TODAY, schools are operating in an environment that is very complex, uncertain and ever–changing than ever before. Parents, regulatory agencies, other concerned stakeholders have high expectations and very conscious of if schools provide safe and positive learning environment, and focus on student and staff wellbeing. Hence, school leaders and teachers are increasingly under pressure to ensure that these needs are appropriately delivered.
It is not possible for schools to develop the 21st century skills in students without applying the student–centric teaching learning pedagogies i.e. enquiry–based, problem–solving, experiential, collaborative and international–minded approaches.
To keep up with the pace of change in education landscape as articulated above, we help to build strong school leadership and improve the level of teacher expertise by cultivating a culture of learning. This continuous learning and innovation will enable teachers and leaders to embrace changes, and develop short–term and long–term strategies to create better education outcomes for Nepalese children. We use the proven tools and frameworks to design strategic interventions for the transformation process. (Sources: Congruence Module, 5–Step Problem–solving and Learning Framework, Australian Council for Educational Research, etc.).
A task of school improvement is the process of changing school practices in ways that lead to better student outcomes. The starting point in the development of a school improvement plan is to develop a good understanding of the current situation. This involves developing a good understanding of current student outcomes as well as a good understanding of current school practices. As the process of identifying where the school is now, we review the existing structures and systems that include formal reporting systems, incentives, building(s), campus environment, student performance, schedule, safety and data systems of the school.
We also carry out the review of the critical tasks – instructions, teaching and learning pedagogy, the uses of technology in the classroom instruction and activities, student performance evaluation, collaboration and coordination between grade levels and teachers across subjects. We assess the strengths (knowledge, skills and attitudes) of the existing human resources (school leaders, teachers, administrators and other staff), and carry out need analysis of professional development of teachers and leaders.
Accounts and Finance – We review the existing accounting systems, policies and procedures, and ascertain if financial transactions are recorded in accordance with the generally accepted accounting principles.
A school improvement plan specifies the improvements in student outcomes a school community wishes to see. This usually involves providing answers to the questions like which student outcomes do we most want to improve? what level of improvement should we be aiming for? on what timeline? As a plan for improving student outcomes, a school improvement plan recognizes the need to prioritize to set realistic expectations, and to provide the time required for meaningful and sustainable improvement.
Once a school has decided the outcomes it wishes to improve, the next step is to decide how those improvements will be achieved. In general, better student outcomes are achieved through more effective, evidence–based school and classroom practices. A school improvement plan makes explicit the changes in practice a school intends to make. As part of effective implementation, the school will first need to focus on teacher and leader professional development, and provide resources as required by the new strategic plan.
The fourth step in a school improvement cycle is to establish whether outcomes have improved. Conclusions about improvement require measures that can be compared over time and possibly across different instruments. Changes also must be large enough to indicate meaningful improvement rather than chance fluctuation. And conclusions about improvement can be made with more confidence when there is evidence of a trend in outcome measures over a number of years.
We provide private schools with our expertise to reaffirm the school vision, mission and objectives, set short–term and long–terms goals and objectives, and to create a culture of learning, innovation and collaboration that is aligned with the school vision. In addition, we review the existing policy documents such as Employee Service, Teacher & Student Handbook, Student Safety and Wellbeing and Professional Development of Teachers and Staff among others.
Not only do we review and plan for rebuilding or improving the existing classrooms and other facilities, we also do provide our services for planning and designing new school infrastructure including IT, facilities and the recruitment of leaders, teachers and staff, professional development. We have distinctive knowledge, tools and expertise to help new investors to prepare the feasibility study of new school project, and to find partners (banks and financial institutions) in funding project. We also develop a strategic plan for promotion and branding of the new school for its success as a venture.
As part of professional development of teachers and school leaders, we provide trainings and workshops tailored to the specific needs of teachers and leaders to enable them to manage change in the education landscape, adapt to, and improve the learning outcomes for students as well as transform the school culture. Such continuous teacher trainings and development plan help transform the school as a learning organization. The Foundation also organizes seminars and conferences on the relevant topics.
We work with the local (municipalities), the providential and the federal governments in the development of school improvement plan that includes reform of the public school infrastructure, improvement of teaching–learning, teacher and leader professional development, the articulation of vision, mission, objectives and culture of the public schools, which will lead to the improved learning outcomes for students and long–term social impact.