Maya Menon - Founder & Director, The Teacher Foundation (TTF)

Leader Talk

March, 2021

Ms Maya has been in the field of education for over three decades. Her areas of professional experience include conceptualizing, designing and implementing a wide range of school and teacher-related projects and services – including the Wipro Applying Thought in Schools Teacher Empowerment Project initiated in 2001 and Safe & Sensitive Schools initiated in 2009 and currently research on ‘Standards for Social & Emotional Learning for Indian schools’.

She is an Accredited Teacher Trainer for Jenny Mosley Consultancies (UK) for training teachers. Ms Maya has written on issues concerning educational practice and management in leading publications like The Times of India, The Economic Times, Education World, Teacher Plus, Mentor etc. She was also invited to be on the National Technical Committee set up by National University for Educational Planning and Administration (NUEPA) for developing standards for school leaders.


Ms Maya has been in the field of education for over three decades. Her areas of professional experience include conceptualizing, designing and implementing a wide range of school and teacher-related projects and services – including the Wipro Applying Thought in Schools Teacher Empowerment Project initiated in 2001 and Safe & Sensitive Schools initiated in 2009 and currently research on ‘Standards for Social & Emotional Learning for Indian schools’.

She is an Accredited Teacher Trainer for Jenny Mosley Consultancies (UK) for training teachers. Ms Maya has written on issues concerning educational practice and management in leading publications like The Times of India, The Economic Times, Education World, Teacher Plus, Mentor etc. She was also invited to be on the National Technical Committee set up by National University for Educational Planning and Administration (NUEPA) for developing standards for school leaders.

“We aim at infusing the school education system in India with new energy, enthusiasm and expertise.”

In an exclusive interview with TechConnect, Ms Maya Menon shared the journey of The Teacher Foundation and how it all started. She further spoke about the evolution of the Indian education system and how teachers have adapted and evolved. She also mentioned how technology has been included in the educational dynamics changing the teaching-learning process. Talking about teacher development and the educational sector, Ms Menon said – most of them have realized that, 

“If you want to improve schools, you have to improve the quality of teachers and teaching.”

Furthermore, Ms Menon also shared with us the various programs offered by TTF for schoolteachers, school leaders and individual teachers. She said, “We aim to provide teacher support and development opportunities for teachers around the year; because we believe that if you want to bring changes in the teaching practices, you need to engage and support the teacher for at least one academic year.” When asked about the benefits or impact of National Education Policy (NEP) 2020 on teachers, Ms Menon said, “the policy is very promising as it talks about the various skills that need to be developed in young people, the kinds of teachers required for developing these skills, so on and so forth. However, NEP does not detail the roadmap of ‘HOW’ it has to be done”. Finally, Ms Menon also gave us insights on the upcoming programs of TTF that, as educators, we should look forward to. 

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