Coach Erevu education

Empowering teachers to adopt new behaviors that support children’s learning and development.

Coach Erevu is a virtual teacher coaching program designed to empower teachers to learn and practice social-emotional learning activities that they can use in their classrooms.
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Coach Erevu is at the Pilot stage

nutrition

Micronutrient Cubes

A third of the 2 billion people who are micronutrient deficient are children. Many have little access to diverse foods or supplements. By working through private sector supply chains, this...

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Urban Housing

Jordan

Rapid urbanization in many parts of the world has led to a great deal of challenges ensuring the availability of adequate housing. In the Middle East, this is coupled by...

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other

Voluntary and Spontaneous Returns

Jordan

As people displaced by the Syria crisis begin returning to their homes, new approaches will be needed to deal with the unprecedented scale of returns.

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financing

Financing Refugee Crisis Response

Together with the Centre for Global Disaster Protection, Airbel is working to assess the potential to use risk-based financing approaches to respond to refugee influxes.

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Information Flows

Jordan

Displaced people live in challenging circumstances where accurate information can become difficult to obtain. Strengthening information flows can aid in decision-making and make their circumstances easier to manage.

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Mental Health

Jordan

Supporting the mental health needs of displaced people will be crucial to helping them lay the groundwork for future success.

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resettlement

Placement Algorithm

United States

Airbel is piloting and scaling an innovative machine learning algorithm developed by the Stanford University Immigration Policy Lab that matches refugees in areas where they are likely to thrive when...

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resettlement

Resettlement Revolving Fund

In this new model for refugee resettlement finance, a self-sustaining fund provides countries with finance for refugee resettlement, and is replenished as refugees fuel economic growth.

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employment

Trade Accelerator

Focused support for Jordanian businesses to foster rapid growth and help them tap into the European market and hire refugees to do so.

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This project became inactive following the Generate Solutions phase

nutrition

Virtual Baby

This portable game would let children earn points for raising a happy baby, teaching them about sexual health and nutrition.

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This project became inactive following the Generate Solutions phase

resettlement

Ask Laila

A hotline, SMS, and web-based service to help resettled refugees get quick answers from a trusted local source - in their own language.

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This project became inactive following the Prototype phase

other

Medicine Bank

Jordan

People with low income in Jordan often struggle to access the medicine they need. This solution is aimed at making supply chains more efficient to reduce the cost of pharmaceuticals....

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education

Pop Up Learning

Bangladesh

Pop-Up Learning is a computer-assisted learning program, aimed to mobilize quickly and efficiently on the onset of crisis.

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nutrition

Sprout

Niger

Over 16 million children under the age of 3 are afflicted by severe acute malnutrition. To pinpoint the most impactful prevention methods, Sprout is experimenting with 3 distinct approaches.

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This project graduated following the Prototype phase

education

Spark

Tanzania

Spark creates alternative learning spaces outside of refugee camp schools to practice play-based learning and social-emotional skills with primary school children.

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This project became inactive following the Prototype phase

resettlement

IRC Connect

United States

In partnership with Twilio.org, Airbel is developing an SMS-based system to streamline communication between caseworkers and newly-settled refugees as they adapt to their new lives in the United States.

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education

Coach Erevu

Tanzania

Coach Erevu is a virtual teacher coaching program designed to empower teachers to learn and practice social-emotional learning activities that they can use in their classrooms.

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nutrition

Low-Literacy Malnutrition Tools

South Sudan

In hard-to-reach areas local community health workers are key to treating malnourished children. Commonly used tools for diagnosing and treating malnutrition have been adapted to meet the needs of workers...

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This project graduated following the Pilot phase

education

Sesame Seeds

In this historic effort, IRC and Sesame Workshop help children whose lives have been uprooted by the Syrian war to build brighter futures.

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This project graduated following the Pilot phase

education

Tunakujenga

Tanzania

Tunakujenga is a family learning program designed to empower caregivers to engage in nurturing and playful parenting to support their children’s social and emotional development.

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safety

Becoming One

Uganda

Becoming One is a counseling program designed to bring couples closer and prevent intimate partner violence. The program is delivered in partnership with local faith leaders, who guide couples through...

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employment

Match

Jordan

Working to counter the high rates of unemployment that follow mass displacement, the Match project in Jordan is testing a set of new innovations for placing vulnerable populations and refugees...

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safety

Modern Man

Liberia

Modern Man is a mobile messaging campaign that engages men with an aspirational and positive masculine identity to prevent intimate partner violence. It sends SMS messages to men who have...

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Quality of education

Over the past 25 years, access to formal schooling has increased across low-income countries. Though more children are in school, the majority complete their primary education without gaining basic literacy and numeracy skills - 250 million school-aged children cannot read or write after 4 years of schooling.

The lack of cost-effective teacher training and continuous professional development for teachers in crisis-affected contexts results in poor quality teaching. Efforts to improve teachers’ instructional techniques can also strengthen student’s academic achievement. Evidence shows that ongoing teacher support, such as mentoring or coaching, is more effective than a one-off training.

 

Social-Emotional learning 

However, many mentoring or coaching programs have a narrow focus on purely academic learning outcomes. There is growing evidence to suggest that social-emotional competencies are critical to later academic achievement, health and wellbeing.

Social-emotional learning (SEL) can help children develop the skills needed to regulate their emotional responses, positively interact with others and better persevere in adverse situations. Given the amount of time children spend in school and extensive evidence that school-based SEL programs can impact social-emotional skills and academic development, schools are natural environments for intervention, particularly for at-risk children.

 

What makes Coach Erevu different

Training and coaching: In the Coach Erevu Program, each week, teachers gather in video clubs to watch high quality, entertaining and informative videos featuring master teacher Coach Erevu. Coach Erevu is a friendly virtual master teacher and an aspirational role model friendly who demonstrates SEL activities. Teachers take in-app quizzes and work through practice sessions to improve learning.

Habit building: Teachers commit to teaching SEL in their classroom each day during SEL time. By signaling SEL time with a tambourine, teachers are kept accountable to one another and their students to practice what they learn.

Supporting materials: Teachers leave their virtual lessons with SEL Reference Cards that summarize the SEL activity so they don’t forget what they learned.

 

How it works

Coach Erevu is built with eight ingredients to ensure successful behavioral change

 

1. An aspirational role model

In East Africa, this is Coach Erevu, a master SEL teacher. “Erevu,” meaning “smart” or “resourceful” in Kiswahili, is a carefully chosen identity to enhance the persona of a virtual coach. As the program is replicated in other contexts, additional role models will be developed.

 

2. Coach Erevu app and quiz

An open source application facilitates easy access to the video bank, provides teachers with a structured learning path and enables data collection, monitoring and analytics. Videos are followed by a quiz to stimulate group discussion and participation.

 

3. A bank of highly engaging coaching videos

Coach Erevu demonstrates a new activity and explains its purpose to teachers, performs the activity on camera in a real classroom with a high teacher-student ratio (over 100 students) to reflect the reality in which teachers operate, reviews teachers’ performance and provides localized “Do’s” and “Don’ts” tips for teachers.

 

4. Weekly Learning Clubs

Each week, teachers gather in small groups to watch these videos. With guidance from Coach Erevu, they practice newly learned activities.

 

5. SEL time and behavioral triggers

The program introduces a bell during SEL time to remind teachers to practice the SEL activity of the day. Children’s excitement increases teachers’ motivation and commitment to implementing the lessons.

 

6. Certificates after completing the program

Teachers receive a certificate at the end of the coaching program. These certificates are valuable to teachers, publicly recognize their achievements, and reaffirm their self-image and the value of professional development.

 

7. SEL Activity Cards

Teachers collect one SEL activity card for each new activity that provides an incentive, supports habit-building, and gives an overview of each activity, supporting regular, high fidelity implementation in the classroom.

 

8. Feedback tokens and intention setting

During the club, teachers use pre-filled feedback cards, or tokens, to give each other feedback to improve their learning and performance. This models best practices and ensures that teachers are learning together. Teachers set an intention to implement SEL in the classroom during the following week, write it down and share it with their headmasters to improve accountability and support habit building.

 

What’s happening now?

We completed a 14-week pilot in Mtendeli Refugee Camp, Tanzania to understand if virtual teacher coaching led to consistent and lasting changes in teachers’ behaviors in the classroom. The pilot program launched in October 2018 and recruited 3 Assistant Head Teachers and 140 teachers to take part in Coach Erevu clubs at their local school. Our research partner, Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA), conducted a baseline and endline survey to test our measures, to understand our target population, and to detect trends in teachers’ attitudes and child outcomes.

During the implementation of teacher clubs, we conducted three rounds of monitoring and evaluation and numerous qualitative interviews and observations to understand how the program was implemented in practice. We also prototyped new aspects of the program to quickly iterate on our findings.

Pilot results demonstrated positive suggestive evidence in a number of outcome and, while not statistically significant, show most outcomes measures trending in the right direction.

April 2019 | Coach Erevu pilot findings

Pilot results demonstrate positive suggestive evidence in a number of outcome measures and, while not statistically significant, show most outcomes measures trending in the right direction.

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February 2019 | Coach Erevu prototypes

The team prototypes new aspects of the program to quickly iterate on their findings during the pilot.

October 2018 | Coach Erevu pilot begins

Coach Erevu pilot launches in 3 schools with 140 teachers in MtendeliRefugee Camp, Tanzania.

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July 2018 | Pilot research plans

The team designs the pilot research. The plans guide further quantitative survey development and qualitative research.

October 2018 | Program and service design

The team finalizes the Coach Erevu program and service design with their team members in Tanzania.

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May 2018 | Four-week high fidelity test

This rapid test was of the full Coach Erevu product to understand whether there was evidence to suggest Coach Erevu did increase quality SEL implementation in Mtendeli, Tanzania.

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February 2018 | Second round of prototyping with teachers in Mtendeli, Tanzania

This second round of prototyping couples the use of a digital coach with an in-person teacher.

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December 2017 | Behavioural science is incorporated

We incorporate habit theory to help develop mobile tools for teachers. The work focuses on using interviews and co-design activities to understand teachers’ routines, including how they spend breaks and work on lessons.

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September 2017 | Prototyping sprint in Tanzania

Prototyping sprint takes place in Tanzania to test three mobile-based concepts. One focused on caregivers, one on youth, and one - which will later become Coach Erevu - on teachers. The sprint aimed to understand current technology use, feasibility and desirability of different mobile channels of delivery, and validating the concept of teaching SEL through different parties.

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August 2017 | Developed a refined approach to prototyping

A complete plan for prototyping work on community approaches to refugee children’s wellbeing and education is built out. This plan includes work which will later evolve to be named Coach Erevu.

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June 2017 | Testing SMS methods

We test SMS-based cognitive behavioral therapy  with teachers in Nyarugusu, Tanzania.

June 2017 | Finalized product requirements and project plan

The team creates an overview of the product requirements for Dandelion - which will later become Coach Erevu - followed by a more detailed project plan. It aims to answer the fundamental questions that will drive our next 12 months of work.

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August 2016 | Design brief

The team creates a brief on how to build on user experience for education in conflict areas in Niger and Tanzania is developed.

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June 2016 | Field research

The team conducts initial field research in Niger and Tanzania, generating sacrificial concepts for discussion.

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March 2016 | Project start

Coach Erevu begins with the goal to: “design a flexible and durable learning and teaching experience that dramatically improves a child’s acquisition of Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) and literacy in their primary school years”

We develop new solutions to better serve people suffering the effects of conflict and crisis.