13 Madhya Pradesh teachers among 57 Indian educators leave for US training
BHOPAL: Thirteen Madhya Pradesh teachers among the 57
Indian educators left for the United States on Wednesday for a three-month
residency at Arizona State University (ASU), under the India Support for
Teacher Education Programme (In-STEP).
This is the second group which is visiting the USA.
The first cohort of 53 teacher educators completed their training at ASU in 2013.
Among the 13 teacher educators from Madhya Pradesh six
are from Bhopal, two from Indore, one each from Ujjain, Khandwa, Satna, Nowgong
and Mandsaur. They are - Farrukh Saleem Khan, Institute of Advanced Study in
Education (IASE); Rana Mujeeb Khan, Shewta Sharma, Sarla Shrivastav, Dr
Mohammad Arif Junaid Khan, Manoj Kapoor (all from District Institute for
Education and Training (DIET) Bhopal); Devendra Kumar Soni, Taramani Toppo, (both
from DIET Indore); Dr Manisha Thakur, CTE Ujjain; Keshav Kumar Parashar, DIET Khandwa;
Rajendra Prasad Pandey, DIET Satna; Rajeev Mishra, DIET Nowgong and Dr Alka
Agrawal, DIET Mandsaur.
The intensive training course will cover a range of
topics including teaching methods, in-service and pre-service teacher education
and assessment techniques. As part of this customized programme, Indian
educators will observe American schools and educational best practices. In
addition, the Indian participants will work closely with ASU professors to
prepare proposals for reform in specific areas of education, which they would
then be able to implement in their respective states. The ultimate goal is
better-trained teachers and improved educational outcomes for Indian students.
The Indian teacher educators are expected to
internalize and apply the practices and teacher education methodologies learned
at ASU in their home institutions, where they will be adapted to Indian
contexts and used to enhance the capabilities of India’s current and future
Supported by the United States Agency for
International Development, (USAID), and the Government of India Ministry of
Human Resource Development, the $4.3 million In-STEP initiative offers a
three-month, customized training for 110 Indian teacher educators at ASU’s Mary
Lou Fulton Teachers College.
ASU’s training imparts innovative, state-of-the-art
teaching methodologies and tools that are applicable and relevant in the Indian
context, enabling the teacher educators to offer high quality training to
Indian teachers upon their return.
While at ASU, the Indian teacher educators will
complete a customized core course in the learning sciences, plus four required
and three elective courses. They also will experience Teachers College’s
nationally recognized iTeachAZ student teaching residency by spending up to 70
hours in local K-12 classrooms.
As part of their curriculum, learning to write
long-essay reform proposals will inspire the Indian educators to think like
change-makers. In addition, they will learn the benefits of opening their
classroom doors and collaborating with one another in order to become more
Perhaps most beneficial for the visiting teachers will
be their exposure to ASU’s world-class educational research and clinical
faculty, including Nobel Prize winner Leland “Lee” H. Hartwell.