Press Releases

September 6, 2010

Academy of Singapore Teachers

To build a teacher-led culture of professional excellence, the Ministry of Education (MOE) has established the Academy of Singapore Teachers. The Academy was launched at the Teachers’ Conference 2010 on 6 Sep by Minister for Education and Second Minister for Defence, Dr Ng Eng Hen.

To better prepare students for the 21st century, teachers will be required to deliver education that is increasingly customised and collaborative, while being grounded in sound moral and social values. To be able to deliver this, teachers will have to continuously acquire new knowledge and apply innovative pedagogies to be effective educators.

The Academy will champion the ethos of the teaching profession by fostering a culture of professional pride. Guided by the Teachers’ Vision, ‘Lead. Care. Inspire.’, it will lead and inspire teachers to raise their pedagogical standards and act as a focal point for teachers to gather and learn from one another. In the long run, the Academy will raise the level of professional practice in the classroom, and expertise across the system. It will also promote a culture of care and support for teachers’ well-being.

The Academy will be housed at an interim site at Malan Road (former St Andrew’s Junior College) in 2011 and will later be located at North Buona Vista Road, in the new MOE Phase II Headquarters Building situated next to the existing MOE Headquarters building. The entire headquarters complex will be named the Goh Keng Swee Centre for Education, and will house specialist academies such as the English Language Institute of Singapore (ELIS), Physical Education & Sports Teacher Academy (PESTA) and Singapore Teachers’ Academy for the Arts (STAR).

The Academy will be governed and guided by a Teachers’ Council, chaired by Director-General of Education, Ms Ho Peng, It will comprise leaders and professional experts from the teaching profession, as well as draw on teachers across generations to provide their input. The Executive Director of the Academy is Mr Manogaran Suppiah.

The programmes offered by the Academy are detailed in the Annex (60kb .pdf).

Background on Teachers’ Conference 2010

MOE is hosting its fifth biennial Teachers’ Conference on 6 and 7 September 2010 at SUNTEC Singapore International Convention and Exhibition Centre. Inaugurated in 2001, this year’s conference was opened by Dr Ng Eng Hen.

The theme for this year’s conference is “Deepening Professional Practice: Teachers as Learners, Teachers as Leaders”. It aims to inspire teachers to reflect on their teaching methods and broaden their repertoire of pedagogical skills so that they can become better equipped to teach in the 21st Century classroom. This entails challenging our teachers to become lifelong learners and to create a knowledge-based teaching fraternity.

The Teachers’ Conference 2010 will feature three teacher forums chaired by Principal Master Teachers with a panel of overseas and local education experts, and 72 concurrent sessions presented by teachers who will share their innovative ideas and experiences. Of these sessions, 10 will be presented by award-winning overseas teachers.

Learning Journeys have been organised to 12 organisations and educational institutions to expose participants to best practices in different organisations. These will be followed by in-depth discussions on how these practices can be adapted for schools. Some of these organisations include Apple, the Singapore Zoological Gardens, ST Electronics and LASALLE College of the Arts.