Centre for Teaching and Learning Excellence
The Centre for Teaching and Learning Excellence (CTLE) was established in September 2015 in Yusof Ishak Secondary School (YISS), coinciding with the school’s 50th anniversary. The CTLE, a tripartite collaboration among YISS, the Academy of Singapore Teachers (AST) and the National Institute of Education (NIE), offers an innovative model of teacher PD that is set in an authentic context, where teachers can observe progressive pedagogies implemented in an actual classroom setting through Masterclasses and Demonstration classes. The network of master teachers (MTT), professors and experts from AST, NIE and MOE, attached to the CTLE, co-teach with the YISS teachers as they conduct in-situ professional development.
This new model of authentic onsite professional development of teachers embodies Mr Yusof Ishak’s pioneering spirit and his convictions that education enables individuals and all communities to progress. The CTLE focuses on growing teachers who in turn will grow students and the next generation.
Teachers from schools across Singapore as well as student teachers participate in the professional development where progressive teaching methods in a real classroom setting are demonstrated. The range of professional development opportunities at the CTLE go beyond the teaching strategies of academic subjects to include strategies for developing students’ socio-emotional competencies, character and values.
The benefits of the CTLE are expected to accrue not just to our students and teachers, but across other schools as teacher-participants bring back new insights and strategies to their respective schools, hence bringing about positive impact to the fraternity. The CTLE aims to be at the forefront of exploring effective pedagogies set against authentic learning conditions, and contributing to the professional growth of teachers in the fraternity.