Quality Holistic Learning Project
The Center for Learning in Practice at the Carey Institute for Global Good is working virtually with a diverse stakeholder group to develop professional learning resources and opportunities for teachers working in displacement contexts within larger national education systems. The Refugee Educator Workforce Development Project for Quality Holistic Learning will build on existing SEL measurement tools, developments in the field of teaching and learning analytics, and evidence-based practices related to student-centered, holistic learning in crisis, emergency, displacement, and refugee contexts with the knowledge that holistic teaching and learning is not just a function of what is taught but how material is taught. Teachers, themselves, need holistic learning opportunities, thus our project centers teachers as self-directed learners and as leaders within their local, national, and regional contexts. Over 18 months, teachers and other key education stakeholders in four target countries—Chad, Kenya, Lebanon, and Niger—will work to create OERs in Arabic, English, and French that include professional development courses, toolkits, communities of practice, micro-credentials, and learning analytics. The Quality Holistic Learning (QHL) Project aims to increase quality holistic learning experiences and outcomes for refugee students, other vulnerable learners, and educators across displacement contexts.
Quality Holistic Learning App
We sought to develop a prototype app that helps teachers use effective teaching methods and measure holistic learning outcomes, ideally making their teaching and the impact of that teaching more visible to them and to other key stakeholders. The app guides teachers (both formally and non-formally trained) in displaced contexts in the assessment of, reflection on, and intervention in holistic learning, defined as both students’ academic achievement and their social and emotional learning (SEL) and psychosocial wellbeing.
If you would like to contribute to further development and/or pilot testing of the app, please let us know. Please contact CLiP Director Diana Woolis at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
The Center for Learning in Practice launched the Refugee Educator Academy in 2017 as its flagship initiative. Since then, we have developed multiple courses, workshops, toolkits, and assessment tools in collaboration with practitioners from diverse experiential and professional backgrounds. Our Sustainable Learning Framework anchors our work, ensuring a focus on purposeful pedagogy, democratic engagement, looped learning, digital geographies, and systems thinking in all of our work. We draw upon these resources, as well as the diverse and deep expertise of our team, to guide this project. We hope you will join in this effort to center teacher learning and, thus, accomplish the shared goal of providing quality holistic learning opportunities and outcomes for refugee/migrant children, among all children, worldwide.