Assam Valley: Excellence in Teacher Development
Based on the belief that liberal education is imperative, the Assam Valley School (AVS) was founded by the Williamson Magor Education Trust in 1995. Located amongst the lush tea gardens of Assam, AVS is a co-ed residential school which is affiliated to CISCE Board.
Some of AVS’s key facilities:
- AVS Sunnyside for KG to Class 4th for wards of staff and day scholars. The main school has classes from 5th to 12th
- Value education, Life skills, Travel excursions have been incorporated as integral part of the school curriculum
- The school has 47 different types of activities, sports and social service initiatives each having dedicated facilitators
The school not only has an extensive focus on student development but has taken additional steps to keep its teachers on the forefront in terms of professional development.
Some of the key initiatives being implemented for teachers are as follows:
- Professional Learning Goals (PLGs)
Professional Learning Goals as a technique for teacher development has been gaining prominence in developed nations. According to a study conducted in USA, goal setting has gained prominence with every 10 out of 12 teachers setting result based goals for themselves. In addition, as per a study conducted in The Netherlands there were approx. 2.97 goals set by teachers with 92 learning goals in total.
At Assam Valley this global practice is being incorporated through its PLG program. The program intends to spot the potential areas of growth for teachers to enhance the student learning experience. Every teacher observes and lists down the goals that they are working towards and submits a document for review. At the end of the academic year, the school collects evidence and showcases the improvements made by the teachers towards the success of their outlined goals.
The evidence could be in the following formats:
- Peer observations
- Student assignments
- Video recordings
- Feedback from students, colleagues, parents as well as the heads of department or from the Head of School.
In order to assist their teachers with goal setting, AVS has been implementing Active Learning strategies in the classroom. These include:
- Workshops that revolve around active learning strategies
- Assessments & evaluations
- Using technology in the classroom
- Socio-emotional learning
- Flipped classroom
- Drama in teaching
- Teacher exchanges with national and international schools.
2. Affiliations: Some of Assam Valley’s key affiliations are with the following organizations:
3. Professional Development Certification from UCLA Extension:
The Global Career Catalyst (GCC) Certification from UCLA Extension is Asia’s first career counseling certification for teachers. The school’s goal is to create a Guidance Advisors program, which will consist of all the senior teachers with 5 students under each teacher’s guidance.
These teachers will assist the Class 11th and 12th students in identifying best careers and best-fit universities. They would serve as an in-house mentor who would have specialization of a particular stream (say, Sciences, Humanities, Commerce) and would guide students belonging to that particular stream.
In addition, the careers unit will administer, guide and create the overall structure for this comprehensive program. So instead of having 3 counsellors, as per the standard school norms, the aim is to train all the senior teachers and then gradually incorporate the middle and junior school teachers in this program.
The school has been recognized nationally on various platforms :
Education World India School Rankings 2017-2018
- 3rd in Academic Reputation
- 1st in Co-curricular Education
- 2nd in Sports Education
- 2nd in Infrastructure Provision
- 3rd in Value for Money
Future 50 Schools Shaping Success 2017-2018
British Council International School Award 2017-2020
NDTV Education Award recognising schools of excellence
AVS’ Principal Ms Sonya Ghandy Mehta believes in leading by example and was one of the first faculty members to sign up for the program.
“In a world where information gets outdated so quickly, it is essential that teachers always remain students: Learning, Unlearning and Relearning.”
Ms Sonya Ghandy Mehta
The Assam Valley School
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