Updated Mar 03, 2020

Integrated Maths Programme

http://www.greenshootsedu.co.za/

Jo Besford

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Improving Maths teaching & learning in Primary schools through data informed decisions.

Credible, real time, ongoing assessment feedback is vital for all the education system stakeholders. This innovation is designed to impact the maximum number of Primary school learners by identifying both issues with Maths teaching and learning in the classroom, and the wider systemic issues with Maths. Stakeholders are able to identify and collaborate to design strategies and intervention...
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Credible, real time, ongoing assessment feedback is vital for all the education system stakeholders. This innovation is designed to impact the maximum number of Primary school learners by identifying both issues with Maths teaching and learning in the classroom, and the wider systemic issues with Maths. Stakeholders are able to identify and collaborate to design strategies and interventions to tackle major learning barriers and systemic issues.

Learners have individual log ins to access the weekly, curriculum aligned & paced online exercises. Learners & teachers then receive immediate feedback. Real-time, standardised data is provided through termly assessments that benchmark learner progress. Data from the weekly activities and termly assessments are aggregated & online visualisations of learner data is provided to teachers, school managements & education officials.

A key factor of its impact & sustainability is its comprehensive ‘warmware’ development component for stakeholders at all levels of the Education system. Providing the customised learner analytics is often not sufficient to effect a change; a structured programme of support & capacitation ensure this new thinking is understood, embraced & institutionalised.

Learners are able to track their own progress through the immediate feedback. Ongoing data on their learner’s progress is shared via an online report card with parents/guardians.

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Stage 4: Transition to Scale

Over a six-year track record in deploying technology assisted math learning in primary schools of all contexts, Green Shoots have supported over 200,100 learners, 3,463 teachers across 411 schools and after school centers.
Registered in South Africain South Africa

Focus Areas:

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Key Partners
150,000
Customers
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Employees
$1,534,747
Funds Raised to Date

Problem

South Africa is struggling to deliver quality education to its children and the quality of math performance is particularly problematic, as South Africa ranked second last of 59 countries in the 2015 Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMMS) study. Learners have been shown to have significant difficulties adapting to the increased curriculum demands in Grade 4, with many learners starting to learn in a language other than their mother tongue. .

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Solution

Weekly, online, curriculum-aligned exercises and standardised, termly assessments provide immediate feedback for learners & dynamic visualisations of learning analytics for schools & District officials. Stakeholders are able to immediately identify learning barriers or systemic issues . A structured development programme supports data fluency & guides the implementation of interventions to impact curriculum delivery and learner support.

Target Beneficiaries

Learners Parents/guardians Community organisations, other NGOs Teachers School managements District and provincial education officials

Mission and Vision

Mission: For all children in Africa to be able to experience quality education.​
Vision:
Innovation in education to uplift and empower.​

Verified by external M&E studies, the Green Shoots approach has resulted in improved math teaching quality, learner attitude and engagement, departmental ICT and data use practices and learner Maths attainment.

Competitive Advantage

Proven large scale deployment (over 300 schools) and adoption of blended Maths curriculum (online & offline) across socio-economic, geographic & education contexts.
Ability generate, collate and visualise real-time learner analytics ( for over 150,00 learners) for multiple stakeholders.
Comprehensive adoption and institutionalisation of data informed decision making demonstrated across all levels of of the Education system.

Planned Goals and Milestones

We have been scaling this innovation across an entire District of 140 Primary schools to transform their Maths curriculum delivery, support & monitoring. The urban district encompasses huge contextual & socio-economic challenges. The online infrastructure, implementation & development strategies are being continually refined to increase effectiveness & sustainability with the District. Our goal is to take this District transformation methodology to more districts in SA including rural Districts
Funding Goal750,000
Projected Cumulative Lives Impacted450,000
New Implemented CountriesSouth Africa
New FeatureMulti-stakeholder real-time data visualisations

The Team Behind the Innovation

Prior to founding Green Shoots, its Directors were working as a District co-coordinator & ICT integration specialist in a Provincial Education ICT Project. Jo Besford is a Maths & Science ICT integration specialist with a focus in designing professional development for all education stakeholders. Mark Swartz designs & implements cost effective ICT integration projects specific to the local contexts of schools & Districts. Green Shoots Team is drawn from education and technical worlds.

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Milestone

Dec 2019
Recognition ReceivedPENDING
 
as part of
 Reimagine Education awards
Nov 2019
Recognition ReceivedPENDING
 
as part of
 Reimagine Education Awards
Mar 2019
Recognition ReceivedPENDING
Jan 2016
Key Partnership
Implementation
Nov 2015
Key Partnership
Date Unknown

Supporting Materials

INTEGRATED-MATHS-PROJECT-MONITORING-AND-EVALUATION-REPORT-2016-18.pdf
GS-Tools.pdf
Integrated-Maths-Project-Infographic-summary-orientation-null.pdf