Maria Charles

Secretary and Treasurer

All India Don Bosco Education Society

Maria Charles is a Catholic Priest belonging to the Congregation of Don Bosco. Atpresent he works as Director of Don Bosco Youth Animation South Asia andExecutive Secretary of All India Don Bosco Education Society (AIDBES). He hasmaster’s both in Social Work and Mass Media and Journalism and holds aDoctorate in Development Communication from University in Rome. He hadtaught Communications in Tokyo, Japan and has presented papers inInternational Seminars in Philippines, Italy, Singapore and in Sri Lanka. He hadbeen Editor of two magazines and Founder-Publisher of Arumbu Publications for11 years and has published over 85 books. He had authored five books in Tamiland edited eleven books on Youth and Rights related issues and Educationalissues. His recent books Include: “Empowering Education in India Today” “TheHeart of Educating India” “Educating, Engaging and Empowering Youth”. He hasbeen included in conducting research among the head of Educational Institutionsand had organize the assessment of Don Bosco Schools all over India. He isspecialized in training Principals, Teachers and Youth Workers.


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.