Teacher Training

The Uberoi Foundation sponsored a pilot program held at the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth campus, during the summer of 2010. The intended audience for the program was high school teachers, and the objective was to broaden the teachers' views of India as a country and, in particular, of the Dharmic traditions of Hinduism, Buddhism, Sikhism, and Jainism. Eight high school teachers from the northeast of the United States took part in the pilot program held over five business days that first summer. The program's primary organizer was Bal Ram Singh, the director of the Center for Indic Studies at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, where he is also a professor of biophysical chemistry.

In each of the summers since the pilot program in 2010, the Uberoi Foundation has continued to sponsor teacher training at UMass Dartmouth. Each year, individualized workshops cover a general introduction of India followed by in-depth background on Hinduism, Buddhism, Sikhism, and Jainism. Local and regional experts lead the workshops. The participating teachers also enjoy cultural activities, such as a classical Hindustani music concert by a trained sitarist, tousr of nearby Hindu temples, and trials of Indian clothing such as saris, lehngas, dhotis, and kurtas. On the final day of the training, participating teachers showcase the two lesson plans they have designed throughout their days of training as well as their plans to continue working on eight lessons plans designed for use in their high schools back home.

 

Leaders, participants, and select Uberoi Foundation trustees photographed during the UMass Dartmouth Teacher Training, July 2011.

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