Oxford University Press partners with CENTA to conduct Teaching Professionals’ Olympiad

Oxford University Press India has partnered with the Centre for Teacher Accreditation (CENTA) for the Teaching Professionals’ Olympiad (TPO), a first-of-its-kind national competition to reward, recognise and celebrate teachers.

More about Teaching Professionals’ Olympiad (TPO):

  • TPO 2017 will be held in 14 subject tracks and four languages (English, Hindi, Tamil and Telugu), across 28 cities in India and one centre in Dubai on December 9
  • Designed as a two-hour multiple-choice objective test, the TPO focuses on subject pedagogy, classroom practices, and logical ability and communication skills of teachers
  • It also offers a unique challenger track which is an additional test for in-depth subject expertise aimed to identify teachers with great conceptual depth of the subject.

Sponsorship to winners:

Oxford University Press (OUP), the world’s largest university press, will sponsor the top two winners of the English Challenger track for a two week Oxford English Language Teachers’ Academy Masterclass at the University of Oxford, UK. The third to sixth rank holders in the English Challenger track will be sponsored for the Oxford Teachers’ Academy online training programme in partnership with the University of Oxford; and rank holders seventh to sixteen will receive sponsorship for OUP’s Online Teacher Training Programme.

Here’s what Managing Director, Oxford University Press India said:

“Oxford University Press strongly believes that the teacher is the key pivot to deliver quality education in our institutions, and hence we view their professional development as vital for the entire education eco-system,” said Sivaramakrishnan V, Managing Director, Oxford University Press India. OUP’s wide range of training workshops and programmes for teachers are designed to further nurture quality teaching practices in India.

He added, “We are excited about our partnership with the CENTA Teaching Professionals’ Olympiad which is a unique platform to reward and recognise teachers.”

In addition to the training opportunities sponsored by Oxford University Press, winners of TPO 2017 can look forward to a wide range of rewards from other organisations: 17 winners will attend the Global Education and Skills Forum in Dubai.

They will also get a unique opportunity to co-author a book to be published by Central Square Foundation. Schools and BEd colleges/teacher education institutions with the maximum number of winners will also get Dell desktop PCs.

Also, 50 winners will receive ‘social impact awards’ from Michael and Susan Dell Foundation and 800 winners will get ‘TPO Certificates’ from CENTA. Every participant will receive a detailed confidential performance report.

“The response from teachers to this initiative has been overwhelming. Over 15,000 teachers are now part of the growing TPO community. The participants over the last two years have come from 500+ cities, towns and villages across the country, travelling to their nearest test centre. This kind of response motivates us to continue making this initiative which is truly valuable and one-of-its-kind for teachers,” said Ramya Venkataraman, Founder and CEO of CENTA.

About CENTA:

Centre for Teacher Accreditation (CENTA) is a social enterprise that aims to recognize and celebrate teaching excellence and catalyze teacher professional development. It was founded by two committed professionals, Ramya Venkataraman (IIT Delhi and IIM Calcutta alumnus) and Anjali Jain (PEC Chandigarh and IIM Calcutta alumnus). CENTA has been making inroads into the teaching community and looks at addressing the broader education landscape in India and beyond. As a part of reputed education and teaching groups, networks and committees in and outside India, CENTA aspires to engage with each one in their efforts to bring about a positive change in the sector. For instance, CENTA is part of the Global Alliance on Teachers, an informal group of 10 organizations from around the world facilitated by Varkey Foundation — other members include Harvard Graduate School of Education, National Institute of Education Singapore, University of Helsinki Finland, and transnational associations in Europe and Africa.

About TPO:

TPO 2017 is based on the Centre for Teacher Accreditation (CENTA) Standards, a set of well-defined competencies for teachers. TPO covers a subset of the CENTA Standards and candidates can go through the practical assessment post the TPO to attain the CENTA Certificates. CENTA offers Level 1, 2 and 3 Certificates for new, experienced and senior teachers, respectively. The CENTA Certificates aims to create a career path and opportunities for teachers and serve as a pointer for schools in their recruitment and professional development efforts. TPO is common for teachers across experience levels. Participants include school teachers (private and government), supplemental or tuition teachers, people working in various education organisations, teaching fellows and BEd. students as well as several individuals interested in teaching.

Meanwhile, the registrations are ongoing and will close on October 31.

About Oxford University Press India

Oxford University Press is a department of the University of Oxford. It furthers the University’s objective of excellence in research, scholarship, and education by publishing worldwide. OUP is the world’s largest university press with the widest global presence. It currently publishes several education, reference and academic publications every year, has offices in around sixty countries, and employs nearly 6,000 people worldwide. OUP’s diverse publishing programme includes scholarly work in all academic disciplines, school and college textbooks, children’s books, materials for teaching English, dictionaries and reference books, and academic journals. OUP also provides digital learning solutions designed to meet learning needs of the contemporary learner.