Seward Incorporated designs, develops, implements, and evaluates customized education and training solutions for government and donor-funded projects. Since 2000, Seward has produced and overseen the implementation of quality educational programs in a variety of learning settings, including face-to-face training, self-study, technology delivery, and blended learning. In addition, Seward has evaluated existing learning materials, education programs, and educational technology systems.
Selected Project Profiles
Georgia – Improving General Education Quality
Seward provided the Team Leader and Classroom Assessment Specialist for the Improving General Education Quality: Consultant Services for Training Educators for Excellence and Classroom Assessment Support Activity Project Design. The project was funded by the Millennium Challenge Corporation and managed in Georgia by the Millennium Challenge Account – Georgia (June 2014 – May 2015). The project was contracted to GOPA Worldwide Consulting Group. The project’s focus was on improving education through the design of an improved professional development program and a system of the integration for classroom assessment methodologies. The final deliverables included design recommendations for secondary education reform in Georgia through teacher and school leader professional development. Among other issues, the design recommendations addressed issues of professional development, curriculum, materials development, staffing, sequencing, and budget.
Uganda – One Health Workforce
Seward provided the team leader for the analysis online learning at Makerare University in Kampala. The activity was funded by USAID and subcontracted through the University of Minnesota (One Health Workforce project). The task, leading a team consisting of two international consultants and two Ugandan staff from One Health Central and East Africa (OHCEA) office, was to assess Makerere University’s ICT efforts and capabilities. Particular attention was given to the online learning practices and potential in the School of Public Health and the College of Veterinary Medicine, Animal Resources and Bio-security. The final report included findings and recommendations.
Malawi – Teacher Professional Development Support
Working closely with the Malawi Ministry of Education, Science and Technology (MoEST) and implementation partners RTI and Creative, Seward coordinated a three-year effort to design, develop, and implement a national Continuing Professional Development (CPD) program for 35,000 teachers in Standards 1-4. The focus of the CPD was to improve teachers’ abilities to effectively implement Malawi’s New Primary Curriculum as it related to literacy. In addition, Seward was responsible for creating and delivering school leadership development training for 11,000 school leaders. Repeated CPD trainings were offered over the course of the project. Lastly, Seward supported MoEST’s and RTI’s Open and Distance Learning (ODL) activities by developing and piloting an alternative ODL technology program using multi-purpose media devices with pre-service teachers.
Egypt – Technology for Improved Learning Outcomes
The project focused on using technology to improve learning outcomes of students. Seward’s role was to provide a series of face-to-face trainings and online support to information and communication technologies (ICT) professionals in the Egyptian Ministry of Education. Through a series of seminars and workshops, Seward provided training on instructional design for ICT and development of online learning materials using Moodle. As part of the training, the ICT professionals worked in teams to produce learning materials for local use.
Jordan – Education Reform Support Program (ERSP)
Seward developed online learning materials and trained local personnel to design and develop materials as a capacity-building activity. Seward worked with subject-matter experts in-country who were conducting face-to-face teacher training in support of the Education Reform Support Program. Seward’s instructional designers then created eModules that are used to enhance and extend the face-to-face training. eModules on new school models; physical environments in early grade classrooms, teaching and learning using ICT, and community involvement in schools were produced and will be used as the country becomes increasingly wired for online learning.
To build local e-learning capacity, Seward designed a series of six workshops which were delivered over a one year period. Twenty-five employees of the Ministry of Education’s Queen Rania Teacher Academy participated. During the training, each of the five production teams produced two e-learning courses. Seward also conducted a pre- and post-assessment and technology audit to support design of the workshops and measure their effectiveness.
Oman – Online Teacher Training
The Sultanate of Oman and its schools had emerging information and communication technology (ICT) capabilities country-wide. Seward’s Online Teacher Training project was a pilot project to determine the efficacy of using Internet-delivered teacher training. During the 17- month program, Seward designed and developed a learning content management system that supported the development and delivery of both Arabic and English e-learning materials. Concurrently, working with its partners at the Oman Ministry of Education, Seward created 12 active learning tutorials and three modules (English, math, and science) for training Grade 11 teachers. The tutorials and instructional modules incorporated video modeling of teacher behaviors and classroom activities, content presentations, practice activities, and exams. These materials were piloted in three schools with 15 teachers. Throughout the project, Seward’s staff worked closely with its MOE partners to provide training, mentoring, and coaching to build capacity.
Oman – Principal Leadership Development
As the Oman Ministry of Education moved toward a decentralized education model, the Ministry needed to increase the leadership capacity of principals throughout Oman. To meet this need, Seward designed and piloted the Principal Leadership Development program that provided secondary school principals and deputy principals with the opportunity to examine the function of the school in their communities. The program also highlighted the principals’ responsibilities for successfully leading teachers, students, learning and community involvement while maintaining communications with the MOE and others. The training was comprised of 26 distinct topics, which in the initial training were presented as three, two-week workshops conducted over five months. A final one-week workshop was designed to engage Ministry of Education leaders in a discussion about expanding training to all secondary school principals in Oman. (Subsequently, a national training program was implemented using the model developed by Seward.)
US-Affiliated Entities in the Pacific Region – Improving Data Collection and
Stakeholders across the Pacific region (including the Freely Associated States, the Pacific territories and Hawai‘i) are seeking ways to use educational data to better understand how to prepare students for their futures and to improve teaching. As part of the Institute of Education Sciences (IES)-funded REL-Pacific, Seward (along with partner McREL) is implementing several technical assistance projects focused on inventorying current educational data systems and comparing them with commonly-accepted standards for Education Management Information System (EMIS) design. Identifying the current gaps in educational data on student attendance, teacher certification, and postsecondary education will allow researchers and educators in the Pacific answer questions around student and teacher demographics and to help education stakeholders develop indicators for tracking college readiness.
Republic of Palau – ICT Analysis
Palau made a significant investment in instructional technology – equipping nearly all public schools with multimedia technology laboratories, which contain computers and other instructional technologies. These facilities are staffed with computer lab managers who oversee lab operations and assisted teachers in the use of these resources. Seward was contracted by the Ministry of Education to analyze their efforts and outcomes and to produce a report on the success of their integration efforts. In addition, the report offered recommendations to further strengthen instruction in the schools through the use of technology.
India – Program Evaluation
Seward provided the team leader for this program evaluation effort. The project was funded by CARE USA and subcontracted through Miske Witt and Associates. The activity involved leading a team of five (5) as they conducted an impact evaluation of a girl’s leadership development program. (India’s program was one of eight country programs being evaluated.) The task involved site visits to three participating schools, interviews with stakeholders and participants, administration of several assessment instruments, and preparation of the country report and collaboration on the eight-country report.
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WHAT SEWARD HAS DONE FOR OTHERS
Professional Development (PD)
- Online courses for healthcare workers
- Face-to-face leadership training for school principals
- Design and implementation of a PD program for 35,000 teachers
- Online teacher training on the use of active learning techniques
Evaluation and Policy Development
- Policy development for longitudinal data systems
- Evaluation of a girls’ leadership development program
- Evaluation of the implementation of a university science knowledgebase
- Produced recommendations for national secondary education reform
Technology Resources and Teacher Support
- Gender and equity training tools for teachers
- Instructional resources kit for school leaders
- Redesign of a university education methods class to integrate learner-centered techniques
Training in E-Learning Development
- Hands-on training in online course development
- Capacity-building workshops for Ministry of Education staff
- Professional development for teachers on technology integration
- Face-to-face workshops for university staff on online learning