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:
The TESS-India project is led by The Open University in the UK and is funded by the Department for International Development (DFID). DFID and MHRD are implementing the TESS INDIA Project which entails the creation of Teacher Developmental Units (TDUs) for 7 States (U.P, Bihar, M.P, Odisha, Assam, West Bengal, Karnataka) which will be used as Open Learning Resources.
The Modules will be developed in Mathematics, Science, English, Social Science and Leadership. Since the ‘localization’ and ‘contextualization’ of these modules is very critical, the TESS team will engage with State Academics and Experts to be involved in this process.
In the First Phase, MOUs have been signed with Assam, Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, Odisha, Karnataka, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal.
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