In 1969, the Learning Systems Institute (LSI) at Florida State University was founded to improve learning and human performance globally. More than 50 years later, LSI at FSU remains at the forefront of developing innovative solutions that bridge theory and practice in education. In 2023, the institute continued to lead the way in learning and human performance, specifically in Malawi, Egypt, the Philippines, Uzbekistan, Rwanda and Zambia.

Florida State graduate and Learning System Institute research faculty, Dr. Amanda Tazaz, is an oceanographer on a mission to increase the diversity in the field of geoscience.

After a lifetime of living in their hometown of Tallahassee, Madeline Leaman graduated from Florida State and immediately prepared for a new life as an English teacher in Ukraine. The root of this decision tracked all the way back to seventh grade when a recruiter introduced them to the opportunities provided by the Peace Corps.

Starting in the summer of 2024 and continuing into the summer of 2025, Principal Investigator Amanda Tazaz, Ph.D., will lead a partnership of geoscience agencies in the state and several departments at FSU and Florida A&M University to develop four geoscience summer camp programs that will be implemented with pre-college students attending summer camp at the Boys and Girls Club of the Big Bend.

Kigali, October 4, 2023: The Minister of Education, Hon. Gaspard Twagirayezu, along with the Director-General of Rwanda Basic Education, Dr. Nelson Mbarushimanana, and other representatives from esteemed Education Partners, officially launched the pilot program for the Primary Teacher Residency Program. The primary objective of this program is to enhance teachers' knowledge and skills in 21st-century skills, with a focus on English proficiency and digital literacy, among other areas.

The Learning Systems Institute at Florida State University is entering its fourth year working in Zambia on the Transforming Teacher Education Activity. The USAID-funded project, led by LSI, aims to strengthen the capacity of Zambia’s pre-service teacher training institutions to improve student learning outcomes.

 The Learning Systems Institute at Florida State University has been awarded a new grant to pilot the Primary Teaching Residency Program at two Teaching Training Institutions in Rwanda.

The Learning Systems Institute at Florida State University has been building systems to improve learning and human performance for 54 years. LSI’s blend of experience and innovation was on full display during the recently completed Uzbekistan Education for Excellence Program funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). From direct training to developing new curriculum standards to building a nationwide digital platform, the LSI staff has once again impacted how the world learns.

In 2020 the Learning Systems Institute at Florida State University was chosen to lead the Transforming Teacher Education (TTE) Activity in Zambia. One of the exciting aspects of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)-funded project was providing scholarships for instructors in Zambia to complete an online master’s degree program from FSU. This summer Virginia Muzyamba and Charles Zuze completed the program and earned their master’s degrees in elementary education.

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