NO TEACHER LEFT BEHIND
One of Pakistan ASCD’s main aims is to work towards the goal of ‘No Teacher Left Behind’ by:
- Raising the social status of teachers
- Providing quality training and support to teachers, especially in low income schools and underprivileged areas.
- Creating a platform which helps teachers grow as educational reformers
- Giving teachers a voice where they can express their concerns and challenges
- Opening up opportunities for educators to visit, form links and receive training from international educational organizations in order to bring the latest educational practices to Pakistan.
- Enabling teachers to teach and learn from global perspectives in collaboration with peers from all over the world.
To achieve these aims Pakistan ASCD:
- Invites the private and public sector (including policy makers and members of the planning commission, Ministry of Education, students, parents, the international community and the society at large) to work together as a think tank for Pakistan’s education sector.
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT AND SOLUTIONS
ASCD seeks to provide opportunities for teachers to excel through professional development according to international standards. We aim to provide training that covers 21st century learning techniques, effective instructional strategies, how to create differentiated classrooms and other leading educational practices.
Furthermore, we believe in bringing about reform and development within schools. We are fully committed to equitable education and for that we aim to provide training opportunities for teachers and administrators of underprivileged schools, minorities and rural areas through face to face and online training sessions. We strive to reduce the disparity between urban and rural areas of Pakistan and elsewhere and to bring international standards of teaching and learning into all schools and colleges of Pakistan. We believe in the holistic development of each learner and are committed to diversity in learning.
We aim to help local educators access ASCD’s leading edge products and services that can accelerate their professional development and achieve their school’s performance targets. Our organization is dedicated to providing the most innovative on-site, online, and blended solutions that are customized, aligned, and differentiated to meet the needs and goals of our fellow educators.
We strongly believe that a community can grow immensely when educators connect to share ideas, experiences, challenges and solutions. This connected community is in keeping with the tradition of its pioneer organization, ASCD, USA and intends to launch an educational newsletter and journal of international standards.
The newsletter and journal will publish articles and research on educational practices, suggested improvement and legislative advocacy.
Thereby subscribers all over the world will be able to get useful information as well as practical and implementable strategies delivered to their e-mail inbox once a month.
Currently, our official blogs for educators and students are up and running.
ASCD feels the need to bring awareness about legislative advocacy to lift the social status of teachers and raise educational standards. Legislation in the education sector requires debate to be conducted among legislators and stake holders.
For the first time we are providing a forum to bring all stake holders on one platform and are inviting students and parents as well to join the debate, in an attempt to answer the following questions:
1. How can educational standards be improved?
2. What aspects of the current curriculum need to be revised?
3. How can the government support education through legislation?
4. What issues take priority in educational reforms and why?
5. How can teachers from low income schools and underdeveloped areas be granted a better social status?
We want educators to have an equal voice in advocating legislation. We want ensure the federal education policy is shaped by people who know how to educate children. We will also strive hard to launch issue forums where policy makers find common ground on key issues affecting teaching and learning.
We plan to bring our educators to rise to the position where educators learn to take part in national education policy-making.
We strive to reduce the disparity between urban and rural areas of Pakistan and elsewhere, and to introduce international standards of pedagogy into all schools and colleges of Pakistan. We believe in the holistic development of each learner and are committed to diversity in learning.
‘WHOLE CHILD’ INITIATIVE
In 2011, ASCD published ‘The Healthy School Communities Model: Aligning Health and Education in the School Setting’, and asked for a paradigm shift in how learning and health are viewed. In 2013, ASCD and the CDC convened leaders from the fields of health, public health, education, and school health to develop the next evolution of school health to ensure that the health of the student, the teacher, and the school are taken seriously by educators and, in particular, by those involved in the school improvement process.
We aim to bring the same paradigm shift in Pakistan and ensure all the schools follow the whole child program and make sure the health of a child is taken as seriously as his/her education.
This program will be run more intensively in underprivileged areas where children’s emotional and physical health is usually ignored.
Hence, we will work to bring about awareness and promote the “ASCD Whole Child Initiative” which encompasses the following five tenets:
(i) Each student enters school healthy and learns about and practices a healthy lifestyle.
(ii) Each student learns in an environment that is physically and emotionally safe for students and adults.
(iii) Each student is actively engaged in learning and is connected to the school and broader community.
(iv) Each student has access to personalized learning and is supported by qualified and caring adults.
(v) Each student is challenged academically and prepared for success at college and higher education as well as for employment and participation in a global environment.