Advancing Basic Education: All Children Reading

 

TAN03251446-200x300  Creative Associates International has been awarded a five-year Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contract, Advancing Basic Education: All Children Reading (ABE: ACR).  Work under this IDIQ will support Goal One of the USAID Education Strategy to Improve reading skills for 100 million children in primary grades.

ABE: ACR aims to improve student reading outcomes in primary school by providing technical expertise and assisting with design, delivery, and monitoring and evaluation services. Activities will improve reading instruction, strengthen delivery systems, increase community engagement and establish host country assessment capacity—as well as conduct research on affordable reading interventions and scale-up.

 

Consortium Partners

American Institutes for Research
CID Consulting
Development Gateway
Equal Access
Handicap International
Foundation Paul-Gerin Lajoie
International Literacy Association
Inveneo
Keys to Effective Reading
Mathematica Policy Research
Management Systems International
O’Brien and Associates
Open University
Pearson Education
Souktel Inc.
University of Oregon
World Education
World Learning

 

Mathematica Policy Research
Management Systems International
O’Brien and Associates
Open University
Pearson Education
Souktel Inc.
University of Oregon
World Education
World Learning

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A Strong Consortium

The Creative consortium is distinguished by the expansive experience and knowledge of its consortium members: a range of research institutes, academic universities, NGOs and small busi- nesses. Together, the Creative consortium benefits from long-term relationships with a network of nearly 300 local education sector partners—ministries, research institutions, and civil society organi- zations—throughout Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America/Carib- bean, and the Middle East/North Africa.

Partnering with governments, civil society and the private sector, consortium members marry a school-level approach to improving reading with a national approach to reinforcing education sys- tems—creating sustainable gains ready to replicate and scale up.

Karen Tietjen, who brings more than 30 years of experience in education policy and instructional systems, early grade reading, school drop-out prevention, research, and monitoring and evalua- tion serves as the consortium’s IDIQ Manager.

A History Of Results Are In:

“Early grade reading is one of the building blocks for future educational success. It is an honor that we will be able to play a key role in developing a brighter future for children around the world.”

Charito Kruvant, Creative’s CEO

Teaching and learning

Creative has successfully delivered comprehensive instructional programs that show teachers how to use scope, sequence, dif- ferentiated learning and an early warning and response system that quickly identifies students at risk. In Yemen, for example, after four months of instruction under Crea- tive’s early grade reading program, first and second graders could read 16.3 correct words per minute, compared to students in control schools who managed just six.

Creative and its partners work with host-country governments to implement local language, phonics based approaches to early grade reading that achieve results. For ex- ample, World Learning worked with the Guatemala Ministry of Education (MOE) to promote Mayan language use, resulting in a 50 percent reduc- tion in first grade dropout rates. In Angola, Pearson Education assisted the MOE in developing and dis- seminating student literacy materials in Portuguese and seven national languages.

Consortium members further develop teachers’ skills and confi- dence with strategic tools for con- tinuous professional development, continuous assessment and coach- ing and mentoring that transforms their practice and perceptions.

Building effective school management and community engagement

TAN03271459-200x300  The Creative consortium builds school management and leadership capabilities to support students’ learning and teachers’ professional growth. Through face-to-face train- ing, professional exchanges, and on-the-job mentoring, partners build capacity of school and community leaders to effectively manage school resources—people, money, materials, and time. In Afghanistan, Egypt, Jordan, Malawi, Oman, South Sudan, Uganda, and Yemen, for example, Creative trained school staff and school management com- mittees to make data-driven deci- sions implemented through school improvement plans.

Beyond its work inside schools, the Creative consortium has also worked to strengthen the engage- ment of communities and parents in their children’s learning. In Nepal, for instance, Equal Access produced an innovative radio series and public service announcements for a “Wel- come to School” campaign, which led to increased enrollment.

National policy reform and systems strengthening

Creative and its partners have successfully worked with MOEs to create the foundations for reading programs and ensure that the na- tional policies exist to support them. For example Creative’s program in Tanzania officially secured focused time for phonics and teacher read- alouds in Zanzibar, and mainland schools agreed to use a free period to increase reading time.

Consortium members have core expertise in improving government systems for teacher management and training, and have built multilevel monitoring and evaluation capacity in numerous countries. Through the Enhancing Government Effective- ness project, for example, MSI con- ducted Ministry assessments and supported work plan development in Jordan, Morocco, Indonesia, Yemen, West Bank/Gaza, and Pakistan.

Monitoring and evaluating performance

The consortium is distinguished by particularly strong M&E exper- tise, with regular assessment of learner performance in reading and tools that are developed in collabo- ration with partners. Creative, MSI, and MPR have each conducted early grade reading assessments and impact evaluations in Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean and Asia. It also brings strong qualifications in using ICT to collect, manage, and report on education data. Partner Souktel, for instance, designed a mobile phone-based data collection system that teach- ers can use to track and report daily student attendance.

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