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TTF’s Events this Past Quarter

Schools of the Future Conference

The Schools of the Future Conference, held on 20th, 21st, 27th & 28th January, 2023 saw many eminent national and international educationists speak on a variety of critical aspects of future schools. There were thoughtful and incisive Key Note addresses on Future of School Spaces, Teaching-Learning, School Leadership, School Well-being & Inclusion. Panel Discussions on Leading Schools in India, Being a Trauma-Informed School and New Paradigm of Learning offered varied provocative perspectives. Finally the Lounge Sessions where school children spoke on how THEY look at Schools of the Future offered a fresh view. The 4 days had 400+ participants hooked on how to build upon their own learnings and bring transformation in their schools & classrooms.
'We need to teach children to take risks, do innovative & collaborative work rather than compete,' John Tomsett
'Ability to learn is not linked to class or caste. It is linked to opportunities and access to learning opportunities and belief in students." Marva Rollins OBE
'Learning is a change in long-term memory. Our focus must shift from(students’)'performance' to 'learning'. 
Prof. Dylan Wiliam 

School Leaders' Collective 
31st March 2023

'Students are partners in learning and not recipients of learning' remarked Maya Menon, at TTF's first School Leaders' Collective post pandemic.
It was attended by Principals/Heads and senior teachers from 22 schools across Bangalore.
With a Word Finder to start the afternoon, the participants were taken through results of a survey they had filled out, to learnings from the Schools of the Future Conference held earlier this year.

A Scavenger Hunt helped participants discover the wide variety of programmes TTF has to offer, both short and sustained, to enable teachers and Heads to bridge the learning gaps and social disconnects that have occurred due to the pandemic.

TTF's Work with the Public School system

India Glossary of Life Skills

TTF is the Glossary track partner of LSC that comprises 18 partner organisations, working in 4 Indian states (Rajasthan, Maharashtra, Uttarakhand and Mizoram).

The following activities were held in the last quarter:
Life Skills & Learners: A conversation with students -
As part of the glossary engagement month, TTF hosted a conversation with young adults. 2 students each from Kamala Niketan School, Trichy, and Deccan International School, Bangalore were selected to offer their perspectives on life skills.

2. Skilling for Life Skills: Through Effective Teaching -
TTF conducted an interactive online workshop to enable educators and practitioners to explore ideas for teaching life skills to children and adolescents using the LSC India Glossary of Life Skills.

Do explore the India Glossary:

Soulful Hour for Parents

TTF and Soulful Education have collaborated to bring Social & Emotional Learning (SEL) to parents in an effort to help them deal with post pandemic issues.
The first 'Soulful Hour' webinar, held in March, saw eminent Clinical Psychologist Dr Neena David in conversation with Maya Menon, Director TTF, on Post Pandemic Parenting.

Maya Menon, Founder Director TTF, in conversation with renowned Clinical Psychologist, Dr Neena David

English Encounters with
Govt. Schools in Karnataka

The 20 online session English Encounters programme was completed successfully at the end of February 2023.
Over 750 government teachers from across Karnataka were trained to develop their spoken skills in English.

"Fluency with clear knowledge of the 4 skills of speaking, listening, reading and writing was the most useful aspect of this training," Shivakumar from GHPS Batgera.
"By creating language activities in the classroom and communicating only in English with my students during the subject period." Usha Hegde from GHPS Doddabalase
More testimonials:
Sunil T R from GHPS Dasarighatta 
Veena D Sa, from GHPS Deralakatte here

Inclusive Education for Govt. school children

38 team members (internal staff) of the Fourth Wave Foundation were trained in Individual Education Plan (IEP) and Active Learning for Children with Special Needs (CSWN) by TTF facilitators. Team members included coordinators from Dharwad and Koppal along with teachers in charge of their School Readiness Programme (SRP) centre.
'The two-day training conducted by TTF for the team proved to be a very insightful one. An in-depth understanding of active learning, how to facilitate active learning in children with disabilities IEP helped the team to improve themselves in these areas. The training was activity -based which allowed for more involvement and reflection.' Akshita Shibu Joseph, Catalyst. 

Teacher Accelerator Programme (TAP)  Affordable Private Schools (APS), Mumbai

23rd March '23 was a proud day for over 1000 teachers from 37 Affordable Private Schools in Mumbai who graduated from the 2-year online TAP project they had been part of. TAP aimed to equip the teachers with effective pedagogical and digital skills to ensure that their students have meaningful learning experiences. Besides, the heads of the 37 schools were supported to enhance their school leadership skills and assist them to manage schools in a post-pandemic educational ecosystem. 
'Like an artist has different types of brushes which can be used for different types of drawings and paintings, similarly TTF has provided our teachers with different types of skills which they can use well". Zulekha Siddiqi, HM, Anjuman I Islam's A A Khatkhatay Secondary English School, Vashi

TTF's Work with Private Schools 

Whole School Quality Circle Time (QCT) & Social & Emotional Learning (SEL)

18 participants from Prajayatna trained with TTF on QCT and SEL with the aim of supporting Govt School teachers in Karnataka, Jharkhand and UP. These 7 online sessions, held separately in Kannada and Hindi, included a detailed insight into the Whole School Quality Circle Time approach and the importance of SEL. The participants also learnt how the Indian Social & Emotional Learning Framework (ISELF) can be used to review and design QCT Lesson Plans. 
"The programme was very useful to us as we learnt how to plan lessons and how to take QCT classes with children. Shantamma
"The workshops helped me to understand childrens' social and emotional feelings.' Chetna A R

Whole School Quality Circle Time 

60 teachers from Sishu Griha and 50 teachers from Shiv Nadar Schools also underwent a training on Jenny Mosley's Whole School Quality Circle Time with a focus on life skills like self esteem, collaboration, mutual trust, respect and empathy; which enable participants to foster Social and Emotional Learning and Well-being in students and teachers alike.
"The most useful aspect of the workshop was knowing that the circular ecosystemic model encourages personal and social growth along with a behaviour management system." Viji Nayar Murali from Sishu Griha, Bangalore.
"Exposure to protocols for effective circle time"
was the most important learning for her. Deepali Srivastava from Shiv Nadar School, Noida
The key takeaway from the workshop was that it focused on the 5 steps of Circle Time, not only for children but also for adults; and on building the self-esteem of the individual. Sunaina Mehta from Shiv Nadar, Faridabad

Livewire modules 

A training on the Indian Social & Emotional Learning Framework (ISELF) was conducted by TTF for 70 teachers from Ashok Leyland School. The ISELF Handbook was shared with the participants prior to the workshop and a small quiz on their learnings was conducted before the session started on Day 1.
"As a psychologist, I feel it is an amazing platform for others to understand the need for SEL which they were made aware of through the workshop." 
'I will use the learnings from the workshop to integrate the strategies and activities learnt while teaching her subject; she will refer to the Handbook for effective planning; and will end her lesson with a suitable closing activity.' Sangeetha K

Sustained Programmes

DIS Vision 2040

A series of Workshops on Unpacking the 6 Cs of Deep Learning were conducted for over 90 teachers of Deccan International School as part of their 2 year journey to achieve the DIS Vision 2040.

'Getting to know about others and collaborating with them to solve problems; The importance of the 6C's not only in the teaching learning field, but in every stage of life; Creating a holistic view for school development; Reflecting on the roles of students and the school for development,' are some of the key learnings from the participants.
Every Teacher,

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