Disha India

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Partners

Experience Based Learning Systems is a research and development organization founded by Dr. David Kolb and Dr. Alice Kolb for the advancement of the theory and practice of experiential learning. To achieve the organizational mission, EBLS is committed to building on the legacy of scholars whose innovative ideas continue to contribute towards learning and education, stimulating research and disseminating scholarly findings on experiential learning, offering resources that help individuals develop their own learning potential and providing tools for educators, parents, and consultants that promote learning.

Experience Based Learning Systems offers following self-scoring inventories based on the theory of experiential learning - Kolb Learning Style Inventory and learning flexibility index (LSI) version 4.0, Kolb Learning Skills Profile (LSP), Kolb Team Learning Experience (TLE) and Kolb Educator Role Profile (KERP).

Dr. David Kolb is the professor of Organizational Behavior at the Weatherhead School of Management, Case Western Reserve University. He is the author of Experiential Learning: Experience as the source of learning and development, and the creator of the Kolb Learning Style Inventory. Dr. Alice Kolb is the president of Experience Based Learning Systems Inc. To know more about EBLS, visit www.learningfromexperience.com.

The Heritage School, Gurgaon, uses experiential learning as pedagogy for teaching and learning where students work on real life issues, in the real context in order to develop the required understanding and skills. The vision is to prepare children for life through life. The school community through its deep engagement with questions about the purpose of education, how children learn and what is worth learning continues to re-invent education, curriculum and pedagogy.

In partnership with Disha India Centre for Experiential Learning, the school has been working intensively over the last decade to make teaching and learning both real and engaging.

The Heritage School is a pioneer in designing progressive practices, including experiential-based recruitment and admission processes, parent induction, teacher retreats for development of the self, skill based physical education program and visual arts workshops for students and educators within the school educational domain. To know more about the school, visit www.theheritageschool.com

'Wipro Applying Thought In Schools' (WATIS) is Wipro's social initiative to create on the ground capacity for educational reforms. It believes in the social vision of democracy where each citizen sees the ethic of equity, the essentiality of diversity, the ethos of justice and is thus driven to social action. It believes that education is the fundamental enabler of such a society. The promise of democracy can be realised by helping children develop into critical, creative, and caring citizens. Wipro helps build an ecosystem of social organizations that work in and develop a deep understanding of education reform, and advocate the cause of good education. As part of this initiative, it works with more than 30 social organizations across the country. The programs include extended holistic school engagement to support them in improving the quality of education. WATIS also works in curricular research, experiments to understand specific subject learning, assessment based research studies, etc., besides documenting the innovative work in education across the country and creating a system to disseminate this information. Thus, WATIS helps schools initiate and sustain efforts to transform school philosophy, culture and competence. You can learn more about the work of the project and available online resources at www.wiproapplyingthoughtinschools.com.

Systems Thinking in Schools, Waters Foundation, began integrating systems thinking and dynamic modeling within one middle school in 1990. Since then, the work has spread nationally and internationally. The mission is to increase the capacity of educators to deliver student academic and lifetime benefits through the effective application of systems thinking concepts, habits and tools in classroom instruction and school improvement. To that end, the Waters Foundation offers professional development opportunities including workshops, follow-up coaching, and online learning modules.

Disha India Centre for Learning and Waters Foundation collaborated to conduct a workshop for school educators in India in January 2010. It was a first step toward developing the capacity of educators in India to apply systems thinking concepts and tools in classroom instructions and school improvement.

You can learn more about the work of the project and available online resources by visiting the project's website at www.watersfoundation.org.

Disha India as an organisation has learnt a lot from Expeditionary Learning, USA. Our team has been participating in EL's professional development programs regularly for last many years. Though we are not formally a part of EL school network but our work and practices are informed and guided by Expeditionary Learning design principles and core practices.

About Expeditionary Learning
Expeditionary Learning is one of the USA's leading pre-K-12 education organizations committed to creating classrooms where teachers can fulfill their highest aspirations and where students can achieve more than they think possible. For more than 20 years, Expeditionary Learning has helped new and veteran teachers – in all types of school settings – strive for a vision of student success that joins academic achievement, character, and high-quality work. Our approach is grounded in respect for teachers and school leaders as creative agents in their classrooms. We build their capacity to ignite each student's motivation, persistence, and compassion so that they become active contributors to building a better world and succeed in school, college, career, and life.

The Expeditionary Learning model is characterized by:
  • Active instructional and student-engaged assessment practices that build academic skills and students' ownership of their learning
  • Rigorous academic projects connected to real-world issues that meet Common Core and other state standards
  • A culture of learning that builds persistence, collaboration, critical thinking, problem solving, communication, and independence in every student

Expeditionary Learning offers a comprehensive suite of professional development, coaching, Common Core curriculum, publications, and online tools to support schools to be engaging environments where kids love to learn and teachers love to teach. For more information, visit www.elschools.org.