Meeting the ELA Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) with Intellectual Integrity -Dr. Sudha Sunder

The term “unpacking the standards” gives the sense that we are opening this never-known-before “new gift” that contains the magic pill to solve all curriculum issues. I would argue that what the CCSS and the NGSS offer is not something substantially new, but rather the integral and important piece in making learning and teaching move…

The journey of my doctorate- began with a single book…

2015 has been a significant year in my life. The year that brought me the docotral degree at the University of Bath, UK – the culmination of a journey of studying (hold-your-breath) 8.5 years as a part-time student! I share here highlights of this incredible journey with the aim of motivating those very many of…

Loosen up and let off some STEAM while unpacking the CCSS and the NGSS

Celebrated physicist Richard Feynman once noted, “Scientific creativity is imagination in a straitjacket! Perhaps the arts can loosen that restraint, to the benefit of all” Come join me for a series of workshops (offered at various locations in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region) in unpacking and aligning to the Next Generation Science Standards…

The teachers’ managed heart and emotional labor in international school settings.

Hochschild (1983) conducted extensive research on Delta Airlines staff who flew long hours in the trans-Atlantic flights and coined the notion of ‘managed heart’ and ‘emotional labor’. Regardless of the stressful and demanding nature of the job, the minute a passenger rings the bell for attention, the stewardesses need manage their emotions and physical fatigue,…

Engaging with Difference through Teaching and Learning Strand Leader: Dr. Sudha Govindswamy

Education today is all about understanding and engaging with our differences. An understanding that needs to go beyond simply dancing to the drums of Africa or eating the Indian biryani! Join me at the Alliance for International Education Conference– Bangkok- February 26-28th where a group of highly experienced and knowledgeable practitioners will share with us their invaluable insights…

My critical step to differentiation – get comfortable with being uncomfortable.

As I continue to work and learn with educators, very often I get asked the question, “So do we have to teach and differentiate every single lesson?” I cannot but help smiling, simply because of the widespread misconception that teaching and differentiation continue to be considered as two different ‘items on the teachers’ to-do-list’. My answer to…

Paper presentation- Washington DC April 7th Whose knowledge is most worth? A Bernsteinian approach to rekindle our commitments as curriculum scholars

American Association for the Advancement of Curriculum Studies- 15th Meeting- George Washington University – “An Ethics of Historical Engagement” Abstract – Dr. S Govindswamy: While curriculum traditionalists and reconceptualists engaged in curriculum studies through debates on the different theoretical perspectives and tension between curriculum theory and practice, other curriculum scholars embraced a different approach to curriculum…

Teacher Professional Development – Curriculum Design and Delivery

During 2016, CIS Consultant Dr. Govindswamy will be offering professional development for a number of American/IB schools in curriculum design and delivery. Involved in curriculum development projects commissioned by the International Baccalaureate (IB), Dr. Govindswamy is also passionate about translating research-based best practices into effective classroom practice and empowering new teachers during orientation with the knowledge, understanding and skills needed…

Reflections – American Association for the Advancement of Curriculum Studies Conference- George Washington University, D.C- April 2016.

I was recently invited to present a paper at the American Association for the Advancement of Curriculum Studies (AAACS) conference convened at the George Washington University, Foggybottom Campus, D.C. My paper was an excerpt from my doctoral research findings (that I undertook at Bath, under the supervision of Dr. Mary Hayden) that applied Bernstein’s theory…

Press Release – KDSL Convenes MENA Teacher Summit: Professional Development Targets MENA’s American Curriculum Teachers and Administrators

DUBAI, UAE, July 25, 2016 – On Friday, October 7, and Saturday, October 8, MENA region American curriculum teachers and school leadership teams will convene at Universal American School in Dubai as part of an initiative of the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD) Connected Community in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC). Organized by KDSL,…

Sustainable Professional Development within the “revolving-door” syndrome of international schools.

CASE STUDY Objective: The objective of this case study is to highlight some of the key features of a sustainable professional development model towards establishing an effective curriculum and instruction plan within the “revolving-door syndrome” of international schools (Hawley, 1994; Benson, 2011), particularly in the middle east. Why it matters: The key findings that emerged from a…