Strengthening School Leadership Towards Improving School Resiliency: An Improvement Science Approach

Strengthening School Leadership Towards Improving School Resiliency: An Improvement Science Approach will work with school leaders in marginalized contexts to build their capacity to use data to develop and test solutions to problems of practice in a blended (online/ offline) improvement science approach. School leaders and researchers at each research site will work together as a Networked Improvement Community (NIC) following a series of PDSA cycles (Plan, Do, Study, Act) to design, implement and assess local adaptations to school, classroom and community processes which foster and develop individual and collective resilience in learning with particular attention to digital practices. Where appropriate changes will utilize digital pedagogies to disrupt the reproduction of educational inequalities and improve learning engagement for all students. Changes may be implemented within or without classrooms depending on the local conditions in response to COVID-19. The research team will mentor school leaders through PDSA cycles using a combination of online and in -person interactions (the latter may not be possible due to COVID-19) and track their personal learning journeys with the PDSA methodology.

Thus the project aims to contribute to strengthened practice of school leaders in a range of marginalized contexts through use of data-driven decision-making, and to contribute to policy and practice through establishing the extent to which an improvement science approach offers a methodology for school leaders to affect pedagogic change in their school systems.

The project will work in four countries in three regions; Chile, the Philippines, Kenya and Uganda. These countries share a concern with low levels of student attainment amongst particular sub- groups of students, and a desire to strengthen the instructional role of school leaders and to enhance digital practices in education. But they also representing a range of pathways to school leadership and degrees of autonomy in the role, thus maximizing the global good that can result from the project.

The project will be implemented by the Foundation for Information Technology Education and Development (FIT-ED) in partnership with SUMMA and Worldreader, all members of the TPD@Scale Coalition for the Global South.

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