Teacher Devt - SAESC -Teach SA Pres- May 2014

One day, all children will have the opportunity
to attain an excellent education.
Teach For All partner
organizations enlist their
nations’ most promising future
leaders in the effort to expand
educational opportunity by
teaching for two years in highneed schools and becoming
lifelong leaders for educational
excellence and equity.
Programmatic Principles
• Recruiting and selecting
• Training and development
• Placing participants as teachers
• Alumni leadership
• Driving measurable impact
Organizational Features
• A local social enterprise
• Independence from government
• Public and private sector partnerships
Teach For All is comprised of 32 national organizations
External Research
More Teach First teachers
in schools means better results
Teach For America math
teachers provided 2.6 months on secondary school exams.
more learning than other
teachers in their schools.
Schools with Enseña Chile teachers
made greater academic, behavioral, and
socio-emotional gains than other schools.
Teach For India fellows have
four times the academic impact of
other teachers in their schools.
Understanding TEACH South Africa
Every child in South Africa will attain an excellent education, irrespective
of their socio-economic background
To end educational inequity through training, developing and deploying
a cadre of exceptional leaders who create change within classrooms,
schools, and across society
To attract and support South Africa's best young leaders and
communicators and deploy them to teach and lead in challenged
educational environments for at least two years. Over the long term,
these leaders will have developed the experiences, perspectives and
commitment to create long-lasting, systemic changes in South Africa.
TEACH South Africa’s Impact: 2009-2013
TEACH SA has placed 277 Ambassadors in 8 provinces, reaching over 90 schools and 12,000 learners
• TEACH South Africa was founded in order to end inequity in education through
training, developing and deploying a cadre of exceptional young leaders
who create change within classrooms, schools, and across society.
• The vision behind this mission is simply that every child in South Africa should
attain an excellent education, irrespective of their socio-economic background.
• Over the long term, TEACH South Africa aims to create leaders who have the
experiences, perspectives, and commitment to create long-lasting,
systematic changes that will make South Africa a successful and strong
member of the global body of nations. To that end, TEACH South Africa also
aims to support South Africa’s 6% economic growth rate target, supporting the
required educational changes that will help accelerate progress on that target
TEACH South Africa’s Impact: 2009-2013
TEACH SA has placed 277 Ambassadors in 8 provinces, reaching over 90 schools and 12,000 learners
• TEACH SA deployed
its first group of
Ambassadors in
Gauteng at the start of
the 2009 academic
year. To date, 277
Ambassadors have
been placed in 93
schools in 8 of the 9
provinces. The 277
Ambassadors have
been in contact with
12,009 learners.
Strengthening the Organisation and Deepening Impact
In order to move into the next phase, TEACH SA has identified five key priorities
Organizational priorities
Priority 1. Grow organisational capacity
Priority 2. Strengthen ongoing support to Ambassadors to increase
student achievement levels
Priority 3. Strengthen the Ambassador experience and the alumni
movement to contribute to large-scale improvement in the education
Priority 4. Recruit, select and place more graduates from the top 15%
of their graduating class
Priority 5. Ensure the institutional sustainability of TEACH South
Priority 1: Grow Organisational Capacity
Since its inception, TEACH South Africa has had a part time CEO, and an
executive director who was supported by a programme manager (who
has since joined another organisation).
• Moving forward, TEACH South Africa would like to strengthen its top
leadership structure and appoint a CEO to shape its strategic direction.
• This will streamline programmatic activities and build up the
organisational capacity to meet programme’s imperatives to grow to
scale and deepen impact and effectiveness.
Priorities 2 & 3: Strengthening the Programme for
Ambassadors from Classroom to Lifelong Impact
In 2013, TEACH Ambassadors teaching matric in six schools achieved
pass rates over 81%. Ambassadors have also implemented a wide range
of “legacy” projects in their schools.
• Roughly 60% of TEACH SA alums remain in education, which is on par
with global averages from the Teach For All network.
• TEACH SA would like to deepen the impact of TEACH participants
• Lengthening the upfront teacher training from 2 weeks to 5-6 weeks
• Strengthening on-going, classroom-based support and PD for teachers
• Accelerating the alumni movement by developing a strategy for
TEACH alums to take leadership roles throughout society – in and out
of schools
• Gathering impact data for programme support and learning
Priority 4: Recruit, Select and Place More Graduates from the
Top 15%
Over the past six years, TEACH South Africa has received over 4,500
complete applications to join the movement for educational equity.
• In 2013, TEACH South Africa was voted Best Graduate Employer in the
Voluntary and Charity Sector by the South African Graduate Recruiters
• Going forward, TEACH South Africa would like to focus on:
• Attracting more racially diverse candidates, as well as candidates in
the top 15% of their graduating class.
• Deepening its marketing and recruitment efforts and developing
stronger partnerships that will entice top graduates into the program,
and increase TEACH SA’s presence on key university campuses.
Priority 5: Ensure the Institutional Sustainability of TEACH
South Africa
TEACH SA has developed successful funding and placement relationships
throughout the country.
• Moving forward, TEACH SA would like to develop even more mission-driven
placement options, as well as partnerships that support TEACH SA taking a
leading role in the recruitment and development of educational leaders.
• Funding: finding the financial champions who understand the foundational
nature of this model and commit to its success
•“Provincial model”: placing TEACH Ambassadors close together and having
TEACH SA support come from a local provincial team
• Scale: develop the necessary partnerships to help TEACH grow to 1,000
• Ed reform: given the increased interest in contract schools, low-cost private
schools, and other innovative educational solutions, the need has never been
greater for a strong and vibrant crop of TEACH SA Ambassadors to fill critical
teaching and leadership positions in SA.
Questions for TEACH SA alums at LEAP
1. Why did you decide to join TEACH South Africa?
2. Why did you remain in education past your two year
teaching commitment?
3. What is your hope for the future of TEACH South Africa?
Questions for Discussion
Please break into smaller groups to discuss these questions, as well as any others that group members
have following this presentation.
1. What would Coalition members like to see TEACH SA
continue to do? What would you like to see them change?
2. Are there barriers to placing TEACH SA Ambassadors in
your school? If so, what are they?
3. How can you work with TEACH SA to strengthen their
recruitment of Ambassadors?
4. What remaining questions do you have about TEACH SA?