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Teacher Workshops and Continuing Support

"While improving pupil literacy outcomes is our goal, we focus our work on training and supporting teachers to change the story of Ugandan schools."

Teachers practicing the /sh/ sound and action

Teachers practicing the /sh/ sound and action

Basic Phonics Training

When we first begin working with a school, we introduce teachers to phonics through our Basic Training.  This training is comprised of 3 afternoons where we introduce teachers to our Fun of Phonics program and teach all of the sounds.  Basic Training also includes practice teaching a phonics lesson as well as teaching strategies. 

After teachers complete the initial training, we give them about a month to put what they’ve learned into action and then invite them for another workshop focused on planning a high quality phonics lesson plan with a variety of engaging activities.

Well, we do call it the  fun  of phonics...

Well, we do call it the fun of phonics...

Observation and Feedback Follow Up Cycle

Training is only the beginning! Once a school has been welcomed into the Fun of Phonics program, it is our goal to support teachers through regular school visits and observations.  We love to see teachers putting the Fun of Phonics program into action and we find that the best way to help teachers develop their practice is through giving on the spot, quality feedback. 

A teacher creating Phonemic Awareness with her new puppet.

A teacher creating Phonemic Awareness with her new puppet.

Top Up Trainings

One comment we consistently get during our trainings is: “Time is not enough!”  We find this to be true, too, and so we regularly hold “Top Up’ trainings where we are able to revise sounds (especially trickier Set 2 and Set 3 sounds) as well as introduce other relevant literacy topics.