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Mathematizing ESOL I: Integrating Whole Number Operations

The idea of integrating math into the ESOL classroom originated with ESOL teachers and students who saw both the need and the opportunity to learn math skills for employment, academics, and daily life. ESOL lessons are often contextualized using themes such as shopping, banking, and employment — topics where math is inherent. The wonderful reality…


Mapping of Student Assessments in Jordan report

Intended to contribute to the overall objective of the Education Reform for Knowledge Economy II (ERfKE II) reforms, this study seeks to better inform policy makers and educational partners of the current system of student assessment in Jordan in terms of purpose, adequacy, “stakes,” usability, and utilization strategies. The document also aims to support new…


POLICY BRIEF – Gender Gap in Student Achievement in Jordan

This study seeks to identify student and school level factors, including school, teacher, and student characteristics, that explain the gap in student achievement between females and males in Jordan, where the former outperform the latter. Using data from international assessments (TIMSS, PISA), as well as local assessments (NAfKE and National Test) and focus groups to…


POLICY BRIEF – Assessing Jordan’s School and Directorate Development Program (SDDP)

This policy brief presents principals', supervisors', teachers', and students' views on schools' and directorates' compliance with the SDDP program and the degree of “fidelity” with which SDDP has been implemented regarding teaching and learning practices, school environment, parental involvement in schools, participatory leadership, field directorate and supervisors’ support to education improvement, and program sustainability. Although…


Assessment of Kindergarten Teacher Training in Jordan

Since 1999, there has been rapid expansion in the development and availability of public school kindergartens in Jordan, with close to 1,000 classrooms and trained teachers today. This study assesses the kindergarten training programs, kindergarten teachers’ self-reported competencies, and classroom practices, using a representative random sample of kindergarten teachers from 38 directorates and 249 schools…


POLICY BRIEF – School Rationalization Baseline Study: The Situation of Crowded and Underutilized Schools in Jordan

The findings presented in this policy brief aim to stimulate a policy level debate about the extent to which crowdedness and underutilization continue to be an issue in Jordan. Although the overall number of crowded and underutilized schools has decreased in the last three years, some important trends in crowdedness and underutilization persist: Jordan continues…


POLICY BRIEF – Classroom Observation Baseline Study: Student-Centered Effective Teaching and Learning in Jordanian Schools

The findings presented in this policy brief stimulate a policy level debate about the extent to which teachers use Student-Centered Active Learning and Teaching (SCALT) methodologies in Jordan. The results of the study suggest that Jordanian teachers have much room for improvement in utilizing SCALT. Creating policies to replicate SCALT practices through modeling teaching mechanisms…


Blended and Project-based Learning

Many educators created projects as students or have had their own students do projects for their classes. This course is intended for anyone who wants to refresh their understanding of project-based learning (PBL) and use new technologies and approaches in their teaching. Using a blending learning approach with project-based learning allows teachers to introduce their…


USAID | Aprender a Ler Read Aloud Books: Ema vai à escola (Portuguese)

The USAID| Aprender a Ler (ApaL) project, implemented by World Education, worked with local writers to develop a set of 18 read aloud books to help practice listening comprehension and teach new vocabulary. Stories were written based on themes from national textbooks and folk stories. Teachers explain relevant vocabulary words during lessons with child-friendly definitions,…


Poster: Student-Centered Active Learning and Teaching Method in Jordan

This poster was one of six developed from education policy studies created under World Education's Monitoring and Evaluation Partnership Program in Jordan. World Education provided technical support and capacity building for Jordan's National Centre for Human Resource Development (NCHRD) researchers who conducted the policy studies. This poster examines the results from a study that measured…


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