Beans & Rice for the Soul

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At work in Kenya!

At work in Kenya for the next few weeks, studying some of the best teachers out of the thousands teaching everyday at our 405 academies. So pleased to have the opportunity to observe and honor their work!

Also happy to report our 7 new academies in Uganda have their first day of class on Monday!

Photos by Meaghan Shanahan

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4 comments on “At work in Kenya!

  1. bevwalls
    February 1, 2015

    Very impressive work!

  2. SE
    March 2, 2015

    What makes them accomplished teachers? Have you ever thought to observe the work of amazing teachers here in the US who are constantly faced with adversity?

    • Sara Rich
      March 2, 2015

      SE, Thanks for asking- both great questions! At Bridge, teachers are evaluated using multiple measures and the teachers I studied were among our top 5%.

      I’ve definitely thought a lot about observing the amazing teachers here in the US. I’m excited about and interested in developments abroad and here in the States. When I moved back to the States last year the other jobs I applied to were teacher coaching positions- so I could do exactly that! Observe/study/serve the amazing teachers here who are constantly faced with adversity. I’ve also tried to keep up with things by following the work of others who are doing that kind of work. Studies like The Widget Effect, The Gates Foundation Measures of Effective Teaching Project, etc. I think the person who has done a study most similar to my own (although mine was much shorter and smaller) is Doug Lemov, who studied highly effective teachers and then wrote a book (Teach like a Champion) about various techniques. I had the pleasure of chatting with him before heading out to Kenya to do this study for Bridge. So although it’s clear that the United States still has a long way to go (getting teacher evaluation right, identifying top teachers, celebrating them, studying their mindsets and moves) at least there are people in the US working toward improving those aspects of our education system.

      In the end, I think what continues to motivate me to focus my own work on teachers in low cost schools abroad is the fact that not many people in the world are doing that work- studying teachers in that context, defining the highly effective moves in that context. It’s a pretty big hole in the field of education and one that I believe when filled will result in making quality education available for all.

      Maybe I should write a whole post about this- ha! Thanks again for asking these questions.

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