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School-based Teacher Professional Development Workshop 5th - 26th July 2016

North India: For the first time in the history of the Department of Education, Central Tibetan Administration, we have two resource persons coming far from Ontario, Canada, to go on journey to visit and provide workshops at various Tibetan schools under the program titled 'School-based Teacher Professional Development (TPD) Workshop by TPD Specialists' funded by the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development (DFATD), Canada.

230 Tibetan teachers from fifteen different schools around North India benefitted from this workshop. The first two-day workshop was held on 5th and 7th July 2016 at Tibetan Children Village (TCV) Lower. Followed by TCV Gopalpur on 11th and 12th July, TCV Chauntra on 13th and 14th, TCV Suja on 15th and 16th, STS Manali on 18th, STS Paonta on 21st and 22nd, and the final workshop at STS Dekyiling on 25th and 26th July 2016.

The workshop focuses on the significance of individual teachers to be more observant of their reactions toward students' behavior and to reflect more often on their daily lessons. Dr. Roy Greenwood, specialized in neuro-education, University of Toronto, facilitates the teacher participants into understanding some of the commonly occurring behavioral problems in classrooms particularly by teenage boys, unlike the girls. He also provides various real life examples to substantiate how a simple research could help a teacher in understanding the complex nature of students in classes and also clarifies some of the stereotypical perceptions teachers in general have of their students' behaviors.

Dr. Nancy Greenwood, University of Toronto, on the other hand, familiarizes the teachers with how they can apply the understandings of the differences in the growth of the two genders into the classroom activities. She engages the teachers into various activities that would cater to the different bits of intelligence of learners.

The speakers highly encourage the participating teachers to make use of the available research and findings done by the corporates and how these research could modify to suit their classroom contexts.

This timely program was made possible with the financial support from the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development (DFATD), Canada.