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Thursday, September 28 • 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Scaling Evidence-based Innovations in Education with Government Partners

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Though enrollment in primary education has seen unprecedented gains over the last decade, learning levels remain low across many developing countries, with many enrolled students lacking basic reading and mathematics skills. The progress made in school enrollment has been countered by new bottlenecks: schools are flooded with first-generation learners, resulting in classrooms with heterogeneous learning levels; teachers are pressured to complete dense curricula and prepare students for high-stake exams, leading them to teach to the top of the class; poorly resourced schools have neither the human nor material resources to support adaptive, student-centered learning. Though in school, large numbers of children are failing to acquire basic skills and falling further and further behind as they are pushed through the education system.

As resource-constrained governments seek scalable solutions to improve the quality of primary education programs, recent research has provided encouraging evidence that relatively low-cost interventions can make substantial impacts on learning outcomes. This panel will feature researchers and innovators, including several that are USAID partners, who are working with governments to understand and incorporate innovative models to improve educational quality and learning outcomes, including regrouping and teaching students by ability, introducing adaptive learning technologies, improving access to information about the value of education, and innovating in service delivery through public-private partnerships.

Watch the video here. 

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Marcia Davidson

Principal Literacy Specialist and Researcher, American Institutes for Research (AIR)
Dr. Davidson recently joined AIR as Principal Literacy Specialist and Researcher in the Policy and Practice division in International Education.  Before coming to AIR, she held the position as the Team Lead for the Reading Team in the E3 Office of Education at USAID. Prior to... Read More →

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Susannah Hares

International Director, Executive Director, Ark, Ark Education Partnerships Group
Susannah joined Ark in April 2011 from the London School of Economics where she set up and directed the Innovation Co-Creation Lab, work focussing on business model innovation. Prior to this Susannah served for two years as Associate Director, Global Community Partnerships, at Barclays... Read More →
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Chris Neilson

Assistant Professor of Economics and Public Affairs, Princeton University
Christopher Neilson is an applied microeconomist at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. His research focuses on the study of markets where private firms compete with public providers and there are substantial subsidies and regulation. He studies how these... Read More →
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Laura Poswell

Executive Director, J-PAL Africa
Laura Poswell is the Executive Director for J-PAL Africa at SALDRU at the University of Cape Town. Her role involves working with governments and NGOs in Africa to decipher policy lessons about what works and collaborating with researchers and policy makers to conduct randomized evaluations... Read More →
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Sridhar Rajagopalan

Co-Founder, Educational Initiatives
Sridhar Rajagopalan is an educational entrepreneur who has helped change the way student learning outcomes are seen in India. He worked in IBM India for two and a half years before co-founding and running Eklavya School in Ahmedabad. Sridhar is a member of various central and state... Read More →

Thursday September 28, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Horizon Ballroom Ronald Reagan Building & International Trade Center