Early Childhood Education: Are we there yet?

– By Rahul Raina, City Programme Manager, ISLI Hyderabad On a cold winter morning in Hyderabad, while on my way for a monthly school visit to one of our ISLI schools, I happened to pass by another colourful school building. Curious, I leaned inside to see a group of Nursery school children, sitting in a…… Continue reading Early Childhood Education: Are we there yet?

21st Century Skills: What does it mean to our school system?

– By Saipramod Bathena, Programme Lead, ISLI Hyderabad Education systems across the world have been designed to produce certain outcomes based on socio-economic, political and cultural needs. The design of any education system should be flexible enough to be able to adapt to the changing needs of the time. Most of us would have read…… Continue reading 21st Century Skills: What does it mean to our school system?

Corporal Punishment at schools – Time to address the elephant in the room

– By Shriram Tarawade, Brand Manager ISLI Corporal punishment – More commonplace than perceived It is a usual sight for Gopal’s parents to see him come home with a bruised ear and swollen cheeks. His mother’s immediate reaction is – “He must have got into a fight with the local boys or his school teacher…… Continue reading Corporal Punishment at schools – Time to address the elephant in the room

Rote-learning crisis in India

– By Sameer Sampat, CEO ISLI “Whack!” That is the sound of Rahul’s teacher, Sapna Ma’am, hitting him over the knuckles when he failed to include the abbreviation of a tangent in its definition as it is stated in the textbook. “The tangent (tan) of an angle is the ratio of the sine to the cosine. Rahul, if you…… Continue reading Rote-learning crisis in India

Development of School Leaders in India: Concerns and Challenges

– By Dr. Swaleha Sindhi PH.D. Introduction The need for a systematic approach to school leadership development in India has become significant in the context of the government policy initiatives in support of Right of Children to free and Compulsory Education Act (2009), the right to quality education, and other educational reforms. The realization of these initiatives…… Continue reading Development of School Leaders in India: Concerns and Challenges

‘Going beyond schooling: Rediscovering the meaning of Education’ with reference to the Gandhian model

– by Ritika Chawla, Curriculum Head, ISLI  Education as we know it Education in today’s world is a comparative between conventional or the so-called English education and an alternative form based on revolutionary ideas such as Nai Talim, provided by Mahatma Gandhi. There is a considerable role of education in who we are and what…… Continue reading ‘Going beyond schooling: Rediscovering the meaning of Education’ with reference to the Gandhian model

Action Research – Teachers as Leaders

– By Souvik Bhattacharya, City Programme Manager, ISLI Mumbai How do we ensure that a school learns even after the two years of the leadership program? That was the question that confronted ISLI, as we approached year 2 of our program. One of the key ways to tackle the challenge was to introduce Action Research…… Continue reading Action Research – Teachers as Leaders

Making school data work for teachers

– By Payal Jain, Monitoring & Evaluation Lead & Sapna Saleem, Curriculum Manager, ISLI   “The price of light is less than the cost of darkness.” ~ Arthur C. Nielsen, Market Researcher & Founder of AC Nielsen Arthur Nielsen puts it well when he talks about data and business. The same can be said about…… Continue reading Making school data work for teachers