Areas of Expertise
Content Knowledge Strengthening in International Schools
AIR believes that effective teacher professional training includes both strengthening teacher content knowledge in subject matter and improving teachers’ instructional methodologies. Using a country’s curriculum, which maps out the concepts and skills prescribed to achieve the country’s educational goals and objectives, AIR works with teachers to help them achieve mastery of the content knowledge so they can better deliver the concepts within their subject area.
In collaboration with the Ethiopian Ministry of Education and USAID/Ethiopia, AIR launched the Teach English for Life Learning (TELL) program in December 2008, with the primary goal of improving the skills of 20,000 sixth-, seventh- and eighth-grade English teachers across all nine regions and two chartered cities in Ethiopia.
In response to the October 2005 earthquake that devastated the Azad Jammu Kashmir and Northwest Frontier Province regions of Pakistan, USAID funded the project Revitalizing, Innovating, Strengthening Education (RISE) to support the Government of Pakistan’s mandate to ”build back better” the education system in earthquake-affected regions.
The strategic objective of the Malawi Teacher Training Activity was to improve the quality of primary education by providing professional development opportunities for in-service and pre-service teachers through content-specific and pedagogical training as well as the provision of appropriate teaching and learning materials.