To support the long-term transformation of schools into high-performing, productive and collaborative spaces, the Education Department of the Dawoodi Bohra community, known as Attalim, has initiated two customised upskilling programmes for teachers and leaders, namely TLCP & ELCP, in partnership with Reniscience Education, an educational consulting firm and think tank based in Mumbai.
The Teaching and Learning Certification Programme (TLCP) is a multi-tiered and continuous learning programme that caters to all the teachers working in various capacities across the Attalim school network. Nearly 860 teachers have both physically and virtually attended TLCP workshops since its conception in 2021. The programme entered level II in 2022.
‘The primary purpose of TLCP is to provide the resources, training and the necessary scaffolding for school teachers to continuously improve their teaching practice in alignment with the Department’s performance rubric known as Attalim Teaching Professional Standards (ATPS),’ said Husain Bootwala, assistant coordinator of academics at the Education Department.
The ATPS is a framework of professional attributes, knowledge, understanding and skills in alignment with global best practices and the latest National Education Policy (NEP) of India. They lay out the expectations from the teaching faculty in all schools regarding their professional competencies, skills and conduct.
When asked about the program, Tasneem Neemuchwala, a school teacher said, ‘Given the fact that schools are located in different regions, the programme has incorporated a hybrid model of learning which enables teachers to meet their unique set of regional challenges.’
Additionally, the Educational Leadership Certification Programme (ELCP) has been specifically designed for the instructional leaders and Principals across the school network. Through the ELCP journey, leaders will become more knowledgeable, confident and capable of supporting their colleagues in delivering high-quality lessons and implementing research-based pedagogical practices.
Aliakbar Bandukwala, Senior Academic Coordinator at the Education Department said: ‘Like all professionals, teachers and leaders need to constantly update themselves on innovations in their field so that they may best serve their students and cohorts. There are currently 150 instructional leaders including school Principals who are benefitting from ELCP and 30 schools that have participated and benefitted from both these programmes thus far.’
Shabbar Gilitwala, Assistant Academic Coordinator said: ‘The strong and professional partnership between the Department & Reniscience, constant communication, leveraging of technology and detailed planning has made the effort worthwhile. Furthermore, the department has been mindful of establishing an ecosystem of support for all the schools to successfully implement and translate the learnings to the classroom in a seamless and organic manner.’
The Education department operates a number of schools across the world. Out of these, there are 46 schools located in India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka that offer robust and integrated curriculums for deep and transformational learning, seeking to nurture and bring forth the highest potential of each student.