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To transform schools and empower a generation, one step at a time 
“A small body of determined spirits fired by an unquenc...
What is STEP? 
What is STEP? 
School Transformation and Empowerment Project (STEP) is an 
initiative of MANTRA Social Serv...
STEP VISION 
Every school delivers what a child deserves - quality education 
STEP MISSION 
To engage with underachieving ...
Project Goals: 3 years 
To impact 16 schools and 6400 children through STEP by 2017, 
ensuring that each school 
– deliver...
Strategic Intent: Year One 
For Partner School For MANTRA 
100% STEP school leaders should be able to invest 
school team ...
Project Framework 
The project framework* 
sets out STEP planning 
process in three stages - 
Prepare and engage, 
Identif...
Project Activities 
School Level Change 
For School Leadership and School Team 
Instructional Change 
For Teachers and Stu...
Project Highlights 
• MANTRA’s core-team will work at the school-site through out the first year of 
engagement for a gras...
For further details, 
Email : santosh@mantra4change.com 
Call : +91-8105 861 047, +91-9731 789 611 
Find us online: 
www.f...
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Overview of STEP 2014

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STEP is 'School Transformation and Empowerment Project', an initiative of MANTRA Social Services to promote and improve quality in schools serving low-income communities in the city

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Overview of STEP 2014

  1. 1. To transform schools and empower a generation, one step at a time “A small body of determined spirits fired by an unquenchable faith in their mission can alter the course of history” - Mohandas Gandhi
  2. 2. What is STEP? What is STEP? School Transformation and Empowerment Project (STEP) is an initiative of MANTRA Social Services-Bangalore designed to improve and promote quality in existing schools serving the socio-economically disadvantaged population in the city. MANTRA entered into a two year learning focused partnership with 4 low-fee private schools and 3 government run schools in the current academic year (2014-2015). Through a multi-staged School Improvement Framework, STEP intends to bring in coherence to school-wide activities aimed at re-defining and improving the quality of outcomes expected of these schools.
  3. 3. STEP VISION Every school delivers what a child deserves - quality education STEP MISSION To engage with underachieving schools (and its stakeholders) through a multi-stage school improvement framework that enables successful outcomes and empowers such schools to serve as pathway of opportunity for every child Innovate and integrate system-wide processes and tools that equip stakeholders (school leaders, parents, teachers and students), enhance existing improvement activities and sustain change efforts to ensure successful outcomes beyond the two-year intervention cycle
  4. 4. Project Goals: 3 years To impact 16 schools and 6400 children through STEP by 2017, ensuring that each school – delivers quality affordable education in the face of demanding environment and constraints, through better processes, tools and school-wide systems – guarantees improved learning outcome that rely less on curricular or infrastructural change and more on teacher efficacy and methodology To be engaged with a wide array of schools and sustain a passionate core team in a school-site based work environment that leads to – a conducive environment for innovation and radical augmentation of solutions at school and systemic levels – replicable and cost-effective implementation, enabling STEP expansion to impact 92 schools (and in turn 36800 children) by 2020 – creating proof points and raising the bar for quality of outcomes across similar schools, in turn driving system level changes for affordable education
  5. 5. Strategic Intent: Year One For Partner School For MANTRA 100% STEP school leaders should be able to invest school team in crafting vision-mission and goals for their school AND every school team should display the will, skill and ownership to drive a positive school culture in demanding environment 90% of all teaching staff at STEP partner schools should participate in activities and sessions aimed at building capacity and creating conditions of effectiveness for implementing a school improvement plan AND 70% of participants (at the least) should find activities useful and follow through with the action items Design and contextualize an effective School Improvement Framework* for underachieving private/government schools, based on proof points and ‘conditions for effectiveness’ of STEP activities in partner schools Develop personalized tools and processes that enable similar schools to meet quality standards and outcomes indicated by national or state level quality accreditation frameworks** Benchmark academic outcomes for students and competencies for teacher effectiveness in similar schools through ongoing evaluation and analysis of teaching-learning process in partner schools *MANTRA currently refers to the ‘School Improvement Planning Framework(‘© TDA) and suite of tools developed by the TDA - Training and Development Agency for Schools,UK for designing various stages of intervention. * * The SQAAF( School Quality Assessment and Accreditation Form) and KSQAAC (Karnataka School Quality Assessment and Accreditation Council) list various indicators and sub-indicators for quality through measurement rubrics
  6. 6. Project Framework The project framework* sets out STEP planning process in three stages - Prepare and engage, Identify objectives and Ensure successful outcomes – with modules in each stage focusing on particular aspects of school transformation. The framework* is flexible and first stage of STEP will determine if the partner school will go through each stage and module or if it will pick particular tools that are relevant to their needs. Each of the school profile presents varying degrees of advantages and challenges (of cost, human capital, capacity, political will and efficacy), in turn aiding innovation and integration of tools/processes that will enable cost-effective implementation of STEP into similar schools in coming years. * MANTRA currently refers to the ‘School Improvement Planning Framework’ (© TDA) which is the developed by the TDA - Training and Development Agency for Schools-UK
  7. 7. Project Activities School Level Change For School Leadership and School Team Instructional Change For Teachers and Students Connect with School Leader/Management to conduct a need assessment of each school, identify key gaps and make a case for school improvement through a two year partnership Engage in a series of interactions and knowledge building sessions with school team to co-create vision, goals and action plan for quality improvement and positive school culture Training and workshops to equip teachers with strong classroom & teamwork skills focusing on collaboration at planning level and teaching-learning practices within classrooms. Facilitate meaningful professional development for teachers, building up on their current knowledge-skill-mindset Process and tools For MANTRA and School Team Community engagement For Parents & External Stakeholders Provide additional support with personalized processes and tools to build accountability, track progress and inform critical decisions at school and classroom level Plan forums for innovation, research and knowledge sharing among school leaders and teachers, across partner schools Interface with and involve parents and community/external stakeholders to take up responsibilities and catalyze change efforts Integrate best practices and processes that will create ‘conditions for effectiveness’ across key levers to sustain long-term change efforts
  8. 8. Project Highlights • MANTRA’s core-team will work at the school-site through out the first year of engagement for a grass roots level experience that enables innovation and personalization of solutions AND continuously increases effectiveness of both person and process involved • During second year, the project will demand school leader and school team members to meet rigorous targets and show-case progress in learning outcomes and processes to ensure we are gradually passing on responsibility for a smooth exit process at end of two years • MANTRA’s network of partner schools will create a platform for sharing lessons and innovative practices across schools. This will also enable research and knowledge sharing to benchmark learning outcomes and teacher competency in similar schools/classrooms • The school teams will get access and exposure to school level and instructional best practices through MANTRA’s learning forum and initiative to bring in experts and veterans into partner schools for learning focused interactions
  9. 9. For further details, Email : santosh@mantra4change.com Call : +91-8105 861 047, +91-9731 789 611 Find us online: www.facebook.com/mantra4change

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