From Readers to Leaders: The Learning Systems Institute at FSU launches a new project in Honduras

July 9, 2018
Flavia Ramos-Mattoussi, Ana Marty, and
Adrienne Barnes (FSU Principal
Investigator for DLAL Project in Honduras). 

In June 2018, three faculty members from the Learning Systems Institute (LSI) at the Florida State University (FSU) traveled to Tegucigalpa, the capital of Honduras to launch a new initiative to support country’s efforts to improve the reading performance of students in grades one to six.  FSU will work with the Universidad Pedagógica Nacional (UPN) Francisco Morazán to develop a new curriculum for pre-service teacher education as the country implements new policies that require higher educational standards for elementary school teachers. This initiative is funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and implemented by the Education Development Center. FSU is a partner to EDC on the implementation of the 5-year project “De Lectores a Lideres” in Honduras (2018-2023).FSU expects to welcome five representatives from the Universidad Pedagógica Nacional (UPN) Francisco Morazán and the Honduran Ministry of Education to Tallahassee soon. 

Site visit to the campus of Universidad Pedagógica Nacional
(UPN) Francisco Morazán in Tegucigalpa, Honduras

LSI faculty members have years of experience with pre-service teacher training projects.  Recently, the FSU-LSI team led the pre-service training component of READ-TA in Ethiopia, as a subcontractor to RTI International. Working in seven national languages, LSI faculty have developed course content and textbooks, as well as training hundreds of teacher educators from 36 colleges of teacher education across the country in the new curriculum.

Meeting DLAL project personnel at EDC Office in
Tegucigalpa, Honduras. June 28, 2018

LSI faculty also developed content and training pre-service teacher faculty in Indonesia, under the USAID Indonesia Teacher Training Partnership (subcontractor to RTI International).  The FSU-LSI team is currently working in Nigeria, as part of the Northern Education Initiative Plus (subcontractor to Creative Associates). In addition, FSU is partnering with Bayero University-Kano to establish the Nigerian Center for Reading Research and Development. 

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