In early 2018, we began our journey to scale our efforts across our district with the launch of The FK School Network, a group of resource-poor public primary schools adopting our model to meet the needs of thousands of students they serve. By partnering with educators, government leaders and our Village of non-profit organizations, we are building the capacity of locally-led schools through coordinated interventions that improve student outcomes.
FLYING KITES TEACHER TRAINING INSTITUTE
In partnership with the Kenyan Ministry of Education and our Village implementing partner, Dignitas, we opened our district’s first Teacher Training Institute (TTI) to support educators from our Network Schools.
Throughout 2019, we will provide 55 high-potential teachers with intensive training and year-round coaching, as they work to transform their classrooms and communities.
At Flying Kites, we recognize that well-trained and supported teachers are a critical factor influencing student achievement. Studies from across Kenya’s education sphere point to the undeniable connection between unsupported teachers and underperforming students. The World Bank reports that only 35 percent of primary school teachers in rural Kenya showed mastery of the curriculum they teach. Many teachers in rural settings have little to no access to in-service training and professional development.
Our Teacher Training Institute follows a three-year progressive model by which teachers learn increasingly advanced pedagogical skills, receive individualized coaching to confidently action their skills in the classroom, and ultimately serve as mentors and role models in the teacher community.
Each TTI participant undergoes at least one year of teacher training and individualized coaching focused on foundational teaching competencies. Teachers who demonstrate an eagerness to further develop and practice these skills will advance to a second year of the program, during which they will learn and hone more advanced pedagogical methods through continued classroom-based coaching.
The third and final year of the program focuses on developing content mastery and molding TTI participants into instructional leaders who are enthusiastic about supporting the development of their colleagues.
Aligned with Kenya’s new competency-based curriculum, key areas of TTI focus include:
Student Engagement - strategies that support the development of critical thinking, encourage collaborative problem-solving, and promote inquiry-based learning in the classroom
Classroom Management - establishing a positive classroom culture that replaces punitive practices with restorative approaches
Instructional Leadership - developing a culture of professional collaborative learning in order to share best practices with peer educators
Traditional approaches to improving primary public education in rural Kenya aren't working; too many organizations are operating in isolation, competing for limited resources and lacking a cohesive strategy. Change is not created in silos; delivering quality education to students living in abject poverty requires meeting the needs of the Whole Child, and that can only be achieved through collaboration across sectors. Our approach brings together government, non-profit, and for-profit actors in a structured way around the common agenda of strengthening Kenya’s primary education system so that more students can be safe, healthy, engaged, challenged and supported.