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Jamshedpur, Oct 17: The Tata Steel Education Excellence Programme (TEEP) Annual Award function will be held at Fasy Auditorium, Loyola School on 19th October.
Padma Vibhushan Dr. K Kasturirangan (former Chairman, ISRO & Chairperson, New Education Policy draft committee, 2019) will be the chief guest at the award function and deliver the keynote address. Former Tata Steel MD Dr. Jamshed J Irani and T V Narendran, CEO & MD, Tata Steel will grace the occasion.
The TEEP Award function will celebrate the achievements of schools that participated in Tata Education Excellence Programme 2018.
TEEP was introduced in the year 2003, as a tool to enable schools improve the “quality of education” and create a culture of excellence to nurture the “citizens of tomorrow.” Over 65 schools (touching 3500+ teachers & 100,000+ students) of Jamshedpur and nearby outstations have been regularly participating in TEEP.
The programme has evolved both in terms of its reach and quality. In recent years, it has encompassed “semi urban” and “rural” schools to its fold. Making a difference to these schools brings tremendous fulfilment. In the last few years, there has been a shift in focus from “assessment” and “score-based recognition” to more bottom-up qualitative work and related recognition. The entire “Improvement framework” of TEEP is based on promoting Improvement and Innovation practices and stories by teachers, students, parents etc. EQUIP
(Education Quality Improvement Projects), PANKH, Innoteaching, Teacher Award, Best Club activities,PEARL or good practices & Good Practice Adoption are all directed towards creating more and more bottom-up stories. These strategic shifts have continuously helped the programme maintain its vitality.
- Awards &
Recognition Categories under the Education Excellence Programme:
- Regular Program:
The Regular Program has been in place since 2003. Participating schools are assessed by a team of 4 to 5 assessors led by Principals and include teachers. The assessment is done on a 1000-point scale. TEEP Regular criteria covers 6 areas: (1) Leadership, (2) Planning, (3)Parent , Student and Stakeholder Focus, (5) Teacher & Staff Focus, (6) School Operations, & (7) Results. Assessment findings are used for improvement by the schools.
The criteria and framework were derived from the Malcolm Baldrige Criteria for Performance Excellence but customised over time in line with the school & education systems in India.
The schools will be recognized for their efforts and their movement up the ladder in their journey for excellence. The school that attains a score of 600+ (out of 1000) is given the highest award -Dr. Jamshed J Irani Award for Excellence in Education. 9 schools have participated in Regular Assessments in 2018.
- Dipcheck: Since 2015, the Regular Assessment has been taking place once in a block of 2 years. In the intervening year, schools undergo a Dip Check to maintain the momentum of progress and improvement. A total of 40 Dipcheck Assessments have been held since 2015. 9 schools have undergone Dip Check in 2018.
- Basic Program: Started in 2012, the Basic Programme is a simpler checklist version of the regular assessment, is for schools that have just embarked on their education excellence journey. A compliance score of 90 % allows the school to qualify for the Regular Programme. 10 schools have participated in Basic program in 2018.
- Saral Program: In 2013, the TEEP successfully expanded its reach to rural, Government & Hindi-Medium through the Saral programme. The focus is on infrastructure requirements and base processes. Schools that achieve a threshold score of 90%, are eligible to participate in the Basic Program. TEEP SARAL has helped standardise their processes and achieve a minimum level of maturity by following a structured framework to identify the gaps, align processes and develop a system for more focused growth. A total of 8 schools have participated in Saral in 2018.
- Recognition of Improvement Initiatives:
TEEP encourages engagement of teachers and students in picking up areas for improvement and working towards making a difference. These are documented as projects. All such improvement and innovation projects submitted by schools are shortlisted and evaluated by a designated jury. The best stories demonstrating high level of excellence are recognised at the annual TEEP awards function.
- Education Quality Improvement Projects (EQUIP): Improvement projects are undertaken by teams of teachers & students using a systematic & scientific problem-solving approach. EQUIP which has been in place since 2010 comprises of 3 categories of projects: Executing Task; Innovation; Problem Solving
- PEARL: Institutionalized since 2010, PEARL’s are good practices of schools, that are identified by the assessment team as part of assessment.
- INNOTEACHING: Innoteaching was introduced in 2013. This award encourages teachers to demonstrate innovative approaches in teaching adopted by them to enable students to learn by understanding
- PANKH: As part of a conscious effort to focus on students and develop a culture of excellence, students can showcase their improvement stories and impact. These cases are evaluated using specified criteria by an independent team and the selected papers get recognized. PANKH has been introduced in 2013.
- DARE TO TRY AWARDS: is a new initiative started in 2016 that recognizes innovative attempts at improvement that have not succeeded. It aims to encourage learning from failures.
- OUTSTANDING ACTIVITY CLUB AWARD: aims to motivate schools to focus on leveraging their activity clubs to promote overall student development.
- TEACHER AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN TEACHING: was initiated with the aim of encouraging teacher excellence in all areas including lesson planning, teacher-development.
- GOOD PRACTICE ADOPTION: The award has been initiated in 2018 and recognizes efforts made by an improvement team in identifying and implementing the good practice from another school, and further improving upon the practice to yield the desired outcome.
A total of 204 improvement projects were received under all these initiatives in 2018. All improvement initiatives were shortlisted based on a defined evaluation criterion and presented before a Jury on EQUIP & EDUQUEST Day in Dec 2018. Winners will be recognized at the TEEP award function.
Dr. Kasturirangan will also be addressing Edcuators, in an Interactive Session at Kudy Mahanty Auditorium, Jusco School Kadma, in the morning from 10 am to 11am.