Seminars

 

Seminar: Testing and scaling-up supply- and demand-side interventions to improve kindergarten educational quality in Ghana

Presenter: Sharon Wolf, University of Pennsylvania

Chair: Roberta Gatti, Chief Economist for Human Development

Discussant: Amer Hasan, Senior Economist, Education Global Practice

Date: September 27, 2017

Location: World Bank Main Complex, Washington, DC

About: Preliminary results from the ongoing impact evaluation of a teacher professional development program for public and private kindergartens in Ghana were presented. The cluster randomized control trial, funded by the World Bank’s Strategic Impact Evaluation Fund, is measuring the impacts of teacher training and a parenting awareness component on teacher professional well-being, classroom quality and children’s school readiness after one and two school years in the Greater Accra Region of Ghana. This study includes 240 schools randomly assigned to either receive teacher training, teacher training plus parent awareness training, or to be in the control group. The intervention includes workshops and in-classroom coaching for teachers, and video-based discussion groups for parents. Preliminary findings after one year showed that impacts on school readiness were sustained, including in social-emotional development, executive function, and early academic skills for younger children. But there were some negative impacts seen on some aspects of teaching practice.

Materials:  SIEF webpage, Midline Report, Seminar RecordingPresentation

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Seminar: Can Classroom Observation and Coaching Improve Teacher Performance? The Case of Brazil

Presenter: Barbara Bruns, Visiting Fellow, Center for Global Development

Chair: Jaime Saavedra, World Bank

Discussant: Ezequiel Molina, World Bank

Date: July 13, 2017

Location: World Bank J Building, Washington, DC

About: Researchers evaluated an innovative program that focused improving the classroom effectiveness of teachers in service. In 2014, the state of Ceara in northeast Brazi state Ceará implemented a two-part strategy to improve teachers’ effectiveness: i) providing schools with an information “shock” (benchmarked feedback on  their teachers' classroom practice) and ii) access to expert coaching aimed at increasing professional interaction among teachers in the same school.

Materials: SIEF webpage

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Seminar: The Impact of the Mobile Pedagogical Tutors | Evidence from a Randomized Control Trial in rural Mexico

Presenters: Ciro Avitabile and Alonso Sanchez, World Bank

Chair: Reema Nayar, World Bank

Discussant: Salman Asim, World Bank

Date: July 12, 2017

Location: World Bank Main Complex, Washington, DC

About: The authors present the findings of the Mexican Mobile Tutors (APIs) program launched by the Consejo Nacional Para el Fomento de la Educacion (CONAFE) with the objective to support parents, children and teachers in a community based model that covers about 350,000 basic education students in Mexico.

Materials: SIEF webpage, Seminar Recording, Presentation (to come)

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Seminar: Cheap Talk or Real Change? CDD, CTTs and Nutrition: A Chance to Put Our Money Where our Mouth Is

Presenter: Gayatri Acharya, World Bank

Chair: Ethel Sennhauser, World Bank

Discussants: Pablo Gottret and Shobha Shetty, World Bank

Date: June 21, 2017

Location: World Bank Main Complex, Washington, DC

About: Through the now closed Social Safety Nets Project in Nepal, a Community Challenge Fund was piloted to study the effectiveness of providing nutritional information alone versus information and cash on child nutrition and development. Presenters discussed challenges in the implementation and opportunities to support nutrition positive programs.

Materials: SIEF webpage,  Working Paper

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Seminar: Promoting Early Childhood Development Through Safety Nets in Africa: Opportunities and Challenges

Presenters: Laura Rawlings, Andrea Vermehren and Patrick Premand, World Bank

Chair: Lynne Sherburne-Benz, World Bank

Discussant: Sophie Naudeau, World Bank

Date: September 27, 2016

Location: World Bank J Building, Washington, DC

About: This seminar discussed the policy case for linking social protection and early childhood development interventions, outlining opportunities and challenges in program design and implementation. Researchers presented how a behavioral intervention was integrated in a safety nets program in Madagascar, to strengthen linkages between social protection and early childhood development. Finally, results were presented from a recent impact evaluation on the value-added of behavioral accompanying measures to promote parenting practices conducive to early childhood development and nutrition as part of a safety nets project in Niger.

Materials: SIEF webpage

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Seminar: Combining Pre-School Quality Interventions with Parenting Education: A Cluster Randomized Trial

Presenter: Berk Özler, World Bank

Date: January 14, 2016

Location: World Bank J Building, Washington, DC

About: Researchers evaluated a government program in Malawi, which focused on improving quality at community-based childcare centers (CBCCs) and complemented these efforts with a group-based parenting support program.

Materials: SIEF webpage


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