Parent Support Group (PSG) - 6th February
This month, we had our first PSG with both Gateway- and non-Gateway- parents. Six non-Gateway parents attended the workshop. Our topic of discussion was “What do I do when my child asks me questions related to sex?” The parents engaged in a lively discussion about their own queries and experiences with their children. They also discussed the importance of the manner in which the information is delivered, and that they must consider the child’s age in determining the kind of information to be shared.

External Professionals’ Workshop on “A Framework for Behaviour Management in the Classroom Setting”– 13th February
Twenty seven external professionals came together for a workshop conducted by our Counseling Department Coordinator, Manika Khanna. The workshop presented an overview of the different challenging behaviors teachers come across in the classroom and the reasons for the same. Strategies to support children with these behaviours were also discussed, in order to optimize academic learning time. The workshop received a remarkable rating of 4.5/5.0 on the Anonymous Review Questionnaire. Well done, Manika.

Advisory Board Meeting - 16th February
Our second official Advisory Board meeting was attended by 12 of our Board members. The meeting included a School Review of our journey since 2012 and observation of language classes. It concluded with a Question-Answer session between the members, in which valuable suggestions and recommendations were received along with pledges for support in their execution.

Preparation for the Annual Art Show and End of Term Sharing
We have had the pleasure of collaborating with a few artists this month. Mr Ajay De, Charcoal Artist, visited our school to work with and inspire our students. He brought his own style of Textural Art and used professional paint rollers and acrylic paints. We also had Ms. Shirali Tyabji, Textile Designer, teach Batik Dyeing techniques to our lower school students. Mrs. Laila Motwane, fashion designer, also helped our students create patterns of spring and summer, to be printed on fabric. We’d like to thank all these artists for working so closely with our students in preparation for the Annual Art Show. We’ve also had the pleasure of working closely with professional theatre actor and director, Mr. Gerish Khemani, as he helps our students prepare for the End of Term Sharing. Gerish will spend the next few months with us helping us create a production centred upon the theme of Inner Strength.

Adventure Evening - 20th February
The first-ever Adventure Evening, organized by our Parents Association, took place this month. And, it was spectacular! We had over a hundred guests visit our campus to enjoy the food and activities, which included, zip-lining, rifle-shooting, rock-climbing and tyre-crossing, amongst others. Please find below images of the fun-filled evening. Thank you parents for organizing this event!

Book Club: Teach Like a Champion by Doug Lemov (Completed)
The book covered the “Art of Teaching” and its tools. It included specific, concrete and actionable techniques, which were clustered into larger themes relevant to teaching. The themes included raising academic and behavioural expectations, structuring lessons, creating a strong and vibrant student culture, and building character and trust. The book stated that all teachers can (and must) be reading teachers, and highlighted some critical skills and techniques related to reading.

Book Club: Checking for Understanding by Douglas Fisher & Nancy Frey (Ongoing)
This book is centred upon the importance of formative, or ongoing, assessment and its role in the teaching and learning process. The authors offer a rich array of practical and proven methods for diagnosing students’ prior knowledge and preconceptions before instruction commences and for regularly monitoring their learning along the way.

READ Conference
Isha Chatterjee (Mentor & Lead Teacher), Ekta Somaiya (Lead Teacher) and Afaf Kazi (Teacher) attended a 3-day conference titled “Dyslexia and Learning Disabilities - From Research to Application”. A panel of experts discussed evidence-based practice in building competencies in children who struggle to acquire reading, writing and comprehension skills. The seminar reiterated practices already being used at Gateway-Mumbai.

“Differentiating Instruction: Strategies for Effective Classrooms” Course
Nituna Baretto (Humanities Coordinator), Tvisha Luthria (Lead Teacher) and Jayda Keer (Lead Teacher) participated in a 3-month online course offered by Harvard University (U.S.A.). The course focused on the identification of students’ learning profiles and the use of teaching practices to support their unique needs. Our team members learned to design "tiered” activities and assessments, to allow for students of all ability levels to learn the same concept in different ways.

“Teaching for Understanding” Course
Indrani Chatterjee (Mentor) Noella Samuel (Assistant Teacher) and Foram Muchhala (Assistant Teacher) are participating in a 3-month online course offered by Harvard University (U.S.A.). The course focuses on using the Teaching for Understanding framework to prepare students to be 21st century learners, by problem-solving and applying their learning to novel situations.

Visitors from New York
It was a pleasure to host three of our Gateway-New York team members - Toby Pulanco, Jossie O’Neill and Sara Kiesel. They spent much time in our classrooms observing our practices and providing us with concrete feedback to further enhance lesson planning and execution. In addition, Sara conducted a workshop for our parents on incorporating movement into their children's daily lives (Please find images below). The time spent with our mentors has left us with much learning that we will be putting into action in the coming months. Thank You Toby, Jossei and Sara for your invaluable support.

Supporting Inclusion in General Education Schools: We are currently exploring collaboration with two schools (totaling approximately 1000 students). We are supporting them in establishing school-wide systems and protocols, and classroom structures and practices, such that they are able to effectively serve students with diverse needs. We will reveal more details about these partnerships soon.

Visitors: A team of 33 teachers from Fountainhead visited us for a week, this past month. They observed our children across several classes to learn about our practices and taking back ideas to their school.

Urvi Shah, Lead Therapist, on her recent wedding.

Ms. Rupa Bohra! Rupa has completed her Post Graduation Diploma in Business Administration in Finance and IT from ICFAI Business School. She has joined us as the Director of Administration.

NIOS Prelim & IGCSE Mock Exams in the first half of March

Your Child At School: A Pediatric Neurologist’s Perspective - Parent Workshop on 12th March

Parent Support Group on 16th March

From the Editor’s desk:

We’ve had a busy month at Gateway-Mumbai! We hope you have enjoyed reading about some of the events and developments that have taken place this past month, and look forward to your feedback.

Tvisha, Nayomi & Ashmita

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