Rising Academies expands its winning team

Teachers from 5 counties in South-East Liberia are celebrating after completing the Rising Academies Pre-Service Training Institute.

According to a press release issued here today via email from Rising Academies, more than 160 teachers and principals from 24 schools in River Gee, Maryland, Sinoe, Grand Bassa and Rivercess completed the training. It covered the core principles of Rising Academies’ innovative teaching methods.

New research shows these teaching methods are delivering great results for the children of Liberia. An interim report released this week by the team leading the independent evaluation of the Partnership Schools for Liberia (PSL) program found that students in Rising Academy schools had posted among the largest gains in reading and math of any in the program.

The evaluation – a randomised controlled trial, considered the ‘gold standard’ for its rigorous methodology – compares students in PSL schools to students in a control group of traditional government schools. Overall, the evaluation finds that the PSL program is working, with children in PSL schools learning significantly more than children in traditional government schools.

The evaluation assessed each operator’s impact. When compared to their peers in the control group, students in Rising Academy schools made as much progress in reading and math in one year as students in traditional schools would make in two or three.

Rising Academies is one of the eight operators involved in the Partnership Schools for Liberia program. Since September 2016, it has operated five government schools in Bomi and Montserrado counties. Following its successful performance in Year 1 of the program, the Ministry of Education asked Rising Academies to take on the additional 24 schools in the South-East.

Commenting on the training, Laisay J. Jaisay said: “I have been attending workshops before, but Rising Academies training has taught me many new things. The growth mindset lesson is an eye opener for me. I never knew how how own thinking has affected us, our students and school. I am grateful.”

Christina PioCosta-Lahue, Rising Academies Managing Director in Liberia, said: “Last year we were amazed at how quickly our teachers and school leaders embraced the Rising Academies approach. It’s clear from the evaluation that all that hard work is paying off, and that students in Rising schools are making big gains. From everything I’ve seen this week, the staff of the new schools we are working with this year are every bit as committed and passionate, and I can’t wait to see what we can accomplish together.”

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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists.