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  • Live with Dr. Shalini Rajneesh, Karnataka Ed Secretary, on CENTA TPO

    #TeacherCompetencies series, #FBLive, November 2, 2018

    In this special CENTA #TeacherCompetencies and TPO series Facebook Live, Dr. Shalini Rajneesh, Principal Secretary of Government of Karnataka’s Primary and Secondary Education Department, joins us Live on video (she could not join in person due to an exigency), where we present her video messages to teachers of Karnataka, encouraging their participation in the CENTA Teaching Professionals' Olympiad (TPO) 2018. Dr. The award-winning administrator also talks about the role of TPO within her larger vision for education and teacher motivation in Karnataka and her journey as a leader, an administrator and a harbinger of public service reform and e-governance.The session also sees CENTA CEO, Ramya Venkataraman and CENTA TPO Program Head, Rohan Joshi answer questions from the audience about TPO 2018 in Karnataka.

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  • Want to make your classrooms student-centric? Learn from the experts.

    #TeacherCompetencies series, #FBLive, October 26, 2018

    In continuation of the CENTA #TeacherCompetencies series, we bring you a special session in collaboration with TPO 2018 sponsor, Oxford University Press India (OUP), on Classroom Communication and Content Development & Planning. These competencies are mapped by the CENTA Standards which is the base for the Teaching Professionals’ Olympiad (TPO) 2018. In conversation with certified trainer of Oxford Teachers’ Academy, Sonali Bhattarcharya, CENTA Certification Head, Priyanka Arya talks about how teachers can focus on engaging with students to create a learner-centric environment with communication as the building block.
    Oxford Teachers’ Academy is a professional development programme of Oxford University Department for Continuing Education, U.K. of Oxford University UK. Sonali conducts workshops on English Language Teaching, Teacher Development and Teacher-Learner Motivation for Oxford University Press.

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  • Teaching Careers in UAE and Role of CENTA

    #TeacherCareerOpportunities series, #FBLive, October 17, 2018

    How can teaching become a global career? How can teachers and teacher candidates from India access global opportunities? In this exclusive Facebook Live from Dubai,Dr. Linda Rush, Senior Vice President of TELLAL Institute UAE talks to CENTA CEO, Ramya Venkataraman on career opportunities for teachers in UAE and the role CENTA Certification of teacher competencies can play in making teaching aspirational as a career in India and globally. TELLAL and CENTA work closely together in creating career opportunities in UAE for teachers from India. The session also saw the announcement of TELLAL as Lead Partner of the 4th edition of CENTA Teaching Professionals' Olympiad (TPO) 2018 in UAE.

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  • The Media-Education Interface

    #TeacherCareerOpportunities series, #FBLive, October 12, 2018

    What role does a media leader play in driving constructive discussions on school quality? What does he feel about the role of teachers in determining the quality of a school? And how can media celebrate this role? Hear from Dilip Thakore, Publisher & Editor of Education World India, on his personal journey, how he is trying to drive the dialogue on school quality and the role media can play in celebrating outstanding teachers and the teaching profession - in conversation with CENTA CEO & Founder, Ramya Venkataraman.

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  • Making tough topics easy for your students

    #TeacherCompetencies series, #FBLive, October 10, 2018

    He holds Rank 4 All-India in IIT JEE, one of India’s most competitive exams. He co-founded and heads AhaGuru, the hugely successful online education portal to enhance Science and Math learning for school students. Live from Chennai, India, the celebrated educationist and IIT Madras alum, Dr. Balaji Sampath talks to CENTA Founder-Director, Anjali Jain, on how teachers can help enhance students’ conceptual understanding of a subject – sequence topics correctly, identify misconceptions, understand insights from assessment, etc. – with live demos, first-hand experiences and much more!

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  • Meet TPO's First National Topper, Live from Pune!

    #TeacherCompetencies series, #FBLive, September 25, 2018

    Bringing you her experience of winning the first ever CENTA Teaching Professionals' Olympiad (TPO), seasoned educator, Ms. Mansa Pande talks to CENTA's Rohan Joshi live from Pune. The TPO 2015 National Topper also shares her journey as a teaching professional AND answers audience questions about TPO live!

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  • Making teaching aspirational - What can school leaders do?

    #TeacherCareerOpportunities series, #FBLive, September 11, 2018

    Teachers, aspiring teachers and school leaders, this one's specially for you! Live from Mumbai, CENTA CEO Ramya Venkataraman talks to Francis Joseph, Co-Founder of School Leaders Network Foundation and Steering & Management Member, Maharashtra International Education Board, on how teaching can be an aspirational career and the crucial role played by school leaders, and about Francis’ own inspiring journey.

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  • Live from Erode, with TPO winning and CENTA Certified principal!

    #TeacherCompetencies series, #FBLive, September 6, 2018

    Every year, CENTA TPO receives a high number of participation from Tier 2 and 3 cities in India. Live from Erode, TPO winner AND CENTA Certified school principal, Mr. Sathishkumar Palanisamy shares his experience of writing and winning India's biggest competition for teachers.

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  • Meet two-time winner of TPO and the Principal of DPS B'lore

    #TeacherCompetencies series, #FBLive, August 30, 2018

    This special Live session sees two-time winner of Teaching Professionals' Olympiad and the Principal of Delhi Public School Electronic City Bangalore, Ms. Anupama Ramachandra talk to CENTA’s Assessment Lead, Rahul Panda about her TPO experience and why teachers should participate in the national competition. “TPO made me a voracious learner once more! To be a teacher and to be an effective mentor, I have to keep updating myself on new trends and developments and TPO provided me with that opportunity," she says.

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  • How you can make Science fun for your students

    #TeacherCompetencies series, #FBLive, August 17, 2018

    CENTA CEO, Ramya Venkataraman talks to social entrepreneur, Ravi Rangan S, CEO of ThinkTac and Founding Trustee of Innovation & Science Promotion Foundation (ISPF), on how conceptual understanding of your subject, a core competency that CENTA Teaching Professionals’ Olympiad (TPO) tests, can help you make learning more fun in your classrooms. ThinkTac and ISPF work towards helping children master subjects like Science through fun and innovative programmes. ISPF also collaborates closely with the Raman Research Institute (RRI) Trust to conduct workshops and teacher training programmes at Sir C.V. Raman’s house in Bangalore!

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  • HOW, WHAT, WHY - CENTA Certification & Micro-Credentials

    #TeacherCompetencies #TeacherCareerOpportunities series, #FBLive, June 8, 2018

    CENTA Certified teacher, Ms. Jaipriya Balaji from National Public School Bangalore shares her journey as a teaching professional, how CENTA Certification has helped advance her professional development and why a teacher should take the Certification towards better opportunities, recognition and rewards.

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  • Teaching as a career and competencies for a good teacher

    #TeacherCompetencies #TeacherCareerOpportunities series, #FBLive, May 22, 2018

    Why you can aspire to teach and what are the competencies that make a good teacher - hear it from CENTA Certified Principal of Lodha World School, Ms. Asha Narayanan in conversation with CENTA CEO, Ramya Venkataraman. If you are a teacher or aspiring to teach, watch this!

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  • Top 10 FAQs about CENTA Certification

    #TeacherCompetencies #TeacherCareerOpportunities series, #FBLive, April 6, 2018

    In this session, CENTA’s Priyanka Arya and Kartik Menon answer frequently asked questions about CENTA Certification and Micro-Credentials, live on Facebook.

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  • Exclusively for CENTA TPO 2017 winners, India's eminent physicist, Professor Dr. H C Verma holds a special webinar for Physics toppers!

    "Every child has potential. A teacher needs to have the right empathy and understanding to shape and realize that potential in a student." This was just one of the many learning that the winners of CENTA Teaching Professionals' Olympiad (TPO) 2017 Physics track took in during a special webinar conducted exclusively for them by India's eminent physicist, Professor Dr. H C Verma.

    The lively session was peppered with tips and life lessons from Dr. Verma delivered with his characteristic humour at times, much to the thrill of his audience. "Prof. Verma floored us with his humour and practical tips on introducing concepts to children - such an eminent personality who was at ease happily sharing his experiences and encouraging us," said one of the participants sharing her experience.

    The webinar held on May 7 was facilitated by CENTA's Nikhil Tripathi who also presented Dr. Verma with a copy of 'Chalk and Challenges', a book on teaching perspectives authored by past winners of CENTA TPO, as a token of our gratitude. A big THANK YOU goes out to Dr. Verma, goSeekr and all the participants for making this webinar possible!

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  • CENTA TPO 2017 winners shine at world’s biggest education conference, GESF in Dubai | March 17-18, 2018

    One of the most highly coveted prizes for winners of Teaching Professionals’ Olympiad (TPO) 2017 was the sponsorship to attend the Global Education & Skills Forum (GESF) in Dubai. An initiative of the Varkey Foundation (CENTA TPO partner and sponsor of the prize), GESF is an annual event which marked its sixth edition this year and witnessed more than 2,000 delegates at share, debate and shape new ways for education to transform our world, over two days. The Forum culminates in the awarding of the Global Teacher Prize.

    On Saturday-Sunday, TPO 2017 Subject Toppers not only got a chance to meet, interact and learn from some of the biggest global changemakers in education, but were also felicitated on their TPO achievement by Professor Oon Seng Tan, Director of National Institute of Education Singapore! Here are some snapshots from their felicitation which was followed by a short session with CENTA CEO, Ramya Venkataraman on the winners’ GESF experience and on winning the TPO.

    Watch the session broadcast live on Facebook here.

  • Omidyar Network honours women entrepreneurs changing education (March 15, 2018)

    "Wendy Kopp, founder of Teach for America and Teach For All, Shaheen Mistri, founder of Teach For India, Ramya Venkataraman, founder of CENTA in India and Erica Butow, co-founder of Ensina Brasil, are preparing more educators to lead and teach those most in need globally." Omidyar Network celebrates 'Women's History Month' with 25 women founders and leaders in its Global Education Portfolio. Over 40% of all education organizations it supports are led by women - and CENTA is one of them! Three cheers for 'women pursuing big, bold visions towards positive change for millions of children and families in global education' everywhere. Thank you!

  • First set of CENTA Certified teachers announced!

    We are pleased to announce 14 CENTA Certificates and 15 Micro-Credentials across the three levels of CENTA Certification. Three teachers have been certified in Level One (new teachers) and five teachers in Level Two (experienced teachers). Level Three (senior teachers) saw the maximum number with six teachers certified! We have also awarded 15 CENTA Micro-Credentials in Subject Expertise (9), Content Development (4) and Classroom Communication (2). Based on the rigorous CENTA Standards and evaluated by our panel of Expert Assessors, CENTA Certification is designed to be indicators of teaching competencies in line with well-accepted parameters. CENTA also offers Micro-Credentials, which are credits or badges for specific modules or themes, for teachers showing exceptional competence on those themes.

  • Ramya Venkataraman (Founder and CEO) contributes to a recent global book

    We are proud to share an absolutely incredible achievement of our Founder and CEO, Ramya Venkataraman. Ramya is one of the contributors to the recent global book (and the only contributor from India): 'World Class – Tackling the Ten Biggest Challenges Facing Schools Today', edited by the internationally acclaimed pair of David James and Ian Warwick and published by Routledge Education.

  • Centre for Teacher Accreditation (CENTA) featured in the list of the top 60 social enterprises in Asia

    Centre for Teacher Accreditation (CENTA) featured in the list of the top 60 social enterprises in Asia, published by Development Bank of Singapore and National University of Singapore – out of 1000+ applicants from 27 countries. The DBS - NUS Social Venture Challenge Asia identifies innovative social ventures that have the potential to generate positive, scalable and sustainable social impact in Asia.

  • CENTA and Central Square Foundation to publish a book on teaching practices

    CENTA and Central Square Foundation to publish a book on teaching practices, with chapters co-authored by winning teachers of the CENTA Teaching Professionals' Olympiad 2015 and 2016.

    One of the very exciting prizes of the CENTA Teaching Professionals’ Olympiad TPO 2016 was a book on effective teaching practices, which was co-authored by 31 winning teachers. This book was facilitated by Central Square Foundation and provided the teachers a platform to share their knowledge and experience to a much wider audience. The book is currently under publication and will be launched on 5th September, 2017.
    We hope to continue this tradition of providing the winners this unique opportunity. Even this year, each of the following winners will be invited to contribute to a book on great teaching practices (specific themes to be discussed later), to be curated and published by Central Square Foundation.

    • Overall Top 10 national rank-holders.
    • Subject Topper for each of the 17 subject tracks.
    • 1st, 2nd and 3rd rank holders of each of the three Challenger tracks.
    • Five additional winners serving in tough socio-economic settings, as decided by a panel.

    A few winners from TPO 2018 will also be contributing to the book, providing a unique opportunity for winners from the two years to interact.
  • Winners attend the Global Education and Skills Forum in Dubai.
    Winners of the CENTA Teaching Professionals Olympiad TPO 2016 attend the Global Education and Skills Forum in Dubai. Click here for details.