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India Support for Teacher Education Program (In-STEP)

The India Support for Teacher Education Program (In-STEP) is engaging teacher educators from India in an inspiring process of professional development at Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College. Two cohorts of 55 participants each spend a semester in residency at ASU’s Tempe campus. Their experience includes intense study, mentored teaching and leadership development, engagement in research life at Teachers College, and immersion in ASU classrooms and Arizona’s diverse K-12 schools. Throughout the experience, participating teacher educators reflect on humane themes of gender equity, inclusion, constructivist instructional theory, and an inquiring and reflective perspective on one’s own teaching.

The $4.3 million project is sponsored by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and administered in cooperation with India’s Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD). The project aims for two primary outcomes:

  1. The Indian teacher educators will apply the practices and methodologies learned at ASU in their home institutions, where they will be adapted to Indian contexts and used to enhance the capabilities of India’s current and future teachers, as well as its 230 million school children.
  2. Through documentation of the project, India’s MHRD will acquire a model for enhancing the capacity of teacher educators that India can utilize to transform the nation’s schools.