Global Education and Training Institute
Leading the crusade for Teacher Professional Development
Why Teacher Empowerment?
The ever-accelerating changes reshaping our economies and societies are major challenges for education systems and teachers. Modern teachers are expected to develop 21st century skills in students in increasingly diverse classrooms. As societies and technologies constantly evolve, teachers must innovate teaching methods and pedagogies and constantly update their knowledge and skills.
Constant changes, including abrupt transformational challenges similar to the COVID-19 pandemic are a likely scenario for the future of education. Therefore, teachers need to be empowered to keep up with these changes and to leverage these changes to innovate instructional methods and update their teaching skills.
Effective professional development is on-going, includes training, practice and feedback, and provides adequate time and follow-up support. Training programmes, especially at GETI - involve teachers in learning activities that are similar to ones they will use with their students, and encourage the development of teachers’ learning communities. There is growing interest in developing schools as learning organisations, and in ways for teachers to share their expertise and experience more systematically.
Why Training is Essential?
India needs 11,16,846 new teachers for the next three years if it’s to make up the shortfall and cater to new student enrolments.*
Education system is at the threshold of a complete flip. This is the most opportune time to matter.
We help both individuals and organisations stay abreast of latest educational pedagogy to take on the needs of the modern world.
*Source: UNESCO, on October 5, 2021
The development of teachers beyond their initial degrees can serve a number of objectives (OECD), including:
to update individuals’ knowledge of a subject in light of recent advances in the area;
- to update individuals’ skills, attitudes and approaches in light of the development of new teaching techniques and objectives, new circumstances and new educational research;
- to enable individuals to apply changes made to curricula or other aspects of teaching practice;
- to enable schools to develop and apply new strategies concerning the curriculum and other aspects of teaching practice;
- to exchange information and expertise among teachers and others, e.g. academics, industrialists; and
- to help new teachers become more effective.
To examine these issues, we at GETI adopt a broad idea of professional development among teachers.
This idea recognises that empowerment can be provided in many ways, ranging from the formal to the informal, online to in-person. It can be made available through external expertise in the form of courses, workshops or formal qualification programmes, through collaboration between schools or teachers across schools or within the schools in which teachers work. In this last case, development can be provided through coaching/mentoring, collaborative planning and teaching, and the sharing of good practises.
Continuous growth toward professional excellence for each teacher is essential if we hope to realize the vision that each student pursues and attains challenging goals for learning. Therefore, at GETI, through our training we aim to answer the next logical question: If we believe the quality of the teacher in the classroom is truly the most significant school factor contributing to student learning, then what must we do to support the growth, development, and excellence of teachers throughout their entire career?