10th April 2014, One day Intensive workshop on Teacher Professional Development was conducted at Sambhota Tibetan School, Chauntra by the Department of Education with Mr. Kalsang Wangdu, Teachers Professional Development and Curriculum Officer at Tibetan Children Village School, Dharamsala as the resource person
Mr. Tsering Dhondup, Education Officer (Sc.), DoE who was accompanied by Mr. Tenzin Dhargyal, TEP Advisor at Tibet Fund, gave an introduction of the resource person, Mr. Kalsang Wangdue la and stressed on the importance of implementing this new project in various schools.
Mr. Kalsang talked about how the Teacher Professional Development document came into being. He elaborately gave his presentation on various topics such as Collaborative Learning, Lesson Study, Professional Growth Plan from the TPD guidelines that have been distributed for the teachers. There were 24 teachers including the Headmaster and the Principal. During the workshop, Mr. Kalsang also introduced some of the book for the Teacher's Reading corner. Speaking during the session, he said, "Teachers should not wait only for workshops and trainings as a part of developing professionally, they should make their own school Professional Development center by arranging discussions, lessons study etc".
The "Teacher's Professional Development Project" which came into being after rigorous discussions during the Education Advisory Council meeting, General Conference on Education and the school heads and Principals hopes to bring a new change in the education system in various Tibetan schools. The projected is being initiated by Department of Education with the fund from Tibet Fund and USAID. Presently, it is being implemented in 11 Pilot schools. And later it will be implemented in other Tibetan Schools as well. Earlier in January the school Heads and Principals of the 11 pilot schools had been given the workshop.
All the teachers gave full participation throughout the workshop session. The interaction between the teachers as well as with the resource person was very impressive.
The workshop was concluded with a vote of thanks from the school Head master Mr. Tenzin Choeyang and requested the teachers to work towards Teacher Professional Development.