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Jan 21, 2020

Reflections of Chennai Fellow Dinesh!

Model worksheet created by one of the students!
Model worksheet created by one of the students!

At Teach For India, every Fellow goes through a leadership journey with the students, overcoming the challenges and contributing their best to the growth of the students.

One of our Fellow, Dinesh from the 2018 Cohort reflects on his experience over the past term with his students.

"The Fellowship has been the greatest experience I have ever had in my life. So far, I felt like I’m someone who took from the society. Now, I feel satisfied to give back to the society through this fellowship. I am able to see many changes in the students’ lives and I have lots of hope for their future. 

The second term of this academic year is a great leap in my Fellowship journey. I feel satisfied with the growth in the academics, values and mindsets of the students. Last term, I realized one of the flaws that limited students learning -- students don’t have space to try their answer in written format. This term I have circulated all the students with worksheet for every chapter which will have questions from inside the chapter, questions behind every Chapter in the book and thinking questions related to the topics. Through this worksheet students got a space to try answering the questions through writing. They can try writing answers to question multiple times until it gets perfect as they use pencils for worksheets.

Because of the practice of using worksheets, 90% of the students scored ~10% marks higher than last term. Now students are able to read and comprehend the question, and write and then answer appropriately. I was able to witness the answers coming from the students are more specific with examples and clarity (when we have oral quiz).

 Initially, the students were less aware of resources and the proper way of using the same. But after assigning them with responsibilities they are operating in a completely different way. The responsibilities for library and computer lab maintenance, completion and keeping the worksheet safe made them more accountable, responsible and cautious about the resources. Students began to stay back after school saying if I go home early, I would waste my time. They also started to teach their parents about the importance of resources and the urgent need of limiting the wastage.

The big idea I’m having for third term is preparing a workbook instead of a worksheet, at the same time upskilling the students to make their own workbook. For skill building, I tried piloting the worksheet making for few chapters in term two, 60% of the students were able to drew ideas from the previous worksheets and make a worksheet for any chapter by themselves.

Most exciting and memorable moment for me as a teacher is when the students with less academic score last term showed better result during this term end assessments. The reducing number of issues related to bullying and complaining about others’ actions has reduced because every student is occupied doing their worksheets.

The challenging moment for me this term is dealing with students who had learning disability. By continual effort they were able to score above 15%, which again is a milestone for me in this year."

Jan 9, 2020

Leading the ed equity movement with conviction

Vikram, a 2018 Fellow teaching in a low-income private school in Hyderabad was a banker for seven years with a hugely successful career that had an upward trajectory. He was thriving yet something was amiss. He had always wanted to pursue a career in education and decided to finally take a step in that direction and applied to the Azim Premji Foundation. He got through. But when it came to accepting the offer, he got nervous about moving to the education sector from the corporate world and so carried on with his banking job. He regretted it almost immediately and actively started sending out applications to non profits. He applied to Teach For India, got through and took the plunge. 

Having only worked with adults in his career, Vikram describes working with children as challenging. He had to unlearn, learn and practice patience daily. It was imperative to him that every student in his class understood what was being taught and so he put in extra effort when it came to planning his lessons. When he began teaching, he found his classroom to be poorly equipped and not conducive to learning. There were no cupboards. No whiteboard. So Vikram raised funds singlehandedly and bought a whiteboard, cupboards and a smart TV for his classroom. It is only through his sheer intervention, perseverance and conviction that his helping him fight education inquity in his school and community.

Vikram and many more Fellows like him are leading the movement of ed equity with immense faith in their potential and belief. Would you not support our Fellows for this?

Nov 19, 2019

Teach For India Quarter 2 Organization Update

                                                                  TEACH FOR INDIA

                                               2019-20 Quarter 2: Organization Update

The second quarter of 2019 was marked by some key highlights which are detailed below.

A. A decade of Teach For India

Launch of ‘Grey Sunshine’ marked by ‘The Greatest Show On Earth’

We marked a decade of our movement at the Royal Opera House, Mumbai on the 4th of September by launching Grey Sunshine, a very special book authored by Sandeep Rai, our Chief of City Operations. The book is a collection of powerful stories from our 10-year journey. Actress Tara Sharma, along with Theatre Artist, Anahita Uberoi, and former Teach For India student Priyanka Patil, spoke about their connection to the book and read their favorite excerpts for the audience, before launching the ‘Grey Sunshine’ ocially, along with board members and supporters.

The launch was prefaced by ‘The Greatest Show On Earth’, a stage musical conceptualized and created by the Kids Education Revolution (KER – one of Teach For India’s sister projects) team and the children of the Umang Theatre Group. The musical immersed the audience in the stories of our children, the great diculties they encounter, and our brave and hard-working Fellows and Alumni, who work relentlessly to help them. The play beautifully depicted the broken nature of the education system through the metaphor of a circus. The set for the musical was hand-painted by 150 children from the Akanksha Foundation, and the cast consisted solely of children.

 

B. Highlights from the Fellowship

  • This quarter we saw a decline in Fellow attrition. The attrition rate of our Year 1 Fellows was 5.8% as compared to 9.4% last year, indicating a 38% reduction in attrition. While we are still trying to identify the main contributors to the decline, our intentional shifts as part of Project Lion, in recruitment messaging, Fellow role clarity and program support, could be attributed to the lower attrition.
  • At the end of the rst of our four recruitment rounds, we recorded 10,242 registrations, 2291 applications, 589 calls for the Assessment Centre (final interview) and finally oered 179 applicants a place in the 2020 cohort.
  • A number of mid-year retreats were conducted during the quarter for year 1 and year 2 fellows to step back from their daily school routines, engage with other fellows to share learnings and challenges and reflect on the past six months to ensure a more rejuvenated and positive approach towards the next half of the year.

 C. Highlights from the Organization’s Operations

As we continue to measure our progress to transform Teach For India into an Enduring Institution, the following highlights were observed:

  • Funding Goal – From ~66% last quarter we have reached ~90% of our funding goal for the year 2019-20. We are strengthening our Friends of Teach For India, USA Board and looking for an Executive Director. As we expect an economic slowdown and attrition in the corporate funders who have supported TFI for more than 6 years, we anticipate challenges in attaining our goal, for which we are brainstorming newer avenues of funding.
  • Staffing Goal - Currently there are a total of 18 open positions, and stang as on 30th September 2019 stands at 93% as compared to 88% at the end of the last quarter.
  • Staff Goal Setting Rollout - After a strategic exercise with relevant stakeholders, we came up with organization-level goals, measures to identify outcome metrics and a logic model to explain how every individual sta members’ goals contribute to the goals of the organization. Strategy & Learning Team in collaboration with Human Resources integrated this into the Sta Leadership Development Journey portal.
 
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