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POL New Faculty Spotlight: Peggy Kong, PhD

January 12, 2022

1. What is the most current and exciting thing you’re working on this year?

I am currently working with the Centre for Equity and Quality in Universal Education (CEQUE), a non-governmental organization (NGO) in India, that upskills public and private school teacher practices. To improve classroom practices, CEQUE coaches and mentors teachers to engage in reflective practice. Their flagship Teacher Innovator Program (TIP) expands teacher skills to improve the learning outcomes for children living in underserved rural and urban communities. The program works intensively over three years with teachers through their 3-step coaching model: Learn, Do, and Lead. We have written up a case study related to the adaptations to the TIP program during the COVID-19 period. We are currently developing a project that focuses on indigenous communities by preparing teachers to better serve children and families in these communities. I am super excited about how this collaborative project brings an NGO and higher education together and also connects families and teachers to support education for vulnerable group in India.

2. What is one thing you are looking forward to this year?

I am really looking forward to getting to know more students, staff, and faculty online and in-person!

3. What is one fun thing you want the SoE community to know about you?

For my birthday, I go camping with my family. This is our first camping trip of the year because of the mild temperatures and minimal pests. I love spending time in the mountains hiking, exploring, and playing games with my family. With kids we do more car camping, which is really easy, and the food is really good! We have made so many yummy foil-pack desserts such as chocolate cake in an orange and chocolate marshmallow bananas.