In May 2019, Teach For Armenia alumnus Manuk Khachatriyan and Teach For India alumnus Parijat Prakash participated in Teach For All and the Oak Foundation’s Reaching All Learners fellowship. As part of the fellowship, they visited New Zealand, where they learned about the experience of engaging students with learning differences alongside representatives from across the Teach For All network.
During their time in New Zealand, Manuk and Parijat saw first-hand the way in which challenges are similar across borders and the value of sharing and learning from people facing similar issues in other countries. Inspired by this experience, they decided to expand on the idea of cross-border learning and applied to Teach For All’s Communities and Connections fund. Together with Kriti Bansal, a program manager at Teach For India, and Shushanna Manjikyan, a Teach For Armenia alumna, they developed an initiative to build strong and sustainable connections between Armenia and India by sharing resources and creating opportunities for fellows, staff, and alumni from Teach For India and Teach For Armenia to share learnings and best practices that could be implemented in their classrooms.
Visiting Each Other’s Classrooms and Communities
In October, Parijat and Kriti traveled to Armenia and conducted interactive sessions on metacognition and best classroom teaching practices for 120 Teach For Armenia fellows and several staff members. They also visited a Teach For Armenia fellow's classroom to observe how Universal Design For Learning (UDL) is being implemented to reach different learners.