Monthly Archives: May 2017

EGRS is recruiting as well :)


The Director of Research in the DBE – Dr Stephen Taylor – is looking for a Project Associate and a Project Intern for their Early Grade Reading Study (deadline for applications: 2 June 2017). The work they are doing on early grade reading is some of the most interesting and important work on the topic not only in South Africa but across the continent. Figuring out how you improve early grade reading outcomes at scale and using rigorous scientific evidence and evaluation. Having seen the early results of EGRS 1 I can say that there is a lot of promise in the coaching model for improving teacher’s content knowledge about reading and their pedagogical practice.

While the salaries may not be amazing 🙂 the team you will be working with really is and you may think of this as a launch pad into a rapidly growing and exciting field. Stephen Taylor, Mpumi Mohohlwane, Carol Nuga Deliwe, Janeli Kotze and Brahm Fleisch are all involved in the team. If you know of anyone please forward the TOR’s in the links above and below to them – deadline 2 June 2017.




I’m also working in this early grade reading space but on developing a (video and coaching based) certificate to teach early grade reading for the Allan Gray Orbis Foundation Endowment. I think we will also be recruiting soon. Stay tuned 🙂

We’re hiring: Project Administrator

gantt-chart-pictofigo-hi-006Ahoy blog-followers and other readers on the intertrons! It’s been a while since I’ve updated my blog on what I’ve been doing since I got from the OECD in Paris. Things were a little up and down about where I wanted to live, where I was going to work and the longer-term plans for life. So some of that has been resolved and things are moving ahead swiftly. I’ve been appointed as a Senior Researcher at RESEP in the Economics Department at Stellenbosch University. At the same time I’ve been seconded to the Allan Gray Orbis Foundation Endowment for half of my time to develop a video and coaching-based course to teach Foundation Phase isiXhosa teachers how to teach reading.

This is a really exciting 2-year project that I will be heading up and involving a wide range of Foundation Phase and isiXhosa experts and film professionals. A slightly-outdated (soon to be updated) overview of what we want to achieve in the course can be found HERE. If you know any isiXhosa early-grade-reading experts please also email me with more information.

For this project we are looking for a super-organised Project Administrator to work with myself and the Project Manager as we develop the course over the next 2 years. The link to the job description and application portal is here:

Please forward this to any isiXhosa Home-Language potential applicants you may know. I am open to adjusting the scope of the position based on the skills and expertise of the successful applicant, but it would definitely involve running the administrative side of the project (book-keeping, logistics admin, liaising with service providers etc).