THE Leading Systems Institute (LSI) at Florida State University has partnered with the Agency for International Development (USAID) for a five-year US$15 Million project to improve pre service teacher training in Zambia.
The LSI faculty in partnership with School to School International and the University will work with 12 Colleges and Universities of Education to improve the training of primary grade teachers.
LSI Associate Professor and Project Coordinator Stephanie Simmons Zuilkowski said that the project is an exciting one for FSU to take a lead role in improving primary teacher education at a national level and surely building on lessons that were learnt during the projects in Nigeria and Ethiopia.
“During this five-year period the USAID Transforming Teacher Education Program is going to give more than 60 Zambian Teacher Educators skills to deliver effective instruction to 9,000 college and university students studying that are studying to become primary grade teachers”, she said.
She added that pre service teacher education has been largely excluded from previous programs, therefore this will work by connecting teacher training with evidence-based practices that are already being used and they will ensure that teachers go in classrooms prepared to help children learn how to not only read but provide safe learning environments.
President for Research Gary K Ostander said that this is an excellent opportunity for Professor Zuilkowski and his LSI team to use the experience and research they have gained throughout their years of work to improve the training of teachers in Zambia
“We are incredibly proud of the work they do and we look forward and are excited to see what they will achieve with the new project”, he said.
Furthermore, in implementing this program LSI will deliver graduate level courses on various reading instruction in Zambia, four faculty members will receive scholarships to obtain master’s degree in education at FSU,six faculty will complete six months residencies at the FSU college of Education and tours for additional faculty will also be organized.