About this Project

So far ACECEN training teams have worked on the integration of biblical worldview in the different subjects. This has impacted education at ACECEN schools significantly, producing new ideas and projects in the schools for preparing adequate curriculum and study programs that allow teachers' professional development in this area.

ACECEN's Executive Director, Pablo Melendez noted that:

"we have observed our schools are lacking creative and adequate ways of assessment of students, that find out the different students' needs. It is necessary to do new things that allow developing the different gifts and talents of students, teachers and school directors."

This project, Assessment and Evaluation that Encourages Learning and Enhances Teaching, sought to engage ACECEN's facilitators in dialogue about Biblical principles for evaluation and develops the tools needed to train teachers and directors about different ways of assessment. The project focused on three important questions: How to evaluate students in creative and suitable ways? What tools can teachers use for self-evaluation? How do we

After visiting four schools in Esteli and Matagalpa, time was spent reviewing the past year's activities, implanting the thematic statement model introduced at the last Walking Together Project in Managua, October 2012. Participants shared their experiences with the model introduced last year. Next dialogue was initiated regarding the evaluation component of curriculum. The focus was on the evaluation of student learning and exploring ways of evaluating that encourage and improve feedback for students and teachers.  At a consecutive session day, questions were discusseed such as: What is the purpose for your visit with teachers? For the visits to classrooms? What is the purpose of a director’s visits to classrooms? These questions were followed by exploring the dimensions of Christian teaching and developing a model for evaluating teaching.  On the second last of the five days, participants prepared materials for evaluating student learning or evaluating teaching, and on the last day the main topics of the training session were reviewed and personal responses to the learning were shared.

Feedback from the participants verified that the objectives were met. The ACECEN
facilitators and principals developed materials that they will use in their
schools during the next school year. They will refine their draft materials
during their own meetings in January 2014.  Healthy dialogue with the presenters and between participants made it possible to consider and re-consider the purposes and processes of evaluating student learning and evaluating teaching.

In conclusion, one of the participants of the training session said:

"I'm planning to meet my teachers and carry out a workshop where each teacher can learn how to make their thematic statement, how to include it in their plans and adopt the objectives, learning activities and students' evaluations following the dimensions of the Christian teaching." 

Pray with us to God for these newly equipped facilitators and principals as they continue God's work!

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