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POCSO Workshop by Dr. Manish Arora (01/10/2020)

The Ministry of Women and Child Development introduced Protection of Children from sexual offences (POCSO) Act, 2012 in order to effectively address heinous crimes of sexual abuse and sexual exploitation of children through less ambiguous and more stringent legal provisions. This workshop aimed at empowering teachers with knowledge about personal, professional and legal aspects of teaching profession with regards to child safety. The school believes that it is pertinent that the school staff is equipped with the tools to manage crisis situation in ways that are mandated by the law.

The resource person for the session, Dr. Manish Arora is a veteran in the legal world.  Dr. Arora is not just an exceptionally brilliant advocate but is also an educator, an editor, and an author. He is an advocate practicing in the Supreme Court of India, is Director, Universal Law Publishing Company and Senior Consultant LexisNexis, which are the most noted law publishers in the sub-continent. He has edited and authored number of books and edits a monthly national magazine for lawyers. He has to his credit numerous articles on legal issues published in several magazines and has also appeared on television as an expert on several occasions. On the academic front, he is on the Board of Legal Studies, Amity University. He is also a Visiting Faculty with National Judicial Academy, Bhopal and with Indian Law Institute, New Delhi. Not only that, he is also a visiting faculty with University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia and lectures regularly at special semesters on IPR at Harvard Law School. On the judicial front, he is an Arbitrator appointed by the Ministry of Information Technology, Government of India for Settlement of International Domain Name Disputes and has also worked as Magistrate in Matrimonial matters in the XVIIth Lok Adalat at Delhi. He is Patent Agent, Government of India. He is the Director India Centre for Fast Arbitration (ICFA) Supreme Court of India. He is the past President of Harvard Club of India and presently Chairman of Legal Committee and Copyright Committee of The Federation of Publishers’ and Booksellers’ Associations in India.

 

The Teachers’ Webinar held on 29/06/2020

A webinar was organised for the teachers, the webinar was divided into four segments and each segment was of forty five minutes in duration. The key topics addressed through the webinar were:

  • Health & Fitness Mantra
  • Teachers for All: Inclusive teaching for Differently Abled
  • Lifestyle & Stress Management
  • Laughter is the best medicine

Eating a healthy diet is very important during the COVID-19 pandemic. What we eat and drink can affect our body’s ability to prevent, fight and recover from infections. To guide our teachers on how to stay healthy at home, Ms. Aru Chawla a renowned nutritionist, a certified sports dietician with a specialisation in therapeutic nutrition was invited. Ms. Chawla provided the teachers with a workable diet plan and also provided information on the necessary supplements. She also addressed the queries of teachers and offered practical solutions.

The second segment focused on addressing diversity in the field of learning. The session witnessed two speakers Mr. Dinesh Bhatt and Ms. Chalmaya Sharma. Mr. Dinesh Bhatt is a special educator and a behaviour therapist who has been working in the field of mental health from the last 15 years.
He is known to develop need based modules for differently abled students and has changed the life of many students through his learning techniques. The second speaker for the session was Ms. Chalmaya Sharma, a consultant Clinical Psychologist who has been practicing from several years. Her area of expertise includes Psychotherapy and Psychological assessments. Ms. Sharma has also served as an Assistant Professor in IP College for Women, Delhi University. The session primarily focused on the classroom management techniques in an inclusive set up.

Remote learning has brought new challenges for teachers; these challenges in the field of education have been exacerbated by the atmosphere of uncertainty. Even though educators have always put others’ needs first, it is a critical time for teachers to make their own well-being a priority. The third session provided teachers an insight into lifestyle and stress management during the COVID times. The session was led by Ms. Arti Girdhar and Ms. Davinder Kaur. Ms. Girdhar is the founder and vice president of Anon Global Foundation. She is a philanthropist and educationist, with two decades of a fulfilling teaching career. She is a Masters in Psychology and works towards promoting mental and physical Health. The second speaker Ms.Davinder Kaur is an Arhatic Yogi from School of Pranic Healers, pursuing learning to become Neuro-Linguistic Programming coach and have been practising energy healing, meditations and motivational sessions for the people around to extend the knowledge.

It is best to end a session on a happy note; the last segment took the teachers on a laughter ride. The resource person for the session was Mr. Neeraj Sharma, a Media professional for the last 45 years. Mr. Sharma is a very prominent 'A' grade drama voice of All India Radio and has done thousands of Radio Plays, Commercials, Radio & TV Programmes.

 

Virtual Security Summit by IBM(20/05/2020)
Computer Department faculties attended an  exclusive virtual security summit  organized by IBM, on 20th May 2020 This summit was to bring together leading cybersecurity thinkers and practitioners. The virtual event shared insightful use cases and hands-on demonstrations of modern technologies & security solutions from experienced business leaders and IBM experts. The COVID-19 pandemic has set new business norms. A consistently rising number of businesses will be found going online and virtual, propelled by the pandemic. This will require higher attention towards cybersecurity, which must be enhanced using technologies like AI and ML.
Some important topics covered in the workshop were:-
Zero Trust Security
Managing Security in a Multi-Cloud World
Tackling Financial Crimes in a Lockdown
 Protect and Enable your Remote Workforce
Re-Prioritizing Security
 
 
 
'Keeping Children Safe' by Dr. Chetna Duggal, Ms. Lamia Bagasrawala (SIMHA TISS) on 15th May, 2020

The session was attended by Ms. Arti Anand, Ms. Shriya Khanna. The objectives of the Webinar were:
● To understand how young people are negotiating the psychological impact of the CoVid-19 pandemic, using a contextual framework of risk and resilience.
● To outline a pathway for integrating child safety into counselling during the CoVid-19 pandemic and lockdown, which includes mapping out external and internal sources of risk, assessing level of risk, identifying protective factors and responding in a contextually and developmentally appropriate manner.
● To discuss external sources of risk to children's safety, specifically with regard to witnessing and experiencing violence or neglect and developing a risk assessment protocol, creating an individualised risk assessment plan and an intervention framework to safeguard children.
● To develop an understanding of internal sources of risk, with an emphasis on non suicidal self injury, suicide, unsafe use of technology and substance use in order to highlight the therapeutic principles, risk assessments and intervention plans that could be helpful at present. 

'HT Jr. Code-a-thon' by Mukul Sinha (04/05/2020)

Computer Department attended a webinar conducted by Hindustan Times for Jr. Coding. The platform will provide children   a fun-way of learning  coding along with preparing them for a highly tech driven future. The aim is to introduce students to an online learning course on coding and create champions through participation  in “HT Jr. Code-a-thon” which will be held for students from  classes VI to IX. 

Provisions of Sexual Harassment of Women by Ms. Suneha Jain, Ms. Diksha Singh Dhakre (27/04/2020)

The key speakers for the session were Ms. Suneha Jain and Ms. Diksha Singh Dhakre. There were 61 participants in total who attended the session.  Ms. Deepali Sahi, Ms. Arti Anand & Ms. Shriya Khanna attended the workshop from TIS, EoK.

The key points covered in the  Webinar under the Provisions of Sexual Harassment (POSH Act):

  • Understanding the difference between Harassment and Sexual Harassment with special focus on "Unwelcome Acts", sexual harassment along with post relation and flirtation.
  • Setting up of an Internal Complaints Committee, explaining the concept of "seniority" of presiding officer.
  • Complaints: complaints handling, and complaints against employees of another organisation.
  • Limitation period of filing complaint.
  • Interim measures by the ICC submission of reports.
  • The session began with information regarding setting up an Internal Complaint Committee (ICC) in compliance with POSH Act, 2013 focusing on eligibility criteria of ICC members.  It was highlighted that ICC is a permanent body and its members are elected for a duration of three years. The ICC can be reconstituted in some rare cases.
  • The session also focused on the procedure to be followed to log a  complaint by an aggrieved party and the mechanism for redressal of the complaint in compliance with Delhi School Education Act & Rules, 1973. A clear distinction between the terms harassment and sexual harassment was defined  by the speakers.

Another aspect that was accentuated in the session was the procedure for submission of reports. The report has to be submitted by the ICC within ten days of conclusion of the report and the employer cannot deviate from the recommendations given by ICC.  It should also specify the reasons for conclusion and the penalty/recommendations.

Caring and counselling for children at risk during the CoVid 19  by Dr. Chetna Duggal, Ms. Lamia Bagasrawala (SIMHA TISS) on 25th April, 2020 Saturday

In recognition of the transitions that school systems are currently undergoing due to the CoVid 19 pandemic, SIMHA launched a webinar on promoting the well-being of school communities during this crisis. Adapting to the changes in learning, online teaching and other school activities present a myriad of challenges, which impact the mental health and wellness of students, teachers and administrators.  It was an interactive session which focussed on mapping the best practices going ahead. The session was attended by Ms. Arti Anand and Ms. Shriya Khanna.

Webinar 'Effective Online Teaching' by Dr. Tina Sobti (25/04/2020)

Computer department attended a webinar conducted by Dr. Tina Sobti on  'Effective Online Teaching' on April 25, 2020. The workshop was for all the educators who are a part of delivering lectures via different online teaching applications. Benefits of online teaching were explained along with the measures to ensure cyber safety. 

‘POCSO workshop for teachers’ by  Ms. Charu Makkar (07/03/2020)

The workshop on POCSO was held in Tagore International School on 7th March 2020. It was presided by Ms. Charu Makkar, Member, Juvenile Justice Board, Delhi. Ms. Makkar has over 25 years of experience in working with NGOs, State and Central government and the United Nations on issues of child rights and child protection & rehabilitation.  
Ms. Makkar emphasized that child abuse is rampant in schools, homes, neighbourhoods and public places. Keeping this in mind, the POCSO Act, 2012 was started which addresses all sexual offences below the age of 18. She discussed the important features of this Act like complete privacy and gender neutrality.
She also stressed on the mandatory role of teachers in reporting any incident of child abuse. Teachers must recognize the symptoms of sexual abuse and know how to deal with it. It is the responsibility of the school and Management to be vigilant at all times. Ms Makkar also highlighted the processes under the POCSO Act like processes at the police station, processes at the Child Welfare Committee, processes for the medical examination of the child and processes at the Special Court. He spoke in detail about the prevalence of child abuse in our society and emphasized on the importance of identifying symptoms that might be the cause of behavioural changes amongst students (regarding mental or physical abuse within the realms of society, i.e. family and friends). She reiterated the importance of the role played by educators in the safety and security of children. This was followed by a question & answers round and ended with a vote of thanks. The workshop was very informative and gave clarity to the audience on a number of points.

‘Personal Branding & grooming session for teachers’  by Ms. Ritu Jain (02/03/2020)

In this world where first impressions matter, learning useful tips on how to enhance our image quotient and likeability factor in the hearts and minds of other is the key to success.  A session on Personal Branding and grooming was organised for the teachers on 3rd of March, 2020.
The key speaker for the session was Ms. Ritu Jain. With 16 years of work experience in academics and industry with brands like Shahi Export House, The Home Store, Big Jo's and Breuninger, Germany, her competencies include teaching, mentoring, curriculum development, conducting workshops, training and consulting. Currently, she is pursuing her Ph.D in Management with specialization in Marketing. Her educational background includes masters in Sales & Marketing and Post -Graduation in Fashion Retail Management and International Business. And recently, she has upgraded her knowledge and skills in the area of digital marketing.
Ms. Ritu emphasised that personal branding is not only about self-promotion; it's about being of service. And, teachers can do this by showing what they know, and helping others learn— because that's what they do best, inside and outside of the classroom. She also highlighted the role of social media in personal branding.

Coding with Micro:Bit
Date: February 4 – 6, 2020
Resource Persons: from the Institute of Imagination, London
Participants: Ms. Shikha Shah and Ms. Jayalakshmi,  along with six students
Venue: Aloft Aerocity, New Delhi
 
A three day workshop (4 February 2020 to 6 February 2020) on Micro:Bit was conducted by the British Council in association with the Institute of Imagination, London. The first two days of the workshop were for teachers who learnt to use and code in Micro:Bit. Ms. Shikha Shah and Ms. Jayalakshmi of the Computer Science Department attended the workshop. The workshop was conducted by experienced trainers from the Institute of Imagination. The workshop   introduced participants to Micro:bit and helped them learn, through a series of projects, to code using the device. 
As the vision of Micro:bit is to inspire the next generation and increase their interest in Computer Science and digital making, the third day of the workshop was for the next generation. A Hackathon event was held on the third day where 6 students from classes VI to VIII participated. The students are- Sarayu (VI), Pallabi Ganguli (VII), Jigyasa Valecha, Khushi Bhardwaj, Kritika Verma and Muskaan Hiranandani (VIII).  Students were trained to code in Micro:Bit by the UK trainers and the newly trained Micro:bit trainers. Students and teachers created projects using Micro:bit.
The teachers will be training more students and teachers from other schools. The students will be participating in an International Level competition conducted by Micro:Bit.
A Training Workshop on ‘Using Inquiry to Create Integrated STEM: A Makerspace Project-Based Approach (17/01/2020 - 18/01/2020)

A two days Training Workshop on Using Inquiry to Create Integrated STEM was held at Springdales School, Pusa, during 17-18 January 2020. The workshop was organized by the Australian Department of Education in association with Curtin University of Technology. The workshop was conducted by Dr Rekha Koul, Associate Professor, School of Education, Curtin University and Dr Rachel Sheffield, Associate Profession, School of Education, Curtin University.
The following are the objectives of the Training Workshop:
• focus on STEM through inquiry
• a Makerspace Project-based approach providing educators with a raft of hands-on activities
A plethora of activities were organized. The participants actively participated in these activities. Overall, it was an extremely enriching experience and I really enjoyed it. 

CBSE Workshop for Teachers, January 11, 2020
Workshop for Primary Teachers of both TIS branches, by Ms. Preeti, January 10, 2020
'Workshop on teaching grammar through activities January 9, 2020'
Workshop on Generation Global
Date: 8 November 2019
Resource Persons: Ms Sandhya Gupta and Ms. Ghanapriya Elangbam
Participants: Ms. Snehlata and Ms. Shilpreet
Venue: G.D.Goenka Public School, Azadpur, Delhi
Ms. Sandhya Gupta and Ms. Ghanapriya Elangbam from Generation Global conducted a workshop on 8 November 2019 at G.D.Goenka Public School, Azadpur, Delhi. The aim of the workshop was to equip the teachers with some of the ways and techniques of preparing students for a video conference using the modules and resources available at the Generation Global website for the same. The participants were also made aware of the various other competitions and activities, open to the students under the Generation global programme.
 
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Life Skills Workshop August 3, 2019
Workshop on Positive Classroom by Ms.Sonia & Mr.Rohit Kumar, July 8, 2019
Workshop on Comic Strip by Ms. Poonam Rathore,July 5, 2019
Date: July 5, 2019
Resource person: Ms. Poonam Rathore
Participants: Teachers taking Primary Classes
Venue: Junior Computer Lab. TIS EoK

Comic strips are used from beginner level to advanced level for a variety of language and discussion activities. Primary teachers attended the workshop and made amazing comic strips for their lesson plans using   Canva App and Google Drawings.

Workshop on Wakelet by Ms. Shikha Shah,July 5, 2019
Date: July 5, 2019
Resource person: Ms. Shikha Shah
Participants: Teachers taking Middle Classes
Venue: Middle Computer Lab. TIS EoK

Wakelet is free software that can be used to save, organize and share content from across the web.  You can bookmark your favorite content from across the web - articles, videos, blogs, tweets, songs and more –anything you find online.  Teachers can organize and curate their online information so it is easier to find and share.

Workshop on Art in Education by Ms. Neera Chopra, July 4, 2019
 
Workshop on Sway by Ms.Vandana Goel, July 2, 2019
Date: July 2, 2019
Resource person: Ms. Vandana Goel
Participants: Teachers taking Primary Classes
Venue: Junior Computer Lab., TIS EoK

Sway is a digital storytelling app. by Microsoft. It is designed for creating presentations,  and is used to convey concepts quickly, easily and clearly. Sway presentations are backed up to the cloud, and can be easily shared or embedded in websites.

 

Training programme for Khelo India National Fitness Assessment Programme
Date: June 22, 2019
Training by: CBSE and Sports Authority of India
Participants: Ms. Anusuya Rana & Mr. Vijay Gusain
Venue: Red Roses Public School, Palam Vihar

 

Sports teachers Anusuya Rana and Vijay Gusain attended the training programme by CBSE and the Sports Authority of India for Khelo India National Fitness Assessment Programme on 22nd  June 2019 at Red Roses Public School, Palam Vihar.

 

Workshop on Changes in the Business Studies Curriculum 
Date: May 11, 2019
Speaker: Mr. G. S. Alag
Participant: Ms. Minakshi Chaudhry PGT (Commerce)
Venue: South Delhi Public School, Defence Colony, New Delhi
 
Workshop on changes in curriculum for Business Studies was held at South Delhi Public School, on 11thMay 2019, Saturday. 
The workshop was conducted by Mr G. S. Alag – the eminent author of Business Studies Book.
Mr G. S. Alag talked about:
(i) changes in syllabus for the year 2019-20
(ii) change in suggested question paper design and its impact
(iii) discussion on objective type questions / MCQs
Variety of MCQ based questions were discussed with active involvement of teachers.
Many doubts from the above-mentioned topics were clarified in this workshop. This workshop was really an enriched program.
Workshop on ‘Using the Promethean Interactive Board’
Date: May 4, 2019
Resource person: Ms. Vandana Goel
Participants: Class VI – XII teachers
Venue: Class room VI-D
 
The Promethean board is an interactive white board onto which images are projected from a laptop or computer.  The software used to work with this interactive board is named ActivInspire.  Teachers saw the board being calibrated with 25 reference points and the use of different tools, menus and options that can enhance learning.  ActivInspire provides access to online resources and offers an entirely different way of presenting information to students.  The board, projector, laptop and software present  integration of various technologies in order to improve the learning experience.  Teachers were enthusiastic and tried out the tools and options on the board.
 
Workshop on ‘City as Lab.’
Date: May 4, 2019
Resource person: Ms. Surabhi Bharadwaj and Ms. Sangita
Attended By: Ms. Shilpi Bhattacharya, Ms. Shweta Gera, Ms. Sumita Pal, Ms. Renuka Mehra & Ms. Premlata Garg
Venue: AV-Room, TIS EOK

A one day workshop was conducted by Reniscience Education LLP on Saturday 4 May 2019. The workshop was attended by the science teachers of the school along with another 30 teachers from different prominent schools of Delhi.

Teachers were trained to conduct Project Based Learning as a pedagogical approach where students work on a “project for an extended period of time – from a week up to a semester – that engages them in solving a real-world problem or answering a complex question. They demonstrate their knowledge and skills by developing a public product or presentation for a real audience.