Leading the profession Teacher-led learning circles for formative assessment
The Teacher-led Learning Circles for Formative Assessment project has continued to build momentum in Côte d'Ivoire. Thanks to an enthusiastic team, led by a dedicated national researcher Professor Claude Koutou, a second network event took place on the 8th of March 2023.
The Teacher-led Learning Circles for Formative Assessment (T3LFA) project aims to provide teachers with tools and support to identify and establish effective teacher-led formative assessment practices that can be disseminated within and across education unions.
The network event was chaired by SNEPPCI’s Secretary General, Andjou Andjou, first Deputy Secretary General, Koutou Brou Ernest and the Director of the Training Institute, Gnelou Paul. The chairs used the event as a platform to galvanise and encourage teachers participating in the T3LFA project; emphasising its importance for improving the education system in Côte d'Ivoire.
During the network event, teachers involved in the Learning Circles were divided into three groups and discussed a wide range of topics related to the project, including identifying core ways of developing formative assessment in classrooms. The event further provided a space for teachers to share challenges they had encountered throughout the project. This led to an exchange where teachers guided one another on how to complete the action plans that are a core outcome of the project but posed a challenge to complete due to teachers' large workloads.
Whilst the learning circle participants engaged in their dynamic exchange, facilitators spoke of their own experience of the project. Throughout their interaction, facilitators spoke on an equally broad array of subjects. Most significantly, project facilitators noted that the project had made them agents of change through raising teachers' awareness of formative assessment through learning circles to improve student outcomes. In particular, they noted that this had been done through unprecedented means: learning circles facilitated exchanges between teachers with different experiences and created networks with teachers from other schools participating in the project making it possible to learn new evaluation techniques that were previously inaccessible.
The network event concluded by bringing participants and facilitators together to work through the common challenges identified in each constituent session. To ensure that the T3LFA project in Côte d'Ivoire continues to build momentum to enhance student learning outcomes, answers to a broad range of concerns surrounding organisation, workload, familiarity with content, were addressed to create new ways forward.
Photos and videos of the network event are available here.
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