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: Retreat for Educators

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  • Clive Elwell
    Message 1 of 1 , Jan 9, 2013
      To those interested in
      schools...education...learning...issues around children and young people -
      SchoolScape, Centre for Educators
      The Blue Mountains School, Ooty
      Indian Montessori Centre, Bengaluru
      a retreat - shanti in education
      for teachers, heads of schools, teacher educators, young people...

      The retreat will be held in the school premises in the town of Ooty, Nilgiris, Tamil Nadu
      from Fri 15th to Mon 18th February 2013.

      The programme will include anchored discussions and reflection; a picnic, a choice of short and long treks in the Nilgiri biosphere; classroom observations; and discussions wherever one is, with whoever one is with, about whatever one wants to share  and 
      reflect upon.

      Please see the attachment for further details and register as soon as possible, using the format given, as the school having limited space during term time, allows only for a limited number of participants.

      Please come, if it is possible, for a few days to explore issues, concerns and practices together - so that each of us is refreshed and rejuvenated by the weather of the Nilgiris, by companionship and by conviviality in body, mind and spirit.

      Once you register, we will be in touch with you to discuss what you would like to present or offer to the group.

      with good wishes and hoping to hear from you soon
      Amukta                                                    Uma Shanker                                                                                                       
      for                                                           for                                                                                                                    
      SchoolScape &                                       Indian Montessori Centre 
      The Blue Mountains School                               

      The Blue Mountains School 
      The school was at the forefront of bringing quality education with contemporary pedagogy and practices as far back as 1961, when it was started, by F.G. Pearce and his wife Anasuya along with some of their well-known colleagues, who left Rishi Valley to start a school in the blue mountains (Nilgiris).
      The school website is being redesigned and will be up in its new avatar in a few days. 
      Till then, the old one will give you an idea what the school believes in and practices.
      Amukta joined The Blue Mountains School in 2011 and has been in the process of developing a team, towards rebuilding and reinventing the school, to nourish the principles for which it was started and to establish a culture that is democratic; based on an integral way of living and learning.

      Indian Montessori Centre
      The main objective of IMC has been the advocacy of Montessori principles and philosophy through the training programs as well as the annual gatherings and to work towards gaining a better understanding of the child. 
      “The immense influence that education can exert through children has the environment as its instrument… With their unlimited possibilities, children can well be the transformers of humanity, just as they are its creators. The children bring us a great hope and a new vision. There is much that we teachers can do to bring a new humanity 
      to a deeper understanding, to a higher well-being, and to a greater spirituality.” (Dr Maria Montessori, The Absorbent Mind)

      SchoolScape, Centre for Educators
      SchoolScape focuses on the development of the teacher and other support cadres to enable schools, organizations and education departments to enhance the quality of learning for children so that an environment where learning is recognized as a natural human process is created.
      SchoolScape hosted in Dec 2004 the 12th International Democratic Education Conference, IDEC, for ten days at Bhubaneshwar, Orissa in which more than 350 delegates from 18 countries participated including about 100 children.
      A sample of work done -
      * Base year study of ABL (Activity-based Learning), before and after it was up-scaled in the state of Tamil Nadu to cover all the approx 37,000 elementary schools in the state. 
      Report titled, "Effectiveness of ABL Programme under SSA, TN‟
      * Learning Achievement Study in Bhuj, Gujarat and in two districts of U.P. in government schools with and without interventions made by an international NGO
      * Evaluation of programmes and organisations to move towards improving various dimensions of quality 
      * Teacher Development Programmes for schools and projects taking the school as a unit for change

      Amukta Mahapatra
      The Blue Mountains School, Ooty 643 001 TN India


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