Learning Systems Institute Director Jeffrey Ayala Milligan is in Pakistan this week, conducting fieldwork in preparation for a visit to Florida by a delegation of education leaders later this year.
The Pakistani officials will be latest to take part in the Community College Administrators Program conducted by Florida State University and Santa Fe College and supported by the U.S. Department of State.
The program provides education leaders from abroad a week of intense study of the development, organization and administration of Florida’s system of community colleges, followed by five weeks of training in key elements of community-college leadership.
So far, educators and administrators from Indonesia, India, Ukraine, Brazil, Columbia, Ecuador and Peru have taken advantage of the State Department’s program.
Also this year, education experts from Egypt will come to FSU and Santa Fe College to take part in the program.
Flavia Ramos-Mattoussi of the Learning Systems Institute returns to Addis Ababa this weekend to continue work with Ethiopia’s Ministry of Education on a far-reaching reading-and-writing program that will reach 15 million children in the African nation.
Since 2013, Dr. Ramos-Mattoussi and LSI colleagues Dr. Marion Fesmire and Dr. Adrienne Barnes have worked with the Reading for Ethiopia’s Achievement Developed Project in Ethiopia. READ TA is a five-year project supported by the U.S. Agency for International Development and implemented by RTI International and its partners, including Florida State University.
While in Addis Ababa, Dr. Ramos-Mattoussi, a senior research associate at LSI, will guide a team of graphic designers to produce the final version of the module designed for teacher instruction, developed by the FSU/LSI team of Dr. Fesmire, Dr. Barnes, Dr. Shannon Hall-Mills and Dr. Dawit Mekonnen, a professor of education at the University of Addis Ababa and FSU’s National Coordinator on this project. The course-module has been piloted at 36 Colleges of Teacher Education in Ethiopia.
LSI faculty involved in the READ TA project have presented their work at international conferences.
Dr. Ramos-Mattoussi has been invited by the USAID Education Office in Washington to present LSI’s work in Ethiopia at the USAID’s panel on teacher education at the Comparative and International Education Conference (CIES) in Atlanta, GA on March 5-9.