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Reading for Ethiopia’s Achievement Developed Technical Assistance – READ TA (2012-2017)

READ TA is a five-year project supported by the U.S. Agency for International Development and implemented by the Research Triangle Institute and its partners, including the Florida State University.

The Learning Systems Institute was contracted to support READ TA and the Ethiopian Ministry of Education (MOE) in its efforts to develop a nationwide reading and writing program. The project is expected to reach 15 million children in all schools and all regions of Ethiopia. LSI provides technical assistance to Regional State Education Bureaus (RSEBs), Colleges of Teacher Education (CTEs) and the Ethiopian Ministry of Education in curriculum and materials development for preservice teacher education.

From 2013 to 2017, the FSU/LSI team has identified priority actions for improving the support for instruction of reading and writing in seven national languages; led several training workshops targeting 200 CTE instructors; and developed instructional materials for preservice teachers in seven national languages and English.

The LSI team developed seven modules in English and in seven national languages; and implemented training on each module, addressing the professional needs of 200 lecturers at 36 Colleges of Teacher Education in Ethiopia.

Principal Investigator

Flavia Ramos-Mattoussi, Ed.D.

Associate Director, Center for International Studies in Educational Research & Development

Co-Principal Investigator

Jeffrey Ayala Milligan, Ph.D.

Director, Learning Systems Institute

Director, Center for International Studies in Educational Research & Development

 

Funding

USAID-Ethiopia/RTI International

$2.4 million

Publications

Flavia Ramos-Mattoussi, P.I. w/ J. Milligan and Y. Suk-Kim (2012-2017). Reading for Ethiopia’s Achievement Developed Technical Assistance Project (READ TA) Contract # – 2-330-0213559. Funded by USAID-Ethiopia/RTI International. Total award: $2,400,000

Ramos-Mattoussi, F.; Milligan, J.; Fesmire, M.; Kim, Y.S.; Amorim, E. (January 2014). Baseline Assessment of Preservice Teacher Education Programs at Colleges of Teacher Education in Ethiopia, Technical Report Produced by the Florida State University Team for Reading for Ethiopia’s Achievement Developed Technical Assistance Project (READ TA). RTI International: USAID-Ethiopia, 2014.

Florida State University, College of Education’s YouTube page published on Jul 11, 2013: A profile of Dr. Flavia Ramos-Mattoussi and her involvement in the R.E.A.D. Project, featuring footage from her trip to Ethiopia. Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FhknS5tiCWY