The Centre for Teacher Accreditation (CENTA), a social enterprise for engaged in recognising teaching excellence and working towards catalazing professional teacher development, is going to hold a Teaching Professional’s Olympiad (TPO) to reward, recognize and celebrate teachers.
The Olympiad will be held in 22 cities across the country to enable maximum participation by teachers and schools. Scheduled on December 3rd, 2016, the annual event aims to bring out the best in participating teachers in the country.
Teachers will have 11 subject tracks to choose from across primary, middle and high school segments, including one track in Hindi medium. All tracks will have a substantial section on ‘classroom practice’, including innovative situation-response questions in the objective format itself.
This year, there will be two additional TPO Challenger tracks in the middle school segment – an in-depth test of subject expertise as well as classroom practice in the context of the particular subject.
Aiming to identify ‘master teachers’, the TPO Challenger is meant for teachers who are passionate about their respective subjects and keen to go deep into teaching methods in the subject.
The registration for TPO 2016 is in progress and entries have already come in from more than 25 states and over 200 cities andtowns.
The most number of registrations have been recieved from Delhi, followed by Hyderabad, Chennai and Mumbai. Some registrations have come from far off places as well such as Naugarh in Uttar Pradesh, Porbandar in Gujarat, Zira in Punjab, Karimnagar in Telengana and North Lakhimpur in Assam, among others.
Ramya Venkataraman, Co-Founder and CEO of CENTA, said, “We were thrilled by the enormous positive response to the very first edition last year by both the teachers and schools. It was amazing to see over 5000 registrations and from almost 300 cities, towns and villages coming to TPO centres to participate in this competition.”
All 13 subject track toppers will be invited and sponsored to attend the Global Education and Skills Conference 2017 by Varkey Foundation. Other winners will be awarded the opportunity of co-authoring a book to be published by the Central Square Foundation.
The HT Parekh Foundation is supporting 50 cash awards, including three awards of Rs 1 lakh each. Similar to last year, CENTA plans to announce more than 500 winners. Interested teachers can register at tpo-india.org.
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