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  • Posted on: 11 January, 2016 Deadline: Not Specified
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    Bridge International Academies is the world’s largest and fastest-growing chain of primary and pre-primary schools with more than 400 academies and 100,000 pupils in Kenya and Uganda. We democratize the right to succeed by giving families living in poverty access to the high-quality education that will allow their children to live a very different life. We leverage experts, data, and technology in order to standardize and scale every aspect of quality education delivery, from how and where academies are built to how teachers are selected and trained, and how lessons are delivered and monitored for improvement. We are vertically integrated, tech-enabled, and on our way to profitability. Bridge expects to continue rapid expansion in East Africa, and has just launched operations in Nigeria in September 2015, with India to follow in 2016.

    Global Curriculum Innovation Director


    The Bridge Offer

    Roughly 2.7 billion people live on less than $2/day. In their communities, there is a huge gap between the education offered and the needs of the population. Too often the schools available to them fail to deliver for these families. The quality offered results in the average pupil from our communities in East Africa failing to reach proficiency in primary school and on average fail the primary exit exams that are critical to their development. Teachers are unresponsive and occasionally abusive, and fees are often unaffordable. Even government schools can cost families a significant amount of money after all the additional fees are added up. With 47% of classroom teaching time lost due to teacher absenteeism or neglect, 55% of families in our communities end up choosing private schools instead, but then fear for the stability and sustainability of their choice as many schools close after only a few years of service. Both the government schools and the private schools tend to lack well-conceived scope and sequences, instructional materials, student achievement data, and the capacity to react to that data. Families are actively searching for a better academic alternative. Enter Bridge International Academies. As of January 2015, Bridge operates more than 400 academies, serving roughly 100,000 pupils in Kenya and Uganda.

    Bridge utilizes a teacher guided-learning education methodology coupled with 'big data' (all teachers have tablets for instruction, assessment, and data-gathering) that allows us to make curriculum a little better every day.

    With plans to enroll ten million students ten years from now, Bridge International Academies offers a tremendous opportunity to grow with one of the world’s most exciting, ambitious, and socially conscious companies, with leadership roles available across a number of competencies and geographies.

    About the Role

    This role has two main components:

    The focus includes solving problems that (to our knowledge) have not been solved well in the developing world: getting pupils to ask meaningful questions more frequently (and for teachers to respond well); teachers “Checking For Understanding”; shifting the motivation of more pupils from “just complying with the task at hand” to “genuinely seeking comprehension.”
    Analyzing the high-stakes tests for each country (KCPE, PLE, etc) and finding curriculum improvements that drive up pupil results.

    What you will be accountable for -

    • Try changes to our textbooks and lesson templates in furtherance of the goals above, in a few academies
    • Then have your most promising changes get outside evaluation by our field work team, to further discover which are ready for pilots in many academies
    • Analyze data from that pilot, and then lead work to take the best changes – and integrate across our curriculum

    A successful scorecard for the CPD in 2016 would include –

    • Higher C8 gains on the KCPE for 2016 than 2015
    • Large academic gains in Uganda for C6 pupils in 2016
    • Our field teams finding large gains from the Innovations

    What you should have

    • Deep knowledge of pedagogy
    • A track record of generating large measurable test score gains in high-poverty schools
    • A Bachelor’s degree
    • Exceptional organization and project management skills
    • Strong people management skills with experience managing a large team of professionals
    • Strong problem-solving skills and ability to manage and execute large-scale projects
    • Experience with designing and implementing organizational systems
    • Ability to analyze data and effectively use data to inform decisions
    • Flexibility and a strong work ethic with an ability to overcome obstacles
    • Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint

    Method of Application

    Interested and suitably qualified candidates should visit Bridge International Academies Career Page

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