A three member team from Department of Education and Tibet Fund, Dharamsala visited STS Chauntra, STS Peteon, THF Rajpur and THF Mussoorie as a part of On-site school visit to give support and guidance about the Teacher Professional Development Program. During their visit, the team conducted the following sessions:
1)Attending one or two of the Collaborative Practices going in the school we visit
2) Meeting the teachers in the presence of the school Principals and discussing about their PGPs and sharing our thoughts and personal experiences
3)PowerPoint presentation on Teacher Professional Development and its importance
4)Collecting suggestions from the teachers regarding the implementation of the Collaborative practices
5) Filling a short survey questionnaire on TPD to assess the progress and its implication to their profession development
6)Introduction to the Facebook group https://www.facebook.com/groups/1456107957936752/ and https://www.facebook.com/groups/tibetanenglish/ to the teachers to bring all the teachers together and share their ideas and thoughts.
7)Checking the log-book of the Teachers’ Reading Corner books
The Teacher Professional Development Project is going on in various paces according to the schedule and conveniences of the respective schools. Most of the collaborative practices in these schools were Co-teaching. The teachers at these schools were given timely feedback and guidance by the team members and the feed-backs were positively received by the teachers. All the schools have unanimously assured the
team to take the TPD project to a greater height in the coming days.
The school heads have been very co-operative and have also made the schedule.
The school-wise updates have been uploaded under respective school names.
Lesson Title: Classification of Polygons
Class Level: VIII Subject: Mathematics
Lesson Plan Download: Lesson Plan class 8 lower TCV School
BOOK DISCUSSION: TIBETAN TEACHERS
BOOK: ETHICS FOR NEW MILLENNIUM (TIBETAN)
The group members meet every week and do the presentation on the chapters from the book. During the presentation, various activities based on the topic are done in pairs. There also is a session for open discussion and sharing of ideas. All the ppt are saved and will be uploaded soon here.
This project will introduce new paradigms and the current best practices in teacher professional development. Unlike the centralized one-off workshops, this new paradigm consists of seeing teacher professional development as a self-directed, teacher-led continuous process that is school-based and collaborative in nature.
In order to keep it manageable, this project will be carried out in 11 Tibetan secondary schools that fall in the Dharamsala and Dehradun region. These two regions have fairly big concentration of Tibetan schools with a large number of students.
- Tibetan Children’s Village School, Upper Dharamsala
- Tibetan Children’s Village School, Lower Dharamsala
- Tibetan Children’s Village School, Gopalpur
- Tibetan Children’s Village School, Suja
- Tibetan Children’s Village School, Chauntra
- Tibetan Children’s Village School, Selakui
- Tibetan Homes Foundation School, Mussoorie
- Tibetan Homes Foundation School, Rajpur
- Sambhota Tibetan School, Poanta Sahib
- Sambhota Tibetan School, Peteon Dharamsala
- Sambhota Tibetan School, Chauntra
Around 30 principals/headmasters and about 510 teachers of these schools will benefit from this project, and ultimately help in raising the standard of education of about 9342 Tibetan children studying in these schools (almost of 38% student population in diaspora).
Major activities and outputs
- Reviewing the existing teacher professional development practices:A study will be conducted to understand the existing teacher professional development practices in Tibetan schools and a status report will be produced at the end identifying strengths and weaknesses of the existing system. It will inform the process of formulating the new document. TEP’s Education Specialist Kalsang Wangdu visit sample Tibetan schools under TCV, THF and STSS, and interact with relevant people for the purpose. September & October 2013.( Completed )
- Formulating a new teacher professional development guidelines document: Dr. Mati Bernabei will prepare the new teacher professional development guidelines and frameworks, with inputs from DoE Education Officer Gyaltsen and TEP Education Specialist Kalsang Wangdu. This living document will have three sections dealing with 1) theoretical frameworks, 2) Suggested actions for professional development, and 3) features of website: November, 2013.( Completed )
- Inputs from DoE academics and school system heads: A meeting and discussion will be held with the academic heads of the Department of Education and school system heads to discuss the new teacher professional development document and incorporate their suggestions and feedbacks: December, 2013. ( Completed )
- Workshop for the school heads (principals and headmasters/headmistresses of the 11 schools) to introduce the new paradigm in teacher professional development will be held at the House of Peace & Dialogue, Upper TCV. Dr. Mati Bernabei will be the main trainer. She will be assisted by Kalsang Wangdu and Gyaltsen. It will be a three-day workshop January 2-4, 2014. The workshop will focus on three major contents: ( Completed )
- The existing teacher professional development practices – its strengths and weaknesses.
- Theoretical underpinnings of the new paradigms in the teacher professional development.
- Various suggested actions for the teacher professional development that the school/teacher can implement – ideas and suggestions will be collected from the school heads as well.
Participating schools are:
- Creating teachers’ reading corner in the pilot schools’ library or staffroom: The project will procure about 100 books on education/pedagogy for each pilot school, and the school will create a reading corner for teachers in their library or staffroom. February 2014. ( Installed )
- Orientation will be given to the teachers in pilot schools on the new teacher professional development practices. School heads (Principal and headmasters) in the respective pilot schools will be responsible for arranging this orientation program for their teachers on the new paradigm: February 2014. ( Completed )
- Yearly PD plan: Based on the workshop, each pilot school will discuss and decide on the teacher professional development plan for the year 2014. DoE/The Tibet Fund will provide some financial assistance to each pilot school to carry their yearly plan: March 2014. ( Undergoing )
- Implementation of the school-wise plan for professional development: April to December 2014. ( Undergoing )
- Website: Creating website for providing resources and platform for teacher professional development: March 2014. ( Undergoing )
Resource person’s bio
Dr. Mati Bernabei, a noted teacher and educationist, will develop the teacher professional development document and provide training to the school heads during the workshop. She is a Canadian educator with over twenty years of professional experience in Canada, India, and Nepal. She has taught secondary and middle school science (physics) and math, and worked as an instructor in the teacher education program at Simon Fraser University, in Canada. Her work as a teacher educator is founded on principles of collaborative professional development and mentorship processes that are applicable both to student teachers entering the profession, and to practicing teachers who wish to further develop their instructional skills and practices. Both her Master’s and PhD research focused on education in the Tibetan diaspora, with particular attention to the efforts to utilize education and schooling as tools for community building, and empowerment of individuals within community.
Tibet Education Project, The Tibet Fund