Team 8. Learning Land Pitch / Fahd Jamaleddine

:raised_hand:We are looking for Education & Communications Advisors who can help us strategize and maximize our impact, can you help us? :seedling: :rocket:

:arrow_right:Learning Land is initiated by Inspiration Garden. :house_with_garden:

Learn more about Inspiration Garden Below! :video_camera:

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Here are your questions from demo day, please try to answer them as best as you can. There are some overlapping questions so make sure you read through them all and create broad answers for the different categories

TJ: I love the idea of bringing teachers together to collaborate on improving, but I’m still a little confused about what your company actually provides? Is it:

  • a space to meet?
  • facilitation?
  • a particular curriculum?
  • something else?

Do you have any data that shows that this program actually improve teacher efficacy and/or student outcomes?

Anonymous: 1) Which schools are involved with your startup?
2) What are you training the teachers?
3) What types of schools are you targeting? (public, private, etc.)
F. Mohieddine: did you consider moving in the regions?

Caroline ISaac-Hamdan: Need a little more on the financials - how is this going to pay for itself and what does that cash floe look like over time. What will this enable you to do in say scenario a) b) or c)???
Alia Nazar-Farhat: I would like to have more clarity about the revenue model
Azhar: How can you improve the process for teachers to get support offline and online?
Anonymous: Does your project have an impact on student outcomes? If so, do you intend to measure this impact, and how?
Anonymous: Good job
Anonymous: you assumed the problem is from one side, teachers, what about students?
kamel: Do you facilitate peer-to-peer learning? how to assess the impact on teaching?
Anonymous: No extra comments. Good effort that they’re making
Anonymous: Maybe more details about implementation
Anonymous: Buying a bus is amazing and touring would touch the lives of many teachers and their students yet it sounds like a one time visit in a specific set in time. How about rolling things online? Cheaper maybe?
Sandy Fahed: Since you piloted this initiative, how did you experience teachers and Ed stakeholders’ engagement? As older people and more experienced ones tend to be less flexible in terms of learning and development.
Alexandra Kodjabachi: How do you intend to make the “bus learning land” sustainable? How can this initiative be scaled?
Anonymous: What inspired you for the name: Inspiration Garden?
Tala Itamo: What tools do you use so you need to fit them in a bus :D?
Jad Bejjani: Fahd, make sure to give more details about the bus, looks like a great idea for a mobile school. Why aren’t you targeting older teachers too?
Anonymous: A good education can change anyone. A good teacher can change everything!!
Great idea and project, just consider speaker slower.
Anonymous: Everything is clear from problem to solution to business model to future steps. How much are you asking for?
Mark Dickinson: How much money does this project need?

Hello! :wave: This is very exciting!
Thank you all for your interest in Learning Land and for all the below great questions! Please check the answers below. Those who are not anonymous, I will send them an email back!
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Q1: TJ: I love the idea of bringing teachers together to collaborate on improving, but I’m still a little confused about what your company actually provides? Is it:

  • a space to meet?
  • facilitation?
  • a particular curriculum?
  • something else?

Do you have any data that shows that this program actually improves teacher efficacy and/or student outcomes?

Hello TJ! These are very valid questions! Here are my answers:

*Our main operations relay on coordination, facilitation, content creation and mapping solutions. So, it is all what you have listed. Adding to this, our main aim is to get teachers out of their schools structures to be “position-free” and put LEARNING at the center of their experiences. I mentioned that these spaces will be curated up in public spaces. To add, our main aim is to not only have educators from schools but also other education ecosystem players. I will share a success story for you to have an idea. A teacher from a rural area wants to incorporate tech in her school but she don’t have good connections nor computers, this concern was raised during WONDERLAND, where educators wonder about their needs.

What we did is that we networked her with THAKI (an NGO that gives laptops for free to rural areas and TABSHORA who offer laptops for free too!). Our next step to support this teacher is to have better Professional Development opportunities through a 2 months program…*

As for the self efficacy, a study by OECD showed that increasing professional collaboration for teachers has direct effects on their self-efficacy, please check the below graph!

As for the students outcomes, during the third phase < DEEPDIVE LAND>, we will map outcome chains through our developed model to reach students outcomes.

Questions from anonymous related to:

1. Type of schools
2. Training for teachers
3. Implementation
4. Regions ( @ F. Mohieddine)
5. How are you doing this online and offline? How? @Azhar

Based on our community values, diversity and inclusiveness is at the heart of our model. We aim to have schools and teachers from private, semi-private, public and UNRWA schools. Our aim is to curate these communities in public spaces to be inclusive as much as possible. Our aim is to launch these communities in different regions in Lebanon so that these communities inform each other.

We believe teachers are the ones who can most enable/hinder students’ learning and outcomes. Thus, our approach focuses on teachers.

We don’t have an agenda for the training content. We are driven by a human-centric approach which starts by empathizing with current challenges found in schools. More about the learning journey below:

As for online and offline learning, a study showed that 80% of teachers in public and private schools need assistance in ICT. Thus, our model is to have the first 2 phases in person and during DeepDiveLand we will move online on our platform. We need to ensure we are having the minimum resistance from teachers and we don’t want to overwhelm them with that during the beginning. Also, we need to develop this platform!

Sandy Fahed: Since you piloted this initiative, how did you experience teachers and Ed stakeholders’ engagement? As older people and more experienced ones tend to be less flexible in terms of learning and development.

Anonymous: What inspired you for the name: Inspiration Garden?

Deep and transformative learning only happens through Inspiration! As for the Garden, most of our work making learning outside classrooms walls! Teachers and students need a break from these closed spaces! WEF has also showed in many studies the importance of open spaces and how the world is changing to be more collaborative! We need to prepare our students and teachers for the collaborative world of tomorrow!

Yes Sandy! It is very exciting to see many educators and education eco system players who are eager to learn and share! We had many of 40s+ teachers who embrace a lifelong learning mindset. That was so inspiring! Check the below pics!

Jad Bejjani: Fahd, make sure to give more details about the bus, it looks like a great idea for a mobile school. Why aren’t you targeting older teachers too?

Dear Jad,

Thank you for this awesome feedback!

Following on your question,

We are targeting all teachers who really want to learn and want to make a change regardless of their age! :slight_smile:
Based on our market research, we viewed that there are two main customer personas:

1) Teachers who are new to the profession : They are new either enrolled in a school or they have not enrolled yet.

2) Teachers between 30 and 45 where they feel they have experience to share and want to do a change but there are no enough resources, tools, network to do so.

We have viewed that many 45+ years old teachers are intellectually stagnated. Though, we can not generalize! Many old teachers still have a learning mindset.

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