New Delhi: Oxford University Press (OUP), the world’s largest university press, has partnered with Centre for Teacher Accreditation (CENTA) for the 4th edition of CENTA’s flagship initiative, Teaching Professionals’ Olympiad (TPO) 2018. A national competition for teachers in the format of a multiple-choice test, TPO 2018 will be held this December 8 in 46 cities in India and at CENTA’s international centres in Dubai and Abu Dhabi.
Oxford University Press (OUP) India will sponsor the top two winners of TPO 2018 English tracks (Middle School and Secondary/Senior Secondary) to attend the two-week Oxford English Language Teachers’ Academy Masterclass at the University of Oxford, UK. The 2nd and 3rd rank holders of the Middle School English track and 2nd rank holders of Secondary and Senior Secondary English tracks will be sponsored for the Oxford Teachers’ Academy Online training programme in partnership with the University of Oxford; and rank holders 4th to 7th of the Middle School English track and rank holders 3rd to 5th of Secondary and Senior Secondary English tracks will receive sponsorship for OUP’s Online Teacher Training programme.
Speaking about OUP’s association with CENTA, Sivaramakrishnan Venkateswaran, Managing Director, Oxford University Press India said, “OUP firmly believes that the teacher is the principle pivot in the teaching-learning eco-system. OUP’s continued support to the CENTA organized Teaching Professionals’ Olympiad (TPO), is testimony to its long-term commitment to the professional development of teachers. Initiatives such as the TPO help teachers to gain insights into their competencies and create a developmental path for themselves. At OUP, we help teachers to accelerate their developmental journey by offering a wide range of online and offline teacher development programmes, including courses that are certified by the University of Oxford.”
Similarly, CENTA’s Founder and CEO, Ramya Venkataraman said, “We are very excited to continue this partnership with Oxford University Press India this year. The core idea of CENTA Teaching Professionals’ Olympiad (TPO) is to recognize and reward outstanding teachers in the country and more importantly, motivate individual ownership of teachers’ professional. This partnership and the prizes sponsored by OUP helps TPO achieve this objective, bringing highly relevant and sought-after training opportunities for the winning teachers.”This year, TPO is available in 21 subject tracks (up from 14 last year) across Primary, Middle, Secondary and Senior Secondary school levels. The Primary track (mix of Language, Maths and EVS) is also available in six language mediums this time – Hindi, Marathi, Kannada, Tamil and Telugu along with English.
Along with the OUP prizes, TPO 2018 winners have many more exciting and relevant prizes to look forward to. These include 100+ cash awards `1 lakh to `5000), sponsorship to world’s biggest education conference in Dubai, profiling in The Hindu group of publications, co-authoring the 2nd edition of ‘Chalk and Challenges’, a book on teaching perspectives and smartphones for toppers of the primary regional language tracks.