More Than Me and TrueSchool Studio partnership extends free education to over 20,000 students in Liberia in the next two years

TrueSchool Studio is excited to announce its partnership with More Than Me –  a Monrovia based foundation and academy. Together we are embarking on a bold new plan with the Liberian Ministry of Education called Partnership Schools for Liberia to reform the country’s education system by providing every Liberian child, regardless of family background or income, access to a free education. Inspired by  New Orleans, which rebuilt its own decimated educational infrastructure by opening its schools up to the charter system following Hurricane Katrina, Liberia is partnering with organizations like More Than Me to help relaunch schools.

 

img_3928More Than Me (MTM) will operate 6 schools across Liberia and TrueSchool Studio will train 14 School Capacity Leads (SCL). The SCLs attended rigorous training at MTM University, developed and led by TrueSchool Studio. TrueSchool Studio has built the MTM University with the aim of establishing a model of teacher leadership development and teacher-led innovation in Africa and the developing world. Together, TrueSchool Studio and SCLs are co-creating strategies to improve teacher and student attendance and to build positive, safe, healthy, and effective school cultures with high expectations for student learning. TrueSchool Studio will continue to provide support and coaching alongside the SCLs to over 54 Liberian teachers in Fofee Town, Bogbeh, Hill Town, Moore Town, Golodee, and Bombomma communities in Liberia.

 

TrueSchool Studio’s Founder and CEO Amy Vreeland is already on the ground working with Liberian educators, “This is an unprecedented opportunity to truly transform an education system. Due to war and Ebola, Liberia’s children have been deprived an essential human right — access to a free, quality education. As the Liberian government has stated, this is a national emergency. We are addressing this need by immediately expanding the More Than Me model of safety, health, and quality education to 6 new partner schools. Within 5 years, we plan to reach 500 schools. We are also transforming the teaching profession in Liberia — we are building the next generation of visionary educators who will lead enduring change and improvement for students across the country. We’re not going to stop until Liberia serves as a model for the rapid improvement of a nation’s entire education system.”

 

The first cohort of SCL’s have graduated the first phase of TrueSchool Studio’s training at MTM University and  are now on-site at their schools. Some of the SCLs have moved as far as 7 hours outside of Monrovia. Community members will apprentice with local SCL’s until they become onsite community experts in education, safety, or health.

 

All stakeholders involved in Liberia’s education initiative understand the sobering realities they are up against. Liberia is the 6th poorest country in the world as measured by GDP per capita. With 14 years of civil war from 1990 to 2003 and the Ebola epidemic between 2014-2015, the country’s economy deteriorated significantly and 85% of the population is unemployed. This work will not only bring quality education to communities, but also quality jobs.

 

img_3077There is political will in Liberia, however, like never seen before. Communities are united to rebuild their schools — and rapidly. All actors involved are moving at an unprecedented pace. TrueSchool Studio, More Than Me, and Liberian educators are rebuilding schools grounded in very real student and community needs.


As Liberia embarks upon this bold mission to ensure that every child has access to a quality education we invite you to follow along on More Than Me, TrueSchool Studio, and Liberia’s progress with the hashtag #LiberiaIsASchool.  
To chart a new course for Liberia we need all minds on deck.

 

VOTE TrueSchool for Tory Burch Foundation Fellowship!

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The Tory Burch Foundation launched its inaugural Fellows Competition to select 10 entrepreneurs for a yearlong fellowship. Their mission is to empower women entrepreneurs to grow their businesses.

Over 500 applicants from across the nation applied. TrueSchool Studio is one of thirty finalists selected to compete for mentorship and coaching for one year, funds towards business education, and the opportunity to compete for a grant investment of $100,000.

With your help we can continue to grow our impact by empowering educators with the time, space and process to lead system-change solutions in their schools and regions. We have worked with over 1,100 educators, impacting over 50,000 students with innovative solutions to solve pressing challenges in their schools.

Help us grow, by voting daily!

  1. Visit Amy Vreeland’s Fellows Page.
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Your support will help us become a 2016 fellow and enable us to grow our reach to impact more educators + students! Please share this article or voting link with your friends and family to amplify our reach!

 

VOTE for TrueSchool – Big Idea Finalist

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The annual New Orleans Entrepreneur Week (NOEW), presented by IBERIABANK, hosts one of the largest crowd driven pitch extravaganza – The Big Idea. 22 nominees are competing to secure a place in The Big Idea – Vote for TrueSchool via the NOLA.com voting platform. Nominated companies work across various industries – ranging from education to agriculture, all competing to win the grand prize of $25,000.

Big Idea This year, TrueSchool Studio, nominated by 4.0 Schools, has the opportunity to compete for the grand prize. 22 companies are nominated, but only 12 companies get to present at the Big Idea, and only three make it onto the stage for the final pitch. In order to make it to the Top 12 finalists, we need your help. Your continual vote each day will help us increase the impact we’ve made in education. Impacting over 550+ educators and empowering 20,000+ students, we continue to enable educators to drive innovation in their classrooms, schools, and systems.

 

Help us further our impact and mission by taking 20 seconds to vote daily!

1) Visit the voting page at NOLA.com, scroll down, and select TrueSchool Studio.

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Chicago Educators: Apply Now for the Summer Design Program 2015 (applications due by 5pm, March 23)

CLICK HERE FOR THE SDP15 APPLICATION

The Summer Design Program (SDP) enables educators to create and implement innovations to transform student learning in their classrooms or schools. Educator teams from public schools across Chicago engage in a series of sessions led by TrueSchool Studio and the Chicago Public Education Fund. Together, we clarify a school-based, student-centered challenge, identify new or known solutions in Chicago and elsewhere, and design a classroom or grade level innovation. School teams include the principal, at least one classroom teacher, and one additional member of the staff.

At the conclusion of the SDP, teams have the opportunity to earn financial resources and additional support to implement their innovations in the coming school year.

 

Core Commitments for participating in The Summer Design Program:

  • Team of 3, including the principal, at least one classroom teacher, and one additional member of the staff.
  • School leader attends one kick-off event.
  • Full team attends all three 1-day in-person sessions and one evening event.
  • Engage in team meetings, independent research, and collaborative preparation of projects during the weeks between in-person sessions (approximately 10-20 additional hours per person total).
  • Collaborate and coordinate as a team to submit deliverables on time.
  • Be open to feedback and adjust course as needed.
  • Share insights and findings, including interviews, written documents, photos, and videos to track progress, measure impact, and build knowledge around best practices.
  • To create a big, bold vision for your innovation and to act with focus and urgency.
  • Have fun!

 

Timing:

  • Monday, March 23:  Applications deadline
  • Early April: School selection
  • Saturday, May 16: In-person session one
  • Thursday, July 16: In-person session two
  • Thursday, July 30: In-person session three

 

Focus Areas for the Summer Design Program 2015:

Teams will have the opportunity to work to create solutions focused on addressing one of three identified challenges:

  • Personalized Learning: How might we rethink teaching and learning through the inventive use of our schools resources (e.g., time, space, staff) to more effectively meet the learning needs of each individual student?
  • Transitions: How might we ensure smooth and successful transitions from early childhood education to elementary school, of middle grades to high school and from high school to post-secondary?
  • Professional Development: How might we create more time for collaboration during the school day and identify opportunities to personalize growth opportunities for teachers based on their needs and interests?