George Lucas Educational Foundation

Bijal Damani

I am a Commerce/Business Teacher teaching Grade 11-12 students at The Galaxy Education System,India. I am a firm believer of PBL and integrating technology into curriculum for effective teaching learning process.
* Outstanding Young Educator Award Winner 2009 , Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD, USA) ( Only Asian Teacher so far to be given this honour)
* Outstanding Teacher Award 2011 - International Society for Technology in Education.ISTE (USA) - (Only Asian teacher so far to be given this honour)
* HP EdTech Innovators Awad 2010 sponsored by HP and NMC
* Butler and Cooley Excellence in Teaching Award from Turn Around Management ( Only teacher outside North American to have received this honour)
* Microsoft Innovative Teacher Leadership Award 2011- represented India in Microsoft Global Forum at Washington DC
* Microsoft Innovative Expert Educator Award 2013 -represented India in Microsoft Global Forum at Barcelona, Spain in March 2014. Her Project 'Creative Capitalism- Let's Make World A Better Place' was chosen as First Runner up winner in 'Knowledge Building and Critical Thinking' Category.
* Guruvar - Outstanding Indian Teacher Award 2009 from Varkey Group, Gems Education, UAE
* Bammy Educators Voice Award (Secondary Teachers) 2013, USA
* 21st Century Learning Teacher of the year Finalist 2013 - Was invited by the organization and Pearson to attend their annual conference and felicitation at Hong Kong from 11-14 December 2013.
* Google Certified Teacher from 2012 batch of Mountain View.
* PBL Certified Teacher certified by Project Based Learning University (PBLU), an initiative by Buck Institute of Education (BIE)
* Edmodo Support Ambassador 2013 - She is one of the global ambassadors for Edmodo, an educational social network platform.
* Her Project 'Galaxy Bazaar' was a receiver of People Award in School Enterprise Challenge 2013.
* Inspirational Teacher Award 2013 winner by School Enterprise Challenge 2013.

Awards and Accolades - National
* National Award for ICT in Education 2012 - received honour by President of India - Shree Pranab Mukherjee on 5th September 2013.
* Derozio Award for Education and Human Enrichment 2011 from ICSE Board
* Pearson Teaching Awards 2012 Finalist
* Tata Consultancy Services Best Teacher Award 2006.

Areas of Interest: 
Project Based Learning,
Electronic Portfolio for students and teachers,
Social Entrepreneurship,
21st Century Skills ,
Effective use of technology for teaching-learning process