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Session Information

Monday, March 26

8:00-9:30 am
Paper Session: Policy, Assessment, and Perceptions of Inclusion
Location: Hilton Reforma, Fourth, Don Emiliano

RTI Presentation: National scale assessments for the blind and deaf: Using technology to understand literacy performance in Kenya
RTI Participants: Salome Ong’ele, Benjamin Piper, Dunston Kwayumba

With: DED Lda; University of the West Indies Cave Hill Campus; School for International Training; State University of New York Potsdam; University of Hartford; Oxford Policy Management; University of Minnesota

 

Highlighted Session: I Don’t Know How To Do That Using Mathematics
Location: Fiesta Inn Centro Histórico, Room D

RTI Presentation: How problem solving is being implemented by RAMP trained teachers
RTI Participant: Aarnout Brombacher

With: USAID; Queen Rania Teacher Academy; Ministry of Education, Jordan

 

 

11:30am-1:00 pm
Paper Session: ICT4D Practice track IV: ICT4D and Teacher Professional Development
Location: Hilton Reforma, Second, Don Diego 1 Section B

RTI Presentation: Mobile resources to promote teacher efficacy in teaching children with disabilities in Ethiopia
RTI Participant: Carmen Strigel

With: IREX; National Center for Research in Advance Information and Digital Technologies; Digital Promise; Tokyo Institute of Technology; The Earth Institute, Columbia University

 

Panel Session: The Equity Initiative: Equity in the Social-Emotional Learning in the Wake of Adversity and Crisis
Location: Hilton Reforma, Second, Don Diego 1 Section C

RTI Presentation: The intersection of violence and SEL competencies: Implications for Equity
RTI Participant: Elizabeth Randolph

With: International Rescue Committee; Save the Children; New York University

 

 

1:15-2:45 pm
Panel Session: The Equity Initiative: Innovations and Challenges in Using Functionality Screenings with Children

Location: Hilton Reforma, Business Center, Business Center Room 3

RTI Participant: Carmen Strigel

With: Save the Children; FHI360; New York University

 

Panel Session: Using Data for Language in Education Decisions: Part 2: Programming in the Multilingual Context
Location: Hilton Reforma, Fourth, Don Emiliano

RTI Presentations: Experience implementing non-mother tongue reading: Tusome in Kenya; Linguistic differences in mother tongue reading performance
RTI Participants: Dunston Kwayumba; Rachel Jordan

With: FHI360; USAID; World Learning

 

 

3:00-4:30 pm
Panel Session: Implementing a Large Scale ECD Program in a Decentralized Context: The Impact and Policy Environment of Kenya’s Tayari Program

Location: Hilton Reforma, Suite 4

RTI Presentations: The Relationship Between Program Impact and Program Implementation Decisions; Implementing ECDE in Response to Policy Change and Research Evidence
RTI Participants: Benjamin Piper, Dunston Kwayumba, Samuel Ngariuya

With: Kenyan Ministry of Education, Science, and Technology

 

 

Tuesday, March 27

8:00-9:30 am
Panel Session: Learning About What Promotes Learning: Lessons from Pakistan, Jordan, and Bangladesh

Location: Hilton Reforma, Fourth, Doña Sol

RTI Presentation: Jordan RAMP initiative midline survey
RTI Participant: Aarnout Brombacher

With: Save the Children; Pakistan Reading Project; University of California, Davis

 

 

11:30am-1:00 pm
Panel Session: Public-Private Partnerships in International Education: Are PPPs Meeting Expectations?

Location: Hilton Reforma, Second, Don Diego 1 Section A

RTI Presentation: Public-Private Partnerships for Early Grade Reading: Exploring alignment of private sector and public sector interests
RTI Participant: Matthew Jukes

With: USAID Pakistan; Creative Associates International; Room to Read

 

Panel Session: Better “M” for better “E”: Advancing Local Ownership of Monitoring Solutions
Location: Hilton Reforma, Fourth, Don Alberto 3

RTI Presentation: National level classroom monitoring: the impact of Kenya Tusome on learning outcomes and accountability
RTI Participants: Benjamin Piper, Salome Ong’ele, Dunston Kwayumba

With: USAID; Education Development Center; FHI360; Room to Read, Kenyan Ministry of Education, Science, and Technology

 

Panel Session: The Equity Initiative: Creating an Environment for Gender Equity
Location: Museo de Arte Popular, Manita 2

RTI Presentation: Attitudes on gender norms in the school and home: Students, parents, and school staff
RTI Participant: Elizabeth Randolph

With: USAID; FHI360; Save the Children

 

 

1:15-2:45 pm
Panel Session: Data Transparency and Utilization: Re-thinking North-South Dialogue on Learning Outcomes Measurement and SDG Reporting

Location: Museo de Arte Popular, Manita 2

RTI Presentation: The Early Grade Reading Barometer: Increasing access to and use of data on learning outcomes
RTI Participants: Helen Jang, Amber Gove

With: USAID; World Bank; UNESCO Institute for Statistics

 

 

1:15-2:45 pm
Panel Session: A Critical Look at Northern Models of Aid to Education in the South

Location: Hilton Reforma, Second, Don Diego 2

RTI Participant: Luis Crouch

With: World Education, Inc.; International Institute for Educational Planning, UNESCO; Idara-e-Taleem-o-Aagahi; FHI360; Kenyan Ministry of Education, Science, and Technology

 

 

3:00-4:30 pm
Panel Session: Partnering with the Global South: Why Early Numeracy Skills Deserve an Equal Role in Early Grade Literacy Interventions – Part I

Location: Hilton Reforma, Business Center, Business Center Room 6

RTI Presentations: Letting go of the gradual release model in literacy instruction in Kenya; Instructional models in early mathematics: Can the “I Do, We do, You do” model support the development of mathematical thinking?
RTI Participants: Benjamin Piper, Jessica Mejia, Yasmin Sitabkhan

With: American Institutes for Research; Evans and Associates

 

Panel Session: Learning and Development: Debating Priorities
Location: Hilton Reforma, Fourth, Don Alberto 2

RTI Participant: Luis Crouch

With: University of Pennsylvania; Teachers College, Columbia University; World Bank; Instituto Nacional para la Evaluación de la Educación; Michigan State University; University College London

 

 

5:00-6:30 pm
Panel Session: Setting up Sustainable Systems for ECD in Low-Resource Contexts

Location: Hilton Reforma, Fourth, Don Emiliano

RTI Presentations: Tanzania early learning system diagnostic; System sustainability for quality early childhood development and education in Kenya
RTI Participants: Bidemi Carrol, Katherine Merseth, Samuel Ngaruiya

With: Ministry of Education and Vocational Training, Zanzibar; Education Development Center

 

Panel Session: The Equity Initiative: Traveling the Road of Expanding Access to Quality Pre-Primary Education Opportunities: Towards a Competent and Efficient Sub-sector
Location: Hilton Reforma, Second, Don Genaro

RTI Participant: Katherine Merseth

With: UNICEF; AfCEN; Yale University; DFID

 

Paper Session: Early Grade Literacy Instruction and Local Language Literacy
Location: Fiesta Inn Centro Histórico, Room B

RTI Presentation: The role of language instruction in schools as a tool among marginalized groups: Machakos County, Kenya
RTI Participants: Salome Ong’ele, Benjamin Piper, Tabitha Nduku

With: Global Literacy; South African Department of Basic Education; Stellenbosch University; UNISA; Earth Institute, Columbia University; University of Texas at Arlington; Universidad Iberoamericana; World University Service of Canada

 

Wednesday, March 28

8:00-9:30am
Panel Session: Measuring the Difficult to Measure: School Culture and Social and Emotional Learning

Location: Hilton Reforma, Suite 5

RTI Presentations: Assessing Social and Emotional Learning in Young Children in Tanzania; Using game-based assessment to measure soft-skills; Insights about how cultural differences condition student response on a survey of student perception of school climate
RTI Participants: Matthew Jukes, Lee Nordstrum, Peter Muyingo

With: International Rescue Committee; Save the Children

 

 

10:00-11:15am
Business Meeting: Early Childhood Development SIG

Location: Hilton Reforma, Second, Don Diego 1 Section A

RTI Participant: Katherine Merseth

With: Michigan State University

 

Business Meeting: Global Mathematics Education SIG
Location: Hilton Reforma, Second, Don Diego 1 Section B

RTI Participant: Yasmin Sitabkhan

With: San Francisco State University

 

Panel Session: Ready for School? Persistence and Fadeout of Preschool Effects in the Global South
Location: Hilton Reforma, Fourth, Don Julián

RTI Presentations: Persistence of pre-primary program effects in Kenya: Evaluating how Tayari’s program impacts change over time and into primary school; Persistence and fadeout of preschool participation effects on early reading skills in low- and middle-income countries
RTI Participants: Amber Gove, Salome Ong’ele, Benjamin Piper, Eileen Dombrowski, Jennifer Pressley, Tara Weatherholt

With: American Institutes for Research; Education Development Center

 

 

11:30am-1:00pm
Panel Session: Contextualizing Social and Emotional Learning: Part I – Assessment

Location: Fiesta Inn Centro Histórico, Room B

RTI Presentation: Developing Culturally Appropriate Measures of Social and Emotional Learning in Tanzania
RTI Participants: Matthew Jukes, Kellie Betts

With: Save the Children; New York University; Room to Read; International Rescue Committee

 

Panel Session: Unequal Educational Opportunities and Unjust Inequalities of Outcomes: Lessons from Ethiopia, India, Peru, and Vietnam on Equity in Education
Location: Hilton Reforma, Second, Don Diego 4 Section B

RTI Participant: Luis Crouch

With: Group for the Analysis of Development; University College London; Grupo de Análisis para el Desarrollo; REAL Centre, University of Cambridge; Young Lives/University of Oxford

 

Panel Session: Adapting Reading Instruction to Context: Rethinking Reading Research According to Language Structure and Cultural Norms
Location: Hilton Reforma, Suite 4

RTI Presentation: Balancing linguistic and contextual factors: Lessons learned from supporting reading in three alpha-syllabic languages
RTI Participant: Wendi Ralaingita

With: Room to Read, FHI360, URC, SIL-LEAD

 

 

1:15-2:45pm
Panel Session: Influencing ECE Policy Around the World: Four Country Case Studies of Civil Society Engagement to Promote Early Childhood Education

Location: Hilton Reforma, Suite 5

RTI Presentation: How Civil Societies Influence ECE Policies: Experiences with Data-driven decision making in Jordan
RTI Participants: Manar Shukri, Katherine Merseth

With: Basic Education Coalition; Catholic Relief Services Malawi, Save the Children; Mott MacDonald, Inc.

 

Essentials Workshop: Planning a Non-academic Career
Location: Hilton Reforma, Suite 4

RTI Participants: Yasmin Sitabkhan

With: University of Toronto, Inter-Agency Network for Education in Emergencies, Education Development Center, Miske Witt and Associates, FHI360, UNESCO

 

Panel Session: The Equity Initiative: Advancing Equity at the Classroom Level
Location: Hilton Reforma, Business Center, Business Center Room 1

RTI Participant: Benjamin Piper

With: FHI360; Brigham Young University; Universidad Autónoma de Aguascalientes; Save the Children

 

 

3:00-4:30pm
Panel Session: The Future of Research and Evaluation Methods in International Education

Location: Museo de Arte Popular, Auditorium

RTI Presentation: The illusory quest for rigour and certainty: Improving decision-making from messy data
RTI Participant: Matthew Jukes

With: Abt Associates; Itad; Room to Read; DFID

 

 

3:00-4:30pm
Panel Session: What Makes Education Development Work? Bridging the Gap Between Theory and Practice

Location: Hilton Reforma, Second, Don Diego 1 Section B

RTI Presentation: The process of “getting it right:” evidence from early education activity in Jordan
RTI Participant: Katherine Merseth

With: School-to-School International; The Brookings Institution; FHI360; James Madison University

 

Panel Session: Constructing Global Metrics of Learning: Are They Relevant, Fit for Purpose, and Sustainable?
Location: Hilton Reforma, Fourth, Don Alberto 2

RTI Presentation: Can learning be measured universally?
RTI Participant: Luis Crouch

With: Tshwane University of Technology; University at Albany-SUNY; Arizona State University; Kyoto University; Toronto University

 

 

5:00-6:30pm
Panel Session: Establishing Schools and Model Kindness and Nurture Social and Emotional Development: A Crucial Addition to Academic Programming

Location: Hilton Reforma, Suite 5

RTI Presentation: Shifting the school norm in Uganda: The Journeys Initiative
RTI Participants: Geri Burkholder

With: University of Toronto; Raising Voices

 

 

6:45-8:15pm
Panel Session: Best Practices for Material Development to Support Early Grade Reading

Location: Hilton Reforma, Second, Don Diego 4 Section A

RTI Presentation: How Scripted is Too Scripted? A Mixed-Methods Analysis of Literacy Teachers’ Guides

RTI Participants: Jessica Mejia, Benjamin Piper, Yasmin Sitabkhan
With: URC, Room to Read; The Asia Foundation; Creative Associates International

 

 

Thursday, March 29

11:30am-1:00pm
Panel Session: Can Rigorous Research Inform the Implementation of the Scale-Up of Literacy Programs? Evidence from South Africa, Uganda, and Kenya

Location: Hilton Reforma, Business Center, Business Center Room 8

RTI Presentations: Large-scale reading reform in Uganda: The importance of linguistics differences, implementation, and socio-economic factors in explaining impacts in 12 languages; Understanding whether and how the Tusome program worked: Evidence from the national scale-up of a tested literacy program in Kenya

RTI Participants: Rehemah Nabacwa, Benjamin Piper, Salome Ong’ele

With: University of Witwatersrand; South African Department of Basic Education; Kenyan Ministry of Education, Science, and Technology

 

Panel Session: The Equity Initiative: Expanding Access to Quality Pre-Primary Education Opportunities: Using Data and Research to Document Inequity
Location: Hilton Reforma, Suite 2

RTI Presentation: Understanding pre-primary quality in Tanzania: Data from the national MELQO study
RTI Participant: Tara Weatherholt

With: Chinese University of Hong Kong; Save the Children

 

Round-Table Session: North-South Tensions for Africa
Location: Hilton Reforma, Fourth, Don Alberto 4

RTI Presentation: North-South and South-South dialogues for improving the quality of pre-primary education in Tanzania
RTI Participant: Raymond Harris

With: George Washington University; Peking University; Penn State University; University of Oslo

 

 

1:15-2:45pm
Panel Session: Examining a Sustainability Framework for Early Grade Reading

Location: Hilton Reforma, Second, Don Diego 4 Section A

RTI Presentations: Strengthening Systems to Sustain Early Grade Reading Initiatives in Uganda; Enhancing Pre-Service Teacher Education in Uganda to Sustain Early Grade Reading Initiatives; An EGR Sustainability Framework RTI Participants: Scholastica Tiguryera, Hank Healey

With: FHI360; Creative Associates International; Education Development Center; Ministry of Education and Sports, Uganda

 

Panel Session: What do Youth Need to Succeed? Multi-Country Evidence on the Efficacy of Skill Development for Youth Livelihood Success
Location: Hilton Reforma, Business Center, Business Center Room 6

RTI Presentation: Why should Asia invest in early grade reading?
RTI Participant: Lee Nordstrum

With: Save the Children, Search Institute, BRAC USA

 

 

3:00-4:30pm
Panel Session: Benchmarking for Proficiency in Reading and Mathematics: Improving Methods for Data Analysis and Stakeholder Engagement

Location: Fiesta Inn Centro Histórico, Room E

RTI Presentations: Review of Benchmarking Processes in 12 Countries and almost 40 Languages; Analyzing the effectiveness of fluency benchmarking methods
RTI Participants: Chris Cummiskey, Matthew Jukes, Luis Crouch

With: Room to Read; School-to-School International

 

About the Expert

Ms. Sarah Pouezevara is Senior Research Education Analyst and eLearning Specialist with the International Education Division of RTI International’s International Development Group. She has expertise in adult learning and training with a special focus on teacher professional development, including using Information and Communications Technologies (ICT) for training. She applies this expertise to designing innovative approaches such as mobile learning, open and distance learning, and communities of practice to increase impact of international education project through monitoring, evaluation, and learning. Ms. Pouezevara has led program evaluations for international NGOs in the education and health sectors, and has been the lead or co-author on several practical research reports and reference manuals, including state-of-the art reviews of mobile learning, one-to-one tablet computers, and massive open online courses (MOOCs) in education in developing countries. Prior to working for RTI, she participated in many education-sector program evaluations for the International Rescue Committee; she developed e-resources for The World Health Organization and the International Committee for the Red Cross and Red Crescent, and designed training materials and delivered training workshops for UNAIDS. Sarah is based in Seattle, WA.