We know teacher quality is critical to improving education, but how can donors and governments implement teacher professional development that changes the pedagogical focus to student-centered learning?
From 2014-2019, the U.S. Government, through Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC), and the government of Georgia partnered to invest in human capital under MCC’s Second Compact with Georgia. MCC also funded rigorous evaluations to learn how well its investments in education worked.
The government of Georgia and MCC identified outdated teaching practices that lacked emphasis on critical thinking as a main challenge to teacher effectiveness. They designed the Training Educators for Excellence (TEE) Activity to target that specific challenge.
Compact objectives aligned well with prior progress made under the GPE-supported Education Strategy and Action Plan, and findings from MCC’s independent evaluation of the compact’s intensive training offer insights into how investments in teacher professional development interact with other policy decisions to ultimately improve the long-term trajectory of teaching quality and teacher effectiveness.
On-the-ground partnerships lead to implementation success
The success of the TEE Activity was built on strong partnerships between MCC, Georgia’s Teacher Professional Development Center (TPDC) within the Ministry of Education and Science, the project management consultant IREX, school directors and teachers.
During program implementation, a small team from IREX worked with the TPDC project management unit in the same offices, allowing for close collaboration. This implementation model allowed the government of Georgia to lead on all aspects of implementation while still offering access to international technical and project management assistance.