Education  Kenya Project #16680

Support Teachers to Educate 200 Children Monthly

by Acres of Mercy, Kenya
Support Teachers to Educate 200 Children Monthly
Support Teachers to Educate 200 Children Monthly
Support Teachers to Educate 200 Children Monthly
Support Teachers to Educate 200 Children Monthly
Support Teachers to Educate 200 Children Monthly
Support Teachers to Educate 200 Children Monthly
Support Teachers to Educate 200 Children Monthly
Support Teachers to Educate 200 Children Monthly
Support Teachers to Educate 200 Children Monthly
Support Teachers to Educate 200 Children Monthly
Support Teachers to Educate 200 Children Monthly
Support Teachers to Educate 200 Children Monthly
Support Teachers to Educate 200 Children Monthly
Support Teachers to Educate 200 Children Monthly
Support Teachers to Educate 200 Children Monthly
Support Teachers to Educate 200 Children Monthly
Support Teachers to Educate 200 Children Monthly
Support Teachers to Educate 200 Children Monthly
Some of Our Staff and Their Children
Some of Our Staff and Their Children

Dear friend and project partner,

2017 has been a year of growth and development for our teaching staff. Our aim with this project has been to ensure the students get quality teaching and learning from our teachers. You have ensured that this has happened throughout the year. As our project partners, you have ensured all the teachers have been motivated to come to school every month without having to worry about whether the paycheck will come in time, because faithfully and sacrificially you have ensured that happened. Thank you.

We invested time in coaching the teachers and mentoring them to ensure high quality teaching. In 2017, we focused on training the staff on Brain Based Teaching, Inquiry Based and other effective Instructional Strategies, Classroom Management Strategies, Competency Based Curriculum, and Growth Mindset.

The school had a teacher to pupil ration of 1:13. This is an average score. The class sizes ranged from 24 to 10. The school teacher population was at a constant 13 teaching staff. The support to these teachers yielded impact in the learning and achievement of students as could be seen in the Average Class and Subject Value-Added Scores and Attendance Score.

By the end of the year compared to October 2016, Average Value-Added Scores for 2017 for the entire school grew by 28%. The score shows how much a subject or class grew in achievement from the last assessment taken at the same time in the previous year. It assumes the efforts being put in by the teacher, parents, and students, and administration yielded the growth in achievement. The average school attendance score was at 84%, which can be roughly translated to mean that at any given time the school had 112 students attending class any given day, with the main reason for non-attendance being parents not taking responsibility to contribute their portion of tuition fees.

We found that the Value Add Score is a better motivator to teachers than the mean grade as it measures how much improvement students are making. This has helped teachers focus more on strategies to improve individual student achievement rather than improving class mean scores. It also achieved a key strategy that focuses on using data and assessments to improve teaching instruction and classroom interventions which will yield quality teaching.

At the end of the year, the teachers shared their best memories from 2017. Here are some of them.

One of my best memories was when we went for a team building session accompanied by our students.” Grade 4 Class Teacher

“Guiding Learners in the dangers associated with pre-marital sex.” Counselling Teacher

“Improvement in Grade 4 Mathematics Achievement.” Grade 4 Math Teacher

“Participating with the students in the music festivals.” Grade 5 Teacher

“Seeing the learners develop interest and positive attitude toward mathematics.” Grade 8 Teacher

“Teaching students about road safety with toy cars and sound effects from a sound app. The boys enjoyed it. The girls loved it.” Grade 6 English Teacher

“Being given the opportunity to be Head of Academics. I was able to develop my skill in administration.” Head of Academics Teacher.

“My best memories were seeing children slowly by slowly take initiative in their learning and forge ahead without fear.” English Language Teacher

All this was made possible by your consistent investments in the teachers. We celebrate your successes in 2017. You both have made the year a success. One of lasting impact. Thank you.

On behalf of the teachers, the children and the Acres of Mercy Board, I wish you a great year 2018, one of success in all your endeavors and look forward to your continued support for much more impact in this year.

Teacher's Collaborating During Training
Teacher's Collaborating During Training
Students Hang Out With A Teaacher
Students Hang Out With A Teaacher
Teacher's Work Together
Teacher's Work Together
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Students Peer Teaching
Students Peer Teaching

Dear friends and partners,

Since July our teacher coaching focus has been how to make learning more accessible to all students in our classes, and how to in ways make teaching more ambitious so our learning outcomes can begin to improve in the short term and most definitely in the long term.

We had a week of workshops and trainings by an expert teacher from the U.S. who was sharing different instructional methods on how to close student achievement gaps and reach all the students in our classrooms.  Teachers had a great time learning about “High order questioning skills”, “Lesson Planning and Lesson delivery”. There were sessions on “habits of mind” and “Classroom management”.

The sessions had a positive impact on the professional stance of the teachers. These are reflections from a section of the teaching staff after taking an exit ticket.

“My most valuable take away from the training is the stations and group activities. That’s what I want to utilize with my students since I have realized that it is inclusive and the learners’ participation in the lesson is high”.

This kind of feedback is encouraging as implementation will mean that student engagement would be improving.

Another teacher remarked,” I am very much ready to implement the strategies that I have been exposed to- Progressive monitoring, using formative assessments.”

Yet another teacher declared,” Yes, I do feel prepared to try out looking for the positive in every child each day.”

With this kind of professional growth and development, we know we will begin to see improvement in the achievement of the school. And indeed, we are beginning to see this in improved students’ attitudes towards subjects like Math where students are testifying just how much they have been enjoying Math classes. Together we are restoring the joy of learning in the hearts and minds of the children.

Through our partnering we are seeing the restoration of the joy of learning back to school.

With 138 students we have a No Corporal Punishment Policy in strict enforcement yet discipline levels are unlike the public school systems. Acres of Mercy students are able to listen to instructions without external threat. The teachers are fairly motivated as they continue to receive their monthly pay on time. And weekly staff meetings are more about how to have a more enabling learning environment and how to design learning to reach the “jagged” learning profiles in  class.

Thank you for making educational change happen.

Students Partner Studying
Students Partner Studying
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Teacher Visual
Teacher Visual

Dear Friend and partner,

Yes...we are many steps closer to where our vision is driving us to. We have edged closer to more quality teaching..
The goal to build our students’ writing skills continues. In April we admitted Joe* into Class 6. Joe had been going to school at a public primary school in the local School District. Below is an excerpt of his current essay writing:
“One day I was walking in the road with my sister I saw a boy who was sleeping near the road. I saw a car caming. I told the driver to come and carry the boy. The driver refuse…”
Joe has a few problems compared to many boys his age. Teachers at Acres of Mercy are working to improve the children’s Comprehension, Accuracy, Fluency as well as expanding their Vocabulary.
There are many other improvements in key areas of student learning such as independence in learning, reading, writing and comprehension, curiosity in learning, handwriting, improving fluency in certain areas of mathematics as is being testified by some teachers;
“I have been here for about 5 months now and it is amazing what is happening to the students when we started working on developing their curiosity to learn; many of our Science students are now able to read and write their own notes without being pushed”
Teacher S. has been giving extra time to the students, helping them during every free period he has. And the fruits of his and other teachers’ dedication are evident in the way sections of students are approaching their learning, teachers’ collaborating and parents beginning to take greater responsibility for their children’s learning and education.
This work has definitely been possible by the giving support you give to ensuring we have the teachers’ salaries provided for in time. It is this sort of support that has shifted our preoccupation with survival to spending more time in teacher professional development and coaching.
“It is now easier to set targets, with teachers and truly, honestly expect highly of them because our focus has moved from explaining salary delays, to discussing more about how we can all improve our teaching and students’ learning”


Thank you for making this possible.

Teacher And Student Drawing
Teacher And Student Drawing
Teacher Engaging Student
Teacher Engaging Student
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Our Teaching Staff -April 2017
Our Teaching Staff -April 2017

Dear friends and partners, 

It is the second day of April holidays for the children here at Acres of Mercy. The teachers have taken a well-deserved break before reporting back on 14th April for planning sessions for next term. We have made great strides in the last three months as staff so that we can truly say Together Each Achieves More. A volunteer working with us commented and said, "Things are much better now than last year, I think this is a good team. People are working more together towards the vision of the school." 

We have been experimenting with cross class and cross subject teaching and planning to help reduce the achievment gaps especially for English taught subjects. We have a team of four teachers working on giving instruction and assessments across five classes. This is set to continue throughout the whole year with an evaluation of progress in June 2017. 

Staff morale is high, there is more productivity compared to the same time one year ago. For the past three months disbursements have come in by the 28th of every month allowing teachers to get paid in a timely way. Staff are less worried about when they will be remunerated because there are pressing financial pressures. Instead they are more given to finding ways to deliver quality teaching to their students.

The effects are that children are more disciplined because they are more engaged. The teachers show better care towards their academic and personal well being.I could attribute this change in focus directly towards timely pay. Thank you all partners for making it happen. On behal; of all our staff here at Acres of Mercy, Thank You for a great first term 2017.  

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Student Engagement- What We Learnt
Student Engagement- What We Learnt

Dear Friends, 

It has been a great year. Twelve months of learning. .

Of learning, and of working out ways to use the lessons learnt to improve our work. Of failing forward by looking backwards.

The main point of learning foor us came in the first quarter of the year.

We learnt from professional teachers and friends teaching in the U.S. about how to engage students and how to make social contracts with them.

This was timely since it came at a time when student disengagement was at an all tiime high and indiscipline was proportionately similar.

Many teachers had given the school's rating at 20% score on discipline.

Through hardwork, making tough calls on staff and accountability the rating shifted at the end of the year. Student engagement was once again looking up. Indiscipline changed and the story was that the school had been remarkably transformed without using corporal punishment as many parents and teachers had initially thought.

We consistently applied the methods taught us during our student engagement workshops and became accountable to each other as teachers on the results we were looking for. The parents gave the support we needed and as a team we all worked to raising the student engagement climate within our school.

Though not where we would like it to be, the student engagement levels in the school improved. At the end of the year, the teachers gave a rating of about 60% from the previous score of 20%.

Some of the lessons learnt are:-

1. Where there are assumptions, fight them to get to the truth- truth liberates people to take right action

2. We learnt to face the truth even when it was ugly- Facing truth inspires corrective action

3. We learnt that high trust leads to swift action and hence almost rapid results.

 We now are acting on these lessons getting information that will lead to truth, using truth and trusting each ther to deliver results that leads to changed lives.

 

Students Studying
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Acres of Mercy, Kenya

Location: Nairobi - Kenya
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Project Leader:
Catherine Muteti
Project Leader
Nairobi, Nairobi Kenya
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