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Improving Student Outcomes at Scale

Transformational reading outcomes at scale

img 1374Global research is clear: students must learn to read, in order to read to learn. To be successful in math, science, and all other subject areas, students must become competent, proficient readers in the early grades.

Forty-nine percent of Haitian students cannot read a single word when they enter third grade (Gove 2010; USAID 2012).

In the fall of 2014, ACE Haiti continued its partnership with the CEEC and CRS by launching “Read to Learn,” a high-impact literacy intervention in fifty-two Haitian Catholic schools. This project will serve 7,000 students, train approximately 130 teachers, and deploy a culturally relevant reading curriculum in which students learn to read in both their mother tongue, Creole, as well as French.

Innovation and research initiatives

    1. Study of Content and Teacher Motivation

      The University of Notre Dame and ACE Haiti are also driving pioneering new research. Professors Mark Berends of the University of Notre Dame and Andrew Elliot of the University of Rochester are working with ACE faculty and staff to study the effects of this literacy and teacher training intervention on student motivation and teachers’ sense of efficacy, with the promise of informing and enhancing the design of this approach in Haiti and beyond.

    2. Library in a Backpack

      Using methods from design thinking and improvement science, the ACE Haiti team is exploring ways to leverage technology to improve student literacy and reading comprehension.  Library in a Backpack is a prototype of a new use of mobile technology and e-reader software, Library for All, aimed at cost effectively enhancing access to print and improving literacy instruction in rural Haitian classrooms.

    3. Khan Academy Pilot

      Utilizing the free, personalized learning resource, Khan Academy in French, ACE has supported the students and teachers at Basile Moreau School in experimenting with blended learning methods to enhance personalized instruction and math practice in their classrooms.  ACE is now explore means of replicating and spread these innovations in Holy Cross schools throughout Haiti.

img 1371Training teachers and engaging communities at scale

ACE Haiti, CRS, and the CEEC implemented a large-scale project to train 1,000 primary school teachers and establish governance structures in 200 Catholic schools in three of Haiti’s ten dioceses, benefiting 28,000 students and tens of thousands more over time.

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