Centre of Excellence in Teacher Education

Projects & Initiatives


A Multimodal Approach to Teacher Professional Development in low resource settings.


There is an urgent need to address the gaps in the professional development of teacher educators and teachers in South Asia, particularly in response to the requirements of the evolving educational reforms in the region. The use of distance learning technologies, action research and professional communities of practice remain largely untapped opportunities for teacher professional development in these countries. This project will implement elements of two innovative approaches on Teacher Professional Development (TPD) developed by the Centre of Excellence in Teacher Education(CETE), Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS). It is designed for under-resourced and developing contexts where it will be ...

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Capacity Building of Teacher Educators and Teachers on Constructive Teaching & Learning with Technology (CTLT)


The programme aims to build capacity of4,000 teachers and teacher educators across 10 states in the area of constructive teaching and learning with technology. The objectives of the programme are: (1) Create a robust cadre of Teacher Leaders who can: ◦ critically decide what is meaningful use of technology, design, adapt and blend technology resources to meet the needs of their students ◦ Confidently role model the use of distance and constructivist technology ◦ prepare and mentor teachers in their states   (2) Adapt strategies and build resources for diffusion of Continuous Teacher Professional Development programmes at scale.   (3) ...

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Connected Learning Initiative (CLIx)


The Connected Learning Initiative (CLIx) is a technology enabled initiative at scale for high school students. The initiative was seeded by Tata Trusts, Mumbai and is led by Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai and Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA, USA. CLIx offers a scalable and sustainable model of open education, to meet the educational needs of students and teachers. The initiative has won UNESCO's prestigious 2017 King Hamad Bin Isa Al-Khalifa Prize, for the Use of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in the field of Education.   CLIx incorporates thoughtful pedagogical design and leverages contemporary technology and  online capabilities. ...

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Connected Learning Initiative 2.0 (CLIx 2.0)


The Connected Learning Initiative (CLIx), is a collaborative project working to strengthen the ecosystem for quality in education in India. CLIx is a multi-state, multi-partner initiative seeded by the Tata Trusts, and led in phase 1(2015-2020) by the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai, INDIA (TISS) and Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, USA (MIT). CLIx is now in phase 2 of its journey and the Tata Trusts continue to be our anchor partner in this new phase. CLIx aims to improve teaching, teacher professional development and student learning through the use of ICT-enabled Open Education Resources (OER), and thoughtful use ...

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Connected Learning and Research on Inclusive Education (CLeaR on IE)


The CLeaR project is a research study on human resource development in inclusive education with a fundamental aim to ensure a more sustainable means of contributing substantially to the knowledge and practice of inclusive education, with a special focus on the education of children with disabilities. The study is intended to go beyond ascertaining challenges and bottle-necks in teacher preparation and focus on specific areas and needs to inform teacher education, both at the systemic level and in the classroom contexts. The objectives of the project are: To review international and national policies and related literature on teacher professional development ...

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Connected Learning for STEM (CL4STEM)


The project seeks to build capacities of middle and secondary school newly qualified teachers (NQT) in science and mathematics for fostering inclusive higher-order learning in their classrooms. It aims to pilot the Connected Learning Initiative (CLIx, https://clix.tiss.edu ) innovation, developed and scaled in India, to new contexts in Bhutan, Nigeria, and Tanzania, through a South-South collaboration, and research its effectiveness and potential for scaling. CL4STEM is funded by the IDRC under the Global Partnership for Education Knowledge and Innovation Exchange (GPE-KIX) and is one of the ten awardees of the reputed global KIX awards. The project comprises of - Knowledge ...

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DIET Strengthening Programme


TISS provides academic support to DIETs in Karnataka to emerge as vibrant educational resource centres, and effectively implement the DIET's programmes and build teacher educators capacity through the post graduate certificate programme – Contemporary Education Perspectives. The Centrally Sponsored Scheme for Teacher Education aims to strengthen teacher education in the country. This scheme has continued to fund state Governments to support these Teacher Education Institutes.  Recently MHRD had constituted a committee to recommend revitalising DIETs and recommended that DIETs develop vibrant district resource centres to strengthen teachers’ professional development. Karnataka has recently adopted an Elementary Teacher Education Curriculum that envisages ...

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Integrated approach to Technology in Education (ITE)


The Integrated approach to Technology in Education (ITE) is an initiative of the Tata Trusts in eighteen mostly rural locations in Eastern and Northern India that had reached over 17,000 underserved children by 2015 and continues to grow. Initiated in 2012, the central concept of ITE is to integrate digital technologies into the curriculum and instructional plans of teachers in government schools and other learning centres participating in the initiative. Adopting a largely constructivist pedagogical framework, the initiative seeks to improve teaching and learning processes and foster authentic and project based learning for the older children and adolescents in some ...

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Pandit Madan Mohan Malviya National Mission on Teachers and Teaching (PMMMNMTT)- School of Education


The support extended to TISS under the School of Education component of the PMMMNMTT is expected to enable the Institute contribute to strengthening teacher education and professional development, with a specific focus in improving curriculum and pedagogy in PSTE and inset for teachers and school HMs towards use of ICT and OERs in schools PSTE, INSET and for TE. TISS is leveraging its expertise in use of OERs and ICT in Education developed through its flagship field action programmes CLIx and ITE to develop expertise among teachers for ICT integration. TISS has launched an initiative for Excellence in Teacher Education ...

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SPARC Re-Imagining Teacher Education


Teachers and their work have been the focus of attention globally especially in the current context of addressing issues related to equity and quality in education. One of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG 4) set by the United Nations General Assembly in 2015 identifies teachers as a vital element of the education system to ensure inclusive and quality education for all and promote lifelong learning. Improving the quality of education and learning outcomes will require more than getting teachers into the classroom: those teachers need to be qualified according to high-level professional standards and trained and supported throughout their career ...

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Teachers Education Masters Programme (TEMP)


Teachers Education Masters Programme (TEMP) is a 2-year masters programme offered by TISS, designed for teacher educators in collaboration with the Swedish Committee for Afghanistan & Teacher Educator Dept, Govt of Afghanistan. MA Education (Teacher Education) is being offered to 40 teacher educators from Afghanistan, under an agreement with the Swedish Committee for Afghanistan (2018-2020). This two years masters programme includes 25 men and 15 women, from different provinces of Afghanistan. Classes are held in Kabul and Mumbai, and TISSx is used as an online platform for students and teachers to stay connected throughout the programme. The courses include education ...

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Technology Enabled Learning for Teachers & Adolescents for 21st century (TELTA 21)


The Technology Enabled Learning for Teachers & Adolescents for the 21st century (TELTA 21) project aims to capacitate teachers and adolescents from the government schools in Mumbai to adapt technologies for deep, connected, and authentic learning so that they can improve their own and their communities' lives. The project aspires to enable adolescents (classes 6 to 10) from government schools to be 21st century learners (analytical and critical thinkers, innovative producers, technology adapters) through technology enabled learning activities. The proposed project will also provide direct collaborations and innovations, and project based & problem-based learning (Leap-Quests) to adolescent students through digital ...

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