|Ms. Ellen P. Doyle is a Social Studies teacher at International High School at LaGuardia Community College in New York. Her school is a collaborative project between the New York City Department of Education and LaGuardia Community College of The City University of New York (CUNY). International High School's student body is composed of recently arrived immigrants and offers a rigorous high school/college curriculum to English Language Learners. At this innovating school, teachers are empowered to develop their own curriculum and assessments. Ms. Doyle also taught English as a foreign language to middle school students in Wakayama City, Japan. Ms. Doyle earned her M.A. in Secondary Education, Social Studies from Queens College (CUNY). She has received several recognitions in education including, a Research Award for her graduate work in Social Studies Education at Queens College, an award from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Landmarks of American History and Culture Program, and a Fund for Teachers fellowship where she traveled to Greece for a summer sabbatical. For several years, Ms. Doyle has been active in the New York Performance Standards Consortium, which is an organization that supports public schools using alternative and portfolio assessments. In her spare time, Ms. Doyle enjoys traveling and practicing yoga.
India is the world's largest democracy and understands the role of education society. In recent years Indian government implemented national educational reforms. These initiatives are similar to national reform initiatives in the United States and like their Indian counterparts; American schools serve a diverse student body with multicultural and multilingual backgrounds. Ms. Doyle will study how Indian teachers and students have fared under these programs and what lessons have been learnt. As part of the project, she will visit schools to observe classrooms and interview teachers, school leaders, and students. Ms. Doyle will conduct a review of summative assessments and national standards. Upon her return, Ms. Doyle will contribute to workshops and conferences on curriculum and evaluation issues.