The project aims to conduct field testing of the TPD@Scale principles in five out of 18 departments located in the central, north and west parts of the country: Francisco Morazán, Cortes, Atlántida, Santa Barbara and La Paz. The pilot will include a little over 1,000 math teachers of basic education (Grades 7 to 9 teachers of primary and lower secondary education) under 95 municipal directorates.
The project in Honduras focuses on piloting the principles of TPD@Scale. A math course for teacher training has been designed by a team of technical and pedagogical staff of the Regional Centers to improve the curricular and pedagogical competencies of teachers. These Regional Centers are in charge of delivering teacher professional development (TPD) at the local level, which are grouped in municipal directions.
The objective of this pilot is to understand the way teachers can access TPD offerings, taking into consideration their access to the internet and/or advanced digital devices to avail of online resources. Findings will inform improvements to the current TPD model including better use of digital and institutional capacities.
The training is carried out through a self-guided course, which has an initial unit to provide technology support and training, and four units designed to strengthen teachers’ skills for application in their classrooms. Teachers can access the course on the Ministry of Education’s platform Ibertel through a computer or through a Moodle app on a mobile phone. Tutors are available for pedagogical support. Formative assessment is done at the end of each unit to promote teachers` reflection on their own teaching practice. Teachers interact in learning communities of seven to 10 members, mostly through WhatsApp. Synchronous sessions take place before each unit to reinforce understanding and engagement. Throughout the course, school heads and municipal directors support teachers to succeed in the course and address their specific needs.