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Happy January, GSF Members!
In this edition: information about our imminent inaugural Spotlight, opportunities to learn more about Third-Party evaluations, how to join a GSF-member book club, a welcome to two new GSF teammates, and highlights from members in the news. If you’d like to post something in the Snapshot, please send it to me at Morty.ballen@globalschoolsforum.org






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24 Jan Deadline to Register for GSF’s Spotlight on Talent:
17 Feb – 19 Feb
Johannesburg, South Africa!
There are still a few spaces open at GSF’s inaugural Spotlight, which will focus on Teacher Support and Retention and Leadership Pipelines. Participants will spend time learning and sharing best practices around teacher and leader development and support. Additionally, participants will visit member schools and other actors within the South African non-state educational sector.
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Peer Review Pilot
The CAO Working Group, composed of the Chief Academic Officers from SPARK, PEAS and Nova has collaborated over the past six months to develop a peer review process. Following the Spotlight, this group will spend two days observing and collecting information to help SPARK to answer this question, “To what extent is the SPARK network supporting and developing their Principals?” We look forward to sharing lessons learned from the pilot that are transferable to the wider GSF community.
MARK YOUR CALENDARS: Third-Party Evaluation: Lessons Learned on Wed, March 11th at 2 p.m. London time
GSF is launching a series of webinars and guidance notes focused on building member capacity on Third-Party Evaluation. These will help GSF members decide if they want to conduct a Third-Party Evaluation, pick the right research design, and access funding opportunities for research. The webinars will involve experts and GSF members sharing lessons learned on Third-Party Evaluations.
Register now






The Main Idea Pilot: Calling all Busy Educational Entrepreneurs!
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Do you yearn to have access to the most current trends in education, but don’t have the time to do the reading required to stay up-to-date? GSF is piloting participation in The Main Idea, which provides subscribers with an 8-page summary of a current education book. The summary contains the core ideas of the book, and organizes these ideas with enough accompanying details and examples, so the reader has a working knowledge of its content. At the end, The Main Idea includes a full page of suggestions for ways to use the ideas in the book for professional development for your staff. Past Main Idea titles are listed here. Register your interest to participate in The Main Idea pilot.
Register your interest






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GSF hosts a Panel Discussion on The Complementary Role of Non-State Actors in Delivering Quality Basic Education
On 20 January, GSF co-hosted a panel focused on “The Complementary Role of Non-State Actors in Delivering Quality Basic Education. The event was chaired by Sir Michael Barber and panellists included Alicia Herbert (DFID), Dr Amel Karboul (Education Outcomes Fund), George Kronnisanyon Werner, (Former Liberian Minister of Education), John Soleanicov (UBS Optimus Foundation) and Dr Murad Raas (Minister for Education, Punjab Province, Pakistan). The event focused on the challenges and opportunities of governments partnering with non-state actors to support the delivery of their education goals. Over 80 people attended a thought-provoking evening; keep an eye out for a GSF blog capturing the key takeaways from the event.






GSF Welcomes Two New Teammates!



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Sreeja Nedungadi, Director of Operations and Business Development, joined the GSF team in January 2020. Before this Sreeja was the Chief Operating Officer at India School Leadership Institute, a GSF member that develops the skills of school leaders in low fee private and government schools across India. Sreeja’s was previously a Strategy Consultant at the Akanksha Foundation, another GSF member, in Mumbai and Pune. Sreeja graduated from Swarthmore College and has an MBA from Harvard Business School.
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Divya Behl, Programme Manager, is GSF’s newest team member. She started her career as a Teach for India fellow, where she worked for two years in a government school. From there, she worked in a variety of roles including school leadership, stakeholder management, curriculum development, and the establishment and improvement of school systems. Divya has worked with several GSF members; most recently she worked with Scholé in Kenya and Uganda. Divya holds an M.A. in Elementary Education from the Tata Institute of Social Sciences.






Other Highlights: Members in the News
Olanrewaju Oniyitan, Founder & CEO of Sustainable Education and Enterprise Development (SEED), was selected to be a member of the second cohort of the Obama Foundation Leaders: Africa. You can read about her experience here.

The IDP Rising Schools Program celebrated its tenth anniversary empowering low-fee private school owners in Ghana. See their new video showcasing the program.

SPARK was featured in a Forbes article: Scaling Excellence in South Africa. Read the article here.



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GSF is proud to welcome its newest member the Anzisha Education Accelerator (AEA). AEA grew out of the African Leadership Academy and creates and supports a cohort of African school leaders to develop their schools and themselves. Currently, AEA supports four leaders whose schools serve 1,558 students.