The XSEED School Learning Program replaces “rote” and “teacher talk” led classroom instruction with a five-step child-centered learning process in every class of the school. Visible benefits of the program are curiosity, confidence, the ability to reflect, and higher-order thinking skills in children. Teaching quality is more consistent with better use of hands-on activities, questioning and collaborative methods. XSEED provides schools with an integrated four-part solution consisting of well-researched step-by-step lesson plans to teach each concept effectively, year-round classroom-based teacher training, application-oriented student learning materials and skill-based assessment.
XSEED impacts over 1,200 schools, nearly half a million students, and 40,000 teachers - with visible improvement in learning outcomes and teaching methods. Read MIT Legatum XSEED Case or watch Earth Rotation Class to see how XSEED is transforming classrooms.
XSEED pursues a unique educational approach, blending curriculum, assessment and professional development into one seamless intervention. It works with the existing resources in the school, utilizing existing teachers, syllabus, timetable and classroom infrastructure, allowing it to scale to a large number of mainstream schools. XSEED relies on a self-sustaining business model paid for by middle-class parents and schools.
The purpose of creating XSEED was to solve the core quality challenge facing school education in India. Close to 300 million children go to school in India. Assessment reports have shown that children across the schooling spectrum fail to master basic concepts, and are unable to solve real-life problems or gain communication skills. Often, the six million practicing teachers are labelled as "under-motivated," "unskilled," and "closed-minded." Despite massive investments in school reform, effective and scale-worthy solutions are hard to come by.
India (and the developing world’s ability to sustain social and economic development) is predicated on a high-quality elementary schooling system that delivers strong fundamentals. Given the paucity of teaching talent in these countries, it becomes important to create an effective and scalable model for good teaching and learning.
At the core of the innovation is a powerful learning process. XSEED systematically takes every concept taught to children in K-8 grades, such as “properties of air”, and breaks it down into five simple steps — making the AIM clear to children (understanding that air occupies space), conducting a hands-on ACTIVITY to experience it (immersing a brick in water), questioning to ANALYSE the concept (where do the bubbles come from?), applying this knowledge to a real-life challenge (what would happen if we burnt a candle inside a glass?), and finally attempting to ASSESS what children learn. A demonstration of this teaching method in action can be found at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YREcPFvztdQ
In terms of impact, XSEED has demonstrated visible benefits for every stakeholder in the school eco-system. Students demonstrate superior understanding of core academic concepts, are able to apply their knowledge to real-life problems and can communicate better in English. Parents are able to see a visible improvement in their child’s academic performance, personal confidence and preparedness for higher studies. Teachers have improved their teaching methods by introducing more hands-on activities, getting children to speak more and encouraging greater participation from all children. Teachers are also able plan their lessons better and manage classrooms more effectively.
With regard to future developments, XSEED wishes to take the innovation to countries outside India, especially to transition economy countries. The project is investing significantly in R&D to improve the efficacy of the curriculum and improve the assessment of performance.