GC-DWC Haiti Resources

Social and Emotional Framework

A framework for Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) in Haiti informs the resources found on this page. This framework is intended to serve as a resource and guide for all those working in Haitian education and related fields, particularly those working in or supporting schools or educational organizations at the pre-primary, primary, secondary, and post-secondary levels. The framework provides an overview of key elements of social and emotional learning relevant for the Haitian socio-cultural and historical contexts. Additionally, it offers guidelines and strategies for the use of these ideas, particularly for educational institutions and actors.

Learn more in Vision of the Haitian Child: Social Emotional Framework

 

Radio Programming


Recognizing radio as the most democratic and effective means of disseminating learning materials in Haiti during COVID-19, the Alliance for Catholic Education (ACE) Haiti and the Global Center for the Development of the Whole Child at the University of Notre Dame, in collaboration with Catholic Relief Services Haiti (CRS) and the Episcopal Commission for Catholic Education (CEEC), created three radio programs - a literacy program supplemented with a reading hour program, and a pre-K social and emotional learning (SEL) and parent engagement  program - as part of a comprehensive approach to distance learning in a low-tech environment.

Strong Beginnings Radio Program

What parents are saying about the radio program:

"This is the best education support that can help students during this time." - Wana Mercier

"The program’s presenters create a good learning atmosphere. The comprehension worksheets [...] help reinforce the lessons covered on the radio program. Not only does [the program] help the students but also us parents. We have learned a lot about establishing strong relationships with our children especially if we want them to become independent." - Zéphir Naromie

"Many of our neighborhood kids come to listen to the program every morning. Thanks to this radio program, I have a better rapport with my students." - Mme François M.

 

Classroom Resources


 

SEL Children's Books

Explore our series of children's books developed from the Vision of a Haitian Child, SEL framework. These SEL books not only cover topics present in the SEL framework but also have comprehension questions, a leveled reader's theatre as well as strategies students can use to deal with whatever topic the book addresses.

Explore the library

 

Read Haiti Curriculum

M ap li nèt ale and Je parle bien français are scripted curriculums for Grades 1 and 2 that meet international standards for evidenced-based best practices in literacy instruction. They are designed specifically for Haiti's development context and to meet the educational needs of Haitian children. They are approved by Haiti's Ministry of National Education and Vocational Training (Ministère de l'Éducation Nationale, et de la Formation Professionnelle).

Explore the curriculum.

 

Ayiti Li Kreyol Assessment

The Ayiti Li Kreyol (ALiK) assessment evaluates the reading performance of students based on vocabulary knowledge, reading comprehension, phonemic awareness, word recognition, and reading fluency. The assessment includes small to long paragraphs with  accompanying comprehension questions. 

Access the Assessment  Download the Explainer Guide

 

Storybooks Haiti

Additionally, access a complete collection of children's books available in Haitian Creole and developed in partnership with Storybooks Haiti. The collection includes stories of traditional animal fables as well as stories of contemporary city life. Stories cover a variety of topics from responsibility to gender equality.

Access the Collection

 

Teaching Resources


 

Teacher Guide and Videos

Our teacher handbook and accompanying videos serve as one example of a technical guide for how teachers can focus on SEL in the classroom.

Access the videos  Download the Complete Guide

 

Ayiti Li Kreyol Assessment

The Ayiti Li Kreyol (ALiK) assessment evaluates the reading performance of students based on vocabulary knowledge, reading comprehension, phonemic awareness, word recognition, and reading fluency. The assessment includes small to long paragraphs with  accompanying comprehension questions. 

Access the Assessment  Download the Explainer Guide

 

Parenting Resources


SEL Parent Workshop Guide

This guide provides a blueprint for organizing and leading a six-session SEL parent workshop. Session topics include the importance of the parent-child relationship; social and emotional development; brain development; well-being and self-care; providing continuous love and care; and self-regulation and positive discipline.

Download the Complete Guide

 

Parenting Videos

A parent is a child's first teacher. These videos, produced in Haitian Creole, recognize the importance of this role and equip parents with tools to help their children succeed.

Explore the Videos

Reports, Publications, and Briefs


Leveraging community-based innovations during COVID-19 to strengthen the Haitian school system | Publication | 2021

Neil Boothby, Anna Hart, Hannah Chandler, and Dominique Dupuy

This publication explores the impact of COVID-19 on the Haitian education system and identifies innovative practices to strengthen education in Haiti moving forward.


Improving Reading Instruction and Students’ Reading Skills in the Early Grades: Evidence From a Randomized Evaluation in Haiti | Publication | 2020

Juan Carlos Guzmán, Kate Schuenke-Lucien, Anthony J. D’Agostino, Mark Berends, and Andrew J. Elliot

This publication unpacks the impact of Read to Learn, an early-grade literacy intervention, from the fall of 2014 through the spring of 2016 in Haiti. 


Training Teachers to Improve Literacy Education | Brief | 2020

This brief answers the question “How do you effectively train teachers for improved literacy outcomes in low-resource settings?” It provides a summary of findings and key lessons from a recent successful intervention in Haiti and points to areas in need of greater attention.


Improving Reading in the Early Grades | Brief | 2020

This brief seeks to answer the question “What works to improve reading in low-income contexts?” It provides a summary of cross-national evidence, shares findings and key lessons from a recent successful intervention in Haiti, and points to areas in need of greater attention.


Extra Supports to Improve Learning Outcomes at Scale | Brief | 2020

This brief speaks to the question of "How do we support all learners in mastering basic skills, especially those facing the most difficulties in low-income country contexts?"


Culturally Sustaining Socio-Emotional Learning | Brief | 2020

This brief seeks to answer the questions “Why is SEL important for improving student outcomes in low-income contexts, and what are lessons from the Haitian SEL program?” It provides a summary of evidence on SEL, shares findings and key lessons from the SEL Task Force and pilot program, and points to future directions for this work.


National Census of Haiti's Catholic Schools | Report | 2012

Français (rapport complet) | English (abridged)

GC-DWC Haiti springs from a comprehensive assessment of the country’s Catholic education system through the Catholic Education Renewal Project. In 2011, GC-DWC Haiti (formally ACE Haiti) worked with Catholic Relief Services (CRS) and the Episcopal Commission for Catholic Education (CEEC) to assess the needs of Haitian Catholic schools. Completed in 2012, this rich diagnostic portrait encompasses:

  • an extensive survey and GPS mapping of the estimated 2,315 Catholic schools in Haiti, achieved through the innovative use of technology and training of Haitian data collectors;
  • an assessment of governance and management capacity and the needs of all 10 (arch)dioceses and national Catholic educational organizations; and
  • a detailed facilities evaluation of over 200 Catholic schools destroyed or damaged in the 2010 earthquake.