FACULTY PROFILE Name: Dr. Romila Soni Designation: Assistant Professor Academic Qualifications: M.A (Sociology), Ph.D. (Education) Area of Specialization: Early Childhood Education (ECE) E Mail: [email protected] Professional Experience : (i) Prior to joining NCERT • Worked as a Teacher in St. Teresa's School, New Delhi. • Worked as a Teacher in Manavsthali Public School, New Delhi. • Worked as Teacher (Internship) in British School, New Delhi. (ii) After joining NCERT • Teaching experience at IIT Nursery School, IIT Campus. (Laboratory School of NCERT) • Presently working as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Elementary Education. Contributions in the Area of Early Childhood Education (ECE): A. Training and Extension Organised and conducted Orientation Programme for key functionaries of different States in ECE. Conducted sessions on Early Childhood Education for Teachers and Teacher Educations Shaurya Army Preschools Conducted the following workshops on Early Childhood Education for Govt. And Private School:- Brain Research and importance of Early Years. Infant stimulation School Readiness Cognitive Development Language and Early Literacy Development Understanding the child Programme Planning in ECE Parents' Awareness and Parent Orientation Programme Whole Language Approach Motor Development Preparation of Teaching learning material for young children Assessment in ECE Teaching of phonics Number Readiness Activities for Teaching different subjects at early primary level Resource faculty for Diploma in ECCE- A flagship programme of the department. B. Development Teaching modules for distance education "Toy-making Course" for National Institute of Open Schooling. Written Modules on ECCE for Jamia Milliia Islamia University (Distance Education), Delhi. Comprehensive ECE Kit ( Exemplar material) Written modules for „Diploma in ECE‟ for NIOS, Noida. Co-ordinator for the in-service training programme in ECCE for Primary teachers of Tibetan Schools and also conducted Sessions on ECCE for the same (April, 2015). Developed tools of „Early Reading Programme‟ for the NGO, RASTA, New Delhi. C. Publications (i) Books (NCERT Publications) Author of the following books:All these are priced publications for Early Childhood Education and are available only at the sales counter ,Publication Division, at NCERT. 1. „Every Child Matters- Quality Early Childhood Education ( A handbook for Practitioners) (2014) 2. "Little Steps" – readiness for reading, writing and number work (2012). 3. “Readiness Activities for the Beginners (Volume I and II) (2011). 4. "Poorv Prathmik Shiksha- Ek Parichay” (2003) 5. „Trainers Handbook in Early Childhood Care and Education’ (2009). 6. Theme Based Programme for Early Childhood Care and Education (Under Printing).(2015) 7. Young Children in Motion (A book of gross motor activities and music and movement) (In Process).2015 8. Smooth and Successful Training for Transitions (Pre-Primary and School Readiness Indications) (In Process).2015 9. Early Childhood Education –An Introduction (2008). 10. "Fun with Art and Craft". un-priced Publications of Self :1. "Aap Ki Anganwadi Aap Ke Sawal" (a Manual for ICDS workers) 2. Paper published on Pre-school education in the edited book titled education growth and development. Common Wealth Publishers 3. School readiness. (ii) Articles 1. "Health can be fun", The primary teacher Journal Vol. 18 April-July, (1993). 2. "Helping children form friendship", The primary teacher Journal. Oct., (1996), Vol-21. 3. "Let's play a game", The primary teacher Journal, Jan-(1997), Vol-22. 4. "A Happy ECE Environment", The ECE Newsletter, Vol-2, Nov.1, Jan. & March (1995). 5. "Abhibhavak Ki Nagar Se", Primary Shikshak . 6. “Getting Children ready to Play, Explore, Learn and Sing”, published in the „Navtika‟ Journal brought out by the Salwan Education Trust, Delhi. 7. “Promoting Literacy in activity areas” published in the „Navtika‟ Journal brought out by the Salwan Education Trust, Delhi. 8. “Ek Samay ki Baat Hai” published in the journal „Prathmik shikshak’ brought out by the NCERT (2010). 9. “Developmentally Appropriate Assessment” Published in NATIKA, ECE Journal- ISSN 2348-8824. 10. “Teaching and Learning with collections – (2015) Primary Teacher Journal – ISSN 0970-9282 (2014). 11. Field visit ke dauran pathan kaushal ke kuch anubhav- Prathmik Shikshak (2013). 12. Are children ready for formal learning of 3 R‟s – Primary Teacher (2009). 13. Stimulating children‟s Reading growth –NAVTIKA (2012). 14. „Using Programme Evaluation in Planning Quality Improvement Interventions: A case study from India- RIDA Prospective Vol I, Issue 1, (2013). (iii) Review Work 1. Reviewed the manual titled Early Childhood Education Programme (2009). 2. Reviewed the text books for Primary Stage for Haryana State (SCERT, Gurgaon) (2015) 3. Reviewed the 5 modules for Diploma in Preschool Education for NIOS, Noida (2015). 4. Reviewed the Practicum Manual (Course I & II) for Diploma in ECE for NIOS, Noida 5. Reviewed the entire course outline of Diploma in ECE for NIOS, Noida. 6. Reviewed the Teaching learning material for classes 3 and 4 in three subjects developed by NGO, RASTA for Primary Students. D. Research Empowerment of ST Girls through skill development strategies under NPEGEL: A Study Member of the Programme Evaluation Team for Evaluation of ‘AADHAR’ Programme of Himachal Pradesh. E. Consultancy Consultant for the „Jingle Bells School‟, Faizabad, Uttar Pradesh Presently Consultant for the „The Grammar School‟, (Preschool) Ashok Vihar New Delhi. Member of the Editorial Advisory Board for the „NAVTIKA‟ Journal on ECE brought out by the Salwan Education Trust, Gurgaon. F. Development Member of Development Team for indicators in EVS titled Learning Indicators and Learning Outcomes at the Elementary Stage (2015). Member of Sub-Group for the development of Source Book on Assessment for Classes I-V for Health and Physical Education Presently Working on Activity Book on Hygiene and Good Healthy Habits at Pre-Primary and Early Primary Stage. ( 2015-16) G. Extension Panellist for interview of pre-primary and primary teachers for private sector schools in Delhi and NCR. Resource person for the Nursery Teacher Training Institutions in Delhi, Ghaziabad and Haryana and also for in-service training programme for teachers. Coordinator and Resource person for the in-service training programme of Tibetan teachers under CTA, Himachal Pradesh held at NCERT (2015).