Tapaswini has been involved with several school reform projects focusing on curriculum planning and implementation, professional development of teachers, assessment and evaluation of children and led the project for developing the “National Education Framework” for Bhutan. Tapaswini has a Doctorate in Educational Psychology from Jawaharlal Nehru University and an M.Phil in Education from Cambridge University.
Specialist in Project Based Learning
Based out of Boston, USA, Steven has been HIXS’ inspiration in experiential learning. His association with the school began in 2010 when he conducted training for 40 Heritage educators. He works with Expeditionary Learning Schools Outward Bound (ELS) which is a national, non-profit organisation that specialises in Project Based Learning (PBL). With almost 200 schools in the US and 25 years of experience in PBL, ELS is probably the most experienced organisation in this field. Steven is helping HIXS implement PBL as a part of its curriculum.
Alumnus of University of Michigan
Dennis is the co-founder and co-director of The Met School, co-founder of Big Picture Learning and founder and President of College Unbound. He is known in the US for his extensive work in secondary education in urban, suburban, and rural settings, spanning over 40 years. As an educator, Dennis has a reputation for working up against the edge of convention and out of the box, turning tradition on its head and delivering concrete results.
He holds a double Ph.D. in psychology and education from the University of Michigan. In 2003, Dennis was recognised as a leader in education and awarded the Harold W. McGraw Jr. Prize in Education. Fast Company ranked Littky #4 among the top 50 Innovators of 2004, and the George Lucas Educational Foundation recently selected Dennis as part of their Daring Dozen. Most recently, Dennis was awarded the New England Higher Education Excellence Award in 2011.
Adjunct Lecturer at Harvard Graduate School of Education
Linda, Ed.D., is the first Executive Director of the Center for Artistry and Scholarship in the US, an Adjunct Lecturer at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and serves on numerous non-profit boards both locally and nationally. As an experienced leader in education, she actively mentors teachers and principals, and consults nationally and internationally on issues of educational reform, leadership and teaching with a commitment to equity, and the critical role of arts and creativity in schools. She also facilitates workshops and conversations about issues of race, equity, and culturally relevant pedagogy for school leaders, teachers, parents, and students across the nation.
Renowned Educational Psychologist
HIXS works closely with Dr. Ravindran, a renowned counselling psychologist and trainer, on behavioural and discipline related issues.
He has been involved in counselling, counsellor training and teacher education for over two decades with many reputed educational institutions in India and abroad. He is the Director of Institute of Counsellor Training Research and Consultancy (ICTRC). He is also the chief mentor of Eduexel India and chief consultant of The Helping Hand.
Lalit JainOver 25 years of experience in development of educational institutions.
Lalit Jain has founded and led many entrepreneurial ventures in social as well as corporate sectors in technology, education and infrastructure development. A civil engineer by qualification, he has successfully spearheaded critical projects for the development of The Heritage Schools. He also serves as a member on the board of The Heritage Schools.
Manit JainAlumnus of Harvard University and Co-chair of FICCI’s School Education Committee – FICCI Arise
Manit has been actively involved with The Heritage Schools in an advisory capacity on several strategic issues including infrastructure development, talent attraction, curriculum design, teacher capability development, parent engagement, systems, processes and standard operational procedures. He has personally championed and led several change initiatives to transform the school into an experiential learning school. He is also the co-founder of I am a Teacher, an initiative that is developing a model for practice-based teacher education in collaboration with Boston Teacher Residency.
Rajesh JainAlumnus of Harvard University
Rajesh has over 25 years of experience
in setting up and leading organisations across diverse sectors such
as real estate, education, export manufacturing and information &
technology. Apart from this, he has also provided direction to a
multitude of social initiatives in the healthcare and education
verticals. A second-generation entrepreneur, he provides strategic
direction to all entities under the Conscient umbrella. In the
education space, he has also co-founded the Heritage School in Vasant
Kunj, New Delhi in 1999.
SMRITI JAINAlumnus of Harvard University
Smriti is the co-founder of I am a
Teacher (IAAT), a not-for-profit organisation which aims to prepare a
critical mass of teachers that can lead change in and through
classroom. She headed the Middle School at HXLS, leading a team of 50
teachers. She stepped into this role at a critical stage where the
Middle School was being transformed from a conventional programme to
a more experiential, progressive, relevant and child-centred
programme. In the last few years, she has worked extensively with
teachers and facilitated several workshops for teachers.
Vishnu KarthikAlumnus of Harvard University
Vishnu has over 15 years of experience in leadership development, school leadership and school administration. He is responsible for new school initiatives and strategic projects for the group including curriculum development, instructional leadership, continuous school improvement, technology integration and leadership development. In his prior roles, he has been the head of the Senior School, grade IX economics teacher and a trekking instructor. A proponent of experiential learning, he has visited over 50 experiential and deeper learning schools worldwide. Among his other administrative responsibilities, he is keenly interested in building instructional leadership capabilities, cognitive neuroscience, education technology, college readiness and placements, student leadership development, adolescent coaching, authentic assessments and deeper learning curriculum. He has also been a management consultant and worked with organisations like Accenture and Right Management in the areas of leadership development, organisation change management, learning design. He has delivered projects in India, USA, South East Asia and Europe. In 2009, he co-authored (along with Swami Mitrananda) Se(a)king – a travelogue on a 14-day sojourn across the Arabian sea on a cargo ship. He is a practitioner of Yoga and Vedanta and believes that his work is a medium to reach his deeper self. He is also a proud father of a daughter who has Down syndrome. You can read Vishnu’s blog on https://medium.com/@vishnukarthik.
YOGESH DHINGRALeader in curricular reforms and global educational practice
Yogesh has over 30 years of experiencein the international, national curricula as well as educationalservices. She specialises in mentoring schools in designingcurriculum, strengthening their standards for IB and CIS evaluationand accreditation design and strategically planning the professionaldevelopment of their teachers. As the erstwhile Academics Directorand Founding Member of Dhirubhai Ambani International School, Mumbai,she was instrumental in establishing and managing its InternationalBaccalaureate® Diploma Programme and International General Certificateof Secondary Education. She is the founder of Course Leap Education,an organisation that offers unique tailored solutions to schools andstudents to achieve excellence through the application of strongacademic principles and practices. Yogesh has two Masters degrees,one in Education from the University of Bath, UK, with specialisationin Educational Leadership and Management and the other in Mathematicsfrom Delhi University. She also holds Bachelor’s degrees in Physics(Hons.) and Education from Delhi University.