8 years ago

XSEED School of Tomorrow Conference 2014, Coimbatore

While thousands of new schools open up each year with great fanfare and aspiration, the challenge of reaching scale while maintaining quality remains largely unsolved. In response to this challenge, the theme for this year’s XSEED School of Tomorrow Conference in Coimbatore was “Becoming Better & Bigger – Opportunities for Aspiring Schools in India”.

The conference focused on some pragmatic solutions and provocative ideas on how to re-invent schools for the future. The conference brought together leading experts from international universities, national foundations and leading schools.

Through keynote addresses, research presentations and panel discussions the conference addressed practical issues relevant to schools like

  • What kind of skills and abilities should schools prepare their students to make them competitive in the future?
  • What role can school leadership play in building institutional capability, academic quality and reputation?
  • How can mainstream schools balance the demands of parents, regulators and market while delivering quality learning?
  • What does quality look like inside and outside the classroom and how to sustain it over time?


Speaker SOT
Dr. Patrick Griffin is the Director of the Assessment Research Centre at the Melbourne Graduate School of Education. He has done extensive work on development and assessment of skills and also leads the Assessment and Teaching of 21st Century Skills Project. He holds a MEd from the University of Melbourne and a PhD from Florida State University. He has received many awards including Fellowship by the Australian Council for Educational Leaders.
Speaker SOT
Ashish Rajpal is the Founder and CEO of XSEED Education. Over the last decade, Ashish has played a pioneering role in on-ground innovation in Indian school reform, in conceiving the idea of XSEED, and also orchestrating its scale-up across 1200 schools. Ashish has been acknowledged by Education World magazine as one of the top 50 leaders in Indian education and has been invited to speak at MIT’s Legatum . 
Speaker SOT
Shankar Vanavarayar is the Executive Director in Sakthi Auto Motors, part of the USD 1.0 Billion Sakthi Group, and Joint Correspondent of Kumaraguru College of Technology. He holds an MBA from the Cardiff University in the UK and a Post Graduate Diploma in International Education Management from the University of Leeds UK. He is the Past National Chairman of Young Indians and is also the recipient of prestigious CII President Award. 

About XSEED School of Tomorrow Conference

The XSEED School of Tomorrow (SOT) Conference brings together a panel of thinking and creative leaders from all walks of life to share provocative ideas and practicable solutions that can seriously impact school quality.