FAQ’s

Muktangan schools keeping to their objective of ‘inclusive’ education have a 20% capacity to absorb students who are differently abled. The Learning Resource Group popularly called LRG was established to support the individual educational requirements of this student population. The LRG department constitutes a strong team of special educators and dedicated community teachers that provide a number of individually adapted learning support interventions to students, across the seven schools.

The LRG department works with slow learners, students with specific learning disabilities including dyslexia, dysgraphia, dyscalculia etc, Autism and those experiencing various forms of developmental delay. The team provides  in-class support, outlines individual education plans and conducts individual intervention sessions.

In order to provide the best intervention support to the students the Muktangan has collaborated with UMEED and the Maharashtra Dyslexia Association to provide continuous training support to the LRG team and help enhance their required skills.

 

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The socio emotional department is one of the most  important departments at Muktangan. Made up of a dedicated team of counselors and community support workers the department focuses on maintaining the emotional wellbeing of students, teachers and parents. Some of the programme initiated by the department include…

Quality Circle Time

Quality circle time allows children to have an open forum where they may state their views and address any problems they may face in class or personally. The forum acts as a fertile field where students themselves engage in creative, practical problem solving with the teacher acting as a guide for driving focused group discussions.

Counselling

The department is now training faculty from the community with basic counselling skills through a two year pastoral care module. As the faculty share similar cultural backgrounds they are in the best position to understand the needs and aspirations of the students and provide the required support.

Additionally Muktangan’s counseling cell is also made available on a need basis to department faculty, teachers and in some cases even parents of the students.

Mukt Minds 

Working in collaboration with the coordinators for secondary school. The department annually organizes a month long college readiness programme that supports the std 10 students to help them effectively transition from school to college. The programme held as a series of workshops focuses on communication skills, vocational pathways, teamwork, research, leadership, and college admissions.

Workshops

The department regularly conducts workshops for both parents and students on a number of socially relevant topics such as myths regarding menstruation, Hygiene, nutrition, safe and unsafe touch and the effects of media on values and social development. Pre and post tests are also conducted to gauge the impact of these programmes on participants.

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Each of the seven Muktangan schools is equipped with a well stocked library inclusive of books, periodicals, charts, maps and audio-visual material. Apart from these the libraries also provide the staff and students with electronic resources like library catalogues and internet and audio- visual resources. As on June 2016 the total number library resources across Muktangan schools is estimated to be about 50,000.

Each library is manned by two librarians trained in school librarianship through Muktangan’s internal teacher education programme. Four major activities are conducted under the library programme which are inclusive of:

  • Organization and maintenance of resource material
  • Circulation and referencing services
  • Reading promotion activities and services
  • Librarianship training.

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In an attempt to support its students growth into career ready adults equipped with the skills needed to adapt to the 21st century work environment, Muktangan has partnered with the Antarang Foundation and the Light House Project to design an in house, integrated vocational development project for its students.

The project is segregated into two parts over two years…

Std 8thDuring the course of the academic year Muktangan students are exposed to a different vocation field every month; IT, Finance, Media etc. The course is structured to introduce the field, the job prospects and levels, qualifications and personality types required for them. Students are also taken on field visits to explore the work environments associated with the vocational field of the month. e.g. Muktangan students visited Star TV on the 4th of November 2017.

Std 9thAs a subsequent step to the vocation introduction programme students interested in a particular vocational field are connected with mentors who work in the field of interest to work with the students, understand their interests and finally map out individualized career paths.

 

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Supplementing the academic aspects of learning, Muktangan places strong emphasis on the socio-cultural and creative aspect of its students’ development. The department through its four sub-components i.e. Music, Art, Physical Education and Performing arts ensures that all students at Muktangan are able to explore their creative interests and develop their natural talents. The department is currently piloting a structured level-wise  (Basic to Advance) curriculum in Art, Music and Physical education ensuring continuous, sustainable creative skill development even post schooling.

The department’s faculty and teachers are currently undergoing additional specialized training in Art Based Therapy, Elementary and Intermediate Examinations. Some of the major activities conducted by the department include…

  • Organizing annual sports programmes across Muktangan schools
  • Establishing and Training a students Choir at all seven Muktangan schools
  • Conducting the Annual Muktangan on-stage Dance and Drama Event ‘Expressions’.
  • Providing exposure for students to participate in external creative events including the CREATE Artistic Excellence Trophy, Class Act and Kala Shala hosted by the NCPA.

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Created by Muktangan’s socioemotional department in coordination with the programme management team for secondary school to smoothen the transition for std 10 students from school to graduate school and eventually the world of work.

A programme designed to be inline with and a culmination of life-skills activities imparted to students throughout their academic journey at Muktangan, comprising of a 100+ hours sessions provided through a mixed medium of instruction inclusive of  classroom activities, group discussions, research projects and professional presentations. The programme focuses on five strands including…

  • Communication (professional and interpersonal)
  • Self-awareness (resilience and self-management)
  • Community project (understanding community issues and formulation of practical solutions)
  • Literature Circle (effective comprehension and summarization)
  • Career awareness (career focus and goals)

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Assessments for Learning

As Muktangan follows a state prescribed syllabus, students at Muktangan schools undergo annual summative grade level assessments such as, unit tests, mid and end of term written examinations. However in keeping with Muktangan’s constructivist curriculum, teachers supplement these summative assessments with continuous classroom dialogue, projects and Q&A to gauge students’ conceptual understanding of the subject matter and application of learning. Teachers then use this information to adapt their teaching methods to fortify student knowledge and improve learning outcomes.

Student Tracking

Muktangan is currently using subject determined competencies to track individual student progress across grades. This tracker effectively quantifies student understanding on each competency allowing teachers to effectively focus on specific learning gaps. The team has completed the tracker for English and Math and is currently working on adapting the tracking system to other subjects. This process is cumbersome due to the diverse competency levels present at each grade especially with regards to subjects like language and the social sciences.

 

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Since its inception Muktangan’s parent body has been a key stakeholder in the development of the programme and its successful implementation. At the initial phase its was the parents of the enrolled students that advocated the programme to the local MCGM and laid the foundation for a successful, 15 year long public private partnership.

Programmatic Support

Today the parents of students enrolled at Muktangan continue to provide programmatic support by

  • Assisting teachers as chaperones during field trips
  • Providing the pantry with additional man power required to efficiently implement the nutrition programme
  • Providing logistical support during school annual events.

PTM

Muktangan schools have a robust PTM programme for students’ parents. Parent meetings are conducted for every class, trice a year. During these meetings parents are engaged by giving them an

  • Orientation to the Muktangan programme
  • Orientation to the academic curriculum and activity schedule
  • Orientation to student learning activities
  • Collaborative review of student work e.g. worksheets, projects etc
  • Collaborative review of student assessments

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