School Governance

Improving how schools are managed

Effective school governance is key for innovations in curricula, teacher training, and learning materials to improve quality of education and increase student achievement. We work with education departments, schools, parent-teacher associations, and school committees to identify gaps in the delivery of education and to strengthen governance systems to fill these gaps. We take a multi-tiered approach to school governance:

  1. Community: We support school councils and parent-teacher associations to enhance community involvement in school management, increase transparency and accountability for student learning, and stimulate parental involvement in their children’s education. 
  2. School management: Often, we encounter school managers who have limited or no prior training. We support local education institutions to build their leadership and use of data for decision-making skills, and improve teacher professional training and community engagement. 
  3. School supervision and support: Ministries of education rely on decentralized entities such as district education offices and teacher training institutions to provide regular supportive supervision to schools. Our programs work with these institutions to implement evidence-based supervision using simple, effective toolsoften linked to mobile data-collection platformsthat allow regular assessment of progress throughout the school year. Based on findings from supervision, we support coaching and advocacy efforts to improve delivery of education services. 
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Parent Teacher Associations

A key strategy for improving access to and quality of education in diverse settings is to involve communities to the maximum extent possible. We work with communities to create and strengthen parents and mother’s associations. The former improve the legal environment for civic participation in education; maintain and manage primary schools; build and operate school canteens; increase access to education for children with disabilities; and improve gender equity in schools. The latter have been increase women’s empowerment and participation in school governance.

School Management and Support

Our programs build school managers’ leadership skills. We have developed training programs on effective communication, human resource management, use of data for decision making (e.g., for tracking teacher and student attendance and student learning outcomes), community engagement, and provision of pedagogical support for teachers. 



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