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CEII SHRESHTHA ANNUAL COMPENDIUM 2019

Ms. Jyoti Gupta

Designation

Principal

School

DPS Ghaziabad

Award Category

CEII 2019 Most Transformational Knowledge Experiences for Student Development Award

We at DPSG strive to prepare students for life and encourages them to be socially proactive

My school is a happy school with a blend of values, technology and quest for excellence...



CEII: What are the key differentiators of the school that have made it stand out? Ms. Jyoti Gupta: DPSG, established in 1980, has carved a niche for itself by being India’s top ranker day boarding school in term of academic rigor for 8 consecutive years as per a survey conducted by a national daily of great repute. We have always willingly embraced changes in the curriculum design or prescribed pedagogical techniques to ensure effective curriculum transaction catering to the differential abilities of the students. In order to make curriculum transaction more interesting and meaningful, we have introduced STREAM (Science, Technology, Reading, Engineering, Art and Mathematics) - the Holistic Package to actively promote the 21’st century skills of collaboration, communication, creativity and critical thinking in the students. Furthering the endeavour of imparting inclusive education the school has also launched an Integrated Child and Adolescent Well-Being Centre (ICDAW). The school has set a new milestone by being one of the pioneer schools across the country to contribute to the Diksha platform by making comprehensive content and resource material available through Diksha in the form of recordings and  subject material, an initiative by CBSE. Further, our school is one of the few schools selected for the prestigious CBSE AI-Enabled SEWA Program. The school has introduced Artificial Intelligence (AI) as a skill subject to make students AI workforce ready.  To enhance children’s ability to construct knowledge, and explore novel ways of learning, they are encouraged to comprehend concepts by being exposed to application-based learning and helping them connect to the real world. The whole teaching learning approach from class I to XII is participatory, interactive, and experiential rather than instructive.   Through  the joyful  learning process, our students improve knowledge of self and  the world. Activities including field trips, DIY experiments, simple videos, robotics, internships that require a series of experiences in the real-world setup are an essential part of the school curriculum. The School Enterprise Challenge guides and supports teachers and students step by step to plan and set up real businesses in school. With an aim of holistic development of the child, leading to a well-balanced individual in all walks of life, the school has introduced a streamlined and well-designed Health and Physical Education Program as a compulsory activity.  Other innovative pedagogical tools are also practiced in the school like: flipped classroom, Asset management classes, Personal contact classes, Performance Improvement plan (PIP) to name a few. In order to facilitate learning, spirals assignment and study material prepared by our teachers are provided to the students of all classes. The school empowers Poorva Madhyamik Vidyaalaya, Morta Village (Ghaziabad) by spreading awareness about digital literacy, cleanliness, health and hygiene through the special classes conducted for them.   

CEII: How important to the school are marks/grades versus extra-curricular development?
Ms. Jyoti Gupta: Grades and extracurricular activities are both very important for the  development of a student and complement each other. While students at senior level understand the importance of balancing both aspects, many find themselves struggling to cope. The truth is, without a proper game plan, balancing grades and extracurricular activities can be incredibly stressful. In my opinion, education should go beyond the four classroom walls; it should be more than just books.  I feel that students who participate in co-curricular activities have a marked improvement in their grades. This can be attributed to skills they learn such as better time management to accommodate their hobbies and class activities, better organizational skills and a boost in their self-esteem.   

CEII: Please highlight a few initiatives taken by DPS Ghaziabad for student development.
Ms. Jyoti Gupta: Reckoning that technology is all pervasive, the school ensures that steady steps are taken to adopt new pedagogical practices that infuse with the 21st century skills of investigating, collaborating, problem-solving, communicating, analysing, synthesizing and interpreting information, to empower the 21st century global learners. We have introduced innovative methods of teaching like flipped classroom, collaborative learning with ICT, enquiry-based learning, mind mapping, STREAM etc. in order to make curriculum transaction more interesting.   In an endeavour to advocate equity and inclusion in education, the school has worked on formulating a condensed syllabus keeping in mind, the differential abilities of the students. To prepare students to be truly global citizens, the school has introduced well sustained overseas immersion initiatives with many countries (Switzerland, France, Germany, Japan, China, Singapore, Ukraine, USA, Australia, New Zealand, etc) to enable the children to evolve as enlightened individuals. The curriculum is designed in such a manner that field trips, cultural events, environmental and community service projects and campaigns make them aware of the prevailing pertinent problems, social concerns, national and international issues to harness their social quotient towards building a better society.  

CEII: Please share what inspired the school to introduce IB curriculum. How does the school manage the academic requirements of different programs, from CBSE to IB? Did you face any challenges in implementing IB at your school?
Ms. Jyoti Gupta: The impetus behind adopting this challenging curriculum has been its academic rigour and the emphasis it places on critical thinking and intercultural understanding which empowers the student. Perhaps the most distinguishing feature of the IB curriculum is that it fosters a spirit of learning through questioning and discovery -- the finding out of the ‘why’, not just the learning of ‘what’.  The idea of research and experiential learning is missing to a large extent in even the leading educational boards of the country. The IB programme prepares students for effective participation in a rapidly evolving and increasingly global society. The IB  curriculum was introduced on  parents’ demand , as they wanted high quality education for their children.  Since there was no IB school in Ghaziabad, we started IB at DPSG to reduce the travel time of the students. The   IB programme prepares students for effective participation in a rapidly evolving and increasingly global society.  

CEII: The greatest thing about my school is...
Ms. Jyoti Gupta: My school is a happy school with a blend of values, technology and quest for quality and excellence. The ethos of the school lies in its motto`Tamso Ma Jyotir Gamaya’ which exhorts people involved with it towards attainment of high goals as envisaged by the school. Our mission is to provide valued learning experiences which make a difference to the quality of human resources and this we provide through operational excellence and support. It has been our earnest endeavor to provide our students with an atmosphere for multi-faceted development where children are encouraged to channelize their potential in the pursuit of excellence.  We empower them to negotiate several issues that confront them with utmost confidence. While academic excellence is our major concern, the school strives to prepare its students for life and encourages them to be socially proactive.  Besides, we embrace changes introduced by CBSE with a positive approach whether technology, community outreach programmes or any project initiated by the local and the central government. With our progressive vision to spur creative thinking and digital literacy across schools in India, we have played a pivotal role to initiate Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship to partner with Adobe to launch Adobe Digital Disha Programme.