Centre for Teacher Accreditation (CENTA®) is making teaching an aspirational profession by assessing and certifying the competencies of teachers, connecting them to career opportunities, rewards and recognition, and supporting their professional development. CENTA® equally helps schools and systems attract, develop, grow and retain great teachers. This leads to a virtuous cycle where many more teachers are motivated to improve their competencies and aspiring teachers see this as a valid career option – therefore fundamentally improving the quality of education.
Overview of CENTA’s Mission and Model
CENTA® : a Registered Certification Trademark
Certifies teacher competencies through high-reliability well-benchmarked assessments
CENTA certified teachers get various career opportunities
• Promotion, Salary hike
• Rewards, recognition, international exposure
• Jobs in India and select global locations
This leads to ‘pull’ for teacher training and improvement:
• Creating demand for training/tech products/service companies
• Teaching becomes aspirational as a profession and career
• Fundamental and sustained improvement in quality of education
Set up in 2014 and based in India, CENTA® is a Registered Certification Trademark in its home country and is rapidly getting increasing international recognition.
Over last seven years, CENTA® has built MyCENTA- an online thriving and rapidly growing community of teachers.
Ramya Venkataraman has held a deep interest in the education sector for a long time and is known for several pioneering initiatives in the sector. An alum of IIT Delhi and IIM Calcutta from the 1990s, prior to founding CENTA®, Ramya was with consulting firm McKinsey & Company for 15+ years. She built and headed the firm’s education practice in India in the last 5 years and worked in several other industry sectors and geographies – India, North America, Europe, Asia – in the first 10 years, a broader professional experience that she brings to her work in education.
Ramya has been recognized widely including as one of 15 ‘Women Transforming India’ by NITI Aayog and United Nations and as an Ashoka Fellow, the foremost global network of social entrepreneurs.
As a registered Certification Trademark in education, CENTA® reviews and affiliates education products and services, including online teacher training modules, teacher workshops, tools and so on. Affiliated products and services are made available and recommended on MyCENTA teachers’ community, and also form part of CENTA®’s institutional initiatives.
CENTA® has received multiple national and international recognitions over the years for its contributions.
CENTA® features in the list of the top 60 social enterprises in Asia, published by the Development Bank of Singapore and the National University of Singapore – out of 1000+ enterprises from 27 countries. The DBS-NUS Social Venture Challenge Asia identifies ventures with the potential to generate positive, scalable and sustainable social impact in Asia.
Member, Global Alliance on Teachers, 2016-17; alongside Harvard GSE, NIE Singapore, University of Finland and others.
CENTA® founder-CEO among 15 ‘Women Transforming India’ by NITI Aayog and UN, 2019, among 50 ‘Leaders reviving Indian education’ by Education World, 2020; recipient of Distinguished Alumni Awards from both IIT Delhi and IIM Calcutta
One of two entities from India invited into UNESCO’s International Teacher’s Task Force, 2019
“Chalk and Challenges”, a book co-authored by CENTA® TPO 2015 and TPO 2016 winners, with forewords from MHRD and NCTE leaders, was presented to all National Teacher Awardees, felicitated by Shri Venkaiah Naidu
Only contributor from India to ‘World Class’, published by Routledge Education, 2017
Knowledge Patner to NITI Aayog in India; 2017-18
CENTA® is a registered Certification Trademark
Several Indian States encourage their teachers to participate in CENTA Teaching Professionals’ Olympiad…
…and many have rewarded, felicitated and incentivized their winning teachers