In April 2015, the Rising Academy team launched its first junior secondary school in Freetown. Since then, the organisation has experienced amazing growth from one school and 87 students to 13 schools across two countries reaching more than 2,400 students by 2016.
For the first Global Schools Forum webinar, Stephanie Dobrowolski shared early lessons from the rapid scale up of Rising Academy Network from one school to 13 schools across 2 countries, Sierra Leone and Liberia, in one year. Committed to delivering high quality at the lowest possible cost, the team has placed teacher and staff development, the use of data to drive innovation, and a focus on large scale social impact at the core of their expanding school network.
About the Speaker
Stephanie Dobrowolski is the Co-founder and Head of Operations of Rising Academy Network. Based in Freetown, Sierra Leone, Stephanie has led the on-the-ground operations since the organisation’s initial scoping phase in 2014. With an academic background in social intervention design and evaluation, Stephanie contributed to Rising Academy’s early understanding of its teaching and learning approaches, particularly in the area of literacy development.
About the Global Schools Forum Webinar Series
The Global Schools Forum produces a monthly webinar where we engage with interesting people from across the sector to share their knowledge and lessons learnt to a wider audience.
We take a closer look at scaling up a school network, including organisational design and school management and centralisation vs decentralisation, and visit the people that are the heart of your operations – how to recruit, develop and retain teachers, school leaders and other important staff you need to run quality schools. We will also look at the issues of data and measurement as well as how we can strengthen what happens inside classrooms – pedagogy, use of technology and differentiation.
From one to 13 schools in just over a year. Hear Stephanie Dobrowolski, Co-Founder of the Rising Academy Network, share lessons learnt from their journey of organisational growth.