Rudi Irawan, teacher from SMPN 1 Sungai Keruh, Musi Banyuasin
Laying the Foundation for Quality Teacher Professional Development: The Teacher Learning Center
HundrED shortlisted this innovation
Why did you create this innovation?
With almost 4 million teachers in 514 regencies, the government has a huge challenge to provide equal opportunities and quality PD programs. Laying on the philosophy of ‘from teachers, by teachers, and for teachers’, TLC is established as a solution to quality PD by promoting a public private partnership and providing contextualized PD programs, trained by local teachers.
How does your innovation work in practice?
The program consisted of 4 stages:
The Pre-Program consists of a series of activities conducted to gain stakeholders’ commitment and to recruit potential teachers to be the candidate of Master Teachers and coordinators. A series of thorough recruitment processes took place including a knowledge test, focus group discussion, and pre-training session.
The second is Laying the Foundation, focusing on developing the Master Teachers and coordinators capacity in mapping teachers training needs analysis, developing contextual modules, and facilitating.
The third is strengthening the System. They conduct a series of face to face and/or blended trainings to other teachers.
In the fourth stage is sustainability of the program while TLC is running their annual program, they also conduct self-evaluation together with other stakeholders and local government. The system has been well-established in this stage and ready to be handed over to the govt.
How has it been spreading?
As TLC is initiated in a regency or province, TLC rolled out the PD programs to teachers in that particular city/ province/ regency. At the end of the first year of the program implementation, TLC is able to conduct PD for a minimum of 300 teachers. The numbers are increasing in the second and third year of the implementation that could reach up to 1000 teachers. The ability of TLC to cater the teachers’ PD needs, with the help of technology, enables TLC to scale up the impact. Thus, it creates a snowball impact that affects learning improvement.
If I want to try it, what should I do?
TLC opens for a master teacher recruitment every year. Any teachers who meet the requirements are welcome to apply as candidates for Master Teachers and TLC coordinators. Once they are selected, they would have to undergo certain training and coaching before taking their turn as facilitators/ master teachers.