CPD Networking — A Decentralized Approach

DSD has a decentralized approach for the effective implementation of CPD framework. All CPD activities are planned and executed at the district level in line with the government policy of devolution. Support networks are created to provide in-service training, follow-up pedagogical support and mentoring to the PSTs. The chart shows the decentralized CPD framework.


Clustering in CPD

Clustering is the heart of the teacher professional development model proposed for PSTs. Key features of the notion of clustering are listed below:

For each cluster, a CTSC will be established which will be located in a Secondary or a Higher Secondary School and in case no such schools are available, middle school can be considered for CTSC.

Cluster (CTSC) may consists 25-30 or as required, number of primary schools located within a radius of 16 kilometers.

The CTSC will be fully equipped with the necessary physical and instructional resources.

Depending upon the number of teachers to be mentored in a specific cluster centre, one or more than one District Teacher Educator (DTEs) will be deployed at each CTSC. No. of CTSCs in different districts may vary according to the number of schools/size of the respective district and geographic & demographic conditions. The CTSC will provide the venue for initiating, coordinating and facilitating professional development activities for PSTs.

The establishment of CTSCs will be preceded by an exercise called cluster mapping, which essentially involves identifying a host school where the cluster centre is to be located, and assigning schools and teachers to the relevant cluster centre.


  • DSD’s Guidebook for DISC Heads
  • Taleemi Calender
  • DSD’s Guidebook for Teacher Educators
  • CTSC File
  • Monitoring Visit Form (MVF) for DTEs




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