The GC-DWC receives $600,000 award to create WCD training center in India

The Global Center for the Development of the Whole Child (GC-DWC) at the University of Notre Dame has received a $600,000 award from Porticus, a global philanthropic organization, to create a whole child development (WCD) training center in India. 

The GC-DWC will serve as the anchor organization for a multi-year project with the Telangana Social/Tribal Welfare Residential Education Institutions Societies — called the Society. The Society, a government office that uses residential education to improve educational outcomes for students of historically marginalized caste backgrounds, will work with the GC-DWC to implement training that integrates whole child development and social emotional learning skills in their classrooms and creates safe and inclusive residential school environments. 

“This award comes at a crucial time to leverage the momentum the Society and the GC-DWC have built through their whole child development framework.” said Neil Boothby, the founding director of the GC-DWC. “This is an opportunity to equip Society trainers with whole child development knowledge and training skills so, ultimately, we can expand to service the broader teaching population and impact more classrooms across Telangana.”

The GC-DWC has worked with the Society over the last two years to build and operate a whole child development model for education in Telangana. Society leadership has implemented a contextualized WCD approach and asked the GC-DWC to support the expansion of teacher and school leadership training over the next four years. The GC-DWC will develop a teaching and research center to increase teachers’ capacity and evaluate the program’s effectiveness.

Over the course of the training sessions, teachers will receive virtual support, school visits and mentoring and will participate in peer-learning groups facilitated by the GC-DWC. This new sequential training and coaching model is designed to build out the Society’s capacity for teacher training and improve the way it equips and trains teachers. The program will gradually be integrated into a two-year bachelor of education program taught at Osmania University in Telangana.