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The Improved School BACKGROUND My bachelors’ degree was in Economics and Women Studies and my MA in Gender and Development. My professional background was primarily in Gender and International Development. However, in 2011; I started consulting for government ministries and international agencies. This led me to consider positioning gender reform in context and in a particular discipline. I have always believed that educational reform was crucial to the development of a nation. My company started consulting for educational agencies and became more concerned with the Nigerian educational system. In 2013, I started an educational consulting firm called Gifted Minds Academy that provides teacher development, and academic enhancement and leadership programmes for children and young adults. I now work closely with school leadership, teachers and students. I hope to get an in-depth understanding of education processes and methodologies especially as it concerns school improvements. Interest in conducting this study derived firstly from a desire to see improvement in student outcomes and organizational structure in schools. INTRODUCTION The process of improving schools should aim at establishing a collaboration of students, parents, teachers, and administrators to ensure a holistic forum that will discuss, discern and decide sustainable solutions that will continually generate progress. Prior to commencing with school improvement strategies, it is necessary to ensure a solid foundation, and crucial to identify the readiness of the stakeholders and ensure the intervention-starting point. Are the students ready to learn? Are the teachers ready to teach? Are the administrators ready to transform? Are the parents ready to collabor... ... middle of paper ... ...ills to adopt in the classrooms. Monitoring and Evaluation promotes accountability and transparency, it assists with decision-making about project design and management, and also provide lessons learned for future projects. Monitoring and Evaluation should be done in a participatory manner incorporating all the stakeholder, their knowledge and their preferences. The major challenge of monitoring and evaluation is the measurement of the impact of interventions. Especially when the outcome are beyond numbers, figures and tangible outcomes. Program monitoring and evaluation can lead to improved outcomes for the schools served. The methods and tools used will determine the results achieved. Monitoring and Evaluation efforts also strengthens and increases the program’s capacity to contribute evidence-based knowledge to the necessary parties. CONCLUSION REFERENCES

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