Prioritizing Reform, Innovation, and Opportunities for Reaching Indonesia’s Teachers, Administrators, and Students (PRIORITAS) is a five-year USAID funded program in Indonesia (2012-2017). It is managed by Research Triangle Institute (RTI) in partnership with EDC.
PRIORITAS aims to improve primary and junior secondary teaching across Indonesia, particularly in the areas of early grade reading, math, and science. Together with university partners, the project is developing pre-service and in-service curriculum materials, training lecturers and teachers, improving the quality of laboratory and practice teaching schools, improving practicum programs, and engaging in classroom action research with partner schools. The teaching and learning component of PRIORITAS is managed by EDC and builds on EDC’s successful five-year DBE2 initiative in Indonesia.
In addition, PRIORITAS is helping faculty from 48 of Indonesia’s teacher training institutes (TTIs) develop and deliver pre-service and in-service programs that promote active learning and enhance overall student outcomes. The project is in the process of developing and implementing a series of provincial, district, and local-level professional development workshops, involving lecturers, teachers and government representatives.
PRIORITAS uses a “whole-school development” approach to reform, which brings together policymakers, teacher educators, school leaders, and parents around issues of learning and teaching. The project also implements best practices in model schools around the country. Currently, 87 model schools serve as places of innovation and collaboration, and another 88 will be added in 2015.
By strengthening school practicum experiences for new teachers, improving school policies, and reforming teaching and learning, PRIORITAS is helping to showcase the best of what Indonesian educators have to offer.