Staff at a Past Coaching Session
Dear friends, partners and colleagues,
In April 2019 we had a three-day staff training that covered the following topics: -
- Conflict management
- Achieving Congruency in Pursuing the School Vision
- Personal Development Goals
During this period, teachers identified three major goals to improve student’s learning outcomes.
The goals included: -
- Student mentorship to motivate students and support them during their time at school
- Improved the level of Parental Involvement in their children’s learning
- Improving students’ fluency in reading and comprehension
We made a decision to have a full-time teacher mentor whose main job description is to support students in and out of class. The teacher makes home visits, mentors the students to set and stay on task with meeting their set goals. The role also involves ensuring that teachers are getting support in engaging with the students with the aim that all students in school are learning. This involves a lot of counselling and alternative discipline methods.
To equip teachers in de-escalation strategies, we conducted a Conflict management training where 11 teachers and a volunteer attended. This training continues this month of June.
Our staff turnover rate measured for the same period last year dropped from 43% in 2017/2018 to 23% in 2018/2019. This is a marked improvement from previous years and indicates that more and more the support the teachers are getting are allowing them to stay employed with us. The organization is looking to have a Day Care Centre that will allow for lactating female staff to resume teaching at the school after their maternity leave. The planning is underway and once completed will be posted as a project on GlobalGiving upon approval by the Board.
A better remuneration plan is also currently being developed so as to allow the organization retain its staff during government recruitment seasons. The government plans to recruit additional teachers and mostly get their teachers from the ones currently employed in the private sector giving them better terms.
How do we sustainably finance our teaching costs? This is the main question we are now grappling with, and invite you our partners to share from your experience how we can implement such a strategy.
I trust that with our continued partnership we will be able to keep our current crop of teachers. in the coming months we will need help in meeting our increased direct teaching costs in salaries, which has gone up and $400 in monthly recurrent giving would cover the shortfall.
Thank you for supporting the teaching and learning at Acres of Mercy by giving to the most important people in learning- our teachers.
Teachers at a past coaching session