Thursday, June 18, 2009

Army Public School And College System(APSACS)


Army Public School And College System Secretariat serves as a central unifying body which ensures uniformity and standardization amongst branches of Army Public Schools and Colleges spread across the breath and width of Pakistan. The Secretariat provides strategic support to the System in Academic planning and Staff Development and training. Its goal is to develop Army Public Schools & Colleges into a leading education system which is completely standardized and capable of imparting child friendly futuristic learning and quality education at affordable rates.
APSACS Secretariat, acts as a central resource which provides help and training to all schools throughout the year. It serves as a nerve centre of the system by regulating communication and coordination amongst schools. A total number of 106 schools operate under the jurisdiction of the APSACS Secretariat through a setup of 11 regional offices. The Secretariat strategically plans all activity for each Academic year including Textbooks, Curriculum, Weekly Syllabus Breakups and Paper setting etc. which is sent to each school through these regional offices. All Academic, Training and Evaluation calendars, all record keeping registers, student dairies and notebooks etc. are also designed and dispatched from the Secretariat.
APSACS Secretariat has an extensive training program, which schedules training workshops for teachers, school management and Regional Coordinators. An elaborate training program is being followed each year which trains teachers about state-of-the-art teaching methodologies, APSACS Curriculum and Assessment policies and other Curriculum Based and Book Based trainings. APSACS Secretariat has a strong team of experienced and highly skilled educationists, with experience in teaching and school staff management. The three main work domains where the Secretariat is assisting the schools are Curriculum Planning & Development, Assessments & Examination and Teachers Training & Evaluation. APSACS Secretariat operates in these three major domains with the help of specialized staff working in each field. To meet the ever-increasing demand of constant research in Educational Planning, Computer Research and Resource Cells have been set up in the Secretariat. To ensure quality and standard, a Review and Quality Assurance Cell has also been setup which reviews all publications and material being sent out of the Secretariat
Department of Training and Evaluation
When APSACS centralized the APSs education System, it became necessary that the users (school managers + teachers + students) be given dedicated trainings to ensure that the policies and procedures of System were explicitly comprehended and implemented.
Training and Evaluation Department devised a Training Programme which targeted the school?s managers as well as the teachers. The early trainings were done by the Training Department with the help of internal and external resource persons.
The goal of APSACS is to bring in the excellence in APS education system. To achieve it, mega objectives of training and evaluation system are:
Develop training modules for workshops, Certificates and Diploma courses Train school Heads and Teachers to ensure implementation of APSACS Policies and Procedures correctly Ensure that heads and teachers learn and use correct teaching methodologies for curriculum implementation Develop Master Trainers in the system so that APSACS Training may be cascaded in the letter and spirit Develop guidelines to evaluate and appraise the technical prowess of the personnel in the chain of schools Determine a timeline for different phases of training
Since 2006 with the inception of APSACS the Training and Evaluation launched a very aggressive and persistent Training Programme in which workshops on Orientation, Leadership & Management , Assessments ( Policy & Procedures ), English Skills Development, Four Skills of English language, Lesson planning ( All Subjects, all Levels ), Classroom Management (All Levels), Reinforcement of APSACS, Policies /Procedures, Montessori Training, Class Conduction Management ? Pre School (CCM), Appraisal of Teaching Staff , Evaluation of Schools / Principal?s ACR, APSACS Appraisal & Evaluation System (A&E System), Induction Training for Teachers (ITT), Orientation on Training & Evaluation Programme, Staff Development Certificate Course (SDCC), Staff Development Diploma Course and Curriculum Based teaching were conducted from 2006 to early 2007. After the trainings, informed evaluations were carried out to gauge the effectuation of training as well as get a feed back on the curriculum and examination policy implementation. After the first phase of formal evaluations the department carried out formal and informal evaluations of schools. On the basis of findings the schools were sent proper reports. During the training phase the schools were also directed to give their individual School Improvement Plan. The implementation of School Improvement Plans was also assessed during the visits. Within a span of two and half years the Training and Evaluation Department has been able to identify Master Trainers in its System, cascade its workshops and courses and above all create in schools an awareness that Evaluations are Not to ?Catch and Blame? they are to ?Identify and develop? the weak areas in institutions
First Round of Training
(Nov 05 - June 06)
Training in all Regions to representatives of all schools of APSACS. Topics covered:
Orientation ( for Principals and Section Heads )
Leadership & Management ( for Principals and Section Heads )
Assessments ( Policy & Procedures ) ( for Principals and Section Heads )
English Skills Development
Four Skills of English language
Lesson planning ( All Subjects, all Levels )
Classroom Management ( All Levels )
Second Round of Training
(Aug 06 - Dec 06)
Reinforcement of APSACS Policies /Procedures Curriculum based Training : English Language English Literature Urdu Language and Literature Student Centered Science Montessori Training Computer Subject Training. Teaching computer theory, practical and lab management. Third Round of Training
(Jan 07 - May 07)
Curriculum based Training : English Language and Literature Urdu Language and Literature Mathematics Science , Social Studies, Environmental Studies Geography, History Computer Appraisal of teaching staff Evaluation of Schools / Principal?s ACR Fourth Round of Training
(Jun 07 - Aug 07)
Staff Development Certificate Course (SDCC) Staff Development Certificate Course (SDCC) was conducted in two phases in Jun 07 & Aug 07, which constituted of four modules.
Module 1 ( Jun 07 )
Process & Planning
Self Evaluation Classroom Mgt Time Tabling Lesson Plan Report Writing Module 2 ( Aug 07 )
Teaching & Learning
Teaching &Learning Improving Teaching & Learning Module 3 ( Aug 07 )
Curriculum & Assessment
Curriculum & Assessment Teaching Techniques English Language English Literature Math + Science Hist / Geo + S.St / Env.St Urdu / Isl
Module 4 ( Aug 07 )
School Improvement Plan
Effective Schooling Managing change in Schools School Improvement Plan Fifth Round of Training
(Sep 07 - May 08)
APSACS Appraisal & Evaluation System (A&E System) Induction Training for Teachers (ITT) Class Conduction Management ? Pre School (CCM) Orientation to APSACS Training Programmes for Principals Staff Development Certificate Course (SDCC) Staff Development Diploma Course (SDDC) Subject Based Training (SBT) English Language and Literature Urdu Language and Literature & Islamiyat Mathematics & Science History, Geography & Social Studies Computer Studies Sixth Round of Training
(Jun 08 - May 09)
Induction Training for Teachers (ITT) Orientation on Training & Evaluation Programme Textbook Based Training on Move Ahead Maths is Fun Science is fun Staff Development Certificate Course (SDCC) Credit Hours 120 Module 1 (Jun 07) Process & Planning Self Evaluation Classroom Mgt Time Tabling Lesson Plan Report Writing Module 2 Teaching & Learning Teaching &Learning Improving Teaching & Learning Module 3 Curriculum & Assessment Teaching Techniques Module 4 School Improvement Plan Effective Schooling Managing change in Schools School Improvement Plan Staff Development Diploma Course Module 1: The Planning Process ? Contextual scanning
? Effective scanning
? Develop mission and vision statement
? Target key success factors
? SWOT-develop core strategies
? Develop annual plan
? School development plan
Module 2: School Effectiveness and Improvement ? What makes a good school
? Factors of a good school
? Classroom effectiveness
? Teacher effectiveness
? Factors in school effectiveness
? Conditions for school improvement
? Success factors
? Adult learning
? Needs analysis
? In-service training
Module 3: Developing effective leadership and managing practices ? Understanding roles and functions ? head teachers/teachers
? Understanding management practices
? Theories of motivation
? Policy making
? Communication skills
? Delegating skills
? Time management
? Managing meetings
? Managing teams
Module 4: Assessment and Evaluation ? Pupils? assessment and evaluation
? Written responses
? Non-written responses
? Recording and reporting
? Teachers? assessment and evaluation
? Learning and teaching
? Handling appraisal
? School assessment and evaluation
? School self-evaluation
? External evaluation

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