On September 11, 2019, Dean of the Faculty of Education, Dr. Iwan Syahril, was invited as a speaker in an education discussion at the SMERU Research Institute, RISE Program, titled: ‘Guru: Mengajar, Mendidik dan Menginspirasi.’ This event was held in CoHive Plaza Kuningan, Jakarta.
Dr. Syahril talked about the strategies for teachers to develop competencies in dealing with challenges in teaching and learning. He highlighted three points:
- The need for mindset change, from regulation-oriented mindset to a professional mindset that focus on students (student-centered mindset).
- The need for a new culture of learning. Teachers need to continuously learn because good teaching is full of never-ending complexities.
- The need for capacity building to solve urgent educational problems by strengthening the constructions of knowledge in Faculties of Education in Indonesian universities.
Other speakers include Daniel Suryadarma, Ph.D. (Deputy Team Leader, RISE Programme ini Indonesia), Shintia Revina, Ph.D. (Researcher, RISE Program in Indonesia), I Ketut Budiarsa (First Winner in Guru SD Berprestasi Tingkat Nasional 2018), and Paulina Melkisidik (Teacher in Program INOVASI, Malinau, North Kalimantan).
This event was attended by a range of education stakeholders, such as the government, universities, schools, teacher/education organizations, and philanthropy organizations. RISE researchers shared their recent findings in pre-service teacher professional education and teacher professional development in Indonesia.
“Faculty of Education, through its Mathematics Education Study Program, has been partnering with Smeru Research Institute in education research related to numeracy skills,” he concluded.