Month: June 2018

A Progressive Educator of Rural India

 

Sant Nandlal Smriti Vidya Mandir

Almost half of India’s population resides in rural areas, holding the real potential for a transformation. We usually imagine a transformation to be associated with infrastructural development, but it is education that holds the key to make a real societal change. Very few individuals actually realize this potential and are able to bring about a meaningful impact for the society.

 

Today we focus the spotlight on one such visionary educator who transformed his school’s approach towards education through his persistent efforts. Mr Sanjay Kumar Mallick, Principal of Sant Nandlal Smriti Vidya Mandir, Ghatsila has been the brain behind making his school’s presence known among the best in the country. Not only has the school excelled in academics but has also made its name known in national events, despite belonging to an otherwise “not so developed” area.

 

Mr Sanjay Kumar Mallick

Principal, Sant Nandlal Smriti Vidya Mandir, Ghatsila

 

What were the Challenges he Faced?

Not many people would have heard of the name Ghatsila, which happens to be a small town in rural Jharkhand. The 3 major obstacles which Mr Mallick faced while addressing students and their parents were:

  • Low levels of awareness
  • Minimal resources to guide students
  • Relatively lower income levels

There were also fewer avenues for students to participate in extra-curricular events and competitive examinations. But just like there is a unique problem in every situation, visionaries like him find unique solutions to those very same problems.

 

A Season of Change

Mr Mallick believes that each student has a distinct personality and learning ability, and thus they need personalized attention to ensure their success. His motto has been to offer equal chances to every student irrespective of their background. He believes that each student needs to be guided in a customized manner to make him or her academically, socially and morally responsible.

In order to promote this vision, he undertook a pilot project aptly named

Mission Guidance

  • Mallick wanted students to get interested in taking part in examinations like IIT JEE, Medical Entrance, NIFT entrance, NDA, Olympiads as well as extracurricular activities.
  • Parents were made a part of this Mission Guidance to ensure that they believe in the system and see their wards’ real potential. This was followed up with regular interventions being conducted during the morning assembly by the principal and in the classrooms by the teachers to motivate students to excel.
  • Mallick got a group of his school teachers, including himself, trained under UCLA Extension’s Global Career Catalyst (GCC) Program to make them aware of the latest trends and techniques in career guidance, and gain knowledge on subject choices, profile building, career planning and much more.

 

Sant Nand Lal

GCC Participants with Mr Sanjay Kumar Mallick (centre)

 

Recognitions Galore

Mr  Mallick’s carefully executed pilot project-Mission Guidance bore fruit when his students began to believe in themselves and make their name known in prestigious events across the nation.

 

  • Student Engagement:
    • Participation levels in extra-curricular activities (ECAs) increased by 145% over a span of just 2 years!
    • Winning rate increased by 151% from 2015-2017, with students emerging as winners across state and national events.

 

  • National Recognitions:
    • AIR-2 in Math quiz organized by SmartEduDirectory.com
    • Ranked among the Top 10 CBSE schools of Jharkhand
    • Ranked 164 in India School Ranking award by Education World
    • International School Award by British Council

 

Mr Sanjay Kumar Mallick receiving the Rashtriya Shikshak Samman from Mr Parshottam Khodabhai Rupala,  Union Minister of State for Panchayati Raj, Agriculture and Farmers Welfare  by Avantika, New Delhi

 

When passion meets guidance, a lot can be achieved, as showcased by Mr Mallick who was able to follow this and bring in a positive change in his school’s learning environment, eventually resulting in success.

 

 

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Teacher Interventions: Timely. Precise. Effective

 

As a teacher, how can you ensure that your students are not just successful in their exams, but also in careers, in their real lives? The answer to these questions is easier than you think. It is about planning the student’s journey and intervening at the right points.

As a teacher, you play a very unique role in a student’s life, possibly you spend more time with them than their parents. You end up observing a lot, including the child’s strengths and weaknesses. These observations, when communicated effectively, often prove to be the secret key in helping the child unlock his true potential and choose the career he would be most apt for. Communicating these observations to parents helps them understand their child’s psyche. And these conversations need to happen right from the 8th grade onwards if not earlier. We have taken this opportunity to carefully compile a list of possible interventions from Grade 8 to 12, which can help you ensure your students’ success.

 

 

Grade 8 Interventions

  • Profile building is essential. Participating in ECAs and summer programs not only looks good on a CV but is also a fun way to learn life’s essential lessons and discern subject interests. For example, a budding scientist could get exposure by participating in the National Talent Search Examination (NTSE).
  • Engaging students’ interests as subject extensions serves as trigger points for developing subject affinity. This technique is called Connected Learning. For instance, a student who is interested in architecture can be better engaged in class when there’s a discussion about the castles from the Harry Potter series.
  • Linking careers to the subjects helps the child understand what he is learning from a long term perspective. This linkage makes them better prepared while making subject choices. Parents must also be involved and inputs must be shared with them regarding their child’s interests at PTA meetings.

 

 

Grade 9 Interventions

  • Grade 9 is when subject selection happens for International Curricula students. The influencing factors for this decision could be the students’ Psychometric test analysis or discussions on upcoming career options. For instance, a budding computer graphic designer would be more interested when a subject session on computer applications is underway.
  • ECA-centered discussions are central to profile building right up to Grade 12. All this is possible only if teachers are aware of the current trends and practices of University admission processes based on a student’s profile

 

 

Grade 10 Interventions

  • In-depth analysis of Psychometric test or detailed career discussions would be good inputs for the CBSE stream selection for Grade 11.
  • Preparation of study calendars and stress management sessions could be possible additions to promote better results while ensuring students’ mental health in the dreaded BOARD year.
  • Introduce practical implementation of career choices. For instance, the demand for aeronautical engineers can be highlighted as an extension to physics. This activity can promote better subject engagement and can also trigger other passive students to take note and work towards their future goals.

 

 

Grade 11 Interventions

  • Intersperse the detailed subject lessons with information about entrance tests and country and college choices.
  • Touch upon trending careers and link them with what the students are learning. Jobs like that of an app developer’s or a product designer’s were not even heard of a few years ago, thus, having discussions about them and other offbeat careers can help in arousing interest among students.
  • Students learn best from their peers. Involve the alumni for an interactive classroom discussion. Also, by introducing webinars from renowned universities and by organizing talks from industry leaders, students receive that much-needed exposure.

 

 

Grade 12 Interventions

  • College specific guidelines need to be introduced to aid the decision-making process. Here, a personalized session might help a teacher gain insight into their aspirations and help them make the right decision.
  • Timeline tracking needs to be brought in for every student so that they do not miss out on their application deadlines and allied processes.
  • Scholarship and visa discussions can be incorporated as a part of 1-on-1 sessions to help students plan better. Here, alumni members can be introduced as possible guidance providers.

 

As a teacher, how can you ensure that your students are not just successful in their exams, but also in careers, in their real lives? By helping them understand where they are in the lifecycle and doing timely interventions. All the best!

To know how you can implement such interventions in your school

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Salute to School: From NMIMS, Mumbai

 

The recently announced Board results have given students and educators all across the country a reason to smile. We too would like to join in on the celebration and congratulate all our educators who have made this possible. It is because of their guidance that students are able to perform well and chart out successful careers for themselves and lead fruitful lives.

A school acts like a second home for all its students and as such deserves a special mention. Principal, Teachers, Students, Counsellors and the Support Staff form the 5 pillars of a school. These individual entities work synergistically towards the school’s success. A principal leads, a teacher facilitates, a student learns, a counsellor guides and a support staff member works behind the scenes to make this all happen. It is through the meaningful integration of all these individuals that a school is created and its identity extends beyond its physical space. All of these act as catalysts of transformation; turning a school into a learning community.

When a learning community exists in a school through globally aware educators and active support functions, a student feels at home. Our concluding part of the ‘Salute To School’ Series this week features an alumnus of Sri Sathya Sai Vidya Vihar who expresses her gratitude for her school and all her teachers who played a crucial part in shaping her future.

Just like the schools featured in our “Salute to School” series, we believe that every school can uncover the power in its students’ future by becoming globally aware and incorporating practices like the continuous professional development of teachers.

 

 

 

Student: Riya Khurana

School: Sri Sathya Sai Vidya Vihar

College Enrolled in:  Narsee Monjee Insitute of Management   Studies, Mumbai

Educators are critical career mentors to students.

Empower them to become certified Global Career Catalysts. 

Schedule a consultation for your School with Emily Jonathon,

School Advisor-Asia Support Team, UCLA Extension

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Salute to School: From IIM Indore

As the Board results are being celebrated all across the country, we have taken this opportunity to thank our educators who have made this happen. It is because of their guidance that students are able to perform well and chart out successful lives for themselves.

Heads of School and Principals are instrumental in facilitating this guidance process.

They are catalysts of transformation; turning a school into a learning community. Only through consistent Professional Learning programs for teachers, improved learning outcomes are achieved. By driving these Programs, Heads of School ensure that students are ultimately guided by globally aware teachers.

The quality of teaching along with the experiences outside classroom have a deep impact on shaping student personalities. From Planned Career discussions, to lunch-break chats and House captainship opportunities: every minute spent in school has an irreversible impression on young minds.

Our second part of the ‘Salute To School’ Series this week features an alumnus who acknowledges the critical role played by his School & Principal in shaping his future.

 

 

Student: Paaras Bharadwaj

School: Global Indian International School, Pune

College Enrolled in:  Indian Institute of Management, Indore

 

Educators are critical career mentors to students.

Empower them to become certified Global Career Catalysts. 

Schedule a consultation for your School with Emily Jonathon,

School Advisor-Asia Support Team, UCLA Extension

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Salute to School!

Exams are over, results are out and yet another batch of students has made it through School. Pat yourselves on the back, as this cohort successfully graduates from School!

Congratulatory messages will pour in appreciating Student performances in the Board Exams. But we have not forgotten the critical role that the school & teachers play in Student Success. Teachers go through the stress of completing the syllabus on time, focusing on concept clarity, dealing with anxieties of concerned parents and counseling students to keep calm and stay focused. All this with a smile on their face and a quiet confidence in their words.

Some teachers go the Extra Mile to guide students beyond the realm of syllabus and curriculum. They truly become catalysts of the students’ future by helping them make career and life choices.

Through our ‘Salute To School’ Series this week, we are excited to share how YOUR guidance, warmth and hard work is deeply appreciated long after students have left the cocoon of school.

Over this week, we will share messages from students across the country who look back at memories from their Alma Mater and Thank the teachers who deeply inspired them in their choice of careers. This week, we celebrate YOU; the Catalysts of Student Success.

 

Student Name: Akshat Praneet

School: SAI International School, Bhubaneshwar

College Enrolled in:  Ashoka University, Sonepat

 

Your teachers are critical career mentors to students.

Empower them to become certified Global Career Catalysts. 

Schedule a consult for your School with Emily Jonathon, School Advisor-Asia Support Team, UCLA Extension

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