The Coalition is partnering with Putera Sampoerna Foundation to document and improve the process of developing Teacher Learning Centres (TLCs) as the hub for TPD@Scale in Indonesia. Established in a kabupaten or regency (equivalent to a municipality), the TLC is a systematic and structured independent learning organization managed by teachers under the supervision of the local government. The TLC is able to plan, develop, and initiate programs to strengthen teacher competencies and build a robust professional learning community. Each TLC is intended to serve between 15,000 to 18,000 teachers in the regency. To date, the Foundation has built and supports nine TLCs in Surabaya, Lumajang, Pasuruan, Karawang, Bojonegoro, Tuban, Kudus, Gowa, and Musi Banyuasin.
Gusman Yahya, Director of Putera Sampoerna Foundation – School Development Outreach, explains that the TLC is built with the purpose of uplifting teachers’ professionalism on a larger scale and at affordable cost, “The partnership with the Coalition is expected to help strengthen and improve the effectiveness of the TLC in solving the challenges of teacher access to professional development. We are hoping that the TLC can be one of the alternative models for deploying teacher professional development effectively and efficiently, and that it can be replicated in other areas in Indonesia, as well as become adopted by other countries facing the same challenges.”
The collaboration with the Coalition will explore ways of scaling the TLC model to more regencies across Indonesia. For this study, Dr. Cher Ping Lim, Chair Professor of Learning Technologies and Innovation of the Education University of Hong Kong, poses several questions on equity, quality, and efficiency. “How do you achieve effectiveness of the program with respect to the impact on teacher practice? How do you bring this teacher professional development to scale? How can the system be replicated without losing quality?”
Planning for the project will begin later this year. Implementation is set for mid-2019.
About Putera Sampoerna Foundation
Established as a social organization, the Putera Sampoerna Foundation (PSF) aims to assist in the development of Indonesia as a nation through education. In 2015, the organization was transformed into the first social business in country, where it has been working with partners and donors to make quality international education available to the greater Indonesian population.
Under PSF is Sampoerna University, which hosts the Putera Sampoerna Foundation School Development Outreach (PSF-SDO). The TLCs are a project of the SDO, which offers education development services to improve the quality of schools and provide larger access to teacher professional development. SDO facilitates collaboration between corporations and governments in solving the education challenges in Indonesia.