Doraha High School students exploring architectural principles during a field trip.
In 2008 and 2010, Roberta conducted a series of seminars at teacher training colleges: Doraha College for Women, BCM College of Education, and Badal College for Girls and Women throughout Ludhiana, Punjab in India. The focus was on incorporating progressive methods, such as Context Based Learning into the existing Indian curriculum, using field trips as a source of knowledge.
From 2004-2010, Roberta and three Indian colleagues worked with Pratham, a large Indian NGO serving out of school children, and child laborers, conducting an arts and literacy project, Hopes and Wishes, working with children in the poorest neighborhoods in New Delhi. Children created their own ideas on their hopes and wishes for their lives. Paintings were exchanged with students from Bank Street’s Liberty Program creating a cross cultural experience based on art making and art viewing while incorporating literacy learning.
The children draw pictures and tell stories about their hopes and wishes.
Tamil Nadu teachers reading their newly published Teaching Stories.
In 2008 Bernadette Anand received a Fulbright Nehru Scholar Award to teach at Alagappa University in rural Tamil Nadu. While there she co edited with her colleague, Dr. Sujathamalini, a volume of Teaching Stories in both Tamil and English. Two years later during her sabbatical she studied Hindi at the Landour Language School in Mussoorie.
Currently she is working on developing collaborative teacher training opportunities both at Ambedkar University and for Vega Foundation and Learning Matters in Delhi. In 2014 though a second Fulbright Nehru Grant she will spend six months teaching at Calorx Teachers University in Ahmedabad, Gujarat. Bernadette has given workshops and seminars in many Indian cities, as well as Katmandu, Nepal.