The Professional Development for Center Teachers is as follows:
Pre Service Training – Teacher Training Institute
Prior to the start of the academic year, Akanksha runs a month long teacher training institute to induct new teachers, develop fundamentals of teaching, and refresh concepts for returning teachers.
The first part of the Teacher Training Institute is a residential component where all new teachers are brought together for a residential, full time training. This component aims at inducting teachers into the mission, vision, philosophy and culture of Akanksha. Apart from getting to know Akanksha, the teachers also have the opportunity to explore themselves as they delve into deep reflections. This is also a time where the teachers get to build relationships with other teachers with diverse backgrounds.
The second part of the Teacher Training Institute is attended by new and returning teachers at Akanksha. This gives the teachers a chance to meet and get to know the entire teams they will be working with. The education convention aims to equip teachers with technical tools that enable them to be excellent teachers in their classrooms. From planning, to differentiated instructions methods, to classroom management techniques, the teachers are exposed to various instructional tools that would help them in their classrooms.
After the education convention, new teachers are exposed to different classroom situations in order to prepare them for actual teaching. During this period, the teachers have the opportunity to observe other teachers in action in their classrooms and have debriefing sessions after these observations. This enables them to learn various techniques already being used in the classrooms. After a week of observations, the teachers then start teaching in their own classrooms. Debrief sessions help teachers share their experiences, find support within the group as well as start the process of becoming reflective practitioners.
In Service Training
Becoming effective teachers is a continuous process of reflection, learning and honing of skills. Akanksha regularly provides opportunities to teachers for their professional development. This can be in the form of trainings on specific topics or for specific groups of teachers. The teachers get the opportunity to interact with and learn from various experienced practitioners. Various outbound trainings are also provided to the teachers where they have the chance to visit other organizations and learn from them.
Support and Mentorship
Akanksha understands that teaching is a difficult job and endeavors to provide support to all its teachers. Every teacher has a mentor who acts as a support and guide, coaches them through their initial struggles in the classrooms, helps them plan effectively, models lessons for them, pushes them to set high targets for their students, and motivates them through any tough times.