Consultancy on Repository of promising teaching and learning practices in the Arab Region
In collaboration with and the generous support of the Arab Thought Foundation (ATF), UNESCO Office in Beirut (UBO) is preparing a “Repository of promising teaching and learning practices in the Arab Region” (Repository/Compendium).
The Repository will be published in both Arabic and English as a Compendium that will include curated examples of promising teaching and learning practices (T&L) contributors will submit by completing a template based on self-assessment reporting. It will also include a comprehensive introductory study that will be based on both: (a) the outcomes of a literature review on the topic; and (b) the important issues and trends identified in the collection of promising T&L practices that are included in the compendium.
The Repository/Compendium responds to the need of learning from one another and building on effective T&L practices in the post-pandemic context, by drawing on lessons learned with regard to remote/online and hybrid/blended learning and the integration of technologies across the curriculum. It will moreover address the issue of implementing forward-looking T&L practices that are empowering learners in the context of enabling learning environments, be they face-to-face and/or virtual spaces.
As documented through a number of studies, webinars and other exchanges over recent years, public and private schools in the Arab countries have demonstrated an impressive capacity to innovate and generate added quality towards reaching SDG4 goals. This is applicable especially with regard to developing basic skills; skills for life and work; implementing inclusive learning solutions; and implementing programs on Global Citizenship Education (GCED) and Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) – SDG4.7 target.
The Repository responds to the many requests teachers in the Arab Region uttered with regard to the need of them being assisted with a pool of resources that document promising practices across K-12 stages. As documented in a number of studies on teacher continuous professional development, privileged ways for teachers to improve their teaching competencies are related to peer-to-peer learning and learning from expert teachers/mentors.
The overall goal of the Repository is to support teacher continuous professional development in the Arab Region based on learning from one another and focusing on promising grass-root initiatives/practices that have a potential of being replicated and scaled up.
More specifically, the Repository of promising T&L practices project aims to:
o Encourage teachers across the Arab region to self-assess their teaching and learning practices in line with a set of criteria that will be shared with the participants in the project in the form of a self-reporting template;
o Develop a repository of promising teaching and learning practices in the Arab region that will be structured around different topics (for instance, teaching and learning methods to: enhance basic skills; engage learners in the context of using remote/online and hybrid/blended learning; develop skills for life and work; apply formative assessment strategies; develop support materials and strategies to overcome learning losses; and link theory and practice in the context of problem-solving learning experiences);
o Based on the Repository, develop a mini-study on notable issues and trends with regard to teaching and learning in the Arab Region that could constitute the basis for policy reflection, dialogue and replication/scaling up.
It is expected that at the end of the project, the following will constitute outstanding outcomes:
o A self-assessment tool for teachers to report on their teaching and learning practices based on clear-cut and comprehensive criteria;
o An edited collection/repository in Arabic and English of a number of promising practices from Arab countries with regard to teaching and learning across K-12;
o A published document in Arabic in English including the selected and edited/curated promising practices, as well as an introductory mini-study on notable issues and trends with regard to teaching and learning in the Arab countries (i.e. why are these practices promising; what can we learn from them; what issues and trends can inspire policies in the region towards replicating/scaling up such practices);
o A Report of a sharing workshop to launch the Repository and invite teachers, teacher trainers and other stakeholders to make good usage of the repository in the context of sharing and capacity development activities at national and school levels.
1. Prepare a user-friendly draft template that will be used to collect self-assessed examples of promising teaching and learning practices from the Arab region. The template will be finalized based on collaborative reviews of ATF and UBO and will be shared with UBO’s networks in the region.
2. Prepare the call for contributions and the accompanying message to be sent out to UBO’s networks with regard to the contributions expected from teachers, teacher trainers, principals and researchers/scholars; and send out reminders, if needed.
3. Act as contact person to be in contact with and respond to potential contributors who may need clarification and/or additional support in order to feel out the template in an appropriate manner.
4. Curate the contributions received by selecting and editing the ones that will be included in the Repository/Compendium (at least 40- 50 new relevant and rich examples) .
5. Structure the Repository/Compendium around relevant topics that have emerged from the contributions received.
6. Assemble the curated examples of promising T&L practices into a draft publication in both EN and Arabic.
7. Based on analyzing the examples of promising T&L practices, as well as on desk/literature review, prepare an introductory study to the repository/compendium publication that will focus on main issued and trends identified that are important to informing teacher policies, scaling up and learning from one another.
8. Share the Repository/Compendium content and discuss its possible usage in the context of a launching webinar.
In order to complete the consultancy, the following are requested qualifications:
o Expertise in education (PhD or equivalent) at senior level (P4/P5) with a focus on teachers and teaching and learning practices, and their connections with curriculum, assessment and learning environments.
o Familiarity with the usage of ICTs in education and the challenges and changes the Covid-19 pandemic gave rise to.
o At least 15 years of experience in international and regional education.
o Proven record of research and publication skills.
o Capacity to work in an international environment, meet deadlines and provide quality deliverables.
o Familiarity with UNESCO mandate, rules and administrative procedures would be an asset.
o Bilingual Arab-English language proficiency.
o Capacity to communicate clearly and effectively in the context of both written and oral communication; and in the context of presentations in webinars/meetings, be they face-to-face or online.
o The proposal should be shared via Success Factors platform;
o The proposal should contain:
- A cover letter explaining the consultant’s motivation and qualifications to undertake the job;
- A presentation of how the consultant aims to address and complete the scope of work and specific tasks related to it, including methodological issues and deadlines;
- A (draft) model of a template to be used in order to collect examples of promising T&L practices;
- A (draft) list of education specialists and institutions the consultant will approach in order to complete the aforementioned tasks;
- An updated CV of the candidate; and
- A financial proposal including the consultant fees requested and other costs in view for completing the job .