Ashvattha Learning Communities enables young people to become teacher leaders and create 21st century classrooms. We work with pre-service teachers during their mandatory internships and government teachers with less than 3 years of tenure. In our learning journeys, we strengthen their classroom practice, focus on self development and build teacher professional communities.
नानक Teacher Learning Center
Our TLCs serve as both as research and development lab for our educational philosophy and training pedagogy, and as a place to equip pre-service teachers with professional skills. We deploy teachers to create model 21st century classrooms in government schools in sync with the New Education Policy (NEP 2020). We also run a 100 day learning journey (अंकुर teacher fellowship) for pre-service teachers interning at these government schools. As suggested by the National Curriculum Framework for Teacher Education (NCFTE 2009), our TLCs facilitate guided practice, discussion forums and exposure programs for teachers.
We currently run TLCs in Alwar and Jaipur and work with 350 primary grade students. We have skilled 10 pre-service teachers on classroom management and lesson planning through our TLCs.
नींव Teacher Fellowship
2 year learning journey for young government school teachers. Our fellows are highly motivated, teach primary grades and learn how to create 21st century classrooms. Once selected for the fellowship, they participate in professional training and leadership development sessions. We conduct in-person and virtual sessions, exposure visits, guest speakers as well as individualized coaching and classroom feedback. These enable fellows to become SMART Teachers:
S: Subject expert
M: Manages classroom well
A: Activity based learning
R: Relationship with students and parents
T: Technology and English skills
We launched our first cohort in May 2023 in Achrol (Jaipur, Rajasthan).
In partnership with Sajhe Sapne and Aavishkaar, we have designed a one-year, hands-on primary math educator program. In this program, Ashvattha designs and anchors the content on educational psychology and classroom culture. We train these young female teachers from diverse communities through in-person workshops, self-paced online courses and synchronous online classes.
Currently, third cohort of Aarohan is being trained in Kandbari (Himachal). Previous two cohorts of 20 teachers have been successfully placed as teachers across the country by parent organization Sajhe Sapne.
Apni Jagah was an after school learning center set-up to bridge 21st-century skill gap and reduce education inequity. We ran Apni Jagah for 18 months starting February 2022. This was also an opportunity for us to experiment with pedagogy, teacher training, coaching and parent engagement.
Virtual Shikshak Chaupal
Through our conversation series, ‘Virtual Shikshak Chaupal’, we are aiming to create online communities where pre-service and in-service teachers can come together to learn from each other about topics that matter to them.
Re.Ed. Teacher Learning Centers
We set up Reimagine Education (Re.Ed.) Teacher Learning Centers across 6 TTIs in Jaipur including DIET Goner. We used a combination of workshops and online courses to build self-awareness, classroom management practices and technology skills amongst pre-service teachers.
Internship Support Programme
Pre-service teacher education at teacher training institutes in India is supplemented by 4-16 weeks of school internships every year. During this 3-month long online program, we regularly supported young teachers with their on-ground challenges and enabled them to become reflective practitioners.