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Whole School Turnaround - Project Report

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Intervention Period –December 2012 – December 2014

 

Project – Whole School Turnaround

School: Goodwill English School, Heganahalli, Peenya II Stage

Reporting Period: March 2013 – May 2013

No. of teachers/heads covered under the Programme - 1 head, 1 Coordinator and 18 teachers

 

Intervention

Objective of the Intervention

Actual Outcome

Heads Support (Discussion of action points to work on during May 2013 to August 2013)

Action plans to work on next set of areas of improvement and help the school to sustain these positive changes -

  • Formulating a master time table for the entire school and teachers

  • Installation of display boards in the principal's office and Std 1 to 7

  • Maintaining records and trackers

  • Instituting student council in the new academic year:

  • The school has reopened on 22nd May after summer vacation. The time table is being reworked for the new academic session and be finalized by first week of July.

  • Display boards have been ordered and these would be installed in the classroom by 2nd week of June. In the meantime the teachers would be trained on how to use display boards in the classrooms effectively for improving student learning.

  • The school has started maintaining the records of notices and memos, staff meeting schedule and its agenda, minutes of meetings, substitution register, extra class records etc..

  • Student council would be elected and would be set up in the school by 15th June 2013

Intervention

Objective of the Intervention

Actual Outcome

Teacher Training – Prerana

Me and myself and Me and My students

  • The objective of the these trainings is to make teachers aware of their own strengths and areas of improvement.

  • The objective of this module is to help the teachers to use positive verbal and non verbal communication and effective praise in the classrooms

  • The teachers could do self introspection and could analyze their qualities, areas of improvement. They reflected on their own actions and behaviors which impacted student learning. They came up with few action points which they will start using in their classes in the new academic sessions. Eg:

  • the teachers will put their effort to use positive communication all the time.

  • they will take care that their verbal and non verbal communication are effective and positive.

  • the teachers will create an environment of appreciating each other in the classrooms through appreciation walls.

HeadLamp Workshops

2 Modules

  • HeadLamp, the leadership and management programme, is a series of 8 workshops designed to improve school leaders' participation in the teaching, learning and assessment processes, improve systems and processes within the school, support internal monitoring and evaluation and enhance internal reporting and communication.

  • The school has formulated the school vision.

  • The vision has been shared with all stakeholders.

  • The head has delegated the responsibilities to coordinator to monitor teaching learning process in an effective manner.

  • Democratic approach has been seen during staff meeting.

  • The head has planned 3 changes for the next quarter which includes installing display boards, keeping a record of all the activities of the school and formulating a master time table.

Feedback shared by the school coordinator Ms Shalini Ramanna:

  • The school has now a clearly defined vision which will help the head and the teachers to have a clarity about the right path to be followed to achieve the vision.

  • She found that ground rules and appreciation charts are quite useful to manage the classes in a positive way.

  • She can observe that teachers are now more positive and sensitive towards the students.

  • HeadLamp training program has personally helped Shalini to improve her leadership skills which is now evident in the way she interacts with staff in the school and in the staff meetings.

  • Maintaining the records will help to keep the data retrievable and accessible to all stakeholders

Feedback from the students : Nikhil – Std IX

Nayana - Std VII

  • Students feel that the overall cleanliness has been improved in the school.

  • The interaction between teachers and the students are quite positive now.

  • Ground rules and appreciation charts help to bring positive discipline in the classes

Going forward:

  • TTF will work with the school to bring positive changes in learning environment by helping the teachers to use strategies to make classrooms more lively through using display boards and Blackboards more effectively.

  • Follow up with schools heads through meetings needs to be done, to make sure that time tables and co-planning periods give teachers time to plan their and reflect on their lessons. Also heads will be mentored on how to be proactive at looking inwards into the current teaching learning processes than just the administrative progress of the school.

  • The forth coming training sessions would help the teachers to improve questioning skills which would help the students to think and answer and not just to recall the facts.

  • Demo classes by TTF facilitators would help the teachers to relate their learning from the workshop in more effective manner.

Mar 11, 2013

Whole School Turnaround - Project Report

 

Intervention Period –December 2012 – February 2013

 

Name of the Programme – Whole School Turnaround

School: Goodwill School

No. of teachers/heads covered under the Programme - 1 head, 1 Coordinator and 18 teachers

 

 

 

 

Month

Intervention

Involvement

Objective of the Intervention

Expected Outcome

Actual Outcome

December

2012

Baseline Audit

Heads and all Teachers

The audit is conducted prior to the intervention and this helps to assess the school's strengths, areas of concerns and needs. The following are the areas that the audit is conducted in.

  • Leadership Management

  • Teaching, learning and Assessment

  • Student Environment

  • Community Involvement

The heads and teachers will get an insight about the strong points of the school and areas of improvement.

The head will come up with the action plans for the areas for improvement for first three months based on the report.

The head showed keen interest in the report and identified two action points and decided to have action points for these for first three months –

 

  • To having cleaner school space

  • To bring policy in the school to replace corporal punishment with positive disciplining with positive.

 

January -February 2013

10 Workshops on English Language Enhancement – Classroom Talkies

 

 

All Teachers

 

To help the teachers -

  • to improve their communication skills

  • to use polite language in the classroom

  • to have positive interaction with the students

  • to replace corporal punishment with positive disciplining

 

  • Teachers will be more confident in using English as a transactional language in their classes. Studentsown language improves as a result.

 

  • Teachers will talk about the changes which they have started bringing in their classes now.

 

 

  • Teachers are participating in the workshops with enthusiasm and are more confident in expressing themselves in English during the workshops.

 

  • A lot of charts and posters on cleanliness are seen on the display boards in classrooms and school corridors to create awareness among the students.

 

 

  • The teachers felt that workshops are helping them to improve their communication skills and questioning skills. It was informed that corporal punishment is not being used anymore to enforce discipline in the classrooms.

 

  • Ground rules and appreciation walls are used to manage class with positive disciplining.

 

January - February 2013

Infrastructural Changes

Restrooms, Classrooms and Library

 

  • Cleaner school space

  • Provision of water and soap for the children

  • Covered dust bins for the girls to dispose sanitary wastes

  • Regular cleaning of the girls’ and boys’ restrooms

  • A library with properly arranged books

  • Awareness among the students about the importance of health and hygiene.

  • School washrooms will be cleaner and cleaning will be tracked.

 

  • Classrooms will be cleaned and students will aware to maintain the awareness through various activities.

 

  • Books will be arranged properly in the library.

  • Overall cleanliness has improved in the classrooms.

 

  • Cleaning of the restrooms is being tracked thrice (a day) on a chart. Members of student council are helping in putting up the cleaning tracker and tracking it effectively with the help of teachers.

 

 

  • The school organized a poster and slogan competition on “Health and Hygiene” to create an awareness in the students about cleanliness

 

  • Taps have been installed outside the restrooms for the students to wash hands.

 

 

  • Books have been arranged in the library subject wise and a master list of all the books are prepared.

 

The school sends fortnightly report on progress without fail

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Workshops conducted during Dec 2012 to Feb 2013


Attachments:
Dec 6, 2012

Whole School Turnaround - Project Report

 

 

 

Project Report for the Period September – November 2012

By The Teacher Foundation

 

 

Name of the School: Goodwill English School – Hegganahalli, Peenya

Programme: Whole School Turnaround

 

Overview of the School

 

Goodwill English School situated in Hegganahalli,Peenya was established in 2002-03 and is affiliated to the State board syllabus .The school has grades from Baby Nursery to X th Std.The school's current strength is 415 with a teacher strength of 22.

 

 

 

The school is owned and run by Mr.Padmanabhan M.N(Principal) and Mrs.Malarselvi(Secretary). Only about 30% of the parent population is educated and most of the students come from the surrounding areas.Most of the teachers are graduates and very few are trained teachers(B.ed). The management wishes to bring about a significant change in performance level of students who are academically weak and under achievers.

 

 

 

 

 

The school gives a lot of importance to sports and other co-curricular activites and has a large playground for the same purpose.The school envisions to impart education to students from all catses and creeds and inculcate in them a keen sense of responsibility.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Update on the programme for the period September to November 2012

 

Period

Intervention

Outcome

September 2012

WST team identifies and visits Goodwill School and holds a series of meetings with the school heads to explain the project metrics, intervention and understand the areas of change in the school.

School heads are informed about the project and interact with the WST team.

October 2012

A memorandum of understanding was signed between The Teacher Foundation and Goodwill School, under which Goodwill School would be undergo the Whole School Transformation project for two years

2012-2014.

School heads and TTF arrive at an understanding about the project which will take place over the next two years.

November 2012

A baseline audit was conducted in the school on 7th and 8th November. The audit is conducted prior to the intervention and helps assess the school's strengths, areas of concerns and needs. The following are the areas that the audit is conducted in.

  • Leadership Management

  • Teaching, learning and Assessment

  • Student Environment

  • Community Involvement

The school undergoes the school audit.

 

 

 

Intervention planned in the next four months

December 2012

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

December, January and February 2012

The audit report will be presented and a teacher orientation will be held at Goodwill School.

 

 

 

 

 

10 workshops on English language enhancement - Classroom Talkies will be held for all teachers.

 

School heads will undergo School leadership workshops

  • Audit report is handed over to the school. Areas of need are reviewed and the school prepares an action plan for the next six months.

  • Teacher's are more ready and motivated to be part of the intervention.

     

  • Teachers will be more confident in using English as a transactional language in their classes. Students' own language improves as a result.

  • School spaces are much cleaner with special emphasis on washroom hygiene. Provision for drinking water is now available for students. School will put together an action plan for the next three months.

March 2012

2 workshops of strategies for Contemporary classrooms will be held for all teachers

Classes will be more positive spaces with regards to teacher student participation. Instances of corporal punishment reduce to a large extent. Teachers will start planning their lessons using a formatted template.

April 2012

School based observation and individual feedback for all teachers

  • Teachers will plan lessons using range of strategies that were part of the workshops.

  • Student participation increases and is made part of the lesson plans.

  • Teachers collaboratively work to plan their lessons.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Some glimpses


Attachments:
Sep 4, 2012

Whole School Turnaround - Project Report

 

 

Whole School Turnaround – Project Report

TTF's Whole School Turnaround model is based on the premise that sustained instructional change cannot occur in schools unless all the stakeholders are involved. The model is designed to be implemented over a period of 2 years, focusing on School Leaders/Management, Teachers, Parents and Students. The model seeks to improve student performance in specific areas each year in a consistent and focussed whole school approach. The goal is that at the end of two years, students in each grade will perform at 1.5 grade levels higher than students in the previous two years in both Reading Levels and Mathematics.

 

In the past (since 2004) we have trained 150 teachers and 20 school heads under the program. At present we are working with Five schools in Bangalore who are part of the affordable private sector segement ( APS).

 

Year 1 Year 2

Objectives

What we do to achieve these

Objectives

What we do to achieve these

a) Raising fluency and proficiency in English Language amongst teachers and students.

 

b) Teachers will be able to use subject specific methods and activities to teach English.

 

c)Ensure that the School Leaders/Management are on board with the instructional changes.

a) Determine the unique strengths and problems in each school, using the School Audit process.

b)Training schools heads to become ready for change in their schools.

c) Sustained programme for improving teachers' fluency in spoken skills .

d) English Tutorials to help them ensure that students are communicating better in English.

e) Training for teachers on simple classroom strategies which will help improve teaching and learning for students.

f) Observation of teachers in their classes, followed by feedback to improve student learning.

a) Teachers will be able to plan and design interactive lessons.

 

b) Teachers will be able to use subject specific methods and activities to teach Mathematics.

 

c) Subject coaches will be trained to support teachers to continue the improved method of teaching and learning in the school.

 

a) Teachers will be trained and supported to design interactive lessons.

b) Subject Tutorials for Mathematics focusing on certain concepts

Teaching strategies including Group Work and activity sheets.

c) Observation of teachers in their classes, followed by feedback to improve student learning.

Subject coaches will be trained to help teachers in the school.

 

What is the criteria for selecting schools

 

  1. The fees structure of the schools should be in the range 300 – 1000 Rs per month.

  2. The school should be a private English meduim school, which draws student population from lower strata.

  3. The school should have no strong religious and political motives or affiliation in running the school.

  4. The heads should be eager partners in the chnage process.They should be willing to bring out changes in attitudes, policies and processes in their school.

 

At present we are in the process of looking of identifying prospective schools for the project.

The above criteria along with recommendations of schools we have previously worked with help us short list the schools.The school team makes a visit to the schools and meets up with the Heads/ Boards memebers/Trustees and explains the WST project and the outcomes that are planned.The school gets back to us and the MOU is signed prior to starting the school audit.

 

The WST model over two years -

 

 

 

To read more about our work on the WST model -

 

http://blog.teacherfoundation.org/search/label/Turning%20Schools%20Around

 

To read more about our work and organization -

 

http://www.teacherfoundation.org/


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Prakash Nedungadi

Bangalore, Karnataka India

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