This year we launched two programs to bring our network together to build stronger connections and work together to collectively deepen our impact on the city's education landscape. It's been an exciting year for both programs, read on to know more!
ASPIRING SCHOOL LEADERSHIP COMMUNITY
The 2016 Aspiring School Leadership Community, in its third year now, is an attempt to leverage Pune's current ecosystem of promising instruction specialists and school leaders. In order to rapidly accelerate our path to more transformational schools across Pune, Alumni Soumya Jain (Fellow 2013) and Sweta Balakrishnan (Fellow 2012) have brought together a group of 15 aspiring school and instructional leaders – both Fellows and Alumni – in a community that will build a collaborative effort to further explore school leadership and all that transforming a school entails. They've come together thrice so far, exploring readings, shadowing some of our inspiring School Leaders and working together to push the collective understanding of the role a School Leader plays in transforming a school system.
SCHOOL TRANSFORMATION ACCELERATOR
The School Transformation Accelerator, a pilot program involving 11 Alumni completed it's first year a few weeks ago! We spent the past year exploring our leadership journey and what limits us, took a shot at redesigning a school using the principles of Design Thinking, visited the Kaivalya Education Foundation in rural Rajasthan and ended the year exploring a vision of excellence at the Avasara Leadership Academy for Girls. This accelerator was facilitated by Joseph Cubas, co-founder and School Leader, Avasara Academy and Sandeep Rai, Senior Program Director, Teach For India,. A big thank you to all participants for joining us this year -watch this space to know more about our next accelerator program!
SHIKSHAN UTSAV, 2017
2017 brought a new wave of energy and enthusiasm in teachers across PMC. Pune Shikshan Utsav served as a platform for teachers to showcase their best practices and space for them to learn from their colleagues. It was a 2 -day event where top 100 teachers presented and there were workshops organised on Constructivism and 'Management of Training' by experts. Pune City Connect team members Moiz Shaikh (Fellow 2009) and Damini Mainkar, played a critical role in the success of the entire event - right from planning, designing and implementing the two day event!
PUNE EdFORUM, Meeting #2
The Pune EdForum was started off early this year as an effort to bring together Alumni and representatives of organizations working in the education space in Pune to deepen our collective understanding of the education crisis. This time round, with the help of ATMA, 15 organizations went through an exercise of "ecosystem mapping" to understand the education landscape, from cradle to career for our children in Pune. The conversation following the exercise led us to question our understanding of what our children need the most and more importantly, what it would take for each organization to work with another to build a robust pathway for our students. Big thank you to all those who attended the event and we're excited about this new partnership with ATMA!
ACCELERATORS UNITE, Rajasthan
The two Accelerator Programs - System Leadership Accelerator and School Transformation Accelerator, together traveled to Bagar, Rajasthan to immerse themselves in the District Transformation Project (DTP) of Kaivaliya Education Foundation. Together, they spent four days exploring the program that aims to work deeply with people at all 'levels' to facilitate transformation of the district education system. From meeting inspiring government officials, to spending late evenings with the DTP team to understand their work and purpose, left participants provoked and inspired!
Big Congratulations to Lewitt Somarajan (Fellow 2011), founder Life Labs, for making it to the prestigious Ashoka Fellowship, 2017; a Fellowship granted by Ashoka India to leading social entrepreneurs.
JUST FOR KICKS, 2016 - 2017 SFC TOURNAMENT
Just For Kicks teams from across the country, battled it out on the pitch in Mumbai at the SFC finals early this month. Their motto, "Everyone Plays", came to life as students, both girls and boys, from both international schools and government schools from across the country, came onto the pitch to get an equal shot at winning the prestigious trophy! After a year of learning and growing, both on the pitch and outside, a nail biting finish between our very own Kothrud Wolves and Greenwood International School, the year of football comes to a stellar finish! Big shout out to Rishi Nandwani (Fellow 2013, City Lead JFK) and Ajay Jojo (Fellow 2013, Program Manager and Coach, Kothrud Wolves) for a fantastic year of football!