5 lessons for designing teacher coaching programs in refugee camps

Co-authored with Daniel Smyth

Students practice Belly Breathing, an SEL activity that helps children calm down and control their emotions in difficult moments.

1. Demo to train, practice to perfect

Classrooms in refugee camps are often overcrowded, with more than 60 students per teacher.

2. Build daily habits

Early prototypes of materials were meant to support teachers when doing SEL in the classroom. Above are prototypes of cards that teachers can reference while conducting an SEL activity

3. Materials should work for teachers and students

A higher-fidelity prototype of an SEL activity card. Each card includes steps and tips for teachers and a large illustration on the back for children.
Early prototypes included SMS as a means of delivering SEL content and then later as a way to nudge teachers to practice SEL activities consistently with their students.

4. Technology is more than a pathway to scale, it can shape learning experiences

Teachers were instrumental in designing the coaching videos. Here, teachers are developing coaching video scenes including a scene where we show educators teaching the SEL activity in a refugee camp classroom like the ones they teach in every day.

5. Design modular and adaptive programs for scale

Design and innovation in crisis contexts. Currently at the IRC's Airbel Center. Alumni Afya Research Africa, Duke SEAD, Innovations in Healthcare.

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