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Teacher Training Program Developer

Bridge International Academies
Location: Nairobi, Kenya
Last Date: March 16, 2011

Position: Teacher Training Program Developer
Location: Nairobi, Kenya

About Bridge International Academies

Bridge International Academies is a startup company revolutionizing education across Africa with a truly unique business model. The company has launched a large-scale franchise-like network of ultra low-cost for-profit private primary schools across Africa. Our schools profitably deliver high-quality education for less than $4 per child per month, enabling local school managers to operate their school businesses profitably, while creating a highly successful business at the central level. We now have 25 schools in Kenya, and plan to rapidly scale the company to serve more than 1 million students.

About this position
Local school managers operate financially self-sustaining schools, while an efficient headquarters provides support services benefitting from economy of scale. Our model ensures that our schools will never be dependent on the uncertainties of donor funding. Our instruction is aligned to the Kenyan National Curriculum. To ensure the consistent delivery of high quality instruction, Bridge International writes its own curriculum using Direct Instruction methodology.
In order to prepare teachers to be successful, we recruit and train new teachers from each local school community. Our new teachers have a minimum of a secondary school diploma, and some have previously completed recognized teacher training institutes. We offer a highly competitive, intensive 8 week new teacher induction program. Like other successful new teacher training models, we provide teachers with essential practical skills that have direct application in the classroom, hands-on practice and feedback. We are seeking an experienced school leader or staff developer to assist with the redesign of our training program and ongoing professional support program. This position requires a dynamic thinker who is able to adapt successful staff development approaches in the US to an international context. This position is based at our headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya.
Here are the qualities we seek in our Teacher Training Program Developer:
Staff Development Expertise
X Ability to adapt an effective teacher training program to the Bridge training model, which incorporates classroom videos, the trainee handbook, practice sessions and the plan for ongoing support
X Ability to innovate professional development delivery as we plan take our new teacher training to scale, as we expand to dozens of regional training sites and hundreds of schools
X Ability analyze student and teacher data to prioritize and leverage staff development needs and delivery
X Align objectives of teacher training and ongoing support to Bridges instructional guidelines and observation tools
X Understand and use a variety of instructional strategies in designing teacher training sessions that accommodate a diverse teacher corps
X Analyze data collected during teacher training to drive improvements to the content and delivery of teacher training

Demonstrated Effectiveness
X Demonstrate a track record of driving sustainable gains in academic achievement through effective staff development
X Demonstrate relentless drive to achieve dramatic results for students and schools in underserved areas
X Ability to learn quickly and to be effective in a dynamic, entrepreneurial environment
X Embrace cultural differences as a requirement for success, especially while working abroad
X Create structures for team members to contribute to analyzing data, framing challenges and developing research-based solutions
X Create a plan and timeline to build capacity within the training team
X Provide and invite feedback on performance (strengths and areas for growth) within the training team
Project Management
X Ability to manage multiple competing deadlines, prioritizing tasks based on departmental goals
X Ability to manage/support a team to successfully meet ongoing deadlines
X Strong organization skills
Training Content
X Ability to analyze and describe videos of instruction that demonstrate best practices at Bridge (e.g., nonverbal signals, efficient classroom procedures, efficient use of instructional materials, lottery style call and response, using clear signals, etc.)
X Ability to link video clips to teacher induction content and trainee handbook, revising materials as needed to integrate audio, visual and print/practice features
X Familiarity with video editing or using video to guide professional development is an advantage
X Ability to evaluate big picture training topics and organize them into a progressive series of training sessions
X Ability to apply previous staff development experience flexibly, given the diverse backgrounds of Bridges teachers corps

This position will report to the Director of Teacher Training and Instructional Support.

The movement to provide access to high quality primary education for all is underway. We challenge you to join Bridge, where you have the opportunity to make a significant impact on an organization at the heart of the movement. We strongly encourage Teach For America alums, New Leaders for New Schools cohort members, and those with leadership experience in high performing charter schools to apply.

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