Dear Friends,

We hope you have had a wonderful start to the New Year!
Please find below our Newsletter for the first quarter of 2019 - with our Highlights and Ongoing Projects. For our funders, to who we are always grateful, snapshots of how their funds are being utilised

We hope you enjoy reading this!   
Teachers are like Trees is an unfiltered documentary that captures the essence of children and teachers in schools and the relationships they share.

              The Indian Emotional & Social Learning Framework (ISELF)

This year we piloted our Indian Social & Emotional Learning Framework (ISELF) for schools in India, in what has been a 6 year-long intensive exploratory research (involving teachers, headteachers and students from 90 schools [private and government] ) across 15 locations in India. We had very successful launches in Bangalore, Ahmedabad and Mumbai - exploring SEL through Mental Well-being of school students, Design for Change and through Building Human Capital.

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Ongoing projects
Coaching for School Success (CFSS) in Government Schools 
supported by Maitri Trust and Asha For Education
CFSS is aimed at building internal capacity of coaches (School Heads and Senior Teachers) to become effective and reflective coaches of other teachers, to embed a learning culture that fosters ongoing professional development within schools. We have ongoing programmes in Yadgiri, Haveri & Bangalore Rural Districts - across these locations a total of 154 teachers (77 school heads and 77 senior teachers) from 77 schools are being trained. The art of making an effective lesson plan has been ably demonstrated by the teachers, as has been the use of Graphic Organisers to execute their lessons.
Teacher Talk - CFSS in Private Schools

I got to learn many strategies through the sessions conducted by TTF facilitators. The experience of undergoing a teaching internship applying active methodology was really very good...........We do ask high order and low order questions in every class. Earlier I never used to give them to think to answer; now I am using the think, pair and share format. This has helped the students in understanding better.
Lakshmi V R , Carmel School

All the modules of this workshop have greatly influenced in betterment of my daily functioning and has also been of great help to my coachee and students to be better equipped for any challenges that might come in the way. My coachee is now independently able to implement her learnings and has been able to achieve good progress in all the required areas, although there is always a room for improvement, since our profession is always a continuous learning process.
Thanuja Sundar, Police Public School
School Development in Raigad District 
(supported by Swades Foundation)
TTF's focus has been to help the identified schools develop a culture of ongoing professional learning and development amongst teachers resulting in better student learning experiences and outcomes.
Writing the objective of lessons, using questions for Higher Order Thinking Skills & Open ended questions, and
 collaborative learning strategies like think-pair-share, snowballing, carousel, jigsaw are now part of the lesson plans!

         Prerana - Accelerated Teacher Development Programme
supported by Nomura Holdings

The project has been supporting 500 Teachers from 25 low cost affordable private schools in Mumbai since 2017, to improve the nature of personal interaction with children and also significantly the skills in teaching so that they can make learning a more meaningful experience.

Additionally a new project for 1000 teachers began in 2018 for a similar intervention.

Some schools have joined hands to work together to offer ongoing support for each other to further develop their teachers. TTF supported them in setting up this collaboration.

                      Creating Safe and Caring Spaces for Students
                    a customised programme with Jindal Schools, Bellary

The customised programme which comprises QCT training & support as well as Child Safeguarding Programme (CSP), looks at helping the schools develop and sustain a whole school culture that is positive and safe for all its stakeholders.
Some of the strategies adopted in these schools were Ice-cream sticks to randomly call out children to respond to questions, Energizers, Visual Cues, Setting Ground Rules and use of Voice level charts.

There are positive changes noticed by teachers amongst students as a result of conducting QCT sessions regularly. 
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