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Education Jean Beaumont Creating A Culture Of Accountability


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Education Jean Beaumont Creating A Culture Of Accountability

  1. 1. Creating a Culture of Accountability in Project Schools and NGOs Dr. Jean Beaumont US Contractor, Chief of Party/Project Director
  2. 2. The aim of the EEH is to enhance student performance standards in numeracy and literacy in 71 primary schools and 6 NGOs. 2
  3. 3. Multiple approaches to achieve this: 1. Train teachers to use of various instructional strategies 2. Provide materials, equipment and software to support Literacy and Numeracy instruction 3. Use data management software (JSAS) and data driven instructional techniques in the management of schools 4. Integrate technology in instruction 3
  4. 4. Multiple approaches: 5. Apply gender awareness strategies in instruction 6. Strengthen local NGOs network to achieve advocacy goals 7. Engage various government and education sectors 8. Share and disseminate effective practices via the Ministry of Education, the Education Transformation Team (ETT) and other non 4 project institutions
  5. 5. Creating a Culture of Accountability in Project Schools and NGOs 5
  6. 6. EEH Strategies: Develop criteria to guide improvements and the evaluation of: • Student performance • Instruction and school management practices • Classroom and school environment 6
  7. 7. EEH Strategies: • Develop and implement School Administration software to manage and analyze student performance data • Continuous professional development training • Classroom and school monitoring, evaluating and School Improvement Planning 7
  8. 8. The EEH experience has demonstrated that accountability is multifaceted: • A process of seeing, analyzing, owning, solving and doing • It requires a level of ownership that includes creating, keeping, responding to personal commitments to achieve, to plan, to continuously improve and sustain the results 8
  9. 9. Key Changes From To • Externalizing • Internalizing • Accepting Responsibility • Blaming others • Achieving the Result • Doing the Job • Collaborating • Working Independently • Engaging • Telling 9
  10. 10. Challenges from Latin America Curriculum Policy: • The Jamaican approach involves engaging teachers, principals and the community working together to define and refine goals Rapid Growth: • Not been our experience - data-based decisions allow freedom to align learning with curriculum • MOE budgets for National Assessments at all levels 10
  11. 11. Data-based Decisions: • Collaboration with the MOE/SAU to develop the Grade 4 Numeracy Test which is aligned to the primary curriculum • The development and implementation of a school management tool – Jamaica School Administrative System (JSAS) to input and analyze data at the classroom and school levels 11
  12. 12. Continuing Progress • Similarities – Stakeholder collaboration to develop, implement and enhance • Disappointing outcomes – could mean that existing policies are not being implemented – the secret may be in the implementation and not in the guidelines. • Setting specific improvement targets depends on the needs of the school 12
  13. 13. A Culture of Accountability EEH: • Uses JSAS to produce student, teacher and school census data • Encourages the engagement of learning communities with stakeholder interests and not the school as a market place 13
  14. 14. Accountability and Performance The EEH Experience: Implement Utilize Internalize 14