Upgrading skills of teachers

Several online courses are offered through DIKSHA to develop the skills of the teachers and school heads. NCERT has been offering NISHTHA (National Initiative for School Heads’ and Teachers’ Holistic Advancement) courses.

Till date there are 15 Crore enrolments in DIKSHA for the courses offered by various states and UTs, including various centers. This includes teachers, students, parents, and other stakeholders As per the courses launched as mentioned in (a), out of these 15 crores, there are more than 47 lakh teachers who have directly benefitted from NISHTHA and Continuous Professional Development (CPD) courses through DIKSHA Platform.

As of 14th July, 2022 there are exactly 2,91,168 e-contents on DIKSHA. Currently, the total number of QR coded textbooks available is 6477 textbooks. Upgrading of the website is a continuous process.

NCERT has taken several other efforts in building the competencies of teachers and enabling them to be a digital teacher. NCERT initiated a webinar series focusing to orient teachers, students and other stakeholders on various ICT tools, digital initiatives at national level, emerging trends in educational technology, cyber safety and security. Till date, nearly 625 live sessions of one hour each have been organised on ICT tools for teaching learning and assessment. A repository is also created for easy reference and can be accessed at https://ciet.nic.in/pages.php?id=webinar&ln=en .

Also, last week of every month on a given day online classes are being conducted in areas related to Education Technology (ET) and Information and Communications Technology (ICT). Around 11 such trainings have been organized. More than 3 Lakh teachers have benefitted from these training sessions. A repository is also created for easy reference and can be accessed at https://ciet.nic.in/workshop-training.php?&ln=en

State Resource Groups (SRGs) trainings have been conducted in all 36 States/ UTs in a phased manner regularly to develop the skills of using resources in DIKSHA as well as to develop quality digital content and distribute on DIKSHA. Around 720 State Resource Persons (SRPs) across 36 States/ UTs were trained. During the year 2020-21, around 770 SRPs were trained through online training in two phases and during 2021-22 around 643 SRPs were trained online training in four phases.

The information was given by the Minister of State for Education, Smt. Annpurna Devi in a written reply in the Rajya Sabha today.



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180 Skills Alongside Indiana Department of Workforce Development Emphasize Skills Development For All Indianans Through ‘Indiana Rapid Recovery Training Initiative’

Organizations Together Foster A Statewide, Highly Replicable Response To Addressing America’s ‘Great Resignation’

Indianapolis, Indiana, USA – WEBWIRE

Indianapolis-based 180 Skills, a national skills-based training organization, is preparing for the conclusion of the Indiana Rapid Recovery Training Initiative and announces plans for continued opportunities for those Hoosiers currently enrolled.

At the height of the pandemic 180 Skills was contracted to develop a campaign making skills-training resources available to Indiana businesses and residents Statewide. In partnership with the Indiana Department of Workforce Development, the 180 Skills program was uniquely positioned to use its significant virtual library to equitably build upon the skills that Indianans need to advance in their current positions or to re-enter the workforce with confidence.

“Since the height of the COVID-19 pandemic in July of 2020, 180 Skills has partnered with the Indiana Department of Workforce Development to offer free, online skills-based training to all Indiana employers and residents alike,” Chris Clark, Director of Marketing and Communications for 180 Skills, stated.

“While we are disappointed to see the conclusion of this program, we are hopeful to resume this relationship in the future; we want to continue to serve Hoosiers without any interruption in service or learning journey”.

In a shared effort to address the State’s ‘Great Resignation’ in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, over 387 Indiana-based organizations participated in the Initiative across multiple sectors (e.g., education, workforce, employment). Notable companies participating included however were not limited to Milwaukee Tool, KYB Americas, Peer Foods, Master Spas, Phoenix Stamping Group, Mitsubishi Turbo, Decatur Mold, Tool & Engineering, Heartland Food Products Group and Ryobi Die Casting.

Over 71,000 enrolled users took advantage of over 50,000 courses; moreover, 83% of those who participated in the Initiative successfully completed the course(s) of their choosing, an over 40% higher percentile than the national average. 9.1 out of 10 participants were highly satisfied with the program.

180 Skills has further stated that it will begin outreach to current users at the employer level to discuss the continuation of their training program at the employer increment. 180 Skills has however also stated that the company will offer a discount incentive to those employers who would like to continue their solution-driven program before the June 20, 2022, end date.

About 180 Skills

Founded in 2009, 180 Skills develops online skills training for employers, educators, and workforce agencies across the country. The company houses nearly 800 interactive courses within its intuitive learning management system. These courses focus on technical, quality, risk management & compliance and workplace & soft skills, and are designed to create, grow and retain strong workforces. 180 Skills courses and certification programs benefit a wide range of industries, including aerospace, automotive, energy, food processing, manufacturing, telecommunications and more. Visit 180skills.com to learn more.


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Persona Life Skills social-emotional learning integrates with NetSupport’s classroom.cloud

Persona Education, the UK based edtech company funded by Innovate UK & Google Cloud for Startups, has announced its popular online social-emotional learning platform, Persona Life Skills, will now be linked directly from classroom.cloud.

BRISTOL, U.K.April 27, 2022PRLog — With students back in the classroom, concerns around their wellbeing are at an all-time high, especially as educators are finding that some students’ concentration levels are decreasing. Schools are now reviewing how to help support students’ social-emotional skills development, which can help them cope with the challenges life throws at them, in turn, boosting their wellbeing and chances of securing the right job.

Persona Education (http://www.persona-life.com/)’s mission is to boost wellbeing and employability for young people everywhere, by developing social-emotional skills which are proven to help. Its online learning platform Persona Life Skills (http://www.persona-life.com/persona-life-skills) is already accessed directly by tens of thousands of students at hundreds of schools and colleges. The company is now making a step change in its availability by integrating it with NetSupport’s classroom.cloud ‘Connectors’ ecosystem.

NetSupport has always been focused on student wellbeing and has continuously refined its solutions, such as by adding a new online safety toolkit in classroom.cloud to support schools’ efforts in keeping students safe as they learn online. Going one step further, its new ‘Connectors’ section allows seamless access for staff to access a rich ecosystem of complementary EdTech solutions for their school. Persona Life Skills will now be directly linked from classroom.cloud’s via the Connectors.

CEO of NetSupport, Al Kingsley, comments: “It’s important to recognise that wellbeing plays an important part to a student’s success. Equipping students with social-emotional skills is an excellent way to improve academic and personal development. Integrating with Persona Life Skills made perfect sense to help schools access complementary social-emotional solutions and, beyond that, it’s a brilliant solution.”

CEO and Founder of Persona Education, Pete Read, said “With a 91% student progress rating and very positive feedback from teachers, we know our Persona Life Skills online learning modules and personality insights really help high school students build social-emotional skills for the life challenges they are all facing – whether they are in the classroom or in blended learning. So, the opportunity to offer the platform through classroom.cloud, which enables seamless classroom and remote teaching and learning, is a great fit. This will make it even easier for teachers to guide students to discover their own unique Persona and build life skills that boost their wellbeing and employability.”

Persona Life Skills is the popular online social-emotional learning platform with a unique personality insights framework at its heart, where students age 13-19 develop life skills that help to boost their wellbeing and employability. To date, 240 schools in 28 countries have signed up to use the platform with over 56,000 students.

The platform offers a scaffolded, age-appropriate online learning curriculum for Year 9-13/Grade 8-12 (KS3, KS4, KS5) secondary students, built around Persona’s personality insights framework, rooted in behavioural science, and complementing existing school RSE, PSHE, SEL, life skills and wellbeing lessons.

classroom.cloud also links directly to MYCONCERN, CPOMS, National Online Safety, Nurture, Pobble, Natterhub and many other education solutions, and it also integrates with Google Classroom, ClassLink, Microsoft School Data Sync, Clever and Microsoft Office 365.

Canada – Skills training program to support diverse youth population  

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Growing a skilled workforce is critical to ensuring a strong, resilient future for all Atlantic Canadians and the success of Indigenous organizations, businesses and communities is essential to building a strong, innovative, and inclusive Atlantic Canadian economy. Inspiring young Islanders to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, arts, and math; known as STEAM, can help build greater economic security, and support a more diversified workforce.

Left to right: Sean Casey, Member of Parliament for Charlottetown, Honourable Ginette Petitpas Taylor, Minister of Official Languages and Minister responsible for ACOA, Amber Jadis, CEO, S.T.E.A.M. PEI Ltd.

Government of Canada investing in S.T.E.A.M. PEI Ltd. to develop Creativity Centre and incorporating Indigenous knowledge programming

March 14, 2022 · Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island · Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA)Growing a skilled workforce is critical to ensuring a strong, resilient future for all Atlantic Canadians and the success of Indigenous organizations, businesses and communities is essential to building a strong, innovative, and inclusive Atlantic Canadian economy. Inspiring young Islanders to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, arts, and math; known as STEAM, can help build greater economic security, and support a more diversified workforce.

Today, Sean Casey, Member of Parliament for Charlottetown, announced a non-repayable contribution of $264,612 to S.T.E.A.M. PEI Ltd. for the development of the Creativity Centre at the L’nuey/Epekwitk Assembly of Councils Building and Indigenous programming related to the arts and sciences.

In addition to supporting STEAM’s existing programming, this funding will support the development and delivery of new Indigenous programming that will introduce more Indigenous young people to STEAM and increase awareness of science and arts professions. The announcement was made on behalf of the Honourable Ginette Petitpas Taylor, Minister of Official Languages and Minister responsible for ACOA.

This contribution will support S.T.E.A.M. PEI Ltd. in its commitment to inspire youth to pursue careers in science and the arts, create opportunities for indigenous youth, and incorporate traditional Indigenous knowledge into education and training.

Today’s announcement further demonstrates the Government of Canada’s commitment to building a strong Atlantic Canadian economy by growing a skilled workforce and creating opportunities for Indigenous youth. 


”We recognize the importance of investing in youth experiential learning opportunities to build a diverse and inclusive skilled workforce. By investing in S.T.E.A.M. PEI Ltd.’s programs, we are empowering the next generation of leaders, entrepreneurs and start-ups here in Prince Edward Island.”

–    Honourable Ginette Petitpas Taylor, Minister of Official Languages and Minister responsible for ACOA

“By ensuring our diverse student population is exposed to science and the arts at a young age, we can foster an early interest in skills training that can grow and strengthen our local economy. S.T.E.A.M. PEI Ltd. will create opportunities for youth to learn the value and appreciate Indigenous traditional knowledge and traditions contribution to science.”

–    Sean Casey, Member of Parliament of Charlottetown 

“The Province of Prince Edward Island is pleased to contribute $240,900 to STEAM PEI, which includes $95,000 from the Indigenous Relations Secretariat. This amount will allow and encourage Indigenous youth to learn more about science, technology, engineering, art, math and Indigenous knowledge. It’s important to support our Indigenous youth to pursue careers in these fields to ensure a bright, prosperous future for PEI’s Indigenous people and all Islanders.”

–    Honourable Dennis King, Premier of Prince Edward Island

“Thanks to the support of ACOA and our other partners, STEAM PEI now has a new home in the Epekwitk Assembly of Councils building in Charlottetown. This space will serve as a base for continued mobile program delivery as well as provide many new opportunities for youth to explore STEAM with state-of-the-art equipment in a safe, welcoming environment, where diverse ways of knowing are appreciated and celebrated. Together we will help the next generation of Islanders gain competencies that improve their prospects in the knowledge economy.”

–    Amber Jadis, CEO, STEAM 

Quick facts

The Government of Canada is providing a $246,612 (non-repayable) investment through the Regional Economic Growth Though Innovation delivered by the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA).

S.T.E.A.M. PEI Ltd. is a non-profit organization whose mission is to inspire young Islanders to pursue learning and careers in science, technology, engineering, art and math fields by fostering their curiosity and confidence through experiential learning opportunities.

S.T.E.A.M. PEI Ltd. offers hands-on programs across PEI including camps, in-school workshops, after-school classes, birthday parties, special events, and team-building workshops.

The L’nuey/Epekwitk Assembly of Councils Building houses the Assembly Chamber for the PEI Mi’kmaq leadership, as well as provides office space for L’nuey (the Epekwitk Mi’kmaq rights initiative) and the Mi’kmaq Confederacy of P.E.I.

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Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math (STEAM) PEI Ltd.

L’nuey/Epekwitk Assembly of Councils

Regional Economic Growth through Innovation


The Social Skills Center Now Serving All Children Around the World

 Social Skills Center is pleased to announce their online coaching program is now available to children and adults throughout the world including North and South America, Europe, Asia, Africa and Australia. Located in Woodbridge, VA, Dr. Christopher Haley founded Social Skills Center 32 years ago to help children develop the essential life skills needed to have happy, stable relationships. His practice has grown from Dr. Haley offering only in-person visits to a staff of 6 coaches assisting patients around the world. Starting in May 2020, Dr. Haley shifted from in-person visits to visits via Zoom for the safety and convenience that online provides. Online group sessions have also been added. These allow children to thrive in a familiar and comfortable environment to learn new skills.

Social skills are essential life skills that need to be learned. These skills, which are part of one’s overall development, allow children to learn to live with others and adapt to a multitude of life situations. They include different components such as communication, emotional management, assertiveness, conflict resolution, collaboration, cooperation, planning skills and stress management. These skills strengthen their self-esteem and self-confidence so they can easily adapt to their social environments and establish positive relationships with other people. Therefore, their influence is significant not only in the purely social field (friendships, family relationships) but also in areas such as academics, the field of health, etc.

With a firm belief that social skills development is key to one’s success in life, the team at Social Skills Center is committed to teaching these essential skills to children, teenagers and adults. The Social Skills Center aims to accomplish this through supportive online coaching programs.

Dr. Christopher Haley is the owner of two private practices: Psychology and Life Skills Associates and The Social Skills Center for over 32 years.

For more information, visit SocialSkillsCenter.com.

Contact: DrHaley@SocialSkillsCenter.com | 1-571-285-1403 Ext. 1

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