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June & July Flashback

Gateway partnering with Shridha
We are very excited to share, that Parth organization which is a therapy and remediation centre in Indore has collaborated with the Gateway School of Mumbai to open a special needs school called Shridha in Indore. With this collaboration, we hope to support Shridha in their vision to provide quality education services to children with special needs in Central India. Over the last 3 months, we have had some of our team members visit Indore to support them with admissions, conduct open houses for parents.
Team members from Shridha spent the past 3 weeks with us; observing classes, being a part of the teaching teams and attending professional development sessions. They are gearing up for their school opening in the next few months. 
We are looking forward to an exciting year of collaboration and learning and this brings us one step closer to our vision to spread best practices to the community in India.

Student Spotlight
Building Capacity in Students

Student Change-Makers!
Some of our students collected donations from friends and family to support the organization Habitat for Humanity in their efforts to build homes for low-income families. A total of 10 students participated from Gateway and the organization was overwhelmed with the donation sum collected by our students! Students were awarded a certificate and medal, which were handed over to them during Grandstand. The top three donors of this fundraising are Shlok Rupen Sheth, Atharv Davar and Krish Rohira.
Congratulations to the other students who participated and contributed to this noble cause; Abhay Lapasia, Akshaya Wadhera, Mohammed Waqar Millwala, Namah Mistry, Niharika Shah, Vihan Rao and Vishwas Masih.

Small steps towards community engagements!
Students of the Junior High School Adaptive Program (HSAP Junior) group went to our teacher lounge in school for a mock home-visit as part of their curriculum theme of “home and community”. To prepare for this, they attended various classes to understand home rules, manners, etiquette, etc. Within their classes, students also discussed safety in new and unfamiliar environments, noticing similarities and differences in various homes and community spaces and engaging in relevant social conversations.
The students did phenomenally well on their first day and reflected on their interaction. A special thank you to Ms. Sakina Gore for making this more realistic by bringing her two children into this activity so that our students had an opportunity to interact with younger children too.  
Stay tuned for next month’s update where we’ll share about their first visit to a peer's house!

Service Learning Program (SLP)
After last year’s hugely successful Service Learning Program initiative of building capacity in our students to give back to the society, this year the High School students are going to Sevadaan school; a school for kids with special needs, as part of their SLP.
Our students have weekly SLP planning and execution slots as a part of their schedule, and started this initiative by visiting the school to observe the classroom and kids. They brought back wonderful observations into their planning meetings and were very invested in planning activities for their subsequent visits to the school.
The ownership and responsibility that the students are showing is commendable and their energy is infectious. Looking forward to a fun and enriching SLP year!

Professional Development
Building Capacity in the Team

Certified!
Ms. Khadija Rangwala completed the Extension Cambridge IGCSE Business Studies course conducted by Cambridge Assessment International Education and received a Certificate of Completion for it. The 7 week Online Course was a great platform for discussions and sharing resources between teachers across the world. The course activities included a wide range of activities regarding teaching IGCSE content, skills and the assessment structures.

Fundamentals of Special Education
Ms. Gomathy Hariharan and Ms. Radhika Chandrasekaran attended a workshop on Fundamentals of Special Education (Principles & Practice) by Dr. Carolyn Reid-Brown organized by Bloomsberg University and Aditya Birla Education Academy. The workshop focused on understanding the ethical principles that guide special education and strategies for early intervention. Participants also delved into IFSP (Individualized Family Service Program) a family-oriented version of an IEP (Individualized Education Program) and how to create and monitor it over time. Finally, they explored the purpose and means of regular assessments and how this can support instruction.

Accepted to Boston University!
For two years, students pledged money raised through Gateway's Art Show towards supporting deserving teachers in their further education. This year, we're so proud to share that our very own Arts Department Coordinator and Visual Arts Facilitator, Mr. Abhishek Panchal has been granted this award. He will use it to pursue his online Masters in Arts Education from the College of Fine Arts - Boston University; and we couldn't think of a more deserving candidate! Abhishek has been with Gateway from 2016, and his dedication to the students, his passion for his work, and his determination to bring out the best in each and every child is inspirational. He will continue to be with us while he studies, and we hope that his learnings from the course will take our Arts program to new heights! 

Outreach and Community Engagements
Building Capacity in the Community

Ms. Varsha Makhija facilitated a workshop on “Creating a supportive environment” for over 70 school teachers of Sane Guruji English Medium School, Mumbai as part of their professional development sessions in June. This session was based on building a culture of positive change, team building and self-care of teachers. 

Ms. Radhika Chandrasekaran conducted a workshop on "Integrating movement and visual arts into life-skills education" as part of the professional development for team members of Apni Shala Foundation, Mumbai. In this hands-on workshop, participants explored the use and importance of movement and visual arts in life-skills education by examining research findings over the last decade.

Dr. Radhika Misquitta was invited to participate in a panel discussion on Draft National Education Policy 2019 by the Centre for Education, Innovation and Action Research (CEIAR) at Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS). The focus of this discussion was School Education, Teacher Education, Inclusive Education and Technology in Education with an emphasis on its alignment to the constitutional vision for India and deciding the steps that will achieve growth within this sector over the next three decades.

Ms. Varsha Makhija and Ms. Jayshree Rao, attended the State Level Consultation of the New Education policy (NEP), 2019. It was attended by the Education Ministers of Maharashtra, the Director of Education and the Joint Secretary of Education.
The sessions included open house discussions of the different chapters in the NEP and was a place for Gateway to advocate for children with special needs.

Member of the Board of Studies
Ms. Radhika Chandrasekaran has been a member of the Board of Studies (BOS) for the Psychology Department at SIES College of Arts, Science and Commerce since their autonomy in 2018. At this second BOS meeting, participants discussed their college-wide mental health plan, teaching strategies, teacher and student feedback for their syllabi, and internal assessments as part of their degree college papers. 

Gateway's Professional Development Programme (PDP) 2019
Our second year of  Gateway’s PDP  which emphasizes on understanding and working with students with special needs, started on 29th June, 2019. Over the next 6 months, we will have interactive workshops, collaboration with members of the community and guided visits to Gateway to observe practices firsthand. The PDP strives to not only introduce best practices for teaching struggling learners, but also supports participants as they apply these strategies in their own settings by creating professional learning communities, online sharing platforms, and assigning coaches to provide ongoing support. We have 38 professionals from 14 different organizations and schools across Mumbai and other cities participating in this endeavour! During the first 2 workshops, we covered sessions on Universal Design for Learning, Growth Mindset, Reading Comprehension, Foundations of Mathematics, Sensory Motor, Social-Emotional Development, Writing Process and Mathematics and Problem-Solving, all of which were conducted and facilitated by members of the Gateway team!

Featured in a Research Report!
Gateway was featured in a research report commissioned by UNESCO, New Delhi and prepared by a team of researchers at Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS). The team from TISS asked Gateway to share a case study regarding the use of technology or assistive devices in schools. Ms. Khadija Rangwala shared about the use of computer readers with the IGCSE batch from last year, how it not only supported them as an accommodation in an exam, but also acts as a means to access information throughout their lives. 

Click here to read the article on Page 72 in the UNESCO report

Internships at Gateway

  • Our ex-student Vihaan Rao is interning with Ms. Nituna Baretto and Ms. Manda Nambiar in the Science and Humanities department for 1 month and supporting Lower and Middle school classes.
  • Maya Kanungo is a 3rd year high school student studying in San Francisco who has designed sets for 2 productions in the USA. She is being mentored by Mr. Abhishek Panchal, and working with the Arts department. She will be with us twice a week for 4 weeks and is bringing her expertise to teach set designing to the High School students. 
  • Maseera Rizwan is being mentored by Ms. Aditi Khanna and is supporting the Lower School, thrice a week for the next 6 months. She has a diploma in Early Childhood Education and is currently pursuing her Bachelor’s degree.
  • Vyoma Vijai is being mentored by Ms. Radhika Chandrasekaran for a 1 month internship and is supporting a Middle School homeroom and planning Science and Humanities classes. She is currently pursuing her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. 

Gateway Community Update

We warmly welcome a few more students who have recently joined us:
Apurva Bahuman
Harshit Rane
Sarah Thomas

We would also like to welcome our new teachers to the team!
Ms. Aparna Vyavaharkar - Instructional Coach and Teacher 
Dr. Bindiya Hassaram- Individualized Programme Coordinator
Ms. Kirti Devnani - Homeroom and Math Teacher
Ms. Mousum Duari - Support Teacher
Ms. Nitesh Agrawal - ICT and Homeroom Teacher
Ms. Prerna Dharamdasani - Homeroom and Math Teacher
Mr. Radhakrishnan K.V. - Teacher
Ms. Sanya Modi - Speech Therapist
Ms. Sheetal Waychal - Occupational Therapist
Mr. Vikas Nerlekar - Physical Education Teacher
Ms. Zara Parekh - Subject and Co-Lead Teacher
And another welcome to Ms. Simritt Nath and Ms. Sakina Gore, who interned for a year and are now Gateway employees.


Farewell
We also bid farewell to Ms. Trupti Narayan, our administration executive who had to leave due to personal reasons. We wish her all the best in her future endeavours and will miss her friendly smile at the front desk!

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