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Sr. Fellow at the Center for Universal Education @BrookingsInst working in global education. Tweets are my own.

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Brad Olsen
a day ago
Offering effective teacher development at scale requires knowledge of the particular teachers themselves and contemporary theories of adult learning, experimentation with innovative training models that include in-person coaching and project-based learning, and smart uses of tech
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Brad Olsen
a day ago
5. Most large-scale TPD programs are currently evaluated by way of teacher attendance numbers, participant feedback surveys, or quick self-reports. Conducting longitudinal, mixed-methods studies of TPD quality or the effects of different models is rarely incentivized.
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Brad Olsen
a day ago
4. It is tempting to assume technology will solve the challenges of scaling TPD, but technology cannot fix bad TPD programs. In fact it can be harmful when it frustrates or alienates the participants or excludes those without access or know-how.
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Brad Olsen
a day ago
3. Policymakers struggle to find good info on how to put evidence-based TPD into practice. It is too often assumed that any TPD program will automatically work, that teacher attendance = teacher learning, or that delivering quality TPD is simple. In fact, none of those is true.
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Brad Olsen
a day ago
2. High-quality TPD is expensive. But cheap TPD’s effects often quickly fade or are washed out by the system. Quantity and quality often oppose each other. Hybrid models might offer one opportunity for striking this balance.
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Brad Olsen
a day ago
1. What works at small scale does not automatically work at large scale. Identifying and training sufficient numbers of teacher instructors who are familiar with the local contexts and who can provide ongoing, in-person mentoring or coaching is difficult.
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Brad Olsen
a day ago
Over the past 20 years, the field of TPD has learned a lot, and small-scale efforts can be good. However, this body of research & best practices has often not translated into quality, cost-effective TPD at large scale 🧵
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@BradOlsen_DC
Brad Olsen
2 days ago
Millions of children recently began their new school year—some of them for the first time in three years—and their learning will be shaped by the 62 million teachers welcoming them. In honor of World Teachers’ Day, teachers merit a closer look.
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Brad Olsen
8 days ago
Today we published a Millions Learning ROSIE report titled “How do government decisionmakers adopt education innovations for scale? Implications for national-level education policymaking in low- and middle-income countries.” Check it out here:
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Brad Olsen
8 days ago
An emerging finding from our upcoming report on "HOW DO GOVERNMENT DECISION-MAKERS ADOPT EDUCATION INNOVATIONS FOR SCALE?": It is difficult to organize and act for long-term embeddedness of an innovation when the incentives are not aligned.
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Brad Olsen
9 days ago
An emerging finding from our upcoming report on "HOW DO GOVERNMENT DECISION-MAKERS ADOPT EDUCATION INNOVATIONS FOR SCALE?": A country’s unique context matters and there is often a complex tension among localization, globalism, & equity in the push for education systems change.
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Brad Olsen
9 days ago
An emerging finding from our upcoming report on "HOW DO GOVERNMENT DECISION-MAKERS ADOPT EDUCATION INNOVATIONS FOR SCALE?": Do not let centralized decision-making structures bury local innovations
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Brad Olsen
10 days ago
Most education innovations discussed at the national level originated in other countries, and so the work of contextualizing & studying an innovation’s impact in a new location becomes paramount. To learn more about look for our upcoming report later this week.
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10 days ago
📣 Our latest #DataMustSpeak report presents factors influencing school performance in 🇳🇵 #Nepal . What's next❓ Jessica Bergmann, a Data Must Speak co-manager, explains how key partners will collect data to understand the behaviors ➕ practices of top-performing schools.
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