TARANG - 2 Day Training for Heads of Preschools
Educational leadership is critical for inclusive education to succeed. True leaders talk and walk their school's vision. Furthermore, they have a clear plan for how this vision will be realized and are able to bring all stakeholders on board in working towards this. With a focus on bringing visionary leaders together, Sethu's TARANG- ‘Transforming Schools’ program took another major step in its journey towards inclusive education in preschools, with 12 dedicated preschool Heads/Managers from 11 schools across Goa.
The 2 days training program was conducted by Sethu resource persons- Ms. Giselle Lobo, Dr. Nandita de Souza and Rani Venatt. Topics included Inclusive Philosophy, Universal Design for Learning, Buddy System and Small Group Instruction, Collaborative Approaches in Inclusion and Developing an Inclusive Policy and Preparing a Roadmap for the School. On the first day, the importance of curriculum-based assessments to properly understand the learning needs of the child was discussed. The Universal Design for Learning approach was introduced as a means to reach every child in school. Peer support can be maximized through small group instruction and the buddy system. Principals were encouraged to think about how they could support their teachers on the journey towards inclusion.
Time was spent on understanding the difficulties of parents of children with special needs and discussing how schools can form partnerships with families. During Day 2, Heads assessed their schools on various indicators for excellence in inclusion. This self-reflection helped them to identify the gaps in inclusive practice within their schools. The participants prepared a roadmap for their respective schools and selected desirable and achievable targets for a time frame of 1 month, 6 months, 1 year, 2 years and 3 years. The Heads shared their feedback that the informative, relevant, practical and activity based sessions helped them understand, evaluate, reflect and plan their goals effectively.