Embrace change through Teachers First

April 13, 2017

Between the 9 th and 21 st March the Teachers First education team delivered a workshop to 1,387 teachers. The theme was Learning and Teaching. The workshop covered a whole range of activities and strategies that participants could then take into their classrooms. By practising the activities in a workshop environment this gave the participants the confidence to try them in their own classrooms. Many mentioned that the development of Communities of Practice really enhanced their teaching and the feedback session at the end of the workshop allowed teachers an opportunity to reflect and share on their experience and learn from each other. A clear message coming out of the workshop are that teachers are willing to change, they want to embrace change to improve the lives of their students. Ms. Soaad Fawzy a teacher from El-Shahied Ziad Faragallah told one of the Teachers First education team: “I joined the project convinced that it was only useful for young teachers or people new to teaching. I didn’t think teachers who had been teaching for a long time like myself could change. I know, with my colleagues, feel we can lead change across Egypt, starting with my own school. Teachers First encouraged me to change my behaviours and acquire new skills from different areas that were impossible for me to acquire before”

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Teachers from 6 Governates reflect on their introduction to Teachers First

April 6, 2017

Teachers from across 6 Egyptian Governates recently benefited from a Teachers First professional development workshop. The teachers came from all stages of the education process and 95% of participants taught the full range of curriculum subjects. The workshop introduce participants to the concept of the Egyptian Learning Society, Communities of Practice, Understanding the Role of the Teacher and the Reflective Teacher.   The teachers enjoyed the workshop activities and the opportunities to share ideas.  The uniqueness of the Teachers First Program was very appealing with useful tools such as Lengo and The Learning Library.  Everyone recognised the challenge of changing teacher behaviour but all the participants left the workshop feeling empowered to make this change.  A teacher from Kafr Elshiekh commented “I have been working as a teacher for 30 years, but for the first time I have stopped and reflected on myself and how I behave inside in the classroom”

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New Teachers First Website and App Released!

December 25, 2016

We are pleased to announce that we have new versions of the Teachers First website and App.  There is a new layout for the content on the website and you can now download the App from the Google Play Store.   A full list of improvements is below: Website (https://teachersfirst.training) New layout, all content is on one page that makes it easier for people to find content. Improved forums where people can have discussions and start their own topics. Ability to give and get credits to other users (previously the website could only self-credit). Undo credits. You now share your entire framework instead of specific areas of the framework. Whole site is faster and easier to use. Android App (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.lengo.app.android.teachersfirst) Now published on the Google Play Store making it easier to install and update. New design that allows you to quickly see all content. Search inside the app makes finding granules much faster. Ability to give and get credits from the app.

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Deadline Extended!

December 5, 2016

In order to give schools more time to apply we have extended the deadline for expressions of interest in the Teachers First Program until midnight on December 8th 2016. Click onhttp://teachersfirstegypt.com/application-form/application.php and complete the form.

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TEACHERS FIRST- CALL FOR EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST

October 30, 2016

The highly successful Teachers First Program which is changing teacher behaviours has just celebrated its 1 year anniversary. 550 schools are now part of this pioneering program but Dr Tarek Shawki, Secretary General, Presidents Specialised Council for Education wants more to sign up to benefit from the positive impact it is having on teaching and learning. “I believe that this program is crucial to the development of teachers across Egypt. By being part of it teachers have the opportunity to improve the life chances of their students “ Hanan Radwan, a teacher from Alsayeda Aesha Secondary School in Cairo is also encouraging schools to apply and she tells us why. "Teachers First had an obvious effect on my professional behaviors as a teacher as it made me believe in collaborative work. We became "WE" instead of "I" and sharing experiences became the basis of my practice. Teachers First also puts us in a continuous state of professional development through self, peer and assessor evaluation” The deadline for expressions of interest is 4th December 2016. Although currently the program only has a limited number of places it is hoped that as the project grows, more schools will have the opportunity to be part of it. Schools can express their interest in participating in the program by clicking on http://bit.ly/tfround2 by visiting teachersfirstegypt.com and completing the application form. About the project: Teachers First is a program run by Imagine Education (UK) Ltd together with the Specialised Council for Education and Scientific Research as part of the Egyptian Learning Society Program. This program aims to involve at least 10,000 teachers who use a prototype of Point of Learning called Lengo, a unique digital system developed by Imagine Education that aims to improve the quality of education. Imagine Education (UK) Ltd is an education consultancy with an award-winning history of providing e-content, strategic consultancy and training initiatives across the globe.

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Dr.Tarek shawki in the teachers first celebration: The president wants to much to develop education .

October 18, 2016

"A presidential celebration of the first group of graduates of the teachers' first project" A celebration was organized yesterday by the specialized Council for Education and Scientific Research affiliated to the Egyptian presidency to celebrate the success of the first prototype phase of "the teachers' first project. The new techniques of training that had been used by the schools that participated in the project were displayed and the efforts of the trained teachers had been honored. The specialized council in a cooperation with imagine education company made that project for enabling the citizens to gain benefits form what is called the learning communities .The project aims to create a new generation of professional and specialized teachers in their subjects and in the learning process so that they can analyze the aims of education in a different and creative way .They will accomplish that through creating the best learning environment , choosing the right learning experiences , the right kind of evaluation , raising the quality of learning outcomes , and improving the quality of education as a whole .The project also aims to raise the position of teachers in the society and establish the first learning community that can achieve the economic growth for the country . The scientific method of the project rely on teams that are called ambassadors of change who will be in schools and who will work on building a culture of innovation .they will also do their best to transfer and apply the vision and message of the project inside their classes and will work on having a radical change upon all the students. Those ambassadors will also cooperate with other teachers to improve the educational system through focusing on developing some professional and pedagogical behaviors .By applying those professional behaviors in their school communities continuously, they will be able to develop other new behaviors and that will have a great positive impact upon the students as well as teachers. Dr.Tarek shawki, the secretary-general of specialized councils affiliated to the Egyptian presidency and the Chair of the Specialized Presidential Council for Education & Scientific Research, stated during the ceremony that celebrating the graduation of 100 schools from is something that brings happiness and he expressed that the first group represents a great hope for Egypt and for the future of education. He added that the president Abd El.Fatah EL.sisi has a deep desire in developing education despite all the problems that we face so there was a claim of a society that learn, think and innovate and he also assured that the idea is very interesting and without the support of the president and Viva Egypt box it would not see the light. He also said that the results of the training is obvious on the trained teachers in a good way therefore those teachers will be a good start to develop education .He clarified that the training is completely new and different as it changes the performance of the teachers totally .He mentioned also that a website has been created so that teachers can share ideas and knowledge with one another and with the trainers as well and that their performance will be assessed by themselves , their peers and their assessors . He added that the job of the teachers changed in a great manner therefore the teachers need to consider the curiosity that they see inside the eyes of their students so that they can make a good use of it. He said that we need to teach the children how to cook not to only memorize the recipe. (( Just to clarify that point that was mentioned in the newspaper : he said that as a comment of something he mentioned about his family life .He said whenever He watches a food program with his wife , she knows for sure that he has a very a good memory so he memorizes the recipes very well and can tell her the ingredients of any recipe .However when It comes to cooking he fails and she excels because it's not enough for you to know the ingredients of the recipe but you have to know how to use the ingredients to have a beautiful dish , the people clapped a lot for that a mazing example )) . He mentioned that whenever the teachers make a progress it's recorded through a smart card and that this application is called Lengo. Through that application the teacher can assess his progress by giving himself points and he will also be able to get other points from his peers and that this system will encourage the teachers to

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