| Lyna Mohamad |
THE Brunei Darussalam Teachers Academy (BDTA) plays an important role in improving teachers’ standard of professionalism and quality.
Its aim is to support the Ministry of Education (MoE) in achieving its vision to develop a world class education system through the implementation of the National Education System for the 21st Century (SPN21).
As part of BDTA’s efforts to provide quality professional development programmes to teachers, Head of BDTA, Hjh Aisah binti Hj Md Ali, invited Dr Baldev Singh, Principal Consultant from Imagine Education, to work closely with BDTA to conduct a series of workshops.
Dr Baldev Singh has been working with the BDTA team to ensure that any strategy development takes into account key MoE projects and initiatives which are currently in progress, such as Whole School ICT Development (WSID), Computing in Model Schools (CIMS), Brunei Teaching Standards (BTS), Interactive Technologies for teaching and learning, Media In-service Centre (MISC).
He is currently facilitating a series of workshops on designing learning experiences to support development of innovative teaching practices with new teachers.
One such workshop conducted was on “Whole School ICT Development”, which was hoped to enable teachers to embed new practices in their own contexts, as wells as to identify their own starting points and their continuous professional development needs.
The workshop is also beneficial to the teachers by creating awareness of ICT’s significant contribution in teaching and learning.
According to one of BDTA’s professional teacher training coordinator, Dr Roslena PDIS Hj Johari, research has shown that on-going and job-embedded professional development of teachers are seen as having the greatest influence on student outcomes. She further emphasised that teachers need to develop habits of critical inquiry into students’ learning, to which BDTA will continue striving to empower teachers to lead their own continuous professional development based on their specific needs.