CourseLeap Consult

Courseleap Consult (CLC)  aims to provide unique solutions for educational institutions to develop and deliver effective curricula based on successfully proven and empirical methods. 

 At CLC, we work with the school leadership team and management who are willing to create opportunities for teachers in the organization to be instructional leaders. We assist schools with curriculum planning strategies, approaches to teaching and learning, academic policies, teachers’ professional development, and student assessment methods. We support schools to use research based approaches, school design and technology, collaboration and innovative strategies to develop 21st century skills in students and teachers.

 CLC empowers schools to create professional learning communities to achieve their institutional vision. Additionally, we design our engagement to set robust academic foundations for international and national curricula, and suggest mechanisms for increasing coherence between various national and international curricula. We specialise in strengthening school standards for IB (International Baccalaureate Programmes) and CIS (Council of International Schools) for school accreditation and evaluation.

Some of the work tailored to schools is listed under the main work areas. These services can continue to be revised as we mutually work together.

CLC facilitates schools in creating or revising their vision and mission mapped to global expectations, creating short term and long term intervention plans. This can include, but is not limited to: producing timelines and milestones for new schools and supporting schools in expanding or diversifying to different curricula. Areas of expertise include how learning resources are to be used, what types of resources should be used in light of the school’s targets, what kind of content would positively impact students and how to meaningfully incorporate and align technology to curriculum aims

1. Organizational Leadership: 

CLC supports and guides the management and senior school leaders, in order to create more efficient and effective policies and procedures. CLC has periodic meetings with management to give feedback, review strategic goals, and advise on policies for school and curricula development. CLC guide facilitate schools to use surveys and other feedback channels with stakeholders, in order to ensure their satisfaction with curricular programmes. CLC involves all stakeholders to lead the school in developing policies that have direct impact on student learning, e.g. human resources practices, staff development, curriculum and assessment, special educational needs, academic honesty integrity etc.

2. Transition to IB Diploma Program : 

CLC guides schools in preparing  for transition to the IB Diploma Program to suit individual school contexts and student populations. CLC’s facilitation plans at schools include feasibility studies for transitioning from the existing set of curricula to the IB Programme. With a careful comparison between existing national or international curricula, CLC helps schools design a seamlessly integrated program. The cornerstone of CLC’s design is to retain the best parts of school culture and implement a focused program for existing curricula such that it aligns with IB Standards and Practices

Through methods of self evaluation via self study committees, CLC guides schools towards effective decision making for the purpose of meeting the benchmarks for  external evaluation. Schools could be seeking accreditation with international bodies (e.g. CIS and NEASC) or for international curriculum delivery and review (e.g. IB and IGCSE), or both

1. Meeting the Standards for CIS (Council of International Schools) and NEASC (New England Association of  Schools)

CLC leads schools towards and through the process of school evaluation and accreditation by CIS (Council of International Schools) and/or NEASC (New England Association of Schools), driving improvement through evaluation of international standards focused on school development.

This includes all essential steps for single or joint accreditation from CIS and NEASC

  1. Help schools understand the criteria for standards of leadership, management, teaching and learning
  2. Organize the self-study process of meetings
  3. Support schools to gather evidence, and collect the needed data
  4. Guide the writing of reports in relation to different sections required, evidence gathered and expected levels of quality and clarity

2. Set up and Strengthen the IB Diploma Program

CLC supports schools in the process of preparing for and gaining IBDP accreditation, and through the five year evaluation, as well as addressing areas for continual improvement within school contexts

  1. Help self study process for IB evaluation using the IBD five years’ review: orientations, planning for committees, presentations, recommendations
  2. Advise strategies to strengthen performance for IB Diploma Core (TOK, Extended Essay and CAS), including formulation of TOK, CAS, and EE handbooks and related policies
  3. Support planning for orientation sessions for students’ and teachers’ that emphasize research skills, as well as critical reading, writing and reflection
  4. Help teachers document IB curriculum via effective lesson plans, schemes of work, unit plans, and assessment through workshops at school
  5. Create through collaboration a rigorous and aligned mapping of concepts, content and skills from IGCSE onwards in line with the IB Diploma Programme

A unified planning for curriculum, teaching and assessment across K-12 helps raise students’ performance levels. CLC supports schools to develop a detailed curricular framework within and between different sections of a school (national and international) and different curricula (State Board/ICSE/CBSE and IGCSE/MYP/IBDP). Where relevant, CLC support s the school in aligning the IB Diploma Program with national curricula or other non-IB exam boards 

Specialty of CourseLeap Math (CLM) is in helping schools to set up a robust Maths programme with rigorous methods that drive students to investigate, propose ideas and search for alternative solutions. This includes professional development and training of teachers in this area, such as interdisciplinary and research based approaches to the teaching of Maths, use of technology, instructional coaching and mentoring, use of effective use of resources, etc. Flagship services of CourseLeap Plus (CLP) are in working with students and teachers to set up a strong IB Core programme at schools

 

1. Curriculum Planning, Articulation and Implementation

CLC supports schools in ensuring progression and continuity of student learning, experiences and skills, through teacher collaboration and clearly produced documentation

  1. Articulate the goals of the K-12 curriculum, helping to align Indian national curricula with IGCSE/MYP and IB Diploma continuum
  2. Help create course outlines benchmarked to comparable national or international programs, implemented with a sound philosophy, by careful planning of concepts, content and skills
  3. Support in preparing a complete documentation of the curriculum handbook for each subject at the school
  4. Review schemes of work across all departments to unify curriculum delivery
  5. Create understanding for development of unit plans with common templates and strategies for trans-disciplinary skills, guiding questions and learning skills
  6. Ensure instructional methodologies and assessments that are based on rigorous standards for investigations, problem solving and the use of technology
  7. Support development of balanced formative and summative assessment practices with grading criteria, descriptors, and the school’s assessment policy
  8. Provide guidance for Extended Essay and Theory of Knowledge in the IB Diploma Programme across and within subject disciplines

2. Benchmark Continuum Skills Across Curricula (ICSE/CBSE, IGCSE, IB, Pre-University) 

  1. CLC curates a roadmap for teachers, making explicit the expectations for instruction and assessment that emphasize understanding of relevant modern day skills - cross-disciplinary approaches to knowledge acquisition, inquiry-based learning, metacognition reflection, investigation, team work, and research. On special request, CL can deliver with students and teachers an interdisciplinary program of 10- 20 hours to prepare students for success in any advanced curriculum
  2. Offer need-based workshops, in which CL guides teachers and school leaders to develop age appropriate progression of higher order thinking skills and learning how to learn skills that enrich and deepen understanding
  3. Train teachers to understand approaches to teaching and learning, concept based teaching, critical thinking skills, and research skills, and then support the school in aligning the curricula accordingly
  4. Help schools articulate student-care programs that encourage healthy relationships, effective teamwork, and relevant academic and social skills, positive attitude and cultural sensitivity

CLC helps with internal quality assurances for school advancement and enhancing the overall school experience. Building the reputation of an international school is a time-consuming, multi-dimensional process, which demands a careful, thoughtful and professional approach. 

The support offered by CLC focuses on helping schools realise their educational philosophy on a daily, practical level, addressing the closely interdependent areas of leadership and governance, teaching and learning cultures, academic policies and collaboration both within and between departments. Internal quality procedures focus on consistency in quality and planning for continuous improvement as the hallmark of professionalism; this combined with school’s own self- analysis can be a stimulus that propels a school to raising standards of performance.

  1. This is achieved through a two-stage process. First, we assess the specific requirements of the school through an internal assessment assurance audit of existing systems and practices, in close collaboration with key leadership and governance figures.  We then provide feedback as a ‘critical friend’, assessing processes and performance on all levels from the viewpoint of our extensive experience of best practice in the international school sector. This critical approach offers encouragement and celebrates what is found to be working successfully as well as identifying present and possibly future problems where they are encountered.  CLC consultants work closely and in tandem with school teams through- internal surveys, learning walks and observations. We also use focus group discussions, small team collaborations and culminate our process with a report and an exit meeting. A detailed report is submitted at the end of this process with concrete ideas for school development, providing the school with strategic objectives over future years. 
  2. As a second way forward, we can provide collaborations with master teachers, who will bring to your school their extensive experience working in the international sector, both at home and abroad. Partnerships with our master teachers support schoolteachers in the areas where intervention, collaboration and role modelling can help to improve the levels of teaching and learning in particular departments with the larger goal to improve a school's overall performance. To this end, master teachers can participate in the life of the school on all levels, from the senior leadership and department meetings to the classroom, as required.

1. CLC helps schools design and facilitate team processes and internal school systems to track students’ performance data and support student learning

  1. Analyze student learning data, school’s overall and department-wise results, and teaching impact, in order to advise stakeholders of about students’ achievements, reflect and improve areas that need attention.
  2. Set up internal school systems (meetings, structures and policies) to track students’ progress, consistent with school mission and curricular goals.
  3. Engage student learning through differentiation and enrichment.
  4. Support development of exit and learning surveys, as a source of student-led data for school  improvement
  5. Coordinate strategies with leadership staff to achieve organizational results in areas of parents’ satisfaction

2. International Partners: CLC aligns with international partners to provide benchmarked, standardised global assessment measures for students and schools.

CLC guides schools to create collaborative structures, self initiated,  peer and institutional supported learning and development for teachers and leaders.  CLC expedites school-wide professional development by introducing teachers to various models of cooperative learning and leadership. CLC supports the implementation of effective appraisal models, which lead to enhanced levels of teaching and learning

1. Instructional Leadership

Support schools in preparing teachers to meet the aims of delivering quality education to the next generation through regular self-evaluation and target setting

  1. CLC helps schools formulate teachers’ appraisal that are both formative and evolutionary in nature and aligned with 
  2. professional development goals of the school
  3. Guide the development of a school-wide program for teacher growth through a variety of means: observation, constructive feedback, and analysis of students learning surveys that feed into teachers’ performance improvement
  4. Increase school effectiveness through developmental appraisal of teachers, middle- management and senior management

2. Professional Learning Communities

CLC helps develop network of teachers within schools and foster connections between schools to create environment of shared influence

  1. Develop a team approach within institutions to ensure coherence and consistency, collaborative schemes of  work, and common instructional strategies
  2. Spearhead in-school workshops and lead job-embedded professional learning across K-12 for teachers, to  facilitate improvements in instruction and student learning aligned to school-wide and team goals
  3. Open spaces for sharing expertise, knowledge and research to improve teacher practice
  4. Develop network communities between schools, which support the acquisition and development of up to date pedagogical approaches

1. Creative Pedagogical Approaches based on Research

Drawing on current educational research, CLC guides schools in developing creative pedagogical approaches through action research models. CLC supports schools in the sourcing and implementation of new resources, suited to school development plans. CLC draws on a wide network of professionals to provide support in working towards whole school targets (e.g. discrete subject areas, special educational needs, learning resource centre, research based pedagogical approaches, etc.)

2. 21st Century Digital Readiness for Learning

CLC assists schools in developing and upgrading their infrastructure, including areas such  as: layout design, classroom designs, library, cafeteria, automation system, security, and technology resources that map with institutional goals and objectives of quality learning. CLC also provides advice on classroom set up that is 21st century compliant, digital ready, connects schools to professionals and a cutting edge product that supports and bolsters a schools vision for quality education

Testimonials

Navroji Billimoria

Deputy Head of B D Somani International School, Mumbai, alumnus of U. Penn and pursuing masters in education at Harvard, IB Higher level Math training, 2014 & 2017

Yogesh has been a Consultant with Neev Academy for supporting IB DP Curriculum, Assessments and Internal Processes. Her full fledged DP Internal quality Audit was a very useful and critical exercise that helped strengthen our systems and processes. Her workshops on Internal Assessment processes for the New Math courses were class apart and very much liked even by experienced senior Math practitioners. Breaking down the processes of IA, plan of action for all stages, writing of IA, check lists, skills tracker etc are normally not gained in the IB workshops that were the added benefits from these sessions.

Umar Jaffar

Head of Diploma Programme, Neev Academy, Bangalore.

Thank you so much Chrisann, for a wonderful  session. The students and the teachers have appreciated your passion, enthusiasm and expertise in TOK. As a result of your workshop, our students now have an in-depth understanding of the application to real life component of the TOK essay. Some of them will be making revisions to their essays accordingly.

Dana Guest

Head of International Program, Heritage Xperiential Learning School, Gurgaon.

Great learning on all fronts Yogesh! Lots of clarity on grey areas of planning with an emphasis on the differences between SOWs and Unit Plans. Also inputs on class engagement. Had her address grade 12 on nuances of attempting Paper 2 along with her take on corrections of both the mock papers. All in all a very edifying experience. Thank you for making it happen.

Indu

Teacher, Heritage Xperiential Learning School, Gurgaon.

Collaborating with Helen has been truly meaningful. Her insights and teaching strategies on the novel In Custody have been productive. I thoroughly enjoyed teaching one of the sonnets with her in Grade 9. It was fun, exciting and enriching. Truly, her presence has been inspiring and motivating! Thank you Neha for this collaboration!

Sneha

Teacher, Heritage Xperiential Learning School, Gurgaon.

Thanks for all your work to support the growth, learning and thinking in the IP English dept.  Your work and support of the Grade 8 curriculum mapping helped to move this timeline forward even faster than we even thought possible when you arrived.

Amy

Head of Primary, Heritage Xperiential Learning School, Gurgaon.

Helen’s association with the English department in these two weeks has been extremely meaningful and productive. We have worked together rigorously on teaching strategies, unit planning, schemes of work, curriculum mapping and lesson observations. Her engagement with all of us has lent us further clarity into the journey ahead. Thanks a lot Helen for your valuable insights, expertise and suggestions.

Sanjeev Kumar Ojha

Head of Department (English), Heritage Xperiential Learning School, Gurgaon