Khan Bahadur Ahsanullah (R.)

Project Introduction: Bangladesh Reading Association (host: Dhaka Ahsania Mission) initiate to implement a pilot training project for development of English subject teaching skills of primary school teachers in Bangladesh and to create a professional network of teachers. The training is implementing with technical support from International Reading Association of USA and using Diagnostic Teaching Model (DTM). The Diagnostic Teaching Model (DTM) is a model for classroom literacy instruction in the primary grades. It is designed to improve students’ ability to read, write, think critically, and to successfully complete other tasks effectively in language and content areas. The DTM is a flexible model that can be successfully used in any classroom context. It includes common strategies, tools, and processes for instruction and assessment, each of which can be adapted by individual teachers for use at any primary level and in any school environment. Diagnostic teaching is the “process of diagnosing student abilities, needs and objectives and prescribing requisite learning activities” Through diagnostic teaching, teachers monitor the understanding and performance of students before teaching the lesson, while teaching, and after teaching the lesson. The experiences of the trained teachers are sharing through networking process using ICT. The project supported by the International Reading Association, Pearson Foundation, Nokia Corporation, Collaborative for Teaching and Learning & Directorate of Primary Education. Goal and Objective: The overall goal of the training is to enhance Master Trainers (MTs) capacity to train teachers in target schools implement the Diagnostic Teaching Model with fidelity, improving their literacy practices, and improving the literacy experiences of their students. 

The objectives are to:

  • Acquire a set of easy-to-use teaching techniques that are content relevant, participatory and child-centered;
  • Develop an understanding of the connection between instruction and assessment;
  • Gain access to various forms of monitoring student learning;
  • Establish the ability to plan and deliver effective lessons;
  • Adapt or create suitable materials to support lessons;
  • Develop an understanding of appropriate classroom management strategies;  and
  • Acquire a diagnostic teaching approach as a habit for reflecting on their understanding and in supporting others as teacher leaders.

Outputsà Resultsà Outcome:

  • Master Trainers  improve their technical capacities;
  • MTs systematically increase their capacity to train teachers on use of active, participatory, child-friendly, research-based classroom practices, improving the relevance and delivery of curriculum;
  • MTs are motivated to use and promote effective practices in their schools;
  • MTs actively use the mobile delivery system and online network to support ongoing professional development; and
  • Teachers capacity will be increased to implement DTM in the classroom to engage all students to create active learning environment;
  • Teachers groups will be formed to share teaching experiences and to solve problems through mentoring process;
  • Participating country teams build the capacity to independently continue to train teachers in using the DTM program.

Who the project will serve/is serving (gender disaggregated data if possible by category of recipients:

  • 600 Govt. Primary School Teachers (in 100 schools)
  • 30 Master Trainers (URC Instructors, Upazilla Assistant Education Officer, NAPE & NGO personnel
  • BRA volunteers
  • 15,000 primary school students in 100 schools over 3 years

Project Duration:  July 2011- June 2015

Start date:  July 2011

Financial partner (Donor): International Reading Association (IRA), USA  

Implementing partner : Directorate of Primary Education (DPE)

Project Location/s and number of Field offices : Mymensnhing (Sadar, Phulpur & Isawrgong), Jamalpur (Sadar, Islampur, Madargong, Melandaha, Sorishabari, Dewangong, Bokshigong)

Number of project staffs and volunteers : Full time: 3, volunteers: 35

Contact Person   :     Nafiz Uddin Khan, Project Manager
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