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 thirty 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 K – 12 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 programs and curricula. She set up the highly successful gifted education program at the Australian International School in Jakarta, covering start-up and marketing as well as developing the identification criteria and curriculum framework for the program going forward.
She has authored the 18 English textbook series ‘Empowering English’, a writing resource book ‘Writing with Ease’, a grammar reference book for juniors ‘Grammar with Ease’ and a revolutionary series in language learning ‘Language with Ease’. These publications have been acclaimed by educators and teachers as unique and effective. They have been taught in over a hundred best schools in the country.
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 program from grade 2 to 8, which involves thinking skills and out-of-the-box creativity for children.
Staffed by dedicated teachers, the company has run programs for disadvantaged boys for 5 years and also partnered with the Tata Memorial Hospital to academically enrich the lives of children with cancer. It is in its third year at present.
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.