14 May AGLED: Piloting effective changes in teacher training
Agled Consultancy Services is one of the four school improvement service providers (SISPs) commissioned by DEEPEN to drive school improvement pilots in Lagos. Due to DEEPEN’s emphasis on academic leadership and collaborative classroom processes, Agled modified its training products, making them more M4P-compliant – relevant, affordable and sustainable and is already witnessing an increased number of participants in its pilot training sessions.
AGLED and three other SISPs received technical support in developing training materials that reflect high-quality teacher training practices around the world.
The support included training facilitated by members of the Lagos State School Improvement Team (SSIT) on
- An effective school
- Lesson observation and constructive feed back
- Organising pupils and using learning materials effectively
During these sessions, the SISPS learnt how to deliver quality low-cost training with less focus on handouts, manuals or PowerPoint slides. They also learnt how to use locally-made yet relevant instruction materials, how to deploy simple activities to keep participants engaged and how to manage time effectively.
Next, they had practical lesson observation sessions and interviews in selected low-income private schools to shape the content and focus of the intervention.
Feedback from one of the SISPs was ‘I really appreciated the demonstration and use of multiple techniques and tools for delivering and for keeping the groups engaged in the activities. Considering the caliber of schools that DEEPEN is seeking to engage, it is important to recognise that this approach is the most realistic in achieving the desired outcome.’
The service providers were also supported to develop cluster-based training modules and how to deliver same. Prior to this, Agled focused on training teachers in low-income schools on a school-by-school basis.
Following the technical support, Agled modified her training model and marketed same to schools in the Lekki and Bariga areas of Lagos. The introductory training sessions held in both locations recorded low turnout rates (23 and 18 participants respectively). AGLED was very discouraged by this and started doubting the feasibility of the cluster-training model. However, AGLED need not have worried because the follow-up training in Bariga had 148 participants (29 head teachers and 119 class teachers). It was a good problem for AGLED and the host proprietor (Canaan Children School, Bariga) as they had to mobilise additional furniture and tents to accommodate the numbers.
New participants at the training said they had heard about the new decentralized training model from those who attended the maiden edition and found the sessions worth exploring.