This year we delivered the first joint trainers’ conference near Nanyuki, Kenya. About 31 trainers from 4 districts and about 10 others representing some of the community partners came together to collaborate and discuss issues and solutions that will advance teacher professional development in their areas.
We worked with the trainers to design 4 days that would support them moving forward. Time was devoted to the following activities:
- Project-based Learning: designing a project on the topic of environmental education for classroom use. The workshop included the different steps in project design and assessment, as well as a field trip to Ol Pejeta, which enabled participants to explore resources. The aim was for trainers to complete the preparation of their project and experiment it class in the course of the year. In August 2015, photos of the students’ products could then be shared.
- Peer-supported Professional Development. This workshop focused on the role of PD plans, and guided trainers through the process of writing their own PD plan.
- Program Evaluation and Data Collection. The basic aspects of program evaluation and data collection methods were reviewed. Participants then split into two groups (districts) to design a data collection plan.
- Designing New Workshops. After reviewing planning and design, groups of participants chose a topic of particular relevance to their school or community, designed the workshop and gave feedback to others. Special importance was given to designing a Student Leadership workshop.
- EBB Kenya Sustainability and Evaluation. Discussions were held on the topic of EBB Kenya sustainability and governance, as well as the importance of impact assessment and ongoing data collection.
During the remainder of the year we received reports from the districts of school-based workshops and professional development sessions. We also received news of continued growth and forging of partnerships to support the delivery of quality education.
A huge THANK YOU to our team who volunteered for the 2014 program:
Stephen Mureithi (co-lead Gilgil) Munga James Wanguya (co-lead Laikipia)
Jane Mwangi (co-lead Gilgil) Emily Mbugua (co-lead Laikipia)
Maureen Hillman Kimberly Brown Noble Kelly