The third edition of the annual XSEED ’School of Tomorrow’ Conference 2011 witnessed pioneer educationists share a common platform to stress on the need for improving quality in education through investments in better teaching methods and processes. Under the theme of “Education beyond Boundaries”, the conference saw participation from over 1500 school heads and business leaders across New Delhi, Chennai, Mumbai and Hyderabad.
“The time for quality in school education has come. Parents, employers and government are demanding quality outcomes from schools; students who can demonstrate deep grasp of concepts, better communication, and an overall confidence that is visible immediately. Such an education is now in the reach of every school irrespective of its access to resources. The ‘School of Tomorrow’ conference showcased the research insights, innovative case studies and practical solutions that substantiate these ideas for practicing education leaders. Our own on-the-ground experience of working with over 700 schools across the country has shown that the key to quality is a superior learning method that emphasizes experimentation, questioning and feedback supported by tools, training and assessment – not expensive hardware or infrastructure”, said Ashish Rajpal, Founder & Managing Director – iDiscoveri.
Prof. Alison Gopnik, author of books on child psychology and a renowned researcher in the field of children’s learning from the University of California, delivered a thought provoking key note address on cognitive abilities of children and highlighted the need for uninhibited exploration, experimentation and reasoning in the education space.
The conference in each city featured a panel of educationists, business and thought leaders who are determined to revolutionise classroom teaching in the country. The panel discussion on ‘Better Resources or Improved Methods- What Matters Most for School Quality’ witnessed participation from noted visionaries like Usha Albuquerque, Media Personality and Career Expert; Paramjit K Narang, Director, Pathways School, Gurgaon and Nandini Chatterjee Singh, Associate Professor, National Institute of Brain Research.<br><br>
During the conference, innovative case studies that have broken conventional methods and demonstrated visible results on children’s learning were presented.