My more than 30 year journey in education has taken me many places. From my days as a student teacher in a small progressive private school in Boston’s Back Bay, to independent school settings in urban New York City, to the 18 years I spent in Ascend’s partner school, UCDS in Seattle, Washington, my values as an educator have remained. I am excited to carry them with me to Ascend International School.
At Ascend we believe that learning is a process and that we equip students best when we demystify that process with them, helping them to understand their own unique strengths and abilities. Our inquiry-based classrooms allow students to hone their skills as creative and innovative problem solvers.
Learning is presented within projects and teachers design a multi-disciplinary approach to help students effectively acquire skills. Student’s ideas are valued as individuals, as collaborators and as community contributors.
We understand that communication, collaboration and creativity work in tandem with academic progress and actively facilitate these skills in our classrooms.
In my years as a classroom teacher and as a school leader, I have personally seen the principles used at Ascend put into practice each and every day. These values are purposeful, tested and proven to develop in students the habits of perseverance and self-direction as well as an ability to innovate and to solve problems.
Abundant research shows that this model of education is highly effective in building the skills most needed in the new global economy.
I am thrilled to bring my extensive experience in education to Ascend International School. I look forward to welcoming you to visit us for a first hand view of our extraordinary model of education.
It is my great joy and privilege to welcome you to Ascend International School.
Throughout my life, my family and I have been devoted to creating educational opportunities for children in India. Nearly 70 years ago, my grandfather began the Kasegaon Education Society (KES) with one school in a small village 300 kilometres from Mumbai. Today, KES has grown to encompass 39 educational institutions across the state of Maharashtra. My family has continued to expand on their interest in educational philosophy and their commitment to the field of education. Ascend International School is the result of this longstanding commitment to excellence in education.
As a student growing up in our Indian school system that offered a traditional model of education, (rote memorization, teacher lectures from the front of the class and overt pressure to perform) I am acutely aware of the need for the expansion of our educational philosophy and learning opportunities for children in India.
India is a multi-faceted society that requires creative leadership and innovative direction, and education must address these needs and adapt to the changing need of the world around us.
Since that time, I have traveled worldwide, looking for innovative educational models in which the curricula and teaching philosophy works for a wide variety of student learning styles. I am compelled by a model like Ascend International School that inspires students to develop a love of learning.
Meaningful learning is the dream that has led me to work tirelessly to bring the vision of Ascend International School to life.
It is the same commitment we bring to creating an education that offers your children the opportunity to foster their passions, recognize and develop their intellectual and social gifts and successfully engage the global community around them. I invite you to come and experience the innovation and energy of an AIS education.
Growing up, as my father (Late Rajarambapu Patil) founded KES, I learned that education is the most powerful gift we can bestow upon the individuals of our society. Over the years as KES grew, I frequently visited schools and became interested in what it means to provide “quality” education. As Chairman of Governing Council of Rajarambapu Institute of Technology, my understanding of the importance of creating not only skilled workers, but ones that are equipped with the ability to think critically, grew.
As an entrepreneur that successfully built The Garden Court Group, which encompasses a chain of successful restaurants, a sugar trading business and edible oil production, I have also thought about the ways in which an educational system can help foster the thinking skills necessary to enter successfully into the world of business.
Conventional models of education often impose skills absent of understanding and students can begin to distance themselves from the enjoyment of learning and limit their own educational pursuits. This traditional approach often communicates that children are “wrong” for making mistakes, which is a natural part of the learning process.
At Ascend children learn academics, but also learn the value in making mistakes and asking questions—the truest path to learning.
The Ascend model, developed in partnership with acclaimed University Child Development School in the United States, unveils the joy of learning in a meaningful context. If children love to learn and understand the reason why knowledge is important—half of the work is done—they are motivated to master skills and investigate subject matter deeply.
I am proud to be the Chair of Ascend’ Governing Council.
Our long term vision is to create a model of education for India so that all children and teachers can have access to this type of education.
All children should be able to experience the joy of learning, the value in hard work and the celebration in the success that results.