Note on AIF - STiR Collaboration, Punjab and Haryana

Introduction

Schools and Teachers Innovating for Results (STIR) is a teacher led change-maker movement to improve learning of children in India and Uganda. STIR aims to reignite the spark in teachers and empowers them to become committed, skillful and influential change-makers. This is to reclaim the moral purpose of teaching and its status as the most noble of professions.

Partnership with AIF

The American India Foundation (AIF) developed a partnership with STIR in Aug 2014 to provide a platform for the teachers of government schools to showcase their innovative practices in 7 states - Punjab, Haryana, Tamil Nadu, Delhi, Orissa, Karnataka and Telangana. It started with a one-year commitment divided into 2 phases consisting of 3 I’s of STIR– Innovation, Implementation and Influencing.

STIR Model

The STIR model contends that if exemplary teachers are recognized for innovative practice and offered opportunity to create, collaborate and reflect, then they will be empowered to improve their own practice, invest in student learning outcomes and to affect larger scale structural reform. The process begins with identifying such teacher leaders for innovative practice in the classroom, convenes these teachers together to share micro-innovations across schools, and then encourages teachers to adapt and implement these solutions in their classrooms and schools.

Objective:

The American India Foundation (AIF) and STIR believe that Teachers are the real change makers and we need to constantly empower and motivate them. Objective of this model is to enable teachers to be a part of collaborative school level network which will develop the mind-set, motivation, professional practices and skills to improve student learning outcomes.

Benefits of AIF- STIR Collaboration for Teachers:

  • Access a lot of teaching ideas and feedback from peers and trainers
  • Build relationships and share learning with like-minded teachers from around the country
  • Recognition for their efforts to improve children's learning
  • Opportunity to be part of a large scale forum to get a chance to cross learn and share ideas with teacher from other geographies

Coverage:

After piloting the collaboration in all DE states during 2015-16, STIR decided to deepen their impact by remodeling their structure. This is to strengthen the approach of Teacher Change-maker Movement by building a necessary ecosystem to really empower teachers to innovate and lead learning outcome changes in schools.

Considering teachers’ response, outcome and interest, Punjab and Haryana have been chosen to launch a full STIR-embedded approach within Digital Equalizer program of AIF during 2016-17.

Coverage of schools and teachers are provided in ensuing table.

Sr. No.

District

No of Schools

Number of Teachers

Punjab

1

Amritsar

40

294

2

Barnala

40

166

3

Fatehgarh Sahib

20

68

4

Ferozepur

20

89

5

Jalandhar

40

272

6

Ludhiana

40

300

7

Mansa

30

156

8

Patiala

50

340

9

Ropar

40

169

10

Sangrur

40

214

11

Mohali

20

166

 

Total

380

2234

Haryana

1

Ambala

25

141

2

Panchkula

25

143

Total

50

284

Chalk Walk in Schools:

 Chalk-walk is an event where thousands of motivated teachers across India with chalk as a symbol take an oath as a change-maker in their schools to reclaim the moral purpose of teaching. Teachers also did a visualization exercise “I’m proud that I chose to be a teacher because……….”

Chalk-walk movement was taken to 300+ DE schools across Punjab and Haryana in September 2016.

AIF-STIR Way Forward:

As a way forward, STIR will support Punjab and Haryana program to also engage with local Government bodies and building an enabling environment for teachers to sustain the DE methodologies by empowering teachers in schools.