USAID Teach for Tomorrow
Egypt’s K–12 education system is enormous, with more than 50,000 schools, 20 million students, and over 1.5 million teachers and administrators. For years, it ranked near the bottom of numerous global indices on the quality of primary education. Bold reforms launched in 2018 in response to this challenge, under the banner “Education 2.0,” made significant progress in modernizing curricula that updated content knowledge, developed critical-thinking skills and good citizenship, and encouraged lifelong learning. Reforms seek to leverage the power of information technology to accelerate the scope and scale of reform, including the creation of the world’s largest digital resource bank of learning materials and related platforms.
The USAID Teach for Tomorrow activity, implemented by EDC, supports an Egypt-led national level systems-strengthening approach to Education 2.0. Aligning the regulations that govern teaching and educational leadership fosters elevated standards in teaching practice, thereby promoting the delivery of improved educational outcomes. Teach for Tomorrow supports policy development by adapting international evidence and practice to the regulatory and social context of Egypt’s Education 2.0 vision. It also helps to develop professional competency standards for teachers and leaders and a continuous professional development and licensure framework to address the incentives that drive resistance to change and barriers to quality teaching practice. Teach for Tomorrow takes a localization approach to leverage technology for online resources and strengthens local providers to help build the market for technology-enabled quality teacher training.
- Proposed revisions to the career ladder, merit-based promotion and licensure systems, and guidelines based on standards for quality teaching
- Proposed a continuous professional development system linked to promotion built on courses for teachers and leaders, school-based professional development, including supportive classroom observation and assessment, and peer-to-peer learning
- Developed asynchronous online courses for teachers that are aligned to the career ladder
- Created teacher competency standards to define what quality teaching means in practice in a way that can be supported through mentorship, training, observation, and assessment
- Crafted a comprehensive licensure and promotion framework that incorporates tailored teacher and educator incentives aligned with the career ladder and the current legal and regulatory context
- Developed standards of practice and behavior for school principals, supervisors, and district leaders
- Created online learning resources for teachers and leaders to promote improved teaching and instructional leadership
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