The IDA Education Awards will be given to those educational institutions, which have made a qualitative impact on the students, staff and the organization as a whole. The awards recognize the outstanding contribution made by educational institutions pursuing new opportunities, engaging in continuous innovation, and exhibiting a high degree of accountability for quality education.
IDA Education Awards - Categories
For fair comparison, the jury will assess each institution within these three broad categories:
- Group A: comprising of those educational institutions which have been in operation for 5 years or less (as of March 31, 2020) and have plans to grow further.
- Group B: comprising of educational institutions which have been in operation for more than 5 years. These could be individual or as a group under the name of the parent institution. It must have one graduated class in India as on March 31, 2020.
- Group C: comprising of institutions (public or private) which have completed more than 10 years of their operations in India and/or abroad (as of March 31, 2020). It also includes those institutions which operate as a large group under the name of the parent institution.
CATEGORY 1: **Best Practices in Early Education
(*Applicable for all Pre-schools up to Grade 4)
Best Practices in Inclusive Education
Develop inclusive learning and teaching practices with a belief that all children have the potential to learn and grow the ability to respond to the cultural and/or socio economic needs of the students, the ability to support positive behavior in and out of the classroom, a dedication to seeing each child as an individual, the modification of curriculum and activities to include all students.
Best Practices in Developmentally Appropriate Curriculum Planning and Assessment
Address five key aspects of the teacher’s role: creating a caring community of learners; teaching to enhance development and learning; planning curriculum to achieve important goals; assessing children’s development and learning; establishing reciprocal relationships with families.
Best Practices in Reading and Literacy Education
Introduces language and literacy development in young children including speaking, listening, writing, and reading skills. The influence of a child’s cultural background and experiences on emerging literacy development is explored. The role in creating and fostering an environment that engages children in developmentally appropriate language arts experiences.
Best Practices in Number Education
Basic math and number concepts utilized in a preschool or kindergarten classroom set the foundation for learning more advanced math concepts. The wide variety of math and number activities children are introduced to in preschool and kindergarten establishes an important foundation for more advanced math activities that will be introduced in primary school.
Best Practices in Developmentally Appropriate Use of Technology
Intentional selection and use of technology tools and interactive media enhances the learning experience within the framework of developmentally appropriate practices to support learning goals. Preschool and kindergarten students interact with technology and media within a variety of learning experiences. Technology tools are available for student exploration and use.
Rising Star of the Year of Early Care and Education
The award goes to an emerging school, which has been in existence for less than 5 years, but has built a good infrastructure with high value on research, curriculum development, teacher skills and pedagogies to enhance the teacher-student learning process.
Leading Early Childhood Education Chain
Based on best practices in the field, this award will be decided on the basis of infrastructure, curriculum development, teacher skills and pedagogies used by the school to enhance the teacher- student learning experience The chain of schools should have an element of uniformity and standards followed across all branches of the school, whether it is the founder school or a franchise.
CATEGORY 3: HIGHER EDUCATION
(*Applicable for all Colleges/Universities/Institutions offering Undergraduate, Masters, Diploma and/or PhD programs)
Most Emerging Individual Higher Education Institute
The award goes to an emerging institution, which has been in existence for less than 5 years, but has built a good infrastructure with high value on research and innovation. There is a prominent faculty teaching the most relevant curriculum, with vast experience in research and powerful industry interface exhibiting a strong placement record and employability of the graduating students.
Experiential learning takes various forms – co-ops, internships, research, community engaged learning and other educational activities that encourage students to learn by doing. The purpose is to not simply transfer knowledge but create it, by providing real life skills to the students that reflect the demands that will be placed upon them in a complex, information-age, technology-driven and competitive economy and society. This could include acquisition of cross-disciplinary skills, exposure to and interaction with other global student communities, international collaborations, exchange programs etc.
STEM Award for Community Development
The award recognizes the importance of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics in today’s world. It involves scientific enquiry and all technological design through student-focused, project based curricula to develop skills of communication, teamwork/collaboration, creativity / innovation, critical thinking and problem solving. Thus the framework seeks to illustrate how knowledge and practice is intertwined in designing learning experiences in science education. There should be proof of practical implementable solutions using STEM education.
Research & Innovation
The award goes to any college/ university which being learning-centred, places high value on, both classroom academics and on the process of research and innovation. The focus will be on understanding the academic excellence of the faculty, its alumni placements and the level of research initiated by the institution. The excellence is achieved not by simply transferring knowledge but creating it – the distinguishing feature of a high quality college/university.
ICT Enabled Institution
The award is for colleges/ universities that have applied innovative teaching and learning techniques to change the learning spaces. It calls for blended or asynchronous learning, whereby teaching is not just in-person learning experience but effort is to use innovative technology extensively, thereby making the learning environment more contemporary in its approach. The institution must display innovative practices and technologies for both students and faculty. It must demonstrate the strategy used to change the ways in which teachers have historically instructed and interacted with students, besides it being helpful to reduce the administrative work of the faculty and staff.
Distinguished University of the Year
The Award will go to a University that combines academic excellence with an environment that fosters competitiveness, critical thinking, innovation, creativity, employability, skill development & entrepreneurship. The University must manage its resources efficiently and should be quick to respond to the demands of a rapidly changing global market thereby providing tailored support to students to help them thrive to become global citizens.
Institute/University Award for Nurturing Employability & Entrepreneurship in Education
The ability of the workforce to learn and adapt to the fast-changing and dynamic industry requirements has proven the importance of Education 4.0 that emphasises the need to focus on preparing students for the new age of Industry 4.0. Given the enormous responsibility that higher education carries in this context, the Award aims at honouring those Institutes and Universities that are engaged to build and maintain an enduring link between skills development, employability and enterprise development thus transforming learners into employable job seekers and job creators who are able to increase employment opportunities, building capacities and enhancing youth employability and entrepreneurial skills.
Exemplary Initiative towards Faculty Development Programs
Research shows that enriching the faculty strength in key domains of teaching, assessing, research, professionalism and administration is perceived to improve educational environment significantly and enhances institutional performance at a holistic level. Therefore, this Award will be based on the wide range of initiatives & activities that institutions apply to foster and facilitate continuous up-gradation of knowledge, teaching skills, professional competence of teachers employed in varied disciplines. Thus, motivating the faculty to achieve competitive teaching and learning environment and further channelizing development with respect to all facets of institutional growth.
CATEGORY 2: K-12 EDUCATION
(*Applicable for all Schools from Primary to Higher/Senior Secondary Education)
Innovative K-12 Individual School
Based on best practices in the field, this award will be decided on the basis of infrastructure, curriculum development, teacher skills and pedagogies used by the school to enhance the teacher- student learning experience.
K-12 School Chain of the Year
Decided on the basis of infrastructure, curriculum development, teacher skills and pedagogies used. The same system is used in all the schools of the chain, irrespective of the city they are in. The chain of schools should have an element of uniformity and standards followed across all branches of the school, whether it is the founder school or a franchise.
The concept refers to the options offered beyond the course sequences historically offered to the students. It encompasses a wide variety of educational experiences in diverse settings where importance is given to leaning by doing, including summer internships, independent projects, online classes, travel, community service projects etc. Learning pathway intersects with strategies such as authentic learning, personalized learning and student-centred learning among others, which are generally used to expand or change the instructional approaches schools use to educate students.
Promotion of Art, Culture & Community Development
In today’s world, it is very important that students gain the tools and knowledge to make meaningful change within their community and the world around them. It is very important that students become actively involved in community and humanitarian efforts by understanding the world issue to bring about a meaningful change. This pursuit of change must come about with better sensitivity, understanding of art, culture, traditions and development issues concerning the local and global community. The award goes to an institution, which understands the importance for education institution to develop the environment of multiculturalism, human rights, freedom of speech, expression and diversity. The institution must have built integrated interdisciplinary programs for students to develop a holistic perspective of the world around them and develop knowledge and understanding to work to advocate for positive change.
Residential/Boarding of the Year
Decided on the basis of infrastructure, curriculum development, teacher skills and pedagogies used, along with the efforts made to address the issues concerning such schools. The importance of building a spirit of adventure among students, and the facilities that make the school a home away from home, thereby providing a nurturing environment as they grow from kids to adulthood. The learning extends beyond the classroom in every facet of residential life. Within the secured environment of the campus, they learn about the world to become global citizens.
Education for Global Citizenship
An important part of education today is the making the students understand the interconnectivity in the world, preparing them to become a global citizen by teaching them the most relevant, useful, in-demand and universally applicable skills. The skills should, therefore, reflect the demands that will be placed upon them in a complex, information-age, technology-driven and competitive economy and society. This could include acquisition of cross-disciplinary skills, exposure to and interaction with other global student communities, international collaborations, exchange programs, organizing or participation in events on global issues etc.
Tech School of the Year
The award is for schools that have applied innovative teaching and learning techniques, using varied technologies, to change the learning spaces. It calls for blended or asynchronous learning, whereby teaching is an in-person learning experience and ICT enabled practice to make the learning environment more contemporary and digitally enabled learning activity in its approach. The school must new technologies for both students and teachers. It must demonstrate the strategy used by schools to change the ways in which teachers have historically instructed and interacted with students and how the typical school day is structured even for the faculty, whereby the use of technology helps reduce the administrative workload of the teachers. The award celebrates astute learning approaches with the use of technology in schools.
Sports & Recreational Initiative in Education
Sports and Recreation in the schools has grown beyond the traditional extracurricular programming. There is a greater understanding of the important role that recreation plays in the quality of community life. Outdoor education has served as a significant educational reform by using the outdoor leaning settings. This could include class activities, field trips, camping, ecological learning, expeditions, besides the sports competitions. The innovative concept of “Leisure Education” helps students participate in various activities to improve knowledge and skills by providing education through leisure. Students get opportunity to increase self-awareness and use the lessons learned to gain life skills like how to work in a group, how to make decisions, how to solve problems and most importantly how to learn from disappointment / failure.
Exemplary Initiative towards Faculty Development Programs
Research shows that enriching the faculty strength in key domains of teaching, assessing, research, professionalism, and administration is perceived to improve educational environment significantly and enhances school’s performance at a holistic level. Therefore, this Award will be based on the wide range of initiatives & activities that a school applies to foster and facilitate continuous up-gradation of knowledge, teaching skills, professional competence to teachers employed in varied disciplines, motivating the faculty to achieve competitive teaching and learning environment thus channelizing development with respect to all facets of the school’s growth.
CATEGORY 4: JURY AWARDS
The Jury Awards will be decided and announced at the event itself. These are at the discretion of the jury members.