Student learning is the standard for school success. Research confirms that the most important factor contributing to a student's success in school is the quality of teaching. In an increasingly digitalized and interconnected world, the definition of education has now expanded. Basic education as provided by schools now includes a broader range of skills, understandings and dispositions. If we want students to learn, the most critical element is the teacher. If we want our students to be successful adults of the 21st century, it is critical that schools invest in building teacher's professional capacity and empower them with the necessary skills and dispositions. In order to meet these standards of excellence, schools have a tough choice to make by either investing in finding the best teachers or providing exceptional professional development to help them become 'the best'.
Centre for Learning and Teaching envisions creating an educational space that promotes excellence and innovation in school communities. Our aim is to create a vibrant space for educators across the country to exchange ideas, share experiences and enjoy the excitement and fulfillment of professional development.
CLT provides range of quality personal and professional development opportunities for educators, school leaders, administrators, students and parents. We support school development, school improvement programs and create forums for learning and collaboration which we believe will enrich the communities we live in.
Our Core Team
Advisor - Education
Head of Centre - Advisor - Teaching and Learning & Professional Development
Program Leader - Curriculum Design & Training
Our Guest Faculty
Dr Geoff Readman
Advisor - Education
A member of the founding team Ms Adams joined SBS in 2006 and helped conceptualize, plan and envision the school. An alumna and member of faculty of English at Lady Shri Ram College, Mrs. Adams has a second post graduate degree in Theatre Arts from the University of Leeds. With 37 years of experience in India and the UK, her career spans education, media and arts management. In the UK she has worked with the University of Leeds, BBC North and the Arts Council. She has spent thirteen years as Director of the Shri Ram Schools, writes extensively on education and is presently serving as member on the Boards of the Assam Valley School, Ahvaan Trust, Fab India Education Trust and Shri Ram College of Commerce. Her passions remain theatre and the performing arts.
Head of Center - Advisor - Teaching and Learning & Professional Development
Ms Kapoor has been associated with SBS since 2007. She has been our Visiting Faculty for developing our curriculum as well as our lead consultant in the professional development of all staff and leadership. She relocated in 2010 and has led the Teaching and Learning and Professional Development at SBS since then. An Alumna of Garhwal University, Ms. Kapoor topped the university in her post graduate degree in Zoology with a specialization in Environmental Sciences. With over 15 years in education, she has spent 10 years in education in the UK and her assignments covered Head of Science Faculty and Deputy Head of Skinners' Company's School for Girls, London. Presently pursuing an MSc in Leadership and Management from the University of Leicester UK, Ms. Kapoor is a highly motivated and passionate trainer and brings with her a wealth of experience in innovative teaching and learning methodologies and school management systems. A nature enthusiast, she enjoys travelling and photography.
Ms Arathi Krishnan joined CLT in January 2014. Upon entry she was fortunate to be able to coordinate her very first event of the visit of the Dalai Lama to Step by Step School. A graduate in Science, and a diploma holder in Hotel Management. She has over 8 years of corporate experience, having worked with GE before switching over to the educational domain. During leisure time, she loves to watch movies, period dramas and read books. She also loves to travel.
Program Leader - Curriculum Design & Training
Before joining the CLT in 2016, Akshat had worked as a product developer with a US based MNC for four years and taught children in slums in his free time. His visits to the slums and juvenile homes changed his perspective about education. It made him realize the need to work in the education sector as he found it to be a meaningful way to live a life. In May 2014, he quit his corporate career and joined the fellowship at Teach for India where he taught children at a government school, worked with the parent community to invest them in their child's education and worked as a City Curriculum Advisor to improve teaching and learning of Science. He holds a Bachelor of Technology in Electronics and Communication. He loves to trek, read, write, enjoys photography, listening to music, playing instruments, singing and longs to be with the mountains.
Ashok is a mediator, facilitator, and teacher with over 25 years of experience in North America, Europe, the Middle East, and Asia. He founded Meta-Culture a thinking and human engagement studio in 2005. Meta-Culture is an internationally acknowledged leader in the research and practice of critical and creative thinking; conflict resolution; consensus building and dialogue. Ashok's projects at Meta-Culture include a pioneering, multi-year, multi-stakeholder dialogue in the garment and apparel sector in India called the Garment Sector Roundtable (GSR), and two spin off projects, the Joint Fact-Finding Commission, and the Women's Supervisory Training Program, as well as the Hindu-Christian and Hindu-Muslim Inter-faith Dialogues-an ongoing initiative to bring together leaders of religious communities in Karnataka for dialogue and relationship building. He also established the Public Intelligence Project, an advocacy and education initiative to explore ways to better manage diversity through promoting participatory democracy, dialogue, critical thinking, and freedom of expression. In recognition of Meta- Culture's work, it was the 2010 recipient of the Outstanding Leadership Award of the International Committee of the Association for Conflict Resolution (ACR). Ashok is also actively involved in the peace-building community. He is currently a CBI Global Network Member, and has been a member of the board of the New England Association of Conflict Resolution (NE-ACR) from 2004-2005, a member of the Board of Directors, Mediators Beyond Borders International (MBBI) from 2010-2012, and a founding member of the Community Company Dialogue Facilitators Forum of ACCESS, World Legal Forum in The Hague, The Netherlands.
Dr. Geoff Readman
Dr Geoff Readman is a Specialist Consultant in Drama Education. He has previously worked as an actor-teacher, primary and secondary teacher. From 1983-1991, he was Advisor for Drama in Nottinghamshire, where he had responsibility for the professional development of drama teachers and liaison between schools and Nottingham Playhouse. In 1991, he moved to Bishop Grosseteste University, Lincoln, to develop a Community Theatre Degree, which included projects with prisons, hospitals, youth centres, museums, schools and community centres. From 1998-2004, Geoff taught at Island School, Hong Kong, a role he combined with lecturing at Hong Kong University, where he continued to be Visiting Professor of Drama until 2010.
He has published several articles on learning through Drama and a BBC book on primary drama. His research on the director's role in educational theatre was awarded a PhD by Northampton University in 2014. Since 2012, he has been leading drama workshops at Step By Step School, Noida
Anne Readman is an experienced primary drama practitioner who has been responsible for many drama initiatives in her teaching career, both in the UK, India and Hong Kong. In 1985, Anne opened a new Nursery School in Mansfield Nottinghamshire, before becoming Deputy Head of a large UK primary school where she established the arts as a core dimension of the curriculum, liaising closely with Nottingham Playhouse. In Hong Kong, she used drama extensively in her work with children with autism.
More recently, Anne worked in Nottinghamshire primary schools, coordinating their Special Educational Needs resources. She also lead INSET at Assam Valley School, India, in 2015 and is currently an Associate Primary Practitioner for Theatre Company Blah Blah Blah.
Dalbir Kaur is an educational entrepreneur. She holds a Masters in Education and has completed multiple continued-education professional development courses from various institutions. She has completed courses in "Balanced Literacy in Reading", "Clarifying Comprehension K-8" , "Using Blocks to Build" and "Mindfulness in Education" from Bank Street College of Education, New York City; attended the "Summer Reading Institute" at the Teacher's Reading and Writing College, New York City. Having completed 20 hours of on-site training in " Who's Doing the Work in Read Aloud", "Shared Reading", "Guided Reading", "Independent Reading" and other literacy strands, she is a member of the International Literacy Association, US. She is an "International Librarian" at the American Library Association. Presently, She is training with the Penn Literacy Network (part of the Graduate School of Education at University of Pennsylvania) under the framework of "The Fours Lenses of Learning".
Her journey began as a library intern at DPS R.K. Puram under Dr. Shyama Chona in 2007. This experience highlighted the isolation of the library from the school curriculums and reading programs, and elucidated the non-existent relationship between the child and the library. These observations, driven by the desire to see each child excel, eventually led to "One Up - Library, Bookstore and Experiential Learning Center".
A firm believer in the importance of reading, she believes that reading, and consequently imagining, is the most important skill for learners of this century.