Teacher Training: A Cascade Approach to Curriculum Change

Teacher training of current teachers and educational leaders is of critical importance for the implementation of the new SES curriculum.  A ‘cascade approach’ was taken to the development of the teacher training programme for Grade 6 (G6) teachers and education leaders. This programme was based on the new Grade 6 textbooks and teacher guides.

The metaphor of a cascading waterfall provides a framework to understand the different stages of delivery in this teacher training programme.

What is a cascade? 

A small waterfall, typically one of several that fall in stages down a steep rocky slope

(Step 0.1) The Cascade Training programme began with two sessions of Supervisors workshops. One held in Dec 18th & 19th, 2018 and the second Dec 21st & 22nd.  Altogether, 600 participants received training, including including UOE , SEO, REO, ADEO, TEO, Head Teachers, Officials from DERPT and DHE(TE).

University of Education, State Education Officers, Region Education Officers , Township Education Officers, Head Teachers, Officials from Dept of Education Research Planning and Training & Department Higher Education (Teacher Education)

(Step 0.2) The Lead Trainers’ Training was conducted by the trainers of the EYE project and CDT of DERPT . They trained 168 trainees ,including teachers from ECs, Senior officers from TEO office, head teachers, high school and middle school teachers. This took place January 7th to 11th 2019.

(Step 1) The Cascade training for State and Region Levels was conducted by the trainees of Step 0.2 – they became the trainers. There were 5000 trainees including teachers from ECs, teachers and Head teachers from State and Regions (Senior staff from DBE included). In Mandalay, this took place March 28th to April 8th, 2019. The training period was from 28-3-2019 to 8-4-2019 in Mandalay. In Yangon, this took place April 21st to May 3rd, 2019.  

 5000 G6 text books and teacher’s guides were distributed at this stage

(Step 2) The 5000 trainees from Step 1, became the trainers for all middle school teachers and head teachers in all townships from 10-5-2019 to 24-5-2019. This involved 120,536 teacher participants.

120,536  G6 text books and teacher’s guides were distributed at this stage

Continuous Professional Development (CPD)

Implementation of the new curriculum for G6, began Monday, June 3rd – the start of the new school year for most state schools throughout Myanmar. At each cascade level of training, there will be a CPD program for the teachers, subject deans and head teachers. They will receive training in the concepts and pedagogy for implementation of the new curriculum.