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Meghna Patel

The Riverside School
307 Next to Army CSD Depot,
Airport Road, Ahmedabad 380003

Training of Skills and Sustainable Development

The value of documentation is often not recognized in educational institutes. And, when used in school, it is often relegated to the administration department. However, the documentation of a school’s philosophy and teaching practices can prove to be an invaluable tool for the growth of a school, its faculty and for the quality of education.

Documentation and documentation management consists of creating, revising, and publishing information that is beneficial to students, teachers, and the educational fraternity. Documenting existing processes:

• Prevents re-inventing the wheel for each project
• Assures continuity of process and, therefore, the continuity of quality that the process represents
• Makes possible a conscious examination of the processes to improve them
• Makes training new faculty easier and it gets them to productivity faster
• Preserves the intellectual property of the organization

This is a helpful tool to facilitate communication between colleagues, nurturing a shared vision amongst the school community. Ultimately, this leads to a more productive, effective, and successful school. When this occurs, it is the students who benefit the most.

Moreover, knowledge of successful practices in teaching should not remain within the walls of each school. They should be shared to impact the maximum number of students. Dialogue between schools will ensure that meaningful ideas grow, develop, and sustain over time. They become independent of particular educators or schools.

Therefore, documentation should be an integral component of schools as it is a powerful tool to share “best practices.”


Meghna Patel has been a part of the staff at The Riverside School since 2006. She is currently working on documenting the school’s philosophy, processes and practices. Prior to this, Ms. Patel was a coordinator for the Riverside School Teacher Training Program. She has her Masters and Bachelors degrees in Occupational Therapy from Boston University and has worked with children with special needs in the United States.