For teachers, learning is also a lifelong process. To keep pace with a fast-changing world, teachers must update their teaching methods and constantly acquire new skills to do their jobs well.
In Vietnam, hundreds of thousands of teachers have stayed ahead of the curve through a World Bank-financed continuous professional development (CPD) initiative. Implemented by Vietnam’s Ministry of Education and Training (MOET), this initiative – Enhancing Teacher Education Program (ETEP) – has helped many teachers prepare students with the knowledge and skills they will value and need.
The CPD model started by building capacity at eight lead teacher training universities (LTTUs) and among core teachers in every school across the country. They received training in four areas: research, development and innovation; blended teaching that combines in-person and digital methods for lesson delivery; internal quality assurance; curriculum development and the promotion of new ways of teaching.
During this process, the MOET and the World Bank brought together national and international experts from Australia, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and the United Kingdom to develop a monitoring tool called “The Teacher Education Institution Development Index” and build capacity for the LTTUs. The tool helps keep track of the quality and effectiveness of institutional development at the LTTUs.
LTTUs then produced online content programs and trained core teachers. The model connected teachers with communities of practice, both online and face-to-face, within schools, between schools, and nationwide.