Dr Reni Francis


Pillai College of Education and Research

Dr. Reni Francis, Principal of PCER, Chembur, has an accomplished careerdemonstrating consistent success as a Teacher, Teacher Educator and ResearchGuide–Education (University of Mumbai) at the Kindergarten, Primary,Secondary and Higher education levels. She is proficient in conducting trainingworkshops for teachers as a part of their CPD (State and National level), Students–school and college, Parents and Community. She has conducted sessionstowards Community outreach programs–Adult Literacy Drive, special languageprograms for second–language learners. She has authored 4 teacher handbooks,8 books on lesson plans as teacher resources and 4 other self-help books., She is aMember of Board of Studies Education, University of Mumbai and as theChairperson for B.Ed Credit Based Choice System Examination. She was appointedas a Member of Syllabus Revision Committee and Chairperson of Syllabus Revisionfor 04 papers (CBCS). She is also the Convenor of Four years Integrated B.ComB.Ed course (Mumbai University).


Innovation Stage

25 February 2020 | 15:15 - 16:15 | Educators as Learners: Innovative Models for Continuous Professional Development (CPD)

In today’s world educators are expected not only to have strong subject and pedagogic knowledge but also possess effective classroom management skills, readily adopt new technologies, and be inclusive and sensitive to the diverse needs of their students. The movement is from dissemination to facilitation and synthesis.Educators need to be supported and motivated to enable children to achieve their fullest possible potential. For this to happen, educators need to have the opportunity to refresh and enhance their skills throughout their professional lives. A lifetime of teaching requires knowledge, skills and behaviors that continuously develop and evolve. This leads us to innovative models of continuing professional development (CPD).

In this session, panelists will discuss:

  • CPD in today’s scenario–relevance, challenges and opportunities
  • CPD through Ed-camps, Social Media, Apps, Professional Learning Communities, etc.–Are they really innovative?
  • Effective CPD through collaboration and sharing of learning and experiences.
  • Educators can be more effective if they are able to access effective training and development opportunities over the course of their career–What models works best in different contexts?
  • Technology as an enabler for CPD–Enabling them to learn, share and network.