In India, a School that Empowers Students and Teachers | Edutopia

I’m just wrapping up a 10-day stay in Mumbai, India, where I’ve been immersed in the energizing learning environment of American School of Bombay (ASB). Outside the walls of this state-of-the-art, pre-K-12 international school, you find contrasts at every corner: urban slums near posh shopping malls, rickshaws sharing the roads with limousines. Step inside ASB and you notice colorful student artwork, thoughtfully designed interiors, and abundant greenery. It may feel like an urban oasis, but this is really a laboratory for innovation.

Long recognized as an ed-tech leader, ASB continues to push the edges. I heard about a number of ambitious initiatives at various stages of implementation, including design thinking, makerspaces, and project-based learning. Students also take on service-learning projects in the community, building empathy along with problem-solving strategies. These aren’t random or disconnected programs. Together, they form an ecosystem for learning.

“It’s all about what’s best for kids,” says Dr. Shabbi Luthra, a deep thinker who oversees research and development, along with technology, for ASB.

What happens when students and teachers are immersed in an environment that encourages innovation and risk taking? Here are just two examples.

Students Who Step Up

Eshaan Patheria was a ninth-grader when he and some classmates had the idea to share their technology know-how with less privileged students in Mumbai. The result is a program called Plugged In, which aims to bridge the digital divide by having teens teach teens.

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