PRICE DUE

PHASE ONE:  

  1. Identification and Acquisition of Appropriate tools

September 30, 2017

45%

  1. Workshops for teachers on Dealing Effectively with Students with Multiple Disabilities in the Schools for the Deaf – GROUP I

October 12, 2017

  1. First round of assessments and reports (50-60 students) – Kingston, Clarendon and Mandeville

December 08, 2017

  1. Case conferences with faculty and parents for first round of students

Ongoing – to be completed by December 15, 2017

PHASE TWO:

35%

  1. Workshops for teachers on Dealing Effectively with Students with Multiple Disabilities in the Schools for the Deaf – GROUP II

February 15, 2018

  1. Second  round of assessments and reports  (50-60 students) – St. James, St. Ann and Portland

April 20, 2018

  1. Case conferences with faculty and parents for second round of students

Ongoing – to be completed by April 30, 2018

PHASE THREE

  1. Submit final report of trends and recommendations

May 25 2018

20%

100%


The consultancy fee is to cover all expenses of the consultancy. This consultancy is to be conducted within the period of September 15, 2017 to May 25 2018.


Reporting Requirements

The Consultant will report to the Project Coordinator or his/her designate, who will certify satisfactory completion of contract deliverables for payment.  The contract will be signed between the Consultant and the Jamaica Association for the Deaf, executing agency for the Cooperative Agreement.


Instructions for Applications/Proposals

The proposal must contain the following:

  • Cover Letter and Detailed Curriculum Vitae/Professional Profile detailing qualifications and experience to include relevant work history and previous experience as a School or Clinical Psychologist.

  • Description of similar projects completed by the candidate over the past five (5) years

  • Contact information for at least three individuals and/or organizations to whom you have provided related services for the past three (3) years and can serve as references

  • A proposed technical and cost proposal including processes, rates and timeline. Applicants have the flexibility to state intended date for completion of phases before the stated time in this ToR.

  • Copy of Tax Registration Number and Tax Compliance Certificate for the consultant or organisation. Non- Jamaicans are required to submit their country equivalent documents.



Responses to this RFP should be submitted no later than August 30, 2017 via email to literacyenhancement@jamdeaf.org.jm  (Email Subject line should read Psychologist/ Consultant: Response to RFQ) or hand delivered to


Psychologist/Consultant: Response to RFQ

JAD- PARTNERSHIP FOR LITERACY ENHANCEMENT FOR THE DEAF PROJECT, 91 Dumbarton Avenue, Kingston 10, Jamaica W.I.  

Failure to submit information as specified may result in your submission being disqualified. Please send requests for clarification to literacyenhancement@jamdeaf.org.jm  or call 968-6781.

Prepared by the Partnership for Literacy Enhancement for the Deaf Project

Jamaica Association for the Deaf

August 2017