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Dimensions of Teacher Policy
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Course Theme:Growth and Competitiveness
Course Format:Facilitated
Time Commitment:6-8 hours per week for 6 weeks
Amount:US $ 0 (course is free of charge)
Contact Name:Michelle Kalinski
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May 05, 2014 - June 13, 2014
Application Ends On : April 25, 2014
Over the last two decades, the dramatic rise in school enrollment in developing countries has required a significant increase in the number of teachers, placing national systems for teacher provision and management under increased stress. Countries have struggled to recruit a sufficient number of qualified teachers, deploy them where they are needed, and provide the necessary management and support structures to ensure that quality education is delivered. As these new priorities emerge, reviewing the policies that guide the provision and management of teachers is judicious. Teacher policy is a complex and multifaceted area, which often evolves through political and historical events rather than systematic planning.

This course will provide a model of the interlinked nature of teacher policies by: describing policies currently in use in different countries around the world and the impact of those policies; extracting lessons from case studies; providing tools and techniques for analyzing teacher policies; and offering possible suggestions for countries wishing to improve their policy framework for the provision, training and management of teachers.

This course is highly participatory and stimulates critical thinking and reflection as participants apply the skills and concepts to both the course exercises and their daily work in the education sector. Since the course is actively facilitated, participants are expected to contribute to the online discussion and complete all the quizzes for each module. Altogether, the course should take approximately 25-30 hours over six weeks, or approximately 6-8 hours per week. All participants who complete these requirements will receive an electronic certificate of completion from the World Bank Institute.

Target Audience:
Officials and technical staff from the public and private sectors, as well as bilateral and multilateral government organizations and nongovernmental organizations that are involved in the design and implementation of education policy. In particular, the course is designed for:
  • Heads of programs and departments in the education, finance, and planning ministries of at the national, federal and regional levels
  • Staff from academic, research and professional development institutions working in the education sector
  • Program managers from nongovernmental organizations involved in the development and implementation of national education policies
  • Staff of the World Bank, and international and bilateral agencies, as well as the broader education development community