The Ekya Learning Center is a team of dynamic, forward thinking individuals that chart Ekya’s future steps. They bring research, pedagogic approaches and curricular advancements from around the world into Ekya classrooms.
In this changing world, we can no longer expect students to learn how we did 10 years ago. Curriculum, instruction, assessment and culture must be relevant and context-driven. Ekya believes in structuring learning experiences that challenge the students and harbor a quest for mastery. Through intentional planning, the Ekya Learning Center pilots, tests and implements curricular changes and interventions.
Ahlada Janani Sudersan
Ms. Ahlada designs the Computers curriculum for Ekya, and also teaches Computer Science to senior school at our ITPL campus, and has been a part of Ekya since its inception in 2012. She is passionate about preparing students for the demands of the future, and believes that we need to gear our education to create innovators and thinkers who can tackle the challenges of an increasingly tech-dependent world. She researches existing digital platforms and curricula that are being used across the world, and on methods of technological integration into education that will maintain a balance between traditional schooling and modern tools.
Prior to her work with Ekya, Ms. Ahlada worked in the field of electric power, to perform predictive analysis using artificial intelligence. She also designed and simulated AI models for pattern recognition, and worked briefly as a data analyst. She carries a B.E in Electronics and Instrumentation from Madras University, an M.S. in Electrical Engineering from Tennessee Technological University, a certification in SAS training, and a B.Ed. Ms. Ahlada is an avid reader and also enjoys dabbling with watercolours and acrylics when she finds the time.
At Ekya, Ms. Jeeva builds the Geography curriculum for the Social Science Program and also looks into the development of the educator toolkit that aims to standardise the lexicon used by our teachers. Prior to Ekya, she worked with PCI Media Impact, a behaviour change communication firm, based in New York. She has also worked with UNDP projects in the Caribbean and with the IUCN Commission on Education and Communication as a Programme Officer.
Ms. Jeeva believes that educators are change agents who are uniquely positioned to inspire the next generation to become inclusive human beings, deep thinkers, and responsible citizens. She holds a Master’s in Sustainability Science and Education from the City University of New York. At CUNY, her research interests were in environmental policy and climate change interventions. She has also completed her Master’s in Environmental Economics from Madras School of Economics and Bachelor’s in Management Studies from Wilson College, Mumbai University.
Tenacious and positive at work and beyond. Ms. Jeeva’s passion lies in protecting natural spaces and species. In the past, she has volunteered with turtle mapping groups in protected areas. She enjoys exploring cuisines and local cultures through travel, movies, art, and craft. She is an amateur painter whose latest project is restoring lustre to a 40-year- old trunk she found in the attic.
Ms. Manisha Pandita is involved with developing forward-looking and interactive science curriculum at Ekya Learning Center. Previously, she was involved with the research work on Cognitive Impairment and Epidemiology at Tufts University, Boston, US. Her research papers have been published and presented in various scientific journals and conferences.
Ms. Manisha is committed to helping raise a generation of science-fluent children who will be bold thinkers and standout innovators. Her goal is to create the seeds of learning that will make our students feel inspired and be able to see the relevance of science to the real world. She is passionate in bringing lectures vividly to life and always re-examining the ways children can learn best by incorporating latest methodologies from cognitive development in her work here at the Ekya Learning Centre.
Ms. Manisha has studied Cognitive Psychology at Drexel University, US, and Management in Community Organization from Tufts University, Boston, US. An avid foodie, Ms. Manisha enjoys travelling, reading and listening to jazz.
From the Ekya Blog: Understanding the Science Program at Ekya Schools with Ms. Manisha Pandita
Mr. Paranjyothi builds the Kannada curriculum for Ekya. With over 11 years of teaching experience at CMR High School, he has trained students from across the country and the world, helping them master the language of Karnataka. Passionate about making learning an enjoyable process, Mr. Paranjyothi is developing methods through which Kannada can be effectively taught to non-native speakers. As a teacher, he firmly believes in interactive lessons, employing activities to make his lectures interesting and fun.
Carrying a B.A in Kannada, History and Education from Gulbarga University, Mr. Paranjyothi holds a Bachelor’s in Education from MLMN College of Education, Chikkamagaluru and a Master’s in Kannada from Karnataka University. Empathetic at heart, Mr. Paranjyothi is an ardent follower of folk music and dance, and an active participant in theatre – directing skits, role plays and short dramas.
Serving as the Manager of Ekya Learning Center, Ms. Shobha Sivaramakrishnan is the earliest member of the Ekya Learning Center and is known for her positive and ‘can-do’ attitude. Ms. Sivaramakrishnan believes that the process of learning and not the product is the sign of a good education system. She also believes in the development of essential life skills in children by fostering a creative learning environment and in inculcating reflective practices in students will help them become critical thinkers who can face challenging real-world situations.
Her role at Ekya includes developing programs of work, implementing comprehensive evaluation modules across campuses and contributing to curricular changes throughout the year. As part of the teacher orientation program, she conducts workshops on visual thinking and the documentation of learning material through portfolio management. She is self-taught Google Apps advocate and helps the Ekya community use online tools for technology-rich learning. Ms. Sivaramakrishnan holds a Bachelor’s degree in Home Science, a Bachelor’s degree in Education, and a Diploma in interior design. She has also attended the Teaching for Understanding course conducted by the Wide World Foundation developed by the Harvard Graduate School of Education. She is a gifted artist and a doting mother of two.
From the Ekya Blog: Exploring Design Thinking at Ekya Schools with Ms. Shobha Sivaramakrishnan