CEQUE (www.ceque.org) aims to enable teachers to transform their classrooms so that every child receives quality learning. Their programs are focused on building capacities through coaching teachers, mentoring leaders and creating assets.
CEQUE upskills teachers in government schools across rural districts in partnership with district education department in innovative teaching methods to improve student learning through Teacher Innovator Program. The program works with teachers to help them create engaging and result-oriented learning experiences for their students. CEQUE also mentors school leaders in academic leadership skills through the Kendra Pramukh Academic Leadership Program (KPALP), equipping them in the skills of data-based planning for their clusters, coaching them in the skills of data analysis, making focused classroom observations and providing effective feedback.
At its core, TIP has a unit of 100 schools known as Innovation Lab Schools, reaching 300 teachers and approximately 6,000 students. Presently, TIP is being implemented in the 8 districts of Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh. TIP has directly impacted 2,500 + teachers and 33,000 + children till date. However, over an average lifetime of 20 years of service, teachers work with will impact the lives of approximately 264,000 children. Till date, 2500+ Kendra Pramukhs have been supported, impacting more than 125,000 teachers.
Teacher Innovator Program (TIP) - their flagship initiative - upskills teachers in government schools across rural districts in innovative teaching methods to improve student learning, with focus on Reading-Writing and Math skills in children studying in grades 1-5. To support teachers, their team of coaches go to the field, work with teachers closely and coach them on how to improve their teaching practice.
Coaches would capture all coaching related data on paper and district manager would copy the same to excel duplicating the effort. Also, a lot of time was spent by district managers to plan the visits for coaches and follow up on the same.
Koita Foundation worked with CEQUE to redesign the process the process of planning visits and capturing data on field by designing a customized app for coaches and district managers. This has resulted in increased efficiency of the field workers and better monitoring for district managers and CEQUE senior management team.
The key problem faced by CEQUE was to find an easy way to capture data from the field, schedule program activities such as workshops, classroom observations, coaching visits and resource distribution. A system was needed that would help collect data from the field, plan and monitor the progress against defined indicators.
Koita Foundation worked with CEQUE to develop the Seekhein Sikhaye App to help collect and manage data across the districts where their program is being implemented.
Seekhein Sikhaye is an Android mobile app used by each district coach to enter and track his/ her work based on plans entered by his/ her manager. District Managers can modify school details, manage teacher data and make coaching/visit plans using a web login. Coaches, through the app login, can enter their own coaching visits, edit teacher data, record the distribution of workbooks, mark teachers’ attendance/feedback during workshops and record their observations during classroom visits. Since many field teams work in remote locations or low-connectivity areas, Seekhein Sikhaye provides a very useful feature that enables coaches to enter the data offline in real time, which is then synced to the main system when they are in an area with better connectivity.
With the Seekhein Sikhaye app on their mobile, the field coach is able to check all data related to the teachers being coached by him/her. He/ She can then plan and execute her coaching based on the needs of the teacher.
CEQUE upskills teachers in government schools across rural districts in innovative teaching methods to improve student learning. To support teachers, our team of coaches go to the field, work with teachers closely and coach them on how to improve their teaching practice.
We needed a system that would help us collect data from the field, plan and monitor the progress against indicators such as attendance of teachers in workshops, the hours of coaching put in, the resources distributed, the assessments done etc.
Koita pushed us to think about the logic behind our existing planning and how we might use the system to improve it. Designscape understood our requirements well and worked collaboratively with the team. The app itself is easy to use and captures all the data points we need to plan and track the progress of the program.
I am truly excited with the launch of the app and believe this will help us to do data-based planning and ultimately deliver value to our beneficiaries.
CEO of Centre for Equity and Quality in Universal Education