Shikshak Quest Arizona State University Partners with India to Empower Teacher Educators

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Shikshak Quest Arizona State University Partners with India to Empower Teacher Educators Shikshak Quest Arizona State University Partners with India to Empower Teacher Educators SCOPE OF WORK Project Overview: This grant will support ASU in providing a 3-month program of faculty development for 110 teacher educators from Indian teacher-training institutions. The goal is to enhance the educators capacity to prepare excellent teachers for Indias K-12 schools. The participants will be divided into two cohorts. The first cohort will arrive at ASU on September 15, 2013, and the second will arrive on September 15, 2014. I. Planning Visit to India: With contracted support from Institute of International Education (IIE), 3-5 ASU faculty make a 10-14 day trip to India to assist GOI and USAID in preparing 110 selected teacher educators for their U.S. experience and to finalize planning for Shikshak Quest i. Conduct needs assessment and benchmarking survey of teacher educators ii. Prepare and present workshop on U.S. education system and Shikshak Quest project iii. Participate in workshop on Indian education system and Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) goals for this project conducted by MHRD and USAID-India iv. Confer with MHRD officers, Indian scholars, educators and policy makers in finalizing curriculum and activities for teacher educators participating in Shikshak Quest II. Curriculum and Technology Development i. Develop course outlines, syllabi, and learning materials for one core course (Foundations of Learning and Instruction) and eight learning modules ii. Develop customized web portal to support communication of project information and interaction among participants, ASU faculty, and teachers in K-12 partner schools III. Participant Support i. Work with IIE to plan and execute processing services such as visa processing, security risk and fraud inquiry, medical clearances, assessment of English language ability, pre-departure orientation for participants, etc. ii. Hire and train a project coordinator who will provide 24/7 point of contact and support to participants iii. Secure convenient and appropriate housing, meal access, campus and offcampus transportation for participants K. WILCOX 2 iv. Arrange for participant access to ASU services (libraries, technology, medical services, student activities) v. Develop and implement participant orientation program IV. Implement 2 Iterations of Project Activities for 2 Cohorts of 55 Participants i. Engage, instruct and assess teacher educators in core course and 6 learning modules (4 required and 2 elective) ii. Support teacher educators in forming and conducting professional learning communities iii. Arrange and support teacher educators in observation and immersion visits to Phoenix-area K-12 schools iv. Provide training to participants in TAP Teacher and Student Advancement Program, in coordination with National Institute for Excellence in Teaching v. Through weekly discussion and writing clinics, support participants in developing long-essay proposals advocating specific reforms in the Indian education system vi. Support participants in exploring ASU assets in the learning sciences, educational technology, and curriculum development vii. Implement other learning opportunities for participants, such as visits to ASU partners (Pearson Digital Learning, Arizona Science Center, Arizona K-12 Center) viii. Implement mechanisms for sustaining collaboration with participants after they return to India (subscription to Teachers College Professional Learning Library; training in use of tagged video of teaching practice; minimum number of coaching sessions with ASU faculty; maintenance of Shikshak Quest web portal) ix. In coordination with IIE, plan and implement visit to Washington, D.C., just prior to participants return to India V. Mid-Course Visit to India i. After conducting Cohort 1 activities, 2-3 ASU faculty will visit India for follow-up evaluation discussions with the returned participants and MHRD/USAID officers ii. Conduct interviews with and observations of teacher educators to assess impact of Shikshak Quest on the participants knowledge and practice iii. Collaborate with MHRD/USAID officers to make refinements to the Shikshak Quest model for Cohort 2 participants, based on an evaluation of its effectiveness with Cohort 1 VI. Evaluation and Reporting i. With assistance of a contracted evaluator, conduct formative and summative evaluations of the projects impact on the participants knowledge, skills, and abilities on indices the project has targeted for change. Evaluate the operational efficiency of the project, as well. ii. Submit project monitoring and final reports to USAID as required.
Effective start/end date6/28/134/30/16


  • US Agency for International Development (USAID): $4,300,000.00


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