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Aditya Birla Education Academy (ABEA), India’s leading professional development institute for teachers announced that it has achieved a milestone in terms of providing free training to over one lakh educators in India. Aditya Birla Education Academy is at the forefront of supporting the teaching community of the country by imparting in them the right skills required to stay abreast of the latest developments and aid their learning through various training programmes.

The novel coronavirus posed an unprecedented disruption in the education system. In response to the crisis, educational establishments began embracing virtual teaching methods and digital avenues to bridge the physical divides. During the initial days, many educators were not accustomed to the required digital tools and teaching methods to conduct virtual classes. This scenario was more of an eye-opener and an opportunity for the teachers to realize the importance of upskilling themselves by undertaking different training programmes.

To support skill development of the educators of the country especially during such dire times, Aditya Birla Education Academy (ABEA) as a part of its community-building initiatives for teachers’ learning has been offering free Masterclasses and Educator Meetup sessions for teachers for the last 15 months. ABEA began this initiative in April 2020 when teachers were grappling with strategies and tools to teach online. Aditya Birla Education Academy takes pride in successfully training over 1,00,000 educators by conducting around 60 free sessions from April 2020 to date.

Commenting on this community-building initiative, Mrs Neerja Birla, Founder, and Chairperson, Aditya Birla Education Trust said, “Last year, as the education sector grappled with the impact of the pandemic, we realised that skill development is an important area of focus. This led us to introduce free training programmes for educators across India. Through this initiative, we aim to fast-track the professional growth of educators and impart new-age skillsets required to conduct classes virtually, staying true to our objective of presenting a platform to educators for upskilling and thereby enhancing their overall quality of teaching.”

Through these monthly free masterclasses and educator meetups, Aditya Birla Education Academy has conducted sessions on diverse subjects such as The Identification and Development of Creative Productive Giftedness, Understanding Gen Z to Optimize the Teaching-learning Process, Developing Global Citizenship, Decoding the Unpredictable in the Future of Schooling, Mentoring and Monitoring Skills for Middle Management, Intrinsic Leadership in Schools, etc. These masterclasses are hour-long sessions led by a subject matter expert. The educator meetups consist of a 30-minute presentation by a skilled professional followed by a 30-minute session of sharing of ideas, insights, and strategies among educators.

Here are some testimonials from the teachers who attended Masterclasses:

“It was quite an informative session and motivated teachers to keep going on and do their duties, uplift each other during such a challenging situation.”

Archana G Bhat, New Horizon Gurukul
Attended the Masterclass on Work from Home for Teachers in April 2020

“It was a very informative session. All the questions we had this whole time are answered. I got to know many new things and also new words which can improve my vocabulary. I got to know about the new phase of learning. The presentation was amazing and the words spoken were so true and thorough. Thank you so much for this wonderful session.”

Mahek Kaur Soor, Lodha World School
Attended the Masterclass on The New Face of Education in October 2020

“The session was well planned and very much informative. Take away from this session for me is to create and maintain the curiosity in the learners. Thanks a lot for the session!”

Manisha Singh, The Scindia School
Attended the Masterclass on Project-Based Learning in April 2021

The free online training sessions are conducted on a monthly basis after which educators can continue their discussion and communicate, share and learn from one another on Educator Community on Facebook. The details for the August 2021 sessions can be found at:

· Topic: ABEA Masterclass on Framing Higher Order Thinking Skills – MCQs

Date: 2nd August 2021

Registration Link: https://abea.in/workshop/abea-masterclass-on-framing-higher-order-thinking-skills—mcqs

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