Culture is the magic ingredient that makes Vega team members and Learners want to come to school, be their best selves and be able to perform at their best. We work hard to build an inspiring ecosystem to ensure highly-motivated individuals at school and take pride in our work culture which finally permeates to the learners.
The Vega culture promotes continuous learning for all, and values input and contributions from the entire learning community, including ancillary staff. A collaborative and distributive leadership model means that responsibility is distributed between and among staff members in a non-hierarchical manner. To promote this philosophy and practice, offices for the Vega team do not exist. Rather, team members are encouraged to utilize whatever space best fits their needs at any particular time.
Team meetings are organized using a Problem Based Learning and inquiry approach, in order to model and reinforce PBL behaviors, strategies, and techniques that can be used with Learners. Learning Leaders discover new ways to think about teaching and learning because there is a freedom to express, challenge and debate. A supportive culture means that faculty, staff, and learners are encouraged to innovate and try new things, free from fear of failure.
Vega’s exclusive pedagogical approach of Problem-based Learning requires Learing Leaders to consciously step back and let go of the control mode to enable the Learners. Learners take the lead, while also being able to reach an outcome. This requires an aptitude for creativity, an attitude for collaboration, and an ability to recognize a learning opportunity.
Learning is constant even for the Learning Leaders, therefore it’s highly imperative to build the right mindset before the skill set through individualized training. At Vega, training inputs are delivered through sessions that are conducted regularly by world-renowned PBL expert, Dr. Steven Edwards, who has over forty years of experience in training educators around the world, on successful implementation and execution of PBL approach in a classroom.
Additionally, Vega Schools are frequently visited by education experts from partner schools around the world. These experts provide helpful insights and conduct training for our Learning Leaders. Some visitors in the recent past have been Andy Raymer, David Price, Lene Jensby Lange, Pawan Gupta, Rebecca Edwards and Michael Chapman. The learning through these expert interactions is then modeled into on the job training sessions that are designed in a way that deeper learning happens while they are transacting in their respective learning spaces.
Reflection is crucial to this pedagogy as it forms the important link between processing the new information that they gather through such training sessions and integrate it with their existing understanding. Therefore, on a weekly basis, the Learning Leaders meet to have GLMs (grade level meetings) wherein they reflect upon their new learning collaboratively and discuss their challenges and solutions.
We aim not only to teach learners healthy eating habits but to connect it to ‘real-life’ and give them a better understanding of what food is, what it does to our body and where it comes from.