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USAID in-STEP Programme

Arizona State University’s (ASU) Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College (Teachers College) will engage with India in an international partnership for excellence in teacher education. The Shikshak Quest project will engage 110 or so teacher educators from India in a process of professional transformation. Two cohorts of 55 or so participants will each spend a 3-month residency at ASU’s campus in metropolitan Phoenix, one of the most ethnically varied cities in the United States. Their experience will include intense study, mentored teaching and leadership development, engagement in the research life of the college, and deep immersion in ASU classrooms and Arizona’s diverse K-12 schools. Resonating through the entire experience will be humane themes of gender equity, inclusion, constructivist instructional theory, and an inquiring and reflective perspective on one’s own teaching.

There are two primary outcomes:

  1. The Indian teacher educators will internalize and apply the practices and methodologies learned at ASU in their home institutions, where they will be adapted and applied to Indian contexts, especially through a (long essay) reform proposal, and used to enhance the capabilities of India’s current and future teachers.
  2. Through documentation of the project, India’s Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) will acquire a model for enhancing the capacity of teacher educators that India can adapt and adopt as a means to transforming the nation’s schools.