LRTT: Limited Resource Teacher Training
Building a technology enabled, teacher led movement to empower educators to make a unlock every child's potential through quality education.
Teachers are the most important determinant of quality of education. A cavernous gap has emerged, and continues to widen, between both the quality and quantity of teachers we need in schools versus what we have today, which is known as the “Teacher Gap“.
The Teacher Gap, stands between today’s reality - a world where 190 million children are in schools but on track to leave functionally illiterate and innumerate - and a future where all children get a quality education and the opportunity to lead fulfilling lives.
Research and experience tells us that the Teacher Gap can be achieved by giving teachers a career worth having; one of continued learning and growth where teachers are always equipped with evidenced based approaches, where their efforts translate into outcomes and where their commitment to teaching is continuously reinforced.
For the first time, the combination of a connected world, transformative technology and a generation of teachers seeking to impactful careers has created an opportunity to transform the teaching profession from one of isolation and plateau into a highly professional career of continued development and fulfillment through purpose and impact.
LRTT: Limited Resource Teacher Training is a global teacher movement and a social enterprise committed to closing the Teacher Gap by building a technology enabled teacher movement to rollout teacher led personalised professional development at scale.
Our approach is built on two transformative insights. Firstly, that teaching is a purpose, not just a profession and secondly that teachers are themselves the solution to delivering quality education and that it is in fact failure to recognise that that is the problem.
Since 2012, we have been mobilising teachers from the UK, US and Australia to facilitate intensive professional development programmes for teachers in limited resource environments.
In 2018 we have 580 LRTT Fellows spending their summer supporting 2500 local teachers across 11 countries through immersive in-person professional development programmes. We operate these programmes through capacity-building partnerships with 15 local education organisations across the 11 countries.
We support each local teacher for three years with a coaching methodology designed to foster teacher agency. The approach is guided through diagnostic self assessments enabling each teacher to have a needs based, personalised learning learning experience.
Central to our movements growth (100x since pilot) has been our sustainability model - our fellows contribute membership fees that fully cover our operating costs.
Technology enables of our works scalability and we are looking to deepen our investment in our tech platform to support our personalised training model by introducing machine learning based recommendations to support teachers as part of our training process.
Our ambition is to have 5000 LRTT fellows supporting 20,000 teachers to provide quality education for supporting 1 million children by 2023. We will do by mainstreaming our global education fellowships and building technology tools to improve our efficiency and effectiveness as we scale.
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Where our solution team is headquartered or located:London, UK
The dimensions of the Challenge our solution addresses:
What makes our solution innovative:
Our approach is designed to be teacher centric and to foster and harness teacher agency by giving teachers ownership of decisions about their own development. The sense of agency these choices foster create the space for teachers to support each other and reclaim their profession while increasing their intrinsic motivation.
Technology allows us to do this efficiently and effectively at scale. At the core of our training methodology is a diagnostic approach that allows for a teacher to take ownership of their development while sharing their priorities.
How technology is integral to our solution:
We design for sustainability and to reach those with the greatest need by embracing constraints and leveraging technology in three areas:
Connecting a disconnected world. Our web platform enables us to mobilise teachers to become LRTT fellows.
Saving teachers time to teach. Our mobile based data systems empower our fellows to gather ‘lean data” and leverage classroom observation data to track impact and personalise training.
Supporting continuous learning. Our diagnostics create a unique profile for each teacher we support. We will leverage this data to support their development.
Our solution goals over the next 12 months:
While we are sustainable already, quality education cannot wait and our ambition is to accelerate our impact by mobilising to 1000 teachers as LRTT fellows and supporting 5000 teachers in 2019
While we have been bootstrapped to date, our goal is to raise $1.3m million to deliver a rebrand in line our ambition, to strengthen our team, building build out a US presence and and to enhance our technology platform.
In 12 months, we will have our second wave of data from our 8 country study on the impact of our training on teacher effectiveness and self efficacy.
Our vision over the next three to five years to grow and scale our solution to affect the lives of more people:
Over the coming three years we will build partnerships with US and UK schools to make our agency based teacher development programmes and tools available to their teachers in their schools.
Using teacher effectiveness and retention data we will build a compelling case for government to contribute to teachers participation in our training programmes so as to retain teachers.
Continually improving our methodology and training tools and leveraging our growing large data set, we will build out our platform making it available standalone at low cost to support teacher led professional development across the world.
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The key characteristics of the populations who will benefit from our solution in the next 12 months:
The regions where we will be operating in the next 12 months:
The countries where we currently operate:
Where we plan to expand in the next 12 months:
How we will reach and retain our customers or beneficiaries:
We support individual teachers for three years and maintain relationships with schools with the of local partners.
The transformative shared learning experience of our fellowships means that we have strong relationships with teachers who have become LRTT Fellows.
>25% of them return as fellows or team leaders, 30% recommend a colleague.
We will continually trial and test new tools and training methodologies through our fellowship programmes before building on our relationships with our fellows to make our programmes and tools available to colleagues and to their schools.
How many people we are currently serving with our solution:
To date 1500 teachers have become LRTT Fellows. Our fellows then work support our local partners in serving local teachers in their communities by facilitating professional development in schools. The approach is an equitable exchange aiming for mutual empowerment.
In 2018 580 teachers are on LRTT fellowships and are providing training for 2500 local teachers across 11 countries. These are: Belize, Cambodia, India, Ghana, Guyana, Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda, Laos, Nepal and Malaysia.
The majority of teachers we support teach in areas where families live on <$2/day and teachers receive little or no professional development.
How many people we will be serving with our solution in the 12 months and the next 3 years:
In 2019 we aim to have 1000 teachers as LRTT Fellows providing in person professional development programmes for 5000 teachers who collectively teach 200,000 children in low resource contexts.
In 2021 we aim to have 2000 teacher on our fellowships and be improving education for 400,000 children.
Today work and have local partners in: Belize, Cambodia, Ghana, Guyana, India, Lao, Malaysia, Nepal, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda,
Our fellows are teachers from the US, UK, Australia, Canada and New Zealand.
How our solution team is organized:Hybrid of For Profit and Nonprofit
Explaining our organization:
How many people work on our solution team:20+
How many years we have been working on our solution:5-10 years
The skills our solution team has that will enable us to attract the different resources needed to succeed and make an impact:
We are a multi-disciplinary team and board of educationalists, technologists and entrepreneurs with backgrounds ranging from Amazon to Harvard Ed School from inner city schools to intelligence. We share deep first hand understanding of teaching.
Diverse perspective help us find new otherwise hidden solutions to intractable problems and that, in combination with our commitment and purposeful culture that has allowed us to mobilise thousands of teachers to become fellows.
Our team has the expertise to design world-class training, leverage technology, forge partnerships, and steward resources. Increasingly, organisations are helping accelerate our impact.
Our revenue model:
Teachers who apply successfully to become LRTT Fellows contribute a membership programme fee of $1800. We spend 55% of this delivering our training programmes for local teachers (which our fellows act as trainers in). The remaining 45% is used to fund technology development, operations, research and development and growth.
To date, 1500 teachers have contributed 1800 each totally over >$3m to our organisations development.
As we grow, we will diversify our sources of revenue building relationships with schools and governments to realise contributions towards the costs of teachers in their schools becoming fellows.
Meanwhile, we will develop technology based teacher development support tools in time turning them into standalone tools that can be sold as subscription products to schools with our fellows as early champions.
Maintaining our commitment to education in low resource environments we will also make our tools available for deployment to support teacher development and impact monitoring as part of large scale development programmes and government programmes aiming to support training in schools.
By generating revenues from different sources we will lower barriers to participation for our fellowships and develop a wider product offering so as to fulfil our mission of empowering teachers at great scale.
Why we are applying to Solve:
We have bootstrapped entirely to date designing for sustainability. We are now looking to raise investment to take the model to 20,000 teacher/year.
We don’t see MIT Solve as a funder but rather a learning community and opportunity for us to strengthen our strategy, learn from and with the very best technologists and educationalists and build new relationships to help us take LRTT to scale.
Being part of the MIT Solve Community we help us learn and grow as a team, building the skills and allowing to deliver our mission.
The key barriers for our solution:
Unlocking major funding depends on us building our evidence base and securing external validation of our findings.
So far our budgets allow us only to measure impact through lean data approaches and natural experiments at the level of the teacher. Access to the right researchers will help us prove and maximise our impact on students.
Access to MIT advisors will help us effectively embed leading edge technologies in our personalised, diagnostic based training tools.
As a team, we are striving to grow and deliver the potential of our solution. Being part of Solve would help us develop as individuals.
The types of connections and partnerships we would be most interested in if we became Solvers:
- Mr Simon Graffy CEO & Co-Founder, www.lrtt.org
- Sarah Grant Head of Programmes and Partnerships, LRTT
- Lukasz Labedzki Full Stack Engineer, LRTT
- Mr Tom Lewis Head of Product, LRTT
- Nicolas Lobo Colombres Head of Finance, LRTT
- Arvid Nicolaas Full Stack Engineer, LRTT
- Nicole Zandi Global marketing for LRTT