Through the Education Quality for All (EQUALL) project, EDC and our partner organizations implement activities designed to strengthen the quality and expand the coverage of complementary education in Ghana, and to create stronger linkages between nonformal and formal basic education programs. This effort will result in increased access to basic education for children—especially girls—who have not had the opportunity for schooling due to social, occupational, cultural, or other reasons; and in increased learning outcomes among participating children.
The Center for Improving Technology in Education (CITEd) supports general and special education teachers, specialists, and administrators in developing systems that effectively integrate instructional technology so that all students achieve high educational standards. CITEd provides this support through innovative professional development, technical assistance, and Web-based resources.
The National Center on Scaling Up Effective Schools (NCSU), located at Vanderbilt’s Peabody College, is identifying practices and policies that make some high schools more successful than others at improving outcomes for low-income and minority students. Once researchers identify these effective practices, they will develop ways to transfer them to other schools in the same systems.
The Benin Teacher Motivation and Training (TMT) Project is working to improve training and performance of teachers. TMT consists of a number of simple interventions focused around a key theme—a set of clear expectations for teacher performance based on international standards of excellence. The use of this clear and universal set of standards will ensure that all systems meant to support and motivate teachers are focused on the same issues—improving teachers’ and thereby students’ chances of success.
D-RASATI (“my studies” in Arabic) will improve children’s learning environments by repairing and equipping schools, enhance the skills of Lebanon’s public school teachers through in-service training, engage Lebanese students in extracurricular activities, and stimulate increased involvement by communities and parents in local schools. D-RASATI will begin with a nationwide assessment of the needs of each public school, which will be incorporated into a comprehensive action plan. The program will also establish a monitoring and evaluation system to ensure high-quality performance.
EDC is implementing a five-year, $75 million project to improve teacher training in Pakistan. The goal of the USAID Teacher Education Project, which drew Pakistani educators to the United States for a two-week study tour, is to update and upgrade primary education across the country.
The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) has selected EDC to help improve educational opportunities in Zambia by working with the Ministry of Education to institutionalize support for community schools throughout the country. The five-year, $30 million Orphaned and Vulnerable Children – Education Support Initiative (OVC-ESI) will enhance learning opportunities, increase school effectiveness, and mitigate the impact of HIV/AIDS on children’s education in Zambia. The initiative will also contribute to the ministry’s efforts to meet national goals and also the 2015 Education for All and Millennium Development Goals.
EDC has been chosen to continue operating the Regional Educational Laboratory (REL) Northeast and Islands through 2017 with a new five-year contract awarded by the Institute of Education Sciences at the U.S. Department of Education. EDC has led the REL since 2006.
“I can really see big, big changes because of this Whole School Reading Program.” So says Luvelia St. Bernardo, principal of the Cawit Elementary School in Zamboanga City, Philippines. The key to the EDC-operated program, which has shown powerful results in improving reading, is getting the whole school involved.
EDC will cohost a symposium on education in international development, sharing the lessons learned from a decade of working with youth as part of the portfolio of USAID-funded programs known as EQUIP. The symposium, “Informing the Future: Ten Years of Experience in Global Education in Development,” will be held Tuesday, November 8, at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.
Success at the Core, a free online professional development resource for school-based leadership teams and teachers, has won a 2011 Best Educational Software (BESSIE) Award for “Best Professional Development Website.” EDC and Vulcan Productions created Success at the Core to help leadership teams and teachers prepare all students for success.
In a published letter in The New York Times, EDC’s Naomi Hupert takes issue with a story about open classrooms, saying they are not a new innovation, and proponents should consult existing research on teaching and learning.
The U.S. Agency for International Development has awarded EDC $75 million for a five-year project to be known as D-RASATI (“my studies” in Arabic) that will include thousands of students and teachers in more than 1,300 public schools throughout Lebanon.