The School education department ( SED ) of Punjab has introduced a new training program for the teachers of Primary school with the name of Innovative Teacher Support Package ( ITSP ). The ITSP ( Innovative Teacher Support Package ) Will provide continuous Professional development (CPD ) training over the course of the year to develop professional skills in teachers.
The ITSP CPD is an LMS ( Learning management system ) available through an app and web portal. The CPD will be implemented through the assistant education officers ( AEOs ) who have already been provided training by Quaid-e-Azam Academy for Educational Development ( QAED ). QAED is responsible for providing teacher training programs across Punjab. The 3300 trained AEOs from QAED will further train the primary teachers.
The ITSP LMS for primary teachers training is developed by the Punjab Information Technology Board ( PITB ) to improve the classroom teaching practices. In the past year, AEOs were provided with a new classroom observation tool. This classroom observation tool has 11 indicators with which AEO used to observe the teaching practice of the teacher and provide feedback at the end of the lesson.
ITSP CPD is a blended approach in which teachers will learn and implement the techniques of teaching in the classroom. ITSP course is developed by QAED with support from Teach for Pakistan NGO and U.S. AID.
Over view of the new CPD Model in Punjab
The ITSP CPD is led by QAED, implemented by AEOs and it’s school-based. Blended approach i.e. using technology and face to face training at monthly teacher forums. Supports regular coaching and mentoring. Revised AEO roles which will enable them to support the school and academic leadership focused on improving teaching and learning.
Purpose of the ITSP
The Purpose of this new CPD course is to explain and exemplify the classroom observation tool and to help AEOs and teachers to understand these practices of classroom observation tools better.
Contents of ITSP Punjab
Introduction: 2 Introductory videos
Unit:1 Articulating lesson objectives
Unit:2 Making connections
Unit:3 Modeling concepts
Unit:4 Checking for understading
Unit:7 Adjusting teaching
Unit:8 Thinking questions
Unit:9 Thinking Tasks
Unit:10 Explaining content
Unit: Responding to students’ needs
Each Unit of ITSP consists of its introduction and a set of activities. There is a quiz at the end of the unit and you will have to answer the quiz. If you have answered the quiz wrong you may look for the right option which is given in the unit.
How to use ITSP Punjab
Every primary teacher of Punjab is recommended to download and install the ITSP Punjab app. The link is given below;
After installing the ITSP app login by using your username and password, the username and password are the same as your School information system ( SIS ) log-in credentials i.e. CNIC and chosen password.
There you will see an Enter button and click on that, then you will be entered and two introductory videos about ITSP and its content will be shown.
The ITSP course has 11 units and each unit will have to complete every month. The progress will be shown in your ITSP app. At the end of every month, there will be a session held by AEO who will further explain the course.
For support regarding ITSP you may contact following number.