At STS, we often think of our expertise falling into one of four buckets: Research and Evaluation, Curriculum and Training, Planning and Policy, & Integrated Approaches to Education.
But what this work actually looks like has shifted a lot since our founding in 2002. Here’s a deeper dive into how our areas of expertise developed last year.
Research and Evaluation
In 2018, we conducted household surveys with parents and children in Africa and the Middle East; assessed the reading and mathematics skills of Ethiopian secondary school students; and conducted mixed-method, gender‐sensitive evaluations as part of DFID’s Girls’ Education Challenge.
Curriculum and Training
In Niger, we developed a literacy curriculum for second grade students, including accompanying leveled and decodable readers in multiple languages. In Ghana, we partnered with the Education Service and Ministry of Education to develop a primary mathematics syllabus based on national standards and, to accompany it, instructional materials and a school-based, in-service teacher support model.
Planning and Policy
In Mali, we led capacity building activities with education leaders at the national, regional, and district levels to enable them to conduct Early Grade Reading Assessments from start to finish—and to use those results as a basis for policy and resource decision-making.
Integrated Approaches to Education
After 16 years of developing the Whole Child Model in Guinea, our office there became autonomous. We expanded the model to Tanzania, where we were also participating in the McGovern-Dole Food for Education Program—an effort to integrate early grade literacy with food security to build a more self-reliant and productive society.
For more on how STS is using skills and expertise to find ways to improve teaching and learning while making education systems more effective in preparing the next generation of world citizens and leaders, we invite you to read our 2018 Annual Report.