On 15 March 2019, RITE Education founder, Ms Elmarié Potgieter, delivered a keynote at the 2019 Fieldwork Education International Curriculum Conference in Singapore. Her keynote was titled “Let’s Not Get Lost in Translation: Implementing International Best Practices and Localising Curriculum Content”.
Key Takeaways from the Conference
(1) Three key elements to successfully implement international best practices or curricula across different countries:
- “Triplisation” process of education (Cheng, 2003), approaches to localisation and stakeholder buy-in – makes it relevant
- A growth mindset and effective change management strategies – makes it possible
- Sustainable professional development of teachers – makes it last
Triplisation process – globalisation, localisation and individualisation!
(2) “Whether you think you can, or you can’t, you are right.” – Henry Ford
- Curriculum implementation requires teachers to change not only their knowledge and practices but also their attitudes
- Some teachers want to change, yet they could be afraid of change, especially if it comes quickly or if they lack the competencies to cope with the change
(Ornstein & Hunkins, 2014)
Teachers require a growth mindset – a belief that they can learn anything! This will inspire the same approach in their learners.
- Keep on growing – be determined to learn from others
- Experiment and innovate – don’t be afraid to take risks
- Think outside the box – good questions are valued more than just answers
- Be flexible – “Those who cannot change their minds, cannot change anything.” (George Bernard Shaw)
- Learn new technology – stay relevant with your learners
- Reflection is crucial – we seldom make enough time to gauge the effectiveness of our practices
RITE Education is passionate about delivering personalised, sustainable and cost-effective solutions to 21st century challenges in education. Our projects thus far have spanned 7 countries and impacted tens of thousands of educators and learners, with validated impact on teaching and learning outcomes.
We work primarily with government agencies, foundations and groups of institutions to deliver research-based solutions which reflect international best practices and local realities. Innovative approaches which embed global education trends are coupled with transformative practices driven through capacity building.
If you would like to discuss any of the issues touched on above, please write to me at firstname.lastname@example.org!