Centre for Teaching & Learning Excellence at Yusof Ishak Secondary School to Boost Professional Development of Educators

Published Date: 23 September 2015 12:00 AM

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1. Teachers play a key role in bringing out the best in every child by delivering quality learning experiences for our students. In line with continual efforts to boost professional development opportunities for our Singapore teachers, Yusof Ishak Secondary School will host a Centre for Teaching & Learning Excellence. A network of master teachers and experts from Academy of Singapore Teachers (AST), the National Institute of Education (NIE) and the Ministry of Education (MOE) will be attached to the Centre. They will co-teach with teachers from Yusof Ishak Secondary School as they conduct in-situ professional development.

2. It is befitting for this school to host the Centre to provide this new model of authentic onsite professional development of teachers as it embodies Mr Yusof Ishak’s pioneering spirit and convictions in developing and enabling individuals to be at their best.

3. Teachers from schools across Singapore as well as student teachers will be able to participate in the training and professional development opportunities conducted at the Centre. Participants can learn by observing Master Teachers, NIE lecturers and teachers from Yusof Ishak Secondary School demonstrate progressive teaching methods in a real classroom setting. The Master Teachers or NIE lecturers will conduct professional discussions with participants following these demonstration lessons.

4. The range of professional development opportunities at the Centre will go beyond the teaching strategies of academic subjects to include strategies for developing students’ socio-emotional competencies, character and values.

5. The benefits of the Centre are expected to accrue not just to students and teachers from Yusof Ishak Secondary School, but across other schools as teacher-participants will bring back new insights and strategies to their respective schools and in turn demonstrate and cascade them to their colleagues. The Centre’s efforts will complement the existing programmes at AST and NIE in raising the professional competencies of teachers in the entire system.

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