Webinar on “Reshaping Education in the New World- Pandemic Effect”

The coronavirus pandemic is reshaping education and we’re witnessing a new evolution in the making. Addressing what comes next, MES’s PCER, Chembur in collaboration with MIT-ADT University School of Education & Research organized a Free Live Webinar, on ‘Reshaping Education in the New World – Pandemic Effect’ on 1st May, 2020.

Mrs. Vimla Nandakumar, Chairperson, Shakti Girls Education Trust, was the speaker for the morning session. She focused on the role of a teacher in the classroom and how teachers can be effective. Dr. Mangesh Karad, Executive president of MIT ADT University and the Trustee and secretary of the School of Education. According to Dr. Mangesh, there are a lot of positive changes happening due to covid-19, which is a good part of covid-19. Dr. Mangesh shared his views on the nature of jobs post Covid-19.

Mrs. Laxmi Kumar, Founder Director, Pragya Niketan Education Society & The Orchids International School, Pune.Dr. Kumar focussed on how we can steer the Paradigm shift due to Covid-19 in the coming days, months and years as the effect of this will remain there for a long time.

She urged the need to redesign or re attempt for a new curriculum. She spoke about the need to understand the new normalcy. As a part of it, she shared 7C’s to focus. These 7C’s are Curriculum, Continuous, Context, Connect, Communicate, Campaign and Commit. Thus Dr. Laxmi elaborated the 7C’s Model in relation to the paradigm shift.

Ms. Hiromi Willigham, Psychotherapist and certified Hakomi Practitioner from the USA. She started her session with breathing exercises and she focused on the importance of having mindfulness to fight with the Pandemic Drama- Covid-19. We educators need to know the impact of covid-19 on people,like denial, anger and fight over it and later on people are anxious and start to feel grief about and later people settle with it.

There were several questions from the participants like how to prepare teachers/ what need to be done to adapt to the situation etc. The resource persons answered it and advised the participants to continue learning and use time wisely. Overall, the webinar was very effective and received an overwhelming participation across the globe

National Level Online Workshop On Digital Teaching For Smart Learning

IQAC, TITUS II Teachers College, Tiruvalla, Kerala organized a National Level Online Workshop on ‘Digital Teaching For Smart Learning’ in collaboration with MES’S Pillai College Of Education and Research, Mumbai. The workshop was conducted from 27th April, 2020 to 2nd May, 2020. The topics covered during the sessions included Introduction to Digital Teaching and Learning, Creating and Working on Documents Online, Synchronizing and sharing Documents, Virtual Classrooms, Information Publishing, Engaging Interactive Classrooms and E-content Development. The workshop also conducted an Online Test. E-certificate was given to the participants.

Webinar on Reviving Educational Practices Post COVID-19 Pandemic

A Webinar on ‘Reviving Educational Practices Post Covid-19 Pandemic’ was organized by University of Mumbai, Thane Sub Campus in association with MES’s PCER, Chembur on 27th, 28th and 29th April, 2020.

Day 1: Dr. Gargi Roy and Adv. Neeta Kedia covered the topic ‘Enrich Behavioral Management Strategies.’ Dr. Gargi Roy is the Founder and Director of Indian Academy for Clinical and Dental Genetics R (IACDG) and Director, KORYNAS Pvt. Ltd. To combat the stress and anxiety during this pandemic, she gave strategy pointers to cultivate and strengthen mindfulness like:

  • Be informed with only reliable sources
  • Break the chain of unauthentic and unreliable messages
  • A healthy mind resides in a sound body
  • Reach out to others and support people around you
  • Keeping in touch with your friends and family may ease the stress caused by COVID-19
  • Choose your hope

Adv. Neeta Bipin Kedia is a practicing advocate and mediator in the family court. And she stated that no strategy will have a magic effect. We need to have a lot of practice and be surrounded with good friends who are non judgemental.

Day 2: Dr. Seeja K.R and Ms. Simrit Kanoonga threw light on ‘Innovative Classroom Management Techniques.’ Dr. Seeja K.R, Assistant Professor at SNM Training College, Ernakulam, Kerala said, “Learning is not a passive activity. It is not about absorbing learning from source rather it is a process of processing of information.” .

Ms. Simrit Kanoonga is an educator at JBCN Mumbai . She explained the role as an educator in today’s classrooms. While introducing the topic she said, with the changing dynamics that we have today it is very important to have different role perspectives for our teachers. She believes that her role as a teacher has completely changed, it is all about creating positiveness among the students with the kind of changing dynamics as of now.

Day 3: Ms. Juhi Pandey and Mr. Nasser Ali gave their insights on ‘Create interactive educational resources’. Mr. Nasserali, Assistant Professor, Aligarh Muslim University, Kerala, shared his experiences of empowering teachers with the necessary skills, positive attitude and building confidence among teachers through use of webinars and workshops he conducted online during this pandemic period. He emphasized on 5C’s which are very much essential for a successful teacher which he listed as Commitment, Communication, Collaboration, Continuous Assessment and Contentment.

Ms. Juhi Pandey, Corporate and Life Skills Trainer, Psychologist and HR professional spoke on behaviour management. She began her session by explaining the current situation of how people are undergoing a lot of stress, anxiety and trauma due to the prevailing COVID19 pandemic. She spoke on the strategies which could be used to overcome this current anxiety and trauma through use of FLUID where

F-Fear meaning the fear of catching the virus, carrying it home and spreading it.
L– Loss of physical freedom, space ,
U-Uncertainty, a period of uncertainty where we are not sure when and how we will come out of this present crisis,
I-Insecurity of losing a job,
D-Death- losing oneself or loved ones.

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Webinar on Effective Leadership Skills Post COVID-19 Pandemic

In collaboration with University of Mumbai, Thane Sub Campus, PCER, Chembur organized a Webinar via YouTube Live on the topic ‘Effective Leadership Skills Post Covid-19 Pandemic’. The three day webinar on 27th, 28th and 29th April was hosted by Principal Dr. Reni Francis.

Day 1: Mr. Willibrord George and Dr. Antara Sonawane: Mr. Willibrord George and Dr. Antara Sonawane were the speakers for the first day of the webinar. Mr. Willibrord George, the Director of St. Willibrord Group of Schools, began the session with an immensely fresh and thought-provoking perspective about leadership strategies that need to be adopted in the changing times post the Covid-19 pandemic. He stressed on the fact that a leader, at such a dynamic time, has to be a good researcher and provide robust information for his team to follow through in action.

Dr Antara Sonawane, Vice Principal, KPB Hinduja College of Commerce is an accomplished orator. She spoke about effective leadership skills post COVID-19 pandemic .She said we have to really understand the emotional state of teachers and everyone in the institution .The VUCA environment which stands for volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity has to be replaced with vision ,understanding, clarity and agility.

Day 2: Dr. Priam Pillai: Dr. Priam Pillai, the COO of MES was the speaker for the second day of the Webinar and he raised some very pertinent points. He pointed out that this was the time to focus on the impact that we, as an institution are having not only on our stakeholders i.e. the students and teachers but also on the immediate community around us.

Day 3: Dr. Swaroop Sampat and Dr Ashok Pandey: The session on the third day of the webinar commenced with an introductory talk by Dr. Swaroop Sampat, Actress, Research Scholar and Life Skills Expert. Dr. Swaroop observed that with respect to leadership the three important qualities in a good human being are empathy, effective communication and self- awareness. During this period of pandemic and lockdown, people are going through a lot of anxiety and stress and leaders should therefore be more empathetic in their interactions with their team. She also stated that leaders need to develop creative thinking to navigate through this difficult period.

Dr. Ashok Pandey, Chairperson, GCED and Director of Ahlcon Group of Schools Delhi, focused on the ethical aspect of effective leadership skills and provided a compassionate and wise perspective on what is expected of a leader during challenging times such as the one we are going through presently. He stated that the four pillars of ethical leadership are love, care, unity and synergy.

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