Teacher Motivation: What are the underlying factors affecting teacher motivation?
6:00 PM18:00

Teacher Motivation: What are the underlying factors affecting teacher motivation?

Our next topic is, by popular demand, teacher motivation. Given the magnitude of the subject, we are breaking the topic down across four workshops between now and the end of the year. To start the series:

Our goal for this session is to explore the factors affecting teacher motivation in the South African context. Our panellists will provide us with their own diverse perspectives and experiences around the topic, both as teachers and school leaders. 


Waahida Tolbert-Mbatha, Co-Founder and Head of School: Kgololo Academy 

Waahida is the co-founder and head of school at Kgololo Academy. Prior to establishing Kgololo Academy, Waahida worked for seven years as a middle school humanities teacher and as an after-school program coordinator. Waahida holds a Master’s of Science in Education Policy and Community Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Berea College in Education. Waahida also completed the Global School Leadership Fellowship with KIPP. 

Nelisiwe Mhlongo, Assistant Principal: Kgololo Academy

Nelly is the assistant principal at Kgololo Academy and is a founding team member.  Nelly holds a Diploma in Education and completed the Instructional Leadership Institute in 2018. Nelly enjoys reading, listening to worship music, going out and spending time with her family.


Melanie Smuts, Founder and Board Chair: Streetlight Schools

Melanie trained as a human rights lawyer and is passionate about new approaches to South African education. Whilst at university, she devoted her free time to being involved in, directing, and founding a number of education non-profits. In 2011 she moved to Uttar Pradesh, India to work as a curriculum developer, teacher, and teacher trainer. Inspired by her experiences, she founded Streetlight Schools in 2013, starting in a small store-room with nothing but a few of her own childhood books. Melanie holds a BA and an LLB from the University of Cape Town and completed her LLM (Human Rights and Democratisation in Africa) at the University of Pretoria.

Pizza, snacks and beverages will be provided. Doors open at 17h30. To confirm your space, please register by clicking the button below.

If you have any questions, please contact Rudi at rudi@instill.education or +27 65 215 2597

We look forward to continuing our collaborations!
Yours in Education,

(For notes from our previous session, please click here.)

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Education Workshop #1  Teacher inductions and professionalisation
6:00 PM18:00

Education Workshop #1 Teacher inductions and professionalisation

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Instill Education invites you to the first in a series of interactive workshops around improving the quality of teaching and school leadership in South Africa!

Over the past 4 years we’ve been working on two things; getting accredited as a higher education institution and developing an impactful, evidence-based in-service professional development model. Throughout this process we have consistently heard the same messages. In all but the most exceptional of cases, teachers and school leaders aren’t receiving the professional development they need and schools don’t know where to turn for the right support. We hope that by bringing together the right people, we can strengthen networks and share ideas in an informal and collaborative setting. 


Prof Sarah Gravett - Executive Dean of the Faculty of Education at the University of Johannesburg
In recent years Prof Gravett’s research focus has been on teacher education. She is the author and co-author of several books and articles on teaching and learning and related themes. In 2009-2011 she led a research project on “Learning to become a teacher: Novice teachers entering the teaching profession”, commissioned by the Gauteng Department of Education. She also led a research project on the establishing of teaching schools in South Africa, commissioned by the Department of Higher Education and Training (with a European Union Grant) – the work is still ongoing. Currently. She also leads a project related to training of mentor teachers – the teachers who oversee student teachers’ placement in schools for practicum.

Dudu Makhari - Founder of 18 Area Education. A Gordon Institute of Business Science MBA holder, operating in various senior to executive management positions in organizations, and as a Partner at a consulting firm and serving on Boards of companies. Her current projects include NECT – 21st Century Sandbox School Project, PfP – Business Partner to the Principle of Bonwelong Primary, Mmolo Mhlaba – Board Member, Junior Achievement SA – Board Member. Previous Education credentials include CEO of the Click Foundation, Project Manager – Reorganisation of Schools Project – Gauteng Department of Education, Gauteng Provincial Manager – Data Driven Districts

Des Hugo - Academic Director Elementary Education - Nova Pioneer Schools for Innovators and Leaders. With 35 years experience in education in SA, she has worked across all phases in both state and independent schools. Des holds a higher diploma and Masters degree in education, and is registered for her PhD in education with UCT. Her role at Nova Pioneer includes leading the design, development, and supportive implementation of all aspects of the academic program and modeling across the network in both SA and Kenya.

Speakers will share insights from their work in the teacher and school leadership development space, followed by problem-solving break-out groups and Q&A. Pizza, drinks and light snacks will be provided.

Doors open at 17h30. To confirm your space, please register by clicking the button below.

Please send questions to rudi@instill.education. Spaces are limited and will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis so book now to avoid disappointment! 

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