iTeach Schools

iTeach Schools

A complete digital school for with a technology centric pedagogy for all content areas

 

The Opportunity

  • In Pune, there is a large gap in access to public secondary education – 90% of government schools only offer primary education. Out of the 330 Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) Schools, only 25 offer secondary education. Among the 55 English Medium PMC schools, none offer secondary access. This lack of access causes a large drop out after grade VII, especially for students from the low-income demography.
  • There is a huge achievement gap in our classrooms. Students in secondary grades are at least 2-3 grade levels behind academically.  This quality gap needs to be bridged before the high stakes public examination in grade X. While this is a daunting task, technology can be leveraged to accelerate remediation.
  • The government is keen on implementing e-learning schools across the city and state.  However, there is no program in place for them to be able to learn from and implement. As a result, the first few of these e-learning schools have ended up as entirely traditional schools with a lot of (unused) hardware.

The Model

iTeach Schools is a non-profit organisation that runs a chain of schools in Pune, serving students passing out from grade 7 of government schools. They collectively serve about 800 students through 45 teachers. One of their schools, iTeach-Madhavrav Sonba Tupe English Medium Secondary School or iTeach-MST is a complete digital school with a technology centric pedagogy for all content areas. This secondary school, covering grades 8-10, will use technology for personalised learning, allowing each child to learn at his/her own learning level, pace and style, thereby attempting to rapidly close the huge achievement gap before the high-stakes Grade 10 public examination. This free school is set up as a public-private partnership and serves only students from low-income communities.

Currently, the school has started the blended implementation for Math and is running the Nalanda program with a blended learning ratio of 50% (students spend 50% of their Math instruction time learning at their own level & pace on the Nalanda tabs). Blended implementation for English, Science & Social Studies will start later this year, after the school evaluates and selects the content solution that works for their context.

Potential for Systemic Impact

While expanding access to secondary education, iTeach-MST will serve as a lab for creating a contextual and relevant blended learning pedagogy at the school-level. The long term vision is to make this a model digital school, defining and codifying the best practices, which the government can then replicate in upcoming e-learning schools.