LSI 2013 -  MUMBAI CHAPTER

LearnShift India 2013 – Mumbai chapter will bring together global and local innovators to generate ideas, build networks for action and work together to ensure lasting educational change. This conference will involve a diverse gathering of high- level leaders, thinkers and pioneers who seek to push beyond the current educational paradigm and harness new approaches that deliver better learning for all young people.

Why do we need a LearnShift?

There is a growing realization across India that incremental change in education systems is not sufficient to meet the needs and demand for learning in the 21st Century. Economic globalization, demographic changes, environmental challenges and new technologies are all exerting pressure on our 20th century models of education. We now need all young people to develop high-level competencies and have the ability and motivation to learn throughout life. This will require major shifts in how learning is designed and delivered.

The LearnShift India 2013 will focus on moving from ‘Words to Action’ across 3 major challenges ripe for transformation:

  • Shift in Access

    1. How can we ensure all students, especially those most disadvantaged, have access to high quality, affordable learning?
    2. Are schools and teachers the only way of achieving learning outcomes?

  • Shift in Pedagogy

    1. How can we develop models of deep, personalised learning that harness technology, engage students and equip young people with 21st century competencies?
    2. How do we create, curate, and contextualize high-quality educational content given how much of it is freely available today?

  • Shift in Educators

    1. How can we attract, prepare, retain and develop high quality teachers and leaders at scale?
    2. How do we build school leaders and teachers who embrace change and innovation?

Shift in Access

  1. How can we ensure all students, especially those most disadvantaged, have access to high quality, affordable learning?
  2. Are schools and teachers the only way of achieving learning outcomes?

Shift in Pedagogy

  1. How can we develop models of deep, personalised learning that harness technology, engage students and equip young people with 21st century competencies?
  2. How do we create, curate, and contextualize high-quality educational content given how much of it is freely available today?

Shift in Educators

  1. How can we attract, prepare, retain and develop high quality teachers and leaders at scale?
  2. How do we build school leaders and teachers who embrace change and innovation?

Design of the Conclave

Educational pioneers across India are already working to develop, prove and scale new solutions. Our role is to be the platform that connects these innovators, amplifies their work and supports the scaling-up of the most powerful new approaches. For each of the innovation cases explored throughout the day we will examine



What is the learning model and what problem is it trying to solve?


How is the programme designed to ensure high-quality learning?
How is technology being harnessed (if at all)?

How can we generate evidence to prove the approach is working?


What processes are used to monitor and evaluate impact?
How is feedback incorporated into on-going improvements?

How can the approach be taken to scale?



How can financial and institutional sustainability be assured?
What is the role of: government, investors, and private companies?

Curators
Dignitaries
  • Smt. Radha Chauhan

    Joint Secretary, MHRD,

    Department of School Education & Literacy, Government of India

  • Dr. Sujatha Ramdorai

    Member of the Scientific Advisory

    Council to PM of India and a Member of the National Innovation Council

  • Sh. Vineet Joshi

    Chairman,

    CBSE

  • Dr. Sadhana Parashar

    Director (Academics & Training)

    CBSE

  • Dr. Pavan Podar

    Chairman,

    Podar Education network

  • Dr. Rajesh Kasturirangan

    Cogitive Scientist,

    NIAS

  • Smt. Radha Chauhan

    Joint Secretary, MHRD,

    Department of School Education & Literacy, Government of India

  • Dr. Sujatha Ramdorai

    Member of the Scientific Advisory

    Council to PM of India and a Member of the National Innovation Council

  • Sh. Vineet Joshi

    Chairman,

    CBSE

  • Dr. Sadhana Parashar

    Director (Academics & Training)

    CBSE

  • Dr. Pavan Podar

    Chairman,

    Podar Education network

  • Dr. Rajesh Kasturirangan

    Cognitive Scientist,

    NIAS

Speakers
  • Simon Breakspear

    Head of Learning Strategy, Declara

    Radical Innovation for Learning:
    Global Lessons from Leading Pioneers

  • Kiran Bir Sethi

    Director, Riverside School

    Redesigning Education:The Riverside Model and Design for Change

  • Ramya Venkataraman

    Leader, Education Practice
    McKinsey & Co.

    Urban School System Reform at Scale

  • Gaurav Podar

    Managing Director, Podar Education Network
  • Rupal Nayar

    Director of Programs, Zaya

    Blended learning model for at-risk children:Sustainability and Impact Assessment of Zaya Classrooms

  • Subhalakshmi D

    Associate Director, Centre for Civil Society

    School Choice Campaign:Voucher Program Pilots

  • Lohit Sahu

    Director, Phyzok Learning Solutions LLP

    Flipped Classrooms:Future of education delivery

  • Akanksha Thakore Srikrishnan

    Associate: Strategy, Innovation, Training, R.N. Podar School

    Project Back to School: Collaboration with B.Ed colleges to bridge skills-gap

  • Jonathan Mazumdar

    Portfolio Associate, Acumen Fund
  • Prof. Rajeev Sharma

    RJM Centre For Educational Innovation (RJMC),IIM Ahmedabad
  • Anuradha Sen

    Head, Curriculum and Training,Shiv Nadar Schools
  • Neil D’souza

    Founder, Zaya
    Keynote
  • Simon Breakspear

    Head of Learning Strategy, Declara

    Radical Innovation for Learning:
    Global Lessons from Leading Pioneers

  • Kiran Bir Sethi

    Director, Riverside School

    Redesigning Education:The Riverside Model and Design for Change

Innovation Case Studies
  • Ramya Venkataraman

    Leader, Education Practice
    McKinsey & Co.

    Urban School System Reform
    at Scale

  • Gaurav Podar

    Managing Director, Podar Education Network

    Successful Scale-up of a Private School Network

  • Rupal Nayar

    Director of Programs, Zaya

    Zaya Classrooms: Blended Learning Model for At-Risk Children

  • Subhalakshmi D

    Associate Director, Centre for Civil Society

    School Choice Campaign:
    Voucher Program Pilots

  • Lohit Sahu

    Director, Phyzok Learning Solutions LLP

    Flipped Classrooms:
    Future of Education Delivery

  • Akanksha Thakore Srikrishnan

    Associate: Strategy, Innovation,Training, R.N. Podar School

    Project Back to School: Enhancing Teacher Education through Collaboration

Panelists - Discussion on Enables & Accelerators
  • Jonathan Mazumdar

    Portfolio Associate, Acumen Fund
  • Prof. Rajeev Sharma

    RJM Centre For Educational Innovation (RJMC), IIM Ahmedabad
  • Anuradha Sen

    Head, Curriculum and Training, Shiv Nadar Schools
  • Neil D’souza

    Founder, Zaya
WINNERS OF LSI YOUNG CHANGE AGENT AWARDS
OUR JOURNEY

At R.N. Podar School, innovation is a part of our DNA, and seeing an idea through to action, a part of our culture. We have made a conscious attempt to implement and integrate the ideas from LearnShift India 2012 into our school, working with a growing network of pioneers, leaders, and innovators in education. We have put into practice and are presently working on the following projects:

Flipped Learning
Project Back to School
School as a Laboratory
We have taken the idea of Flipped Learning to grades 9-12 for Maths and Science subjects. Till date, we have over 100hrs of innovative content shot in-house by Phyzok and delivered by our own teachers. Students have begun accessing these videos to prepare for their classes, while teachers have researched and created additional content to inspire, question, challenge, and stimulate their class. Currently, we are developing a year-long evaluation study to measure the outcomes of this innovation from the perspective of students, teachers, and other stakeholders.
At LSI 2012, we discussed gaps in the quality of the country’s pre-service teacher education programs and floated ideas to bridge them. This year, R.N. Podar School has collaborated with three B.Ed colleges in Mumbai to enhance their students’ learning through a mentor-apprenticeship model. Apart from fulfilling their practice-teaching and internship components, batches of B.Ed students are shadowing teachers and being mentored by them on lesson planning, assessments, use of technology in class, and classroom engagement and management, amongst other skills. In addition, they are being exposed to the school culture and working. We are working on a case study to evolve a workable model out of this pilot that can be taken up by willing schools and B.Ed colleges, and also used as an input for policy change in B.Ed program design.
To continue fostering innovation beyond the conclave, we have opened our doors to problem-solvers – education technology companies, social enterprises, individuals – working in the school education space to test their ideas and fine-tune them with feedback from students and teachers alike. At present, we work closely with:
  • Zaya, a technology-based social enterprise offering world-class education at their Learning Labs through personalized, blended-learning, targeting students from low-income groups, and
  • Gyanome, a network of teachers, learners and professionals working to make high quality educational resources accessible to students, parents and teachers
At any point in time, we have multiple pilots running in the school - some independent and others through collaborations - each with the objective of solving a pressing education issue.
TESTIMONIALS
  • I do appreciate the initiative and the issues that you have identified are relevant to our national objective of providing universal access to good quality school education. I shall look forward to mutual sharing of thoughts on the subject.

    Smt. Radha Chauhan, Joint Secretary, School Education, MHRD

  • LearnShift India 2013 promises to explore some of the most important questions on access, pedagogy, and educators that we as a country need to find answers to in the Education space today. I'm happy to be a part of the journey and look forward to interesting discoveries!

    Subhalakshmi D, Associate Director - Livelihoods and Skills, Centre for Civil Society

  • LearnShift 2012 was a great platform for exchanging ideas with some of the pioneers in Indian education ecosystem. It also facilitated relationships and mentorships that are helping startups like Zaya to tackle some of the toughest problems in India education.

    Neil D’Souza, Founder, Zaya

  • The LearnShift Conference brought together a diverse group of education leaders to think together about a joint vision for the Indian education system. It was energizing to interact with this group and think about the bigger picture in education.

    Azad Oommen, Executive Director, Central Square Foundation

  • LearnShift India (LSI) 2013-Mumbai Chapter with the theme “Words to Action” is an earnest effort of vision to transform the educational pedagogy and methodology by building a dynamic cross-silo community of experts. It is commendable that LSI is establishing a network of leaders and innovators to bring about the strategic change in the segment of education to enhance our approach towards the teaching learning process and focus more on functional life-long learning.

    Madam Grace Pinto, Managing Director, Ryan Group of Institutions

CONTACT US
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Learnshift India 2013 - Mumbai Chapter

Date: 13th November 2013 | Venue: JW Marriot, Mumbai

Contact
Akanksha Thakore Srikrishnan
Email: akanksha@rnpodarschool.com
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