Canada Tibet Committee contributes expertise to Tibetan Teacher Professional Development project
January 4, 2013 - Along with her colleagues at the Tibetan Department of Education (DoE) and the Tibet Education Project (TEP, a Tibet Fund project), Canada Tibet Committee Board member, Dr. Mati Bernabei, has recently completed facilitating a three day workshop for school heads (Principals and Head Teachers) from 11 different Tibetan schools. The workshop introduced to school heads a new Professional Development Framework for educators.
Dr. Bernabei has been liaising with the DoE and the TEP for the past several months, helping to develop a framework that substantially shifts responsibility for leading and initiating educational change into the hands of teachers themselves. Head offices will continue to provide substantial support, striving to more fully empower the teachers as self-directed professionals. The goal is to support all educators in their individual professional growth, while also encouraging and facilitating their efforts toward school and system-wide development goals.
The workshop provided the school heads an opportunity to share experiences, ideas, questions and concerns about professional development in general, and about potential strategies and challenges they may face in the implementation of the new Framework within the schools. Their commitment to the care and education of Tibetan children, and their concern for Tibetan community in general, was evidenced in their enthusiastic and passionate support for a paradigm shift in their professional practice that might help to more fully empower individuals and the community as a whole.
With the goal of individual and community empowerment in mind, the school heads provided rich and substantive suggestions for revisions to the first draft of the Framework document. Implementation in schools is to begin in the spring of 2014.
The workshop was organized by the Department of Education of the Central Tibetan Administration and funded by The Tibet Fund with support from USAID.