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How this year’s Nobel Prize winners helped shape an education revolution in Africa

Thursday, October 31, 2019, by Ashleigh Morrell

This post first appeared on the Teaching at the Right Level blog

It’s late 2016, and I’m standing at the back of a classroom in rural Eastern Province, Zambia, together with my colleague Emily Cupito and Ministry of General Education Principal Education Standards Officer, Mahuba Hazemba. A teacher stands at the front of the class describing a new maths concept, occasionally asking a question to the class. A few... Read More

Committing to a randomized evaluation: The scariest and smartest thing we ever did

Thursday, January 31, 2019, by Shane DeRolf

My name is Shane DeRolf.

I am the founder and CEO of Big Word Club, a digital learning company committed to improving the vocabularies of every kid in America.

It all started about twenty-five years ago when I quit my job to pursue a dream.

That dream was to create great media that helped kids think, learn and grow.

Here’s what those twenty-five years felt like…

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Participants at the Teaching at the Right Level conference in Johannesburg.

Bringing together an inspired and motivated community for our Teaching at the Right Level Conference

Friday, October 26, 2018, by Ashleigh Morrell and Kim Tichmann

“Finding people with a common vision has helped make this a movement around the world.”
– Usha Rane, Pratham

Teaching at the Right Level (TaRL), an education approach pioneered by education NGO Pratham, is designed to help ensure that all children learn the basics of reading and mathematics in primary school. The approach, developed and strengthened in India, is now taking root in Africa.

African organizations and governments inspired by the... Read More

A new website for Teaching at the Right Level

Wednesday, October 10, 2018, by Emily Cupito and Ashleigh Morrell

J-PAL Africa and Pratham, one of the largest NGOs in India, have launched a new Teaching at the Right Level (TaRL) website in response to growing demand from governments, schools, and NGOs for details on TaRL methodology and implementation.

In recent years, education stakeholders have become increasingly aware of low foundational skill levels in primary schools and the lack of safety nets for the children who... Read More

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Developing an ed-tech agenda in Latin America

Monday, September 24, 2018, by Ana Carolina Mendoza

Technology is increasingly opening up new and promising opportunities to improve educational achievement in schools. Governments in Latin America are investing significant resources to adopt education technologies, or ed tech, with the promise of improving learning outcomes. Some of these investments are not evidence-based and risk wasting public resources with ineffective approaches. Despite this, there is strong demand among some actors for data and evidence.

At J-PAL Latin America & the Caribbean... Read More

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Applying the generalizability framework: Adopting Teaching at the Right Level in Zambia

Friday, August 31, 2018, by Emily Cupito and Ashleigh Morrell

How can governments learn from evidence generated from randomized evaluations?

Over the last three years, J-PAL Africa has supported the Zambian Ministry of General Education to pilot and scale up the Catch Up Program, with the help of Pratham, Innovations for Poverty Action, UNICEF Zambia, VVOB – education for development, the USAID Zambia Mission, and USAID Development Innovation Ventures. Catch... Read More

How do we know if education technology even works?

Monday, June 25, 2018, by Thomas Kane, Britt Neuhaus, and Philip Oreopoulos

This post first appeared as commentary in Education Week.

In April, the newest National Assessment of Educational Progress scores once again showed minimal progress in U.S. math and reading achievement and a widening achievement gap between our highest and lowest performers. Against this backdrop, educators today are eager for solutions that have long seemed elusive to age-old challenges in education.

Education technology will be part of... Read More

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