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Making locally made teaching materials available to refugee teachers.

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The Teacher Education in Sub-Saharan Africa (TESSA) project is a multi-country project that serves the development and research needs of teachers through open education resources (OER) made available both through the Internet and other traditional print resources (Moon, 2010). Using TESSA, teachers can find locally made teaching materials that were created using both their curriculum and language. As of 2010 it was estimated that over 400,000 teachers have benefited from TESSA in 19 teacher education programs across sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) (Murphy & Wolfenden, 2013). Survey results from the various institutions show significant impact. For example 82% of participants in South Africa saw improvements in student engagement after implementing pedagogical approaches learned through TESSA (Moon, 2010). TESSA is a good example of the benefits of promoting local at-will adoption of pedagogical change that is more likely to be sustainable. Because TESSA is locally driven, it allows for teachers to truly engage with their learning in a meaningful way that studies have shown has a strong impact on student learning. The use of TESSA facilitates a range of training opportunities (e.g. communities of practice) and with the additional support from local teacher educators or coaches has the potential to foster the development of new, locally developed solutions for classroom pedagogical reform. OERs would help to provide substantial support to refugee teachers. 

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Thanks for the share on TESSA Julie! Here's a helpful Tip: to activate links in your post, hit the Edit Contribution button at the top of your post . Scroll down to your Full Description field. Select the text you'd like to link, hit the link icon in the Rich Text Editor at the top of this field and enter your link. That way everyone will be able to check it out easily, straight from your post.

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Hi Kathleen,

This reminds me of book publishing with local languages made possible by Room to Read. I like that it says on their website that the books are "field tested" with local children, a great way to give kids ownership over the stories! It sounds like TESSA draws on teachers' experiences and knowledge, where Room to Read is able to capture the same among children!