The Center for Educational Innovation & Professional Practice (CEIPP) was established in 2016 with the primary mandate to initiate innovations in educational programmes to meet the continuing professional development and lifelong learning needs of faculty members and students of Samtse College of Education, and educators throughout the country consistent with the guiding philosophy of Gross National happiness (GNH).
To be the leader in educational innovations and practices to enhance student learning outcomes.
- Research, innovate, review and initiate best instructional and professional practices in education.
- Provide timely high quality professional development programmes in instructional and professional practices to relevant stakeholders.
- Equip students with current, relevant, useful and experiential knowledge and skills for their professional growth and development as educators.
- Promote partnership and exemplary collaboration with relevant stakeholders in instructional and professional practices in education for continuous progress toward excellence.
- Provide consultancy services in instructional and professional practices in education to relevant stakeholders/agencies.
Ganeshman Gurung (PhD) is a teacher educator and is currently Head of Centre for Educational Innovation and Professional Practice (CEIPP) and Programme Coordinator of Bachelor in Social Work (BA SW) at Samtse College of Education, Royal University of Bhutan. He has been working in the college for the last 12 years. Prior to joining college, he has six years of enriching experiences in teaching in various High Schools under the Ministry of Education, Royal Government of Bhutan. In college, he has taught geography education, educational philosophy, pedagogical principles and methods, educational research, and educational assessment at the diploma, undergraduate and postgraduate levels. He has also designed a number of courses for Bachelor in Education (B.Ed), Diploma in Library and Information Management (DLIM), Postgraduate Diploma in Education (PgDE), Postgraduate Diploma in Higher Education (PgDHE) and Master in Education (M. Ed) in Science, Mathematics. He is well versed with the school education system, education policies and higher education system of the country. He is actively engaged in partnership building and collaboration with agencies and individuals both within the country as well as outside in the areas of educational course development, research and consultancy. Currently he is leading a research project on ‘understanding marriage and cohabitation practices in Bhutan’ in collaboration with the National Commission for Women and Children (NCWC). He is also engaged in developing Bhutan Professional Standards for Teachers with Ministry of Education, Royal Government of Bhutan. He is passionate about the education system in Bhutan including its policies, equity, accessibility and quality. Other issues he is keen on are climate change, mitigation, adaptation, social justice, equity, geopolitics and democracy research and studies.
Sangay Tshering is a lecturer at Samtse College of Education (SCE), Royal University of Bhutan. Over the last ten years, he has been teaching educational psychology subjects such as Child Development, learning Process, Special Education and Inclusive Education. He also teaches professional modules; Teaching Skills, Teaching Strategies and Education for Development for both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. In his capacity as head of Educational Psychology Department for two years (2015-2016), he was involved in smooth administration and assisted in development of academic programmes of the college. As a subject leader of psychology for last two years, his main contribution includes major review of academic subjects such as Educational Psychology for postgraduate diploma and Principles of Learning for master’s degree in education. In early 2018, he is one of the core faculty members to plan for first B.A psychology undergraduate program at SCE. He has actively participated in writing first draft of program proposal in collaboration with a professor from Europe. In addition, he has developed a module ‘working for people with disabilities’ which will be offered as a subject for upcoming B.A social works at the college.
Since 2017, he is assigned to manage Teaching Practice (TP), a very important component of teacher training courses. His primary tasks include placement of students in different schools across the country, nomination of mentor/supervisors and daily communication with concerned partners of TP.
As a teacher educator, his conviction in education lies in ‘realizing the full potential of a child’ through creative teaching and inclusion of diverse learners particularly students with disabilities. Consequently he participates in development of curriculum, policies and guidelines for early childhood and disability education. Thus, he carries broad interest in doing research in learning and development, disability education and human wellbeing.
Sangay Wangchuk is a Lecturer at Samtse College of Education, Royal University of Bhutan. Besides teaching Curriculum leadership and Educational Assessment, Sangay is also a versatile writer trained in journalism genres and a radio presenter. Sangay started his career as a Radio Journalist where he produced youth related programmes and interviewed distinguished personalities. He also trained young people the art of communication on air and radio presentation, enabling them look beyond and advocate positive social changes. He was later invited to work with Bhutan Observer as a Senior Reporter.
Sangay has recently published a novel titled Mermen – The Compassionate Warriors where he weaves moral folk tales and storylines relevant to modern days. He has contributed creative non-fiction stories and reports to media including hard news, feature stories and newspaper profiles.
Sonam Wangmo is a core faculty member in Centre for Educational Innovation and Professional Practice at Samtse College of Education, Royal University of Bhutan. She holds a Master’s Degree in Primary Education from Edith Cowan University, Perth, Western Australia and is currently teaching effective skills, teaching methods in lower and upper primary, play development and early education, foundation of early childhood education, curriculum studies, and literacy modules in B. Ed primary course. In addition, she serves as Programme Leader of Bachelor of Education, Primary (B. Ed Primary). In addition, she also has six years of teaching experiences in different primary schools in Bhutan.
She believes in collaborative forms of learning and teaching and providing hands-on activities that provide students with rich and authentic learning experiences. Her professional interest focuses on thematic planning and play-based learning in lower primary. She also believes in adapting the curriculum to suit her students’ sociocultural backgrounds. Her research interests include issues related to families and children: developing a scope and sequence of parent involvement in the children’s learning and development, and investigations of the role of play in children’s learning and development.
She has published article on Should Bhutan incorporate play in its early childhood program in Early Childhood Teacher Association, issue 145 Western Australia and a tracer study on the first batch of B.Ed (four year programme) graduates of Samtse College of Education. Bhutan Journal of Research & Development, Volume 3 Number 2, Autumn, 2014.
Sonam Zangmo works as an Associate Lecturer in Samtse College of Education. She teaches An Introduction to Child Development, Learning Process, Educational Psychology, Teaching Skills, Teaching Strategies, Bhutanese Education System, Education for Development, Introduction to Research Methods, and Action Research Project at the undergraduate and postgraduate level.
She has conducted research on ‘Effect of Internet Addiction on Depression among Andhra University Students’ while she was pursuing her Masters degree in India. Her experience of teaching Research Methods for five years, doing research, and getting it published in International Journal of Multidisciplinary Educational Research paved way for future research projects. She is keen to conduct research in areas of mental health, reading habits, and teaching-learning process.
She has also presented a paper on Abuse of Alcohol in Bhutan at the International Conference on ‘A Holistic Approach towards Mental Health & Effective Learning’ which took place in India. In her paper presentation, she associates the status of mental health in Bhutan with drinking habits of Bhutanese.
She is an avid reader. She renders community services to students of Samtse Lower Secondary School in which she encourages the students to read and develop passion and love towards books. She meets with the students weekly for one and a half hours to guide them in reading. She works very closely with a group of 15 student-teachers from Postgraduate Diploma in Education so that the student-teachers will get hands-on practice to interact with the students. In a way, student-teachers would also be motivated to read as to guide students to read. In her small ways, she never ceases to encourage her student-teachers to read. She lends her personal books to them and recommends books for further reading. She has turned her office into a mini-library with her personal books displayed on the bookshelf. She intends to inspire her students to develop love for books and reading by inviting her students to her office to go through her books.
Tshering is a lecturer at Samtse College of Education, Royal university of Bhutan. He teaches Educational Assessment and Evaluation, Assessing learning, Curriculum studies, Functional Informational Technology, and Comprehensive Sexual Education (CSE) at the postgraduate and undergraduate level. His research focuses on development, design and structure of Rubrics. He has presented his paper on Rubrics at NIDA International Conference for Case Studies on Development Administration, Bangkok (8th September, 2017). Currently his research interests are around the role of standards in educational assessment, high quality assessments and Biology Education. He received Best Teaching Practice Award at Samtse College of Education in 2011. As a teacher educator, he believes that the basic purpose of education is to help each child actualize their unique potential, it is teacher’s responsibility to encourage our students to identify and then nurture their strong aptitude areas and the potentials.
Previously, Tshering served as a Teacher at Tendruk Higher Secondary School, Samtse. As a Teacher he served as a Head of the Department and Subject Coordinator. He has taught Biology and Chemistry for Class 11 and 12 science students. Currently he is a member of Assessment Standards and Examination committee and Tarayana Club Coordinator in the college.
Tshering Dorji is an assistant lecturer currently working in Samtse College of Education under Royal University of Bhutan. Before joining Royal University of Bhutan, he has taught primary education subjects in the schools. Being an adept and passionate Artist, he inspired and educated many youths and teachers in Bhutan. He has taught visual information and communication, and teaching strategies and skills in secondary teacher education. For primary education, he taught Creative Arts, teaching skills and methods. He has also taught basic line drawing and perspec-tives for architect students in college of science and technology as visiting lecturer. For Youth leadership program in 2015, he resourced art work shop for youth. He has also illustrated environmental studies text books and Dzongkha readers’ books. Besides normal academic appointments, he took great enthusiasm and regard in providing supplementary art classes for students in the college.
As an educator, he regards and promotes creative teaching and learning with critical social awareness and responsibilities. He upholds the substance of skill development and pragmatic approach of education with right awareness for life.