Shikshangan assists schools in three ways : Professional development of school leaders, teachers and young adults; Development of teaching-learning material; and Assessment of the school and plan for improvement.
Shikshangan has put together a 40-hour, spread over 6 days, residential School Leader's Program (SLP) for principal, vice-principal, coordinator and any one in leadership role, or aspiring for one. So far, more than 300 school leaders have benefitted from this program.
SLP addresses the three components of school leadership, namely, Personal Leadership (ability to lead one-self), Academic Leadership (deep understanding of education domain) and Organizational Leadership (ability to lead the organization towards its goals). A broad outline of each component follows:
Shikshangan trains teachers in both subject-related and other areas. An indicative list of areas in which Shikshangan trains teachers follows. However, Shikshangan prefers to understand the specific needs of the school and designs a program for its teachers.
Shikshangan collaborates with Indus International School, Bangalore for conducting Cambridge International Diploma for Teachers & Trainers (CIDTT). Currently, a batch of 12 trainees is in the process of completing the Diploma.
By young adults we mean students who are pursuing their college education, or have recently completed it, and want to improve their employability. Shikshangan has put together a 60-hour program – Enhance your Employability (EyourE) – for such young adults. A brief outline of EyourE follows:
EyourE, is a comprehensively designed coaching program, targeted at those who have missed out on skill-oriented and, perhaps English based schooling, to help them become more employable.
Typical employer is looking for following three abilities in a potential employee:
Basic abilities are abilities that are required for performing any job. Shikshangan has evolved a list of ten such essential abilities:
EyourE focuses on building these ten basic abilities, and the ability to communicate in English. These two abilities, combined with technical knowledge, make one more employable.
The fundamental approach of the program is to build the ability of learning to learn, so that after the initial push provided by EyourE, one can go on growing on one's own.
Shikshangan uses the idea of school effectiveness to inform its assessment process. School effectiveness simply means effectiveness of the school in enhancing student achievement, or as we like to say – good learning for every child.
Shikshangan uses School Effectiveness Framework put together by Robert Marzano through his meta-research. Marzano has captured this meta-research in his book – School That Works (ASCD publication). A brief outline of the framework follows:
Marzano's meta-research has led him to suggest following factors for school effectiveness:
While doing school assessment, we check how a school is doing on each of the above factors, as well as assess student achievement. Based on this assessment, Shikshangan prepares a plan for school improvement, and also helps the school implement the plan.
Shikshangan helps schools with meaningful teaching-learning material for use by teachers and students. These could be lesson/teaching plans for teachers, or textbooks and supplementary material targeted at learners.
Devika Nadig : Devika has done her MA in English, followed by BEd. Apart from teaching English, she has headed a private English medium school in Pune for twelve years. Devika had founded Sparsh, a teacher resource centre, in 2003 for training teachers.
Vijay Gupta : Vijay has done his BTech from IIT, Kanpur, followed by MBA from IIM, Bangalore. He has worked with Wipro Corporation for over 15 years, handling diverse assignments. He has also headed Wipro's initiative in the area of quality school education, and has been associated with Azim Premji Foundation.
Jyoti Kumta : Jyoti holds an Msc in Child Development from Lady Irwin College, Delhi; a BEd degree from Annamalai University and a PG Diploma in Guidance and Counselling, Distance Education. Her work experience includes teaching Primary grades in several Army and Air Force Schools for six years; being a trainer in Behavioural Interviewing Skills in DDI, Pune; and developing a Life Skills Curriculum for Army Schools.
Anita Kamtekar : Anita is a commerce graduate with a degree in education as well. She is a trained teacher on cooperative learning, Primary Math, and is certified by the Wipro Applying Thought in Schools program. Anita has spent more than a decade in teaching the Primary classes English and Social Studies, and now does personal mentoring for High School students. She has been conducted workshops in Creative Writing for school going students, and has worked as a volunteer for the AFS (American Field Service). She has translated teaching material from Marathi to English and conducted few sessions for teachers under the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyaan Training Programme. Apart from content development for schools, Anita has also translating literature from Marathi to English for Jnana prabodhini, a centre for psychological testing.
Pooja Sudhir : Pooja holds a BA degree from St Xavier's Mumbai and Master's degree in English Literature from Mumbai University. She is currently pursuing her second Master's in Education from IGNOU. Pooja has four years of teaching experience in national as well as Cambridge and IB boards; has been a journalist and reporter for Deccan Chronicle, Asian Age; and has done copy editing for Solus and Nutshell, magazines in the Advertising field.
Harsha Pathak : Harsha has been a Primary and upper primary Science teacher for ten years at Kalmadi High School, Pune. She has also led SEED tutorials, an initiative to bring about a change in the teaching learning process in the domain of Science and Maths; developing content for soft skills in the SEED tutorials. Harsha has conducted NLP training for MBA Students as well.
An open air amphitheatre for screening films/ holding concerts/ experiencing theatre/ puppetry/ folk music and dance, built with sensitivity to the natural contours of the land.
An 80ft sweep of a verandah, enclosing open to sky courtyards ( aangans) overlooking the spectacular silence of the valley. Suitable for group discussions and training sessions.
A deck , jutting out over the edge of the cliff, apt space for team work . Also ideal for meditation and reflection.
2008 : Accredited by Australian Council for Educational Research as professional developer.
2008 : Article published in the special issue of Learning Curve on Mathematics brought out by Azim Premji Foundation, Bangalore.
2009 : Presented paper at the Quality Council of India And DAV Schools conference, Mumbai.
2009 : Presented paper at a teaching conference for the Association of International Schools (TAISI) Jaipur.
2009 : Speakers at Quality Council of India Conference at Mumbai.
2009 : Speakers at the Association of International School of India conference at Jaipur.
2010 : Speakers at IIT Delhi EduExcellence Conference at Delhi
2011 : Speakers at IIT Delhi EduExcellence Conference at Delhi
2011 : Speakers at IIT Delhi EduExcellence Conference at Bangalore
2013 : Moderators at the IIT Delhi EduExcellence Conference. The theme was Academic Leadership and Values. Devika and Vijay moderated the discussion at the breakout sessions, and presented its conclusions at the plenary session.
2013 : Panellist at the National Forum of School Leaders, organized by National Institute for Leaders in Education (NILE) at Bangalore. The theme was Leadership, Pedagogy and Inclusion - Implementation Challenges. Devika participated at the opening panel discussion on 'Changes in K-12 Education'. Devika and Vijay presented a workshop on Building an Effective School in one of the breakout sessions.