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Universal Design For Learning - Paper Published!
Dr. Radhika Misquitta and Rudri Joshi have co-written a paper on Universal Design for Learning in the Indian Classroom: Supporting Struggling Learners. They presented it at the Open Conference on Computers in Education (OCCE- 2020) hosted by Tata Institute of Social Sciences in January 2020. We’re happy to announce that the paper has finally been published.
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Mental Health Week Led By The Social Emotional Team

October 10th was World Mental Health Day. In celebration of this day, the SE Team organized "Mental Health Week" to raise awareness about the importance of mental health, especially during this pandemic. 
Some of the highlights of this week included interactive activities that were focused on busting mental health myths and daily visuals as a reminder for the team to take care of their mental health.
The team also used social media to raise awareness to a wider range of people by posting daily myths and facts on mental health, along with videos by parents, students, staff, teachers, and therapists on their self care practice. 
The last day of Mental Health Week was celebrated by the Gateway team wearing green; the colour for mental health awareness!

Self-Care Practices of Students and Parents
Self-Care Practices of Teachers and Staff

Student Spotlight
Building Capacity in Students

The Downside Up - A Grandstand Virtual Showcase
Over the last two months, the Grandstand and Drama teams have collaborated and worked with children from middle and high school to prepare for our very first virtual showcase. The children used this space as a platform to share their perspective on the COVID-19 pandemic through various mediums like monologues, inspired and original songs, dance and debate. They also used this opportunity to reach out to the frontline workers in the community like journalists, policemen, BMC officials, teachers and essential workers and interview them to understand their lives through this pandemic. They highlighted the fact that even through these tough times, our community as a whole has managed to see the positives and silver lining, and managed to not only survive but even thrive! 
Watch the Virtual Showcase Here!

Creating Embroidery Magic!

High School student Rohan Dabhoiwala has taken to creating art in the form of embroidery at home during this pandemic. Rohan, with the support of his family, decided to make his art into something meaningful and purposeful. He started with a simple rakhi gift for his cousin and went on to making more elaborate designs on embroidery rings for his friends. While Rohan tackled the bigger elements on the rings, his mom, Archana worked on the smaller designs. When completed, these made wonderful gifts for his friends and family! We’re all so proud of you, Rohan, for working on developing these skills and using your time to create beautiful work that you can share with your friends and family!

Radio Drama Producers In The Making!
The NIOS 12th grade students learned about developing and producing a radio drama in Language class. The students were divided into small groups, chose a children’s story and turned it into a drama script. After assigning roles, the students produced the drama, which involved rehearsing and adding sound effects. The students did a remarkable job of collaborating and providing feedback to each other. These radio dramas will be shared with the lower school children who will listen to them during book club time! We’re so proud of you, 12th graders!

Reading Buddy Program 

Gateway is collaborating with Jamnabai Narsee Monjee International School (JNIS) on an online Reading Buddy program in which 15 JNIS students of Grade 11 will be pairing up with our lower and middle school students as reading buddies. This is an exciting opportunity for the students to cultivate the joy of reading as well as for both buddies to socialize with a new friend in these socially distant times! Gateway teachers conducted an orientation workshop for JNIS students on how to read and engage with younger children. Last week the Reading Buddy program was launched with an introductory meet where the buddies met each other and played games to discover each other and all participated in small group read aloud sessions.

Parent Engagement
Building Capacity in Parents

Parent Support Group (PSG) Session On Self-Care By Trijog
Given that all of us are beginning to feel fatigued and burn-out given our current reality - the topic for the most recent PSG session was on self care! Our SE team collaborated with Trijog, an organization that works with children, adults and corporates related to wellbeing. The workshop was led by Anureet Sethi and Isha Haria and was titled "Adversity Quotient." and aimed to help us identify new tools and strategies we can use for our self-care. The Gateway team was also invited to be a part of this session as an extension of our Mental Health Week at Gateway. We’re happy to say that it left us all feeling more equipped to look after ourselves!

Permission To Feel - Webinar For Adults

This month, the SE team shared a webinar with our parent body. This webinar was by Dr. Marc Brackett , Founding Director of the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence and Professor in the Child Study Center at Yale University, and the author of the book "Permission to Feel". 
This webinar explores research-based strategies that can help make the ride a little smoother. In it, Dr. Marc Brackett provides helpful strategies to support one’s own well-being, healthy decision making, relationship quality, and performance during these challenging times. 

Watch the Webinar Here

Professional Development
Building Capacity in the Team

Gateway’s Virtual Professional Development Programme (PDP) 

We’re already into the fourth month of our first-ever virtual Professional Development Programme (PDP). This month, the sessions were on "Child Study and IEPs", "Active Listening", "Reading Comprehension" and "Understanding profiles of struggling learners in Mathematics". 
Along with the sessions, participants are encouraged to observe our virtual classrooms, and we had a few participants in our classes this month as well. 

Speech Therapy Department Connects With Other Speech Therapists In The City! 

Our speech therapy department has taken the initiative to develop a professional learning community (PLC) with other speech and language therapists in the city who have been engaging in teletherapy practices even from before the lockdown began. They approached a few therapists working in different parts of the city and invited them to come and chat with us about their teletherapy practices. In this space, the team aims to come together and discuss cases, resources, do online courses and webinars together, discuss research and journal articles regarding different types of speech and language disorders and share best practices especially tele-practices with each other. In their first meeting, they discussed the population they each work with, some resources they’ve been using during tele-speech sessions, read and brainstormed on a case study of a child with apraxia and created a vision for this space.

Cambridge Extension Course For Educators

Zeba Contractor attended a two week Cambridge IGCSE Geography Extension course. The aim of the course was to help educators identify syllabus challenges and ways to measure the effectiveness of teacher interventions, understand marking principles and assessment structure, apply marking principles into practice and use formative feedback to support student progress.

Webinars With Lindsey Biel

Lindsey Biel, renowned Occupational Therapist, author of "Raising a Sensory Smart Child", and advisory board member at Gateway, has been conducting professional development sessions with our team over the last month. Our most recent webinar consisted of rich discussions, sharing strategies and gaining a more in-depth understanding of our new normal and its impact on our students. We are grateful to Lindsey for letting us pick her brilliant mind! 

Outreach and Community Engagements
Building Capacity in the Community

 Lower School Homeroom Teacher Invited To Speak At A Webinar!

Aditi Khanna recently participated as a speaker in a Teacher’s Panel; “Reflections on Institutional Support during COVID-19: School Teachers Perspectives” organised by the National Institute of Advanced Studies, (NIAS), Bangalore. At this webinar, Aditi shared insights into her learnings, the challenges she faced and the support received from Gateway colleagues and management, which helped her sail through this difficult time and deliver effective lessons through the virtual learning period.

Gateway Community Updates

Book Club

Over the last month, we read “Make it Stick:The Science of Successful Learning” by Peter Brown, Henry Roediger, and Mark McDaniel. The book club, made up of professionals from all over, met online to discuss the book. Many people shared that they are using some of the strategies mentioned in the book. This book is a great resource to add to anyone’s collection for personal growth as well as equipping the learners they interact with regularly.

Monthly Nutrition Article

Kelly Dorfman is one of the world’s foremost experts on using nutrition therapeutically to improve brain function, energy and mood.  She works collaboratively with other medical professionals to help people develop creative strategies to address complex ailments and symptoms. This  month, we share with you an article on the importance of incorporating fats in the diets of children with dyspraxia.

Read the Article Here!

Farewell

High school student, Zainika Jagasia, is transitioning out of Gateway. We wish her all the best for her future, and will miss her and her warm smile!

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