Conclave for Educationists


In line with its commitment to help learners make measurable progress through learning, Pearson India today hosted a conclave for eminent educationists and heads of institutes in Kolkata. The event witnessed participation from Principals, HODs and key decision makers for schools who discussed the changing paradigms in school education and how they are adapting to the changes. Some of the aspects discussed included changes in curriculum, assessment through exams and emergent trends in classroom teaching. Renowned quizmaster and author, Mr. Derek O’Brien graced the occasion as the Chief Guest and was joined by Ramananda S, Vice President – K12 Sales from Pearson India.


A panel discussion on the “Latest Trends in Indian School Education” was conducted with panellists including, Ranjan Mitter – Principal- Future Foundation School, IIM-C faculty, Rupa Sanyal – Principal-South Point school, Rita Banerjee – Teacher and resource person from Carmel High School, Irene Saha – Principal Features Writer cum Copy Editor for a leading English daily. The moderator of the panel discussion was Dr. Paromita Mitra Bhowmik- leading clinical psychologist and learning development coach, Pearson editor and content reviewer.


Addressing the audience, Chief Guest Derek O’Brien, said, “The ‘Know and Grow with Derek’ series for schools was launched in partnership with Pearson Education in 2008. The series has done extremely well, purely on merit and strong content. No marketing and zero promotion by the author. Starting this year, over the next few months, I will be visiting a dozen cities to meet and interact with educationists. Will share with them a few exciting ideas and practical techniques that I have gleaned from my interactions with schools in 8 countries in the last 25 years ”


On the sidelines of the event, Chief Guest Derek O’Brien showcased his book series ‘Know and Grow with Derek’. The series, targeted at students in Classes 1 to 8, is aimed at addressing and enhancing four vital traits of student life: personality development, life skills, general awareness and creativity and thinking skills. The book is a scientifically designed interactive program, which uses innovative mathematical tools to successfully help students in developing their personality and creativity.


Speaking at the occasion, Ramananda S, Vice President – K12 Sales, Pearson India, said, “As a future-facing company, Pearson is always on the lookout for emerging trends in education and developing solutions that can facilitate progress through learning. The 21st century school student requires a different set of skills than those in the past and the learning needs are evolving every day. The ‘Know and Grow with Derek’ series, like other Pearson products, aims to bridge this gap and facilitate outcome-based learning.”