Assessing Ghana's Schools
SOLES' Students Partner with Omega Schools to provide teacher
Led by Assistant Professor Joi Spencer, a team of graduate students from SOLES traveled to Ghana, West Africa in January to conduct academic needs assessments and to provide teacher professional development in affordable private schools. The initiative was the result of a special invitation from the OMEGA Schools (SOLES International Partner of the Year), and from other schools that receive microloans from Edify. The efforts culminated in a formal presentation of research findings and recommendations for OMEGA and Edify’s leadership, and in a professional development conference for educators.
The conference hosted over 120 teachers and “engaged them in inquiry-based classroom practices and provided information on how to address the nutritional needs of their students,” said Dr. Spencer. One of the student participants, Nathaniel Dunigan, added “The attending teachers indicated that the takeaways were practical and doable. We strongly believe that our larger findings can be applied to change at scale.” The team worked together with a similar team from the School of Business, led by Associate Professor Patricia Marquez. The SOLES team also included Jennifer Edstrom (Masters, L&T), Melodie Miranda (ELDA), and Raketa Thomas (Masters, L&T).
Dean Paula Cordeiro visited Ghana last summer, and looks forward to a continued relationship between OMEGA Schools, Edify and the university. “This is just one example of an international partnership which benefits all who are involved,” noted the dean. “We have built a foundation through this relationship which supports the mission of each entity, and contributes direct benefits to all.”