Partners such as Dell, Oxford University Press, Central Square Foundation, Varkey Foundation and title sponsor, The Hindu, make this national competition for teachers, to be held on December 9th in 29 cities, even more exciting.
With registrations having already come in from over 500 cities and towns in India and from Dubai, CENTA’s first international centre, CENTA Teaching Professionals’ Olympiad TPO 2017 could outflank the sweeping response of its previous editions, even as registrations close on November 12th.
A first-of-its-kind national competition to reward, recognize and celebrate teachers, Centre for Teacher Accreditation (CENTA) TPO is a two-hour objective multiple-choice test based on the CENTA Standards and also contributes scores to the CENTA Certification. CENTA aims to create high quality career pathways for teachers, catalyze their professional development and drive tangible motivation for the teaching profession.
Registered teaching professionals are from private and government schools across boards (State Board, CBSE, ICSE, IGCSE, IB) as well as B. Ed colleges and teacher education institutes.
TPO winner from 2016, Ms. Sreedevi Nair from KC High in Chennai, says, “It is always encouraging to receive any kind of acknowledgement for one's work. Participating in the CENTA Olympiad gave me that – a pat on my back!” Ms. Nair is part of the growing TPO community of 15000+ teachers across India.
TPO 2017 is presented by The Hindu once again and supported by Central Square Foundation, Dell, Oxford University Press and Varkey Foundation. According to CENTA spokespersons, partners play a very important role in TPO by bringing highly relevant and coveted prizes for teachers and also helping CENTA maintain regular connect with needs on the ground.
For example, Dell will be rewarding 5 schools and 5 B.Ed. colleges with most number of winners, a Dell PC and letter of appreciation each. All participants can also look forward to a Dell discount voucher, while non-metro participants will have access to Dell Aarambh’s certified training on technology. Oxford University Press will enable top two winners of the English Challenger track to join a global cohort of teachers in the English Language Teachers’ Academy Masterclass at Oxford University!
Ms. Ritu Gupta, Director, Marketing, Consumer & Small Business, Dell India says, “Technology is integral not just to students, but also their teachers. Teachers being one of the pillars for Dell Aarambh and CENTA Teaching Professionals’ Olympiad being a unique platform to reward, recognize and celebrate teachers, we are proud to support this initiative.”
Registrants this year not only include school teachers, supplemental teachers, professional fellows in education and B. Ed/D. Ed students but also several principals, school coordinators and even some parents! Chennai, Bengaluru, Coimbatore, Delhi and Madurai lead the registrations, with Hyderabad, Mumbai and the Lucknow-Varanasi belt following closely.
The eagerness and enthusiasm of TPO 2017’s registrants will be duly matched by the event’s offerings this year. There are 14 subject tracks and three Challenger tracks. The Challenger is an innovative additional test for in-depth subject expertise and pedagogical practices in the context of that subject. Participants who score above a cut-off can get the CENTA Subject Expertise Micro-Credential along with special prizes.
The Primary School track (combining Language, Maths and EVS) in now offered in English, Hindi, Tamil and Telugu! Prizes for regional medium track winners include tablets. The Primary School track in English and Tamil are the top choices this year, along with Middle School English, Maths and Science.
Registration for CENTA TPO 2017 closes on November 12th. To register now, please visit www.tpo-india.org .
TEST CENTRES IN 29 CITIES
Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Bhubaneshwar, Chandigarh, Chennai, Coimbatore, Delhi, Gurugram, Guwahati, Hyderabad, Indore, Jaipur, Kochi, Kolkata, Lucknow, Madurai, Margao (Goa), Mumbai, Navi Mumbai, Noida, Patna, Pune, Shimla, Trivandrum, Udaipur, Varanasi, Vijayawada, Vishakhapatnam & an international centre in Dubai.
EXCITING PRIZES AS ALWAYS!
· Sponsorship to the Global Education and Skills Forum in Dubai
· National recognition through profiling in The Hindu
· 100+ cash awards, including four of Rs. 1 Lakh each
· Dell Desktop Computers for 5 schools and 5 B.Ed./other teacher education institutes with the maximum number of winners
· Co‐author a book, facilitated by Central Square Foundation
· Two‐week Oxford English Language Teachers’ Academy Masterclass at Oxford University
Registrations close on November 12th.
Register online NOW! www.tpo-india.org