Program Design and Assessment in International Education
other major international organizations continue to place high-quality
education at the center of their development agendas, and for good reason:
high-quality education—especially for women and girls—supports the achievement
of multiple economic and human development goals for communities and nations
across the globe. But in order to achieve high quality education, one key
factor must first be addressed: the development of high-quality teachers. This
practicum will place participants at the center of this increasingly important
work. In partnership with The Dignitas Project, an innovative and robust NGO
working to develop teacher and community leadership in the urban slums of
Nairobi, Kenya, practicum participants will develop a culturally-responsive and
comprehensive educational program evaluation toolkit in support of the
organization's efforts to assess their teacher leadership development program.
Practicum participants will also develop a parent-community leadership
development program for the organization.
The first will involve developing
and pilot testing a qualitative evaluation toolkit to track the results of the
partner organization, Dignitas', extensive teacher leadership development program. In
Nairobi, practicum participants will work with Dignitas and its
local community partners to gather data to inform the development of these
metrics, pilot testing of evaluation tools as appropriate.
Based on the results of the pilot tests, practicum participants will produce a
final evaluation toolkit along with an associated handbook for the organization
to launch at its fall training institute.
The second will involve developing a communications strategy and engage in content creation for Dignitas. Participants will assess how Dignitas can effectively and responsively share the organization's work and impact, developing appropriate messaging for a donor audience.
Upon completion of the practicum, students will have gained important skills in the fields of program evaluation, communications strategy and content creation, intercultural awareness and research, and consulting.
2017 Course Dates
In-class Meeting Dates and Times Washington: Tuesdays & Thursdays, 5:30-8:00 PM
May 23, May 25, May 30, June 1, June 6, June 8, June 13 (Pre-Departure Meeting)
June 29: Debrief, group date
July 1: Final drafts due
July 6: Papers/Presentations due
July 8: Clients provide feedback
Travel Dates- Nairobi: Tentative
June 17: Arrive in Nairobi
June 18: Optional excursion and group dinner (students responsible for cost)
June 19: Begin work with Dignitas
June 23: End work with Dignitas
June 24: Safari excursion
June 25: Departure
Expected student expenses include: AU tuition, program fee, international travel (flights), visa fee (if applicable), and most meals.
Program fee: $1700 $850
Students will be charged the full program fee for
their participation in the program, but all participants will receive a
50% scholarship on their student accounts to reduce this cost. The
program fee reduction is provided to the students in the form of a
scholarship after their initial payment of the full amount in order to
avoid students paying taxes on a fee subsidization. This process has
been established to be in accordance with American University and
federal financial aid policies.
More information about the Summer Study Abroad
Program expenses and scholarship will be provided during program
specific information sessions or by emailing specific questions to the
Office of International Programs (email@example.com).
Who Should Apply
students are welcome to apply for this practicum, special consideration will be
given to students with interest, coursework, and experience in international
education, leadership development, community development, sub-Saharan Africa
and intercultural relations and communication. All students should have some
prior experience with or coursework in qualitative data analysis;project or
program evaluation skills and coursework are particularly helpful. Swahili
skills not required but a plus.
be eligible to participate in any SIS Practicum, MA students must be in good
academic standing (including a 3.0 cumulative GPA) and have completed 18
credits of graduate coursework by the end of the spring 2017 semester, prior to
participating in the Practicum. Dual degree students (e.g. MA/MBA, JD/MA, and
KU/MA) must have completed at least 9 of the minimum 18 credits to participate.
Students from any MA program can apply to this practicum.
Application and Deadlines
Application deadline: February 22nd
Please visit the Practicum site to
get started on your application to the Practicum Program. Be aware that
applications received before the deadline will not be reviewed sooner,
nor will they receive special consideration because of early submission.
We strongly advise you to take your time to submit a quality
application. More information on how to submit a strong application is
available through the Practicum site.