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EXPERIENCE OF THE ISA COORDINATOR

Mere content-oriented teaching with teacher passing on bookish knowledge cannot
adequately prepare young children for the future in this information age of 21st century. A
paradigm shift emphasizing on value-oriented experiential learning is the need of hour. To
counter the challenges that the schools across the world are grappling with, British Council
has an ISA approach that is holistic and promising.

The British Council International School Award (ISA) is a benchmarking scheme
that accredits schools as having an outstanding level of support for nurturing global
citizenship in young people and enriching teaching and learning.

ISA was introduced in India in the year 2003 and nearly 1300 schools across the
country have joined this exciting journey since then. The range of schools participating in
ISA varies from the well-resourced private schools to government schools from rural areas
and schools for the less advantaged communities. The ISA now has a presence in 31
countries worldwide.

RBKIA decided to apply for International School Awards to experience a leadership
challenge, teambuilding, innovation, and project management. I, Dr Arundhati Govind
Hoskeri was appointed as ISA Coordinator for the school. I attended the orientation session
at British Council office at Lower Parel Mumbai on 17-08-2015 where we were given clear
guidelines on how to go about the projects, conducting the activity, methods of evaluation,
collecting the evidences and finding partner schools.
We met project coordinators from other schools of Mumbai and we had a chance to work
in groups to prepare a mock report to gain hands on experience and this was very
interesting.

We also came to know about schools online and free courses available. All the teachers in
our school were encouraged to take up the courses made available by the British Council.
A core committee was appointed and the ISA coordinator conducted several meetings with
the members of the core committee, explained the basic rules through power point
presentation. After a lot of brain storming and discussions seven projects which echoed the
requirements of ISA were identified and seven teachers were made in charge to conduct
the activity with the help of their colleagues.

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