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Teachers' Professional Development and Activities

SAMBHOTA TIBETAN SCHOOL, CHAUNTRA Introduction Teacher Professional Development (TPD) is all about making ourselves better than what we were yesterday and individual accountability comes on the top list to make the TPD program a successful one.

Teachers’ Professional Development Programmes and Activities

Teachers' Professional Development Programmes and Activities The following are the individual and collaborative practices and programs that were held at Gangkyi and Lower Petoen School during the academic year 2016-2017.

Teachers and Beyond Religion

Teachers and Beyond Religion

As a part of the Teacher Professional Collaborative practices going in almost all the Tibetan schools under the Department of Education, CTA, a group of English teachers at TCV School Suja has chosen the book” Beyond Religion” authored by His Holiness the Dalai Lama.They read, discuss and try their best to bring some change in their day to day classroom teaching.     The seven teachers first allotted themselves some of their TPD periods in reading the entire book individually, during the long summer break. After sometime, they gathered and pin pointed some of the contents which could be applied and practiced in their daily teachings in the classroom. Since then, from the summer break, they have been meeting in the Teacher’s Reading Corner room every week during the 7th period; a period allotted for the TPD practices, and sharing their contents and on how they would bring some change in their professional teachings.   A group of class IX students, who had also read the Tibetan version of this book “Beyond Religion”, had been called during one of the TPD sessions, to make the discussion more vibrant. The students shared their parts and their commitments one by one, which were highly commendable. It was really good to hear the students speak and share their experiences of reading His Holiness' book.   The main aim of this book discussion, especially of His Holiness the Dalai Lama is to bring some change in our day to day teaching in the class. Whether its His Holiness or western Educationists, they both spoke highly about the importance of teaching with compassion, free from anger. As such, reading His Holiness book, we try to change and imbibe in us some of the qualities His Holiness wants to see in teachers. This will definitely be a great part of our Professional Development.

Parent Teacher Meeting

Parent Teacher Meeting

1st August 2015: A special meeting and interactive session between the teachers and the parents was called upon in the school auditorium by the school Parent Teacher Association (PTA) at 2:30 pm. A large number of students ‘parents, relatives and local guidance not only attended the meeting but also had a profitable one to one interaction with the concerned class teachers and subject teachers of their child. The school Principal office had already sent a short message to all the parents, relatives and local guidance of the students inviting them for this special Parent Teacher Meeting of Summative Assessment I.

TPD Kicked off at Suja

2nd May 2015: TCV Suja: A brief function was held in the school hall right after the 3rd period to kick off the Teacher Professional Development (TPD) programs of 2015 academic year. The function was attended by the school principal and the teaching staff of both the sections. The program began with the prayer service to Manjushree, the lord of wisdom for a smooth and successful year. After that the school Principal talked briefly about the TPD and announced the weekly TPD days. He further thanked Sherig for providing some fund to make this program run smoothly in various schools. He also went into details the distribution of the time till October with exam break in between. He finally requested everyone to give importance to this program.

TPD kicked off at TCV Chauntra

TCV School Chauntra held an official function to kick off school-based Teacher Professional Development (TPD) programs for the 2015 school year. The school has close to 50 teachers and educators who will engage themselves in a variety of teacher-directed collaborative practices to foster their professional growth. The function was led by the school Principal Mr. Choeying Dhondup and the Headmaster Mr. Dawa Gyatso, and participated by all the teachers. Teachers shared their collaborative as well as individual professional growth plans and engaged themselves in dialogue to further explore topics chosen for this year.

THF Rajpur Book Discussion

THF Rajpur Book Discussion

Tibetan Homes Foundation Rajpur teachers had their book discussion and review in the school on 21st and 22nd 2015. During these two days 4 different books namely POSITIVE DISCIPLINE, WHAT GREAT TEACHERS DO DIFFERENTLY, THE BOOK WHISPERER, A BOOK WRITTEN BY AKHOR SOEPA were presented with help of charts and PPTs. The group members in respective book discussion team had spent their time reading, discussing and finally preparing the final presentation.There were total of 25 teachers who participated in the book discussion.

THF Mussoorie PGP Day

THF Mussoorie PGP Day

6th December 2014: Tibetan Homes Foundation, Mussoorie had their annual Teachers Professional Development Deliberation Day on 6th December Saturday. Mr. Tashi Dhoundup la, Sambhota English resource person cum TPD consultant and Mr. Tenzin Dhargyal, the Education Consultant at Tibet Fund with request from DOE attended the day with the sole aim of giving feedback and guidance. The program started at 1:30 in the afternoon and lasted till 4 pm. The principal, headmasters and the teachers had formed three groups of PGT, TGT and TTC and each group in turn shared their PGP (yearly Professional Growth Plan) and its progress and the results. The teachers in all the three groups sincerely listened to one another's PGPs and discussed on varied points as and when needed.

དགེ་རྒན་གྱི་ཁྱད་ལས་ཡར་རྒྱས་ཉིན་མོ་སྲུང་བརྩི་ཞུ་བ། Pro-D Day

དགེ་རྒན་གྱི་ཁྱད་ལས་ཡར་རྒྱས་ཉིན་མོ་སྲུང་བརྩི་ཞུ་བ། Pro-D Day དགེ་ རྒན་གྱི་ཁྱད་ལས་ཡར་རྒྱས་ཀྱི་ཉིན་མོ་གཉིས་པ་དེ་བཞིན་ཕྱི་ལོ་ ༢༠༡༤ ཟླ་ ༡༠ ཚེས་ ༢༥ ཉིན་གངས་སྐྱིད་སཾ་བྷོ་ཊ་མེས་དབོན་གཙུག་ལག་ཁང་གི་ཚོགས་ཁང་ནང་དུ་ཟབ་སྦྱོང་གི་ རྣམ་པའི་ཐོག་ཚོགས་ཡོད། དེའང་དཔེ་སྟོན་སློབ་གྲྭ་སྟེང་ཤོད་གཉིས་ཀྱི་སློབ་སྤྱི་དང་དགེ་ཆེ་གཙོས་པའི་ དགེ་རྒན་ ༣༦ ཙམ་ཟབ་སྦྱོང་ནང་མཉམ་ཞུགས་བྱས་ཡོད།  མུ་མཐུད་གཟིགས་རོགས་གནས།

STS Petoen: PGPs and Collaborative Practices

STS Petoen: PGPs and Collaborative Practices

Sambhota Tibetan School Petoen has 33 teachers who are under this Teacher Professional Development Project initiated by the Department of Education, CTA which directly benefit its 292 students. Under the leadership of its Principal Mr. Tenzin Dorji la and the Junior School Headmistress Mrs. Dorji Dolma la, the school had already decided to focus on Professional Growth Plan (PGP) for the first semester and then the collaborative practices in the next semester. The school had its Orientation and workshop by the school Principal himself way back in the month of March for both the Upper and Lower Petoen teachers. After giving enough time for the teachers to think on their Professional Growth Plan, the Principal collected all the PGPs of the teachers. The school had chalked out two TPD days to be observed this academic session, one on 24th May and the other one on 25th October. During these two days, the teachers share their PGPs, Lesson Plans, Class management strategies etc.

STS Chauntra: PGPs and Collaborative Practices

STS Chauntra: PGPs and Collaborative Practices

STS Chauntra: PGPs and Collaborative Practices
Sambhota Tibetan School Chauntra has 19 teachers who are under the Teacher professional Development program which directly benefits 400 students. Under the leadership of the new Principal Mr. Bhutuk Shatri la and the Headmaster Mr. Tenzin Choeyang la, the school has been implementing the project. The school had its Orientation cum workshop on Teacher Professional Development Program by Mr. Kalsang Wangdue la during the new school session. Recently, the school had created a special time for the teachers to do their own PGPs and Collaborative practices.

TCV Upper Dharamsala: PGPs and Collaborative Practices

TCV School Upper Dharamsala has 98 teachers who come under this Teacher Professional Development Project which directly benefit its 1873 students. Under the leadership of the School Principal Mr. Namdol Tashi la and the three headmasters Mrs. Ngawang Lhamo la, Mr. Sonam Wangdue la and Mr. Tenzin Choephel la, the school is implementing the project successfully. In the beginning of the school session, the school had its first Orientation cum workshop on TPD by Mr. Kalsang Wangdue la, the Curriculum and Teacher Development Officer. Since then, plan had been chalked out to put the workshop into action.

TCV School Chauntra: PGPs and Collaborative Practices

TCV School Chauntra has 49 teachers who come under this Teacher Professional Development Project. Under the leadership of the School Principal Mr. Choeying Dhoundup la and the Headmaster Mr. Dawa Gyatso la and the Assistant Headmaster Mr. Karma Tashi la, the school is successfully implementing the project. The teachers are given the choice of choosing either PGP or Collaborative so that whatever the teachers chose will be more quality based. The project started with the Orientation and a workshop by Mr. Kalsang Wangdue la followed by the implementation phase. Right now, most of the Lesson Study groups had their third cycle. The School had set two separate periods of 30 minutes on Tuesday and Wednesday during which the teachers of both the Junior and Senior Sections do their PGPs or Collaborative Practices.

TCV Gopalpur: PGPs and Collaborative Practices

TCV School Gopalpur has a total of 72 teachers who are covered under this Teacher Professional Development project, which will directly benefit 1221 students. The school has 3 sections namely Primary, Junior and Senior. Under the leadership of the school Principal Mr. Phuntsok Tashi la and the two headmasters Mr. Lobsang Monlam la and Mr. Tenzin Sangpo la, the school is properly implementing the Teacher Professional Development Project, initiated by the Department of Education, CTA. An intensive Orientation and workshop on the new paradigm was given by Mr. Kalsang Wangdue la, the then Tibet Fund Education Specialist from the very beginning of the session.

THF School Mussoorie: PGPs and Collaborative Practices

THF School Mussoorie: PGPs and Collaborative Practices

Tibetan Homes Foundation School Mussoorie has 70 teachers who come under this Teacher professional Development project which directly benefits 1341 students. Under the leadership of the Education Officer, Mr. Passang Dhoundup la and the two headmistresses Mrs. Tsering Yangkey la and Mrs. Sonam Dolma la, the school is implementing the new Teacher professional Development Project. The school began its implementation by giving Orientation and workshop to all the teachers in two shifts. And the workshop was given by the two school Head mistresses in the last week of April this year.

THF Rajpur School: PGPs and Collaborative Practices

THF Rajpur School: PGPs and Collaborative Practices

Tibetan Homes Foundation School has 26 teachers who come under this Teacher Professional Development project and through this project, benefits 490 students. Under the leadership of the school Principal, Mr. Migmar Tsering la, the school is successfully implementing both the PGPs and Collaborative Practices. The project began with the Orientation and workshop on Teacher Professional Development by the school Principal himself at the time of new Academic session.

STS Paonta School: PGPs and Collaborative Practices

STS Paonta School: PGPs and Collaborative Practices

STS Poanta School has 24 teachers who come under the Teacher Professional Development Project which will benefit 384 students. Under the leadership of the school Principal Mr. Namgyal Yarphel la and the Headmistress Miss. Kalsang la, the school is implementing both the PGP and Collaborative practices and are going on well. On the very outset, Orientation and workshop has been given to the teachers of both the section, Primary and Senior by the school Headmistress.

TCV School Selakui: PGP and Collaborative Practices

TCV School Selakui: PGP and Collaborative Practices


TCV School Selakui has 22 teachers who come under this Teacher Professional Development project and indirectly benefit its 389 students. Under the leadership of the school Principal Mr. Duke Tsering la and the two headmasters Mr. Tsultrim Kalsang la and Mr. Gompo la, the Assistant Headmaster, the school is implementing the project well. On the very outset, the school had its own Orientation and workshop on this project by the school Principal himself.

TCV Lower Dharamsala PGPs and Collaborative Practices

TCV Lower Dharamsala PGPs and Collaborative Practices

TCV School Lower Dharamsala has total of 35 teachers who come under this TPD Project and there are 669 students who indirectly benefitted from this project. Under the leadership of the school Principal Mr. Cheme Lhundup la and the Headmasters Mr. Passang Dhondup la and his assistant Mr. Wangchuk la, the Teacher Professional Development was introduced through a brief Orientation which was followed by intensive workshop by Mr. Kalsang Wangdue la, the Teacher Development and Curriculum Officer of TCV Schools.

TCV School Suja PGPs and Collaborative Practices

TCV School Suja PGPs and Collaborative Practices

Under the leadership of the School Principal Mr. Karma Sherab Therchin la, TCV School Suja started its Teacher Professional Development Program with an intensive Orientation cum Workshop on the program. The school has 91 teachers enrolled in this program since 2013. The school has two sections; Junior Section (K -5 Grade) and Senior Section (6-12 Grades). Right after the Orientation, the school implemented the practices from the month of April. All the Personal Growth Programs (PGPs) of the teachers are submitted to the school Principals. During section meetings, the teachers were reminded about their own PGPs. At the end of the academic session, all the teachers will submit their final report about their PGPs. The school created seventh period during which the teachers could work on their own collaborative practices and it was done every week.
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Book Discussion at TCV Gopalpur

Book Discussion at TCV Gopalpur

6th September 2014: A book discussion and presentation was done at TCV School Gopalpur on 6th September right after the class hour on Saturday. Among the three groups which were already formed, it was the first group presentation that day and it was attended by the TCV Curriculum and professional Development officer and the TEP Specialist in the presence of the school Principal Mr. Phuntsok Tashi la and Junior section Headmaster Mr. Tenzin Sangpo la.

STS Poanta PGP Sharing Session

STS Poanta PGP Sharing Session

11th August 2014:  Today we had a gathering of teachers to share their Professional Growth Plan for the academic session. It is a part of Professional Development plan in order for a teacher to grow professionally by carrying our action plan and conducting small research at a local level. The plan includes the identification of an issue or an area of concern, presenting the statement of intent, discussion on the procedures to be followed in the course of the action plan, specifying the time frame and the outcome of the exercise. The teachers have selected various different fields of study and plan to adopt diverse ways to tackle their issues. It was a very informative and an eye opening session and the resources they have pooled in are invaluable. A word of appreciation to all the teachers for your planning part now the actual hard work begins.............Let's go for it.

Professional Book Discussion and Sharing Day

Professional Book Discussion and Sharing Day

On June 28th around 2:30 pm, all our staff members gathered inside our computer laboratory for a simple farewell tea party for our transferred PGT Biology teacher named Mrs. Jigme Tselha. The same day was also earmarked for teachers' monthly meeting. In view of this, right after a short farewell formalities, we started with the professional book review program. As shown in the photos, Mrs. Tsering Bhuti, our senior English teacher and Mr. Kunchok Tsering-the Social Science teacher shared their newly gained knowledge and information from the books they read. In my opinion, both of them did a wonderful job in conveying the valuable key messages of the concerned writers and in fostering interests of reading.

Collaborative Practices in schools (THF Rajpur)

Collaborative Practices in schools (THF Rajpur)

24th – 27th June 2014: A team of three members comprising of Mr. Jamyang Gyaltsen la, the former Education Officer, Department of Education, CTA; Mr. Tashi Dhoundup la, the Director of Sambhota Hostel, Deckyiling and Mr. Tenzin Dhargyal, the Education Specialist at Tibet Fund, Dharamsala visited THF Rajpur and THF Mussoorie schools as a part of Teacher Professional Development On-site school visit.

Collaborative Practices in schools (THF Mussoorie)

Collaborative Practices in schools (THF Mussoorie)

24th – 27th June 2014: A team of three members comprising of Mr. Jamyang Gyaltsen la, the former Education Officer, Department of Education, CTA; Mr. Tashi Dhoundup la, the Director of Sambhota Hostel, Deckyiling and Mr. Tenzin Dhargyal, the Education Specialist at Tibet Fund, Dharamsala visited THF Rajpur and THF Mussoorie schools as a part of Teacher Professional Development On-site school visit.

Orientation to the teachers regarding the TPD

Orientation to the teachers regarding the TPD

All teachers were provided with a comprehensive orientation on the new approach to Professional Development on 24th Jan 2014. A copy of the Teacher Professional Development Framework and Guidelines was given to all teachers to foster the deeper understanding of the new approach. Teacher's Reading Corner
Teacher's reading corner was created in the staff room on 15th Feb 2014 with a range of books covering Pedagogy and other related topics. Separate book shelf was bought to keep these books for teacher's ready reference and for ease of issuing purpose. Two teachers were appointed as the in-charge for the issue/return of the books and for maintaining a reading logbook.

Collaborative Practices in schools (Second Time)

Collaborative Practices in schools (Second Time)

18th – 21st June 2014: A two member team from Department of Education and Tibet Fund, Dharamsala visited STS Chauntra and STS Peteon and spent two days each respectively, as a part of On-site school visit to give support and guidance about the Teacher Professional Development Program.

Collaborative Practices in schools (STS Peteon)

Collaborative Practices in schools (STS Peteon)

18th – 21st June 2014: A two member team from Department of Education and Tibet Fund, Dharamsala visited STS Chauntra and STS Peteon and spent two days each respectively, as a part of On-site school visit to give support and guidance about the Teacher Professional Development Program.

Primary Teachers Collaborative Lesson

Primary Teachers Collaborative Lesson

30th May 2014:The Primary teachers at Infant Section, Upper TCV Dharamsala had unanimously decided to do Lesson Study. There were around eight teachers, who all sat in circle in the common classroom. One of the teachers demonstrated her lesson on "Addition" using Change game. Three teachers acted as her students and rest of the teachers observed her lesson.
Throughout her demonstration, Gen la maintained her calm and soft voice and one to one teaching was done. The teaching aids were aptly used. After the lesson, there was some interaction and feedback from the Headmaster Mr. Tenzin Choephel la and rest of the teachers. The lesson went very well and finished on time.

Book Discussion at Lower TCV

Book Discussion at Lower TCV

29th May 2014: The Tibetan teachers at Lower TCV School had started their book Discussion similar to the one that was done at TCV School, Suja. The book they had chosen was the Tibetan edition of the book by His Holiness The XIVth Dalai Lama, "Ethics For New Millennium". Every week, the teachers gather and discuss and share their opinions on the chapters one by one.

Maths Lesson Study at Lower TCV

Maths Lesson Study at Lower TCV

29th May 2014: As a part of Collaborative Learning, TCV Lower TCV Mathematic teachers opted for the Lesson Study. After the First stage i.e. preparing Lesson Plan together, the second stage Demonstration of the Lesson was done by Mr. Wangchuk la, Mathematics teacher.

Teacher Professional Development

TCV Education Director has convened a meeting of Principals of TCV schools in HP in order to discuss the implementation of TPD Project on March 19, 2014. Followings are some the main outcomes of the meeting.
1. As per guidelines from the DoE/The Tibet Fund, TCV pilot schools will organize one collaborative learning program (book reading/discussion or lesson study or others) during the first semester. Since all the schools are relatively big with large number of teachers, such program will be organized section-wise (Junior, Middle, and Senior). School heads will discuss with their respective teachers and decide on the program by mid-April, 2014.

Teacher Professional Development

All the teachers will think about the PGP, make a concrete plan and submit in written to the section heads. Each section will decide the name of book to be read in collaboration and school heads will make necessary arrangements. Completion of TOC project by senior section and junior TOC project starts from 1st April 2014. TCV Education Director has convened a meeting of Principals of TCV schools in HP in order to discuss the implementation of TPD Project on March 19, 2014. Followings are some the main outcomes of the meeting.

Collaborative Practices

A three member team from Department of Education and Tibet Fund, Dharamsala visited 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

Teacher Professional Development

TCV Education Director has convened a meeting of Principals of TCV schools in HP in order to discuss the implementation of TPD Project on March 19, 2014. Followings are some the main outcomes of the meeting.
1. As per guidelines from the DoE/The Tibet Fund, TCV pilot schools will organize one collaborative learning program (book reading/discussion or lesson study or others) during the first semester. Since all the schools are relatively big with large number of teachers, such program will be organized section-wise (Junior, Middle, and Senior). School heads will discuss with their respective teachers and decide on the program by mid-April, 2014.

Orientation Programme on Teacher Professional Development

An orientation programme on Teacher Professional Development was held on 7th March 2014 at Sambhota Model School, Gangkyi in which 33 teachers including Principal and Headmistress of both upper and lower Petoen School took part. During the programme, teachers were divided into groups of five and collectively read the Teacher Professional Development Framework and Guidelines. The groups came up with different feedbacks.

Collaborative Practices in School (THF Rajpur)

A two member team from Department of Education and Tibet Fund, Dharamsala visited THF Rajpur as a part of On-site school visit to give support and guidance about the Teacher Professional Development Program. During their visit, the team spent two days and during their stay, they 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

Collaborative Practices in School (First Time)

Collaborative Practices in School (First Time)

A two member team from Department of Education and Tibet Fund, Dharamsala visited STS Chauntra 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 and 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.

Teacher Professional Development

30th May 2014: A lesson Demonstration was done at Infant Section, Upper TCV Dharamsala by the Montessori teacher during the 7th Period. All the group members along with the Headmaster Mr. Tenzin Choephel la gathered in the class.
The subject chosen was Mathematics and the medium of instruction was Tibetan. During the teaching, they aptly used the Number Game. After that a brief discussion was done with the headmaster and the professional Development Officer, Mr. Kalsang Wangdue la.

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