Teacher Sensitization Cultural and Creative Arts Manual
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There is a recent and rapidly growing appetite for figuring out and accomplishing
what education scholars and reformers call “whole system reform”
---how to improveall schools in a local government, a state, and geopolitical regions of our country.For a long time, there has been the realization that better education is the key tosocietal and global productivity and personal and social well-being. Only recently arewe beginning to see that interest turn into specific questions about how you actuallygo about whole system reform (McKinsey Report, 2010).The questions in the mind of most education advocates and education professionalsare:
What pathways, from what starting points, are we going to get results in reasonablyshort time frames?
How do we actually „raise the bar and close the achievement gap‟ for
How do we actually develop assessments (continuous assessment or formativeassessment) skills that support student learning and not just student ranking?
How do we support classroom teachers and school site administrators to develop theinstructional and management skills necessary for a learner centered school system?
How can policymakers understand the necessity of implementing policies thatsupport the development of our education system?Teacher professional development is a non-negotiable aspect of whole school reformand sustainable growth. Therefore teachers and all stakeholders that work within theschool system should be provided with opportunities to improve in both process andcontent knowledge. It is remarkable that teachers are constantly expected toinnovate in their practice without the corresponding support from some policymakersor school managers. This weakness in thinking of teacher professional developmentas demonstrated in our current approach to teacher support has impacted upon thequality of our curriculum design, development, implementation and evaluationprocess. Teachers are inundated with new schemes of work without requisitetraining. Yet, they are held responsible for effective implementation and student