About Us
Programmes
Mindsprings for Schools
  The Enrichment Programme
  Samples of Original Gifted Work
  The Long-Distance English Programme
Mindsprings at Worli Centre
  Programmes at the Worli Centre
  Gifted Programmes
  Remediation for Struggling Learners
  Schedule for Programmes at the Worli Centre
Consulting
Publishing
Books
Empowering English
  Empowering English Textbook Series
  Empowering English is the right choice
  IGCSE Checkpoint matching
  Samples from Teachers Manuals
  How to Order 'Empowering English'
Writing with Ease
  Unique Refrence Book
  Samples Pages from Writing with Ease
  How to order Writing With Ease
Special Needs
Gifted / Learning Disabled
  Identifying and Educating the Gifted
  Identifying and Educating the Learning Disabled
Mindsprings - Company Profile

MINDSPRINGS was started in the year 2002 by Usha Pandit to contribute positively to Indian Education and meet the needs of bright and exceptional intelligent children, after returning from a decade of teaching abroad in three countries. Gifted education was unheard of and bright and exceptionally intelligent children were not considered to have any special needs. In Bangalore, talks on awareness to parents and teachers, and a few sessions of enrichment programmes for gifted thinkers kicked off the company's journey in gifted education. In 2004, Mindsprings began enrichment programmes for students has since been running successful after-school programmes for grades 2 to 8. The Mindsprings Centre at Worli will enable exceptionally bright children from all schools to access these programmes.

Mindsprings began its first consultancy project at Oasis International School, Bangalore in 2002. Concept mapping, curriculum design, teacher training and workshops were done. This was followed by a short consulting stint with SGKM School, Ghatkopar Mumbai in 2006.

Mindsprings publishes the highly successful English textbook series "Empowering English" produced in 2007. This books have been used by children in schools in Mumbai, Bangalore and Lucknow. They are being used by schools from the ICSE, IB, CBSE and SSC Boards. In 2010, "Writing with Ease" was added to the Mindsprings Publishing stable. The books are aimed at demystifying learning and creating empowerment for children. Books in grammar, spelling, poetry and reading are on the anvil.

The first Mindsprings Centre at Worli opened in July 2010, where Vidushi Chaudhry, specializing in education for the learning disabled, partners Usha Pandit. Besides enrichment for the gifted, programmes for struggling learners, creative writing, teacher training and parent workshops have been planned. Usha and Vidushi bring their joint expertise to reach across the two ends of the special needs spectrum and fill in all the creative spaces in between.

Mindsprings is undertaking Adult Teacher training programmes, outsourcing of mainstream school programmes like Grammar and Reading and customized solutions to academic problems in schools.

In the future, Mindsprings envisions pan-India educational partnerships to make available programmes, consultancy, workshops, and networking that will contribute to enriching education and empowering for children, teachers and schools.

 
The People
Profile of Usha Pandit

Usha Pandit is an educational consultant, specializing in curriculum development, gifted education and the academic and administrative management of educational organizations. She has had over twenty years of teaching experience in four countries. She brings to consulting a deep understanding of the educational needs of students from a range of cultures and age groups.

Usha’s experience ranges from senior high and college education in India and Hong Kong (under the British curriculum), to gifted education and accelerated primary learning in Auckland and Jakarta (under the Australian curriculum). Her academic background is in English and Education. She has Master degrees in both from India, UK and New Zealand.

Usha moved into the area of development and implementation of school-wide programmes and curricula. She set up the highly successful gifted education programme at the Australian International School in Jakarta, covering startup and marketing as well as developing the identification criteria and curriculum framework for the programme going forward.

In the last six years, Usha has been Academic Consultant to the Cathedral & John Connon School for all subjects from Grade 1 to Grade 7.

She is the author of the textbook series “Empowering English” from grade 3 to 8 and a one-of-its-kind writing resource book titled “Writing with Ease”. These publications that have been acclaimed by educators and teachers as unique and effective.

Usha is one of the few people in India creating awareness of giftedness as a special need for highly intelligent children with parent and teacher workshops and press reports. She trained on the job in gifted education at the prestigious George Parkyn Centre in New Zealand and has been a practitioner of gifted education for the last 13 years.

Usha manages and coordinates a highly popular and successful after-school enrichment programme from grade 2 to 8, which involves thinking skills and out-of-the-box creativity for children. These programmes are also offered at the Mindsprings Centre at Worli.


Usha’s vision is to see education in India transformed from rote-learning, examination-focused institutions, into dynamic, skills and outcome-based places of learning. Usha uses her strengths in the areas of curriculum development, teacher training and parent education to bring this philosophy alive in the schools she works with.
 
Profile of Vidushi Chaudhry
Vidushi Chaudhry is a special educator and public speaker, specializing in working with children struggling with reading, writing, language and learning difficulties. She has been working with struggling learners for the last six years, in both Mumbai and Delhi.

Vidushi worked for a year at the NGO Learning Matters in Delhi, where she worked one-on-one with children with learning disabilities. She trained using a diagnostic-prescriptive approach, became a Schools Attuned practioner and did intensive remedial as well as curriculum- based intervention programmes.

Vidushi then moved to Mumbai and took up the challenge of working with struggling students in the environs of an academically rigourous ICSE school. She worked in Primary School, with grades two to four, providing both parallel and remedial help to students struggling to gain English proficiency. These included children with learning difficulties, behavioural and emotional issues. She built her reputation as an innovative and thinking educator here, due to the high rate of mainstreaming amongst her students.

Vidushi was given additional responsibilities every year and collaborated with Usha and the Hindi department to create CDs to support children’s learning of Hindi. She was responsible for the creation and compilation of CDs for grade 2 to grade 7, where children are exposed to conversations, songs, poetry and advertisements to learn functional Hindi. She also helped in creating and setting up an English differential reading programme in the Primary section.

Vidushi was then asked to become the Workshop coordinator for the school, a new venture to conduct teacher training for the professional development of the teaching community. Vidushi organized ten workshops in a year in areas as varied as articulation, technology, lesson planning, handwriting, spelling and special needs. She was a speaker herself at three successful teacher training workshops on reading strategies, managing special needs and thinking skills.

She has also been a guest speaker at the Orkids Institute for Higher Learning where she taught postgraduate students studying learning disabilities.

Vidushi envisages a world where individual learning differences are celebrated and all schools have resource rooms to meet the needs of struggling learners. She is committed to spreading awareness about learning differences amongst educators, parents and policy makers and becoming an advocate and a spokesperson for learning disabilities.
 
Profile of Sushama Jain
Sushama Jain is an artist. Trained under renowned artist Rameshwar Broota at Triveni Kala Sangam, Delhi, Sushama has done her Masters degree in Drawing from the Wimbledon School of Art, London. Sushama has had one-man shows at the Birla Academy of Art and Culture, Kolkata and at Prithvi Theatre, Mumbai. She has also participated in several group shows in Delhi and London. Her works are in the collection of the National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi and in several private collections in India and abroad.

Sushama has illustrated the ‘Empowering English’ series by Usha Pandit as well as ‘Writing with Ease’, also by Usha Pandit. She has also authored ( in collaboration with Usha Pandit) and illustrated ‘Hamari Hindi’ Hindi text books for grades 3 and 4. Besides this, Sushama has designed and executed sets for the Mehli Mehta Music Foundation’s musicals performed at the NCPA, Mumbai as well as for the Musikschule Beckum-Warendorf in Germany.

A Psychology graduate and topper from Delhi university, Sushama is also keenly interested in Education. She has been teaching with Usha Pandit’s enrichment program for bright children since 2005. Sushama greatly enjoys offering the students an opportunity to open their minds, to explore their potential, to awaken to the wonders of the world of visual art, and to develop their expressive abilities.