Projects in Saudi Arabia

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Projects in Saudi Arabia

Past Project: 2013-2015

Tatweer Company for Educational Services (T4EDU) and CPRE-TC partnered to provide training and capacity-building to primary and secondary schools in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for the purpose of improving teaching and learning in government schools. T4EDU is a government-owned company dedicated to education development which was initiated by His Majesty King Abdullah Bin Abdul-Aziz development project.

The initial stage of the partnership, which began in 2013, was part of an effort to reform and revamp a country-wide effort to increase student writing performance in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) and focused on the design and delivery of a professional development program for teachers of English. We began with a series of institutes for teachers and coaches from different regions across the country. The first focused instruction on narrative writing in English as well as best practices for lesson delivery while the second shifted to primarily focus on the preparation and delivery of lessons as well as unit planning. The third, with an eye toward cascading practices learned to other teachers throughout KSA, focused on both instruction and presentation techniques.

This work featured over 100 female and male educators from across the country, with an extra set of coaches brought in to spread the knowledge base before the third visit. Twenty teachers who distinguished themselves during the workshops flew to Columbia University to take part in more professional development at the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project’s summer institutes. Four of those twenty returned to attend an advanced coaching institute run by the same organization along with two representatives from the Ministry of Education.

Between workshops, the teachers used lessons they created resulting in superior student work, as well as delivered three days of professional development to 30+ peers in their home regions.

Additionally, we worked to prepare principals to support the teachers’ implementation of the literacy practices acquired in the workshops and to develop a long-term plan for the improvement of literacy teaching in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.