Beyond the Board aims to make quality education accessible to all children by empowering teachers.
Teachers dedicate their lives to fostering learning and growth in their students, but in remote areas of developing countries they don't always have access to the tools they need to do this effectively.
That's why we're dedicated to supporting teachers.
Beyond the Board aims to make professional development opportunities and support systems more accessible to teachers in remote areas of developing countries, using the technology that teachers already have.
Well-trained teachers are able to maximize available resources and better cater to their students needs. In fact, teacher training is one of the most effective ways to raise the standard of education in developing countries.
Since schools and countries may have different curricula, our professional development materials focus on pedagogy methods—how to teach, rather than what to teach.
But we believe professional development shouldn’t stop when the workshop ends. Teachers need time to adapt and apply the teaching methods they've learned to the unique needs of their classroom and students.
That’s why we match teachers with advisors who can offer them individualized support as they try new teaching methods. Our advisors are experienced teachers and educators themselves, so they understand the challenges our teachers face in the classroom and will be able to tailor our professional development to suit students' and teachers' specific needs.
Under the best of circumstances, teaching can be a challenging profession. It takes skill, experience, patience, and support to successfully assess students' needs and learning styles, to manage classroom dynamics, to educate and empower the next generation.
This job is made even harder when teachers don't have access to the right tools and professional development resources.
Without professional development opportunities, teachers may not be fully equipped to provide their students with the quality of education that they deserve.
This is particularly true in developing countries, where resource constraints exacerbate the already significant challenges teachers face. Many teachers rely on a handful of pedagogy methods focused on getting children to pass standardized tests—for example, students reading off the blackboard and repeating after teachers to memorize material.
For many teachers who live and work in remote areas of developing countries, professional development opportunities are often too expensive or too far away. The resources that are available frequently focus on curriculum standards and course content, rather than how to teach that content and ensure students actually understand the material.
Our approach is both teacher-driven and teacher-led. At every stage of the process, we seek input and feedback from teachers and education experts to ensure our resources meet the needs, preferences, and technological capacity of the teachers we serve.