RTI International

Region of Impact
Kenya, Uganda, Nepal
Total funding
$2 million
Funding began in
2016
Focus
Education

Overview

Scaling quality instruction with smart tools for teacher coaches

What they do

According to a 2014 UNESCO study, one third of the world’s countries suffer from significant teacher training deficiencies, with 25% of primary school teachers in these countries not properly prepared to enter the classroom. When teachers do receive training, it’s often a one-time, disconnected event that doesn’t bridge the gap between pedagogical theory and day-to-day teaching practice.

Tangerine:Tutor, an open-source software platform built by RTI International, attacks this problem by helping teacher coaches in low-resource environments provide targeted guidance that leads to improved student learning. During classroom visits, coaches use Tangerine:Tutor to record teacher observations and conduct rapid student assessments. Combining this data with information from past coaching visits, the platform can then offer tailored feedback, relevant videos, and instructional apps to reinforce quality classroom practice.

How we're helping

As a platform that can be adapted to local curricula and context, Tangerine:Tutor is uniquely positioned to help governments and NGOs close the teacher skills gap. Funding and technical expertise from Google.org will help RTI update Tangerine:Tutor’s technical infrastructure and open-source documentation to help the product scale to other educational systems, including Nepal and Uganda, in pursuit of their five-year goal of supporting teachers who reach 4 million students.

Project gallery

A student reads aloud as his instructor keeps track of progress on Tangerine:Tutor.
An instructor navigates the Tangerine:Tutor interface on a tablet.
An instructor looks after her group of students while navigating the Tangerin:Tutor app.
A student practices reading from a piece of paper.

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