5 ECHO clinics running across Education, English/ Reading, Maths, Mindfulness, Science, Collaborative
After the international success of ECHO model™ in healthcare, the ECHO model for the first time has been adapted in the field of education by Ambience Public School, New Delhi, to improve the skill-sets of teachers. The ECHO Teacher Mentorship Program aims to adopt the philosophy behind Project ECHO® for capacity building and mentoring of teachers by leveraging technology and using a participative model where knowledge is not just imparted from mentors to participants but shared among participants as well.
A research conducted by Gates Foundation states that the quality of teachers is the single most important factor in student performance and ranks much higher than all other factors like economic status, private vs. public schooling, urban vs. rural, medium of instruction etc. Teachers are often not equipped with the skill sets required to deal with the demands of their role and the education system in India also lacks a concrete feedback mechanism to help and support teachers. ECHO India and Ambience Public School understand this gap and through the ECHO Teacher Mentorship Program aim to reach out to schools in most backward areas with challenging demography to assist faculty that has minimal access to specialists/ experts in district or at state level.
The first Ambience ECHO Teacher Mentorship Program was launched on 14th December 2015 with a focus on Early Literacy and Math Competence. 20 teachers from private schools participated in the bi-monthly clinics. The response to this program was overwhelming following which the program was expanded to include Science Competence in partnership with National Sciences Center and Venkatesh Trust.
The third Ambience ECHO Teacher Mentorship Program was launched in collaboration with Indian Literacy Program (ILP) and aims to mentor school teachers of about 20 government schools in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana.
Education English/ Reading