Ramya Venkataraman

Ashoka Fellow


This profile was prepared when Ramya Venkataraman was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2016.
The New Idea
Ramya is driving this fundamental shift by creating an ecosystem that values great teachers and has the capacity to demonstrate that value. In collaboration with key national and international institutions, teachers and thought leaders, she and her organization, Centre for Teacher Accreditation (CENTA) have created an independent and unique teacher certification framework that can assess teachers’ skills and knowledge and also touch upon mindsets. By linking this certification to professional growth opportunities, they are inspiring teachers, for the first time in India, to take ownership of their own professional development. They are aligning positive change or competencies with tangible and strategic incentives- monetary, opportunities for career growth and visibility- to create the demand among teachers (not only institutions) for the certification. She believes shifting the onus of growth to teachers is to unravel exceptional teachers and drive transformational change. The Teaching Professionals’ Olympiad (TPO) announced by CENTA as the first step towards building this ecosystem of rewarding quality saw teachers participating from close to 300 cities/towns across 25 states/Union territories, travelling to one of the 7 cities where TPO 2015 was held.
The Problem
The Strategy
The Person

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