About us

Riverside Learning Center (RLC) is the Research, Development and Training unit of The Riverside School Since its formal instatement in 2009, RLC has served as a beacon to spread the philosophy, the culture and the best practices of the Riverside School with the wider education community. Till date, RLC has trained more than 750 educators from over 70 schools in India and overseas besides impacting more than 5000 educators through guest lectures, workshops, and its open-door policy to visitors on campus.

The Riverside School – a world class school and a vibrant lab has used a design thinking approach to develop an eco-system that empowers in leaders, teachers, students and parents with a “I CAN” mindset. The Riverside School serves as a model school that provides resources for the cutting-edge materials used in the different training programs offered by Riverside Learning Center. RLC continuously strives to develop and offer programs to make the pedagogy of The Riverside School, available and accessible to educators of all demographics.

New in 2016, Riverside Learning Center (RLC) is pleased to present its framework of Six-Pillar Approach to equip school leaders and teachers with skills and mindset to bring about transformational change in the teaching practice. We believe that Personal and Professional Development, Parent Partnership, Curriculum, Community, Leadership and Administration are the six-pillars of any school’s culture. Everything that you do to nurture these pillars is what you institution stands on. Specific processes under each pillar will provide a strong foundation to your practice. In addition, RLC customizes its Six-Pillar approach framework to meet the needs of any demographic.

A strong training program is backed by an equally strong training team. Meet our edu-heroes who have 5 – 15 year of teaching experience at Riverside and are passional about learning and sharing every today.


  • Kiran Sethi
    Kiran Sethi

    Kiran Bir Sethi is an Indian educationist, designer and thinker. She founded the Riverside School in 2001 and since then has infected millions of students and educators with the ‘I CAN Mindset’ through her design thinking framework of ‘Feel-Imagine-Do-Share’ (FIDS).

    Kiran has been a prominent thought leader and advocate for child centric education for over a decade. In 2008 she initiated ‘aProCh’ (A Protagonist in Every Child), a simple way to make our cities more child friendly, and in 2009 then founded ‘DFC’ (Design for Change’). DFC has become the world’s largest student led movement of change, currently empowering children to be changemakers across 65 countries, keeping ‘Empathy’ at the centre of all their projects for improving their communities. Kiran’s latest offering to educators is the ‘I CAN School’ program, which aims to empower every school stakeholder with the tools and belief to build an I CAN culture in their schools.

    Among numerous honours, Kiran has been awarded an Ashoka Fellowship in 2008, INDEX – Design to Improve Life Award in 2011, Rockefeller Foundation Youth Innovation Award in 2012 and Patricia Blunt Koldyke Fellowship 2013 from the Chicago Council on Global Affairs. Design for Change was declared Lego Foundation's Reimagine Learning Challenge Champion in 2014 and the next year Kiran was chosen as one of the Top 10 Educators for the Global Teacher Prize. In June 2017, she met the Pope in the Vatican to sign an Agreement whereby DFC is being introduced in over 460,000 Catholic Schools across the Globe.

    Kiran is married to Geet Sethi, a world champion in Billiards. They have two children, Raag and Jazz, who share their passion for education. She enjoys reading extensively and is a self confessed movie buff.

  • Pranay Desai
    Pranay Desai

    Pranay Desai has 15 years of design experience and practice behind him, and is responsible for the website design and the user interface of the I CAN SCHOOL platform. He graduated from the prestigious MS University of Baroda and specializes in Visual Communication. His core competency is in the area of Graphic Design. Pranay has been a visiting faculty for Art and Design at Riverside for the students of Keystage 3 for the past ten years and alongside this,he has been responsible for the design backend and support for Design for Change since its inception in 2009. In his spare time, he is a passionate off roader and traveller.

  • Niall Walsh
    Niall Walsh

    Niall is team leader at the I CAN SCHOOL, having previously worked for four years at Riverside as an English language, literature and Global Perspectives teacher, alongside developing a more inclusive Sports curriculum. Niall’s passion for education was triggered teaching in and managing volunteer projects in Kenya and Kolkata, and he also has experience teaching design thinking to University students in Ireland. He has a BA in Literature from Trinity College Dublin and a MSc in Education Science & Technology from the University of Twente in the Netherlands. Niall is an avid football player and a keen reader, who believes in the power of sport and literature as a way to help students understand themselves better and connect more with the world around them.

  • Neena Mehta
    Neena Mehta

    Neena heads training at the I CAN SCHOOL, and her practice is informed by her experience leading Riverside Learning Centre (RLC) for the past three years. Neena’s ability to build professional and personal relationships has been a key asset to Riverside in the multiple roles she has held in the organisation. She values the school’s purpose and has a passionate way of promoting its cause, which she demonstrates while managing RLC and working with trainees and educators from around the world. Neena has Bachelor’s degrees in Business Administration from Sydenham College and Computer Technology from Purdue University, in addition to a Postgraduate Diploma in Systems Management from NIIT.

  • Jahnavi Mehta
    Jahnavi Mehta

    Meet Eduhero Jahnavi Mehta, also known as The Humanist. Jahnavi’s goal is to infect as many people as she can with the ‘I CAN’ bug, and one of the ways in which she does this is our lead trainer in the I CAN SCHOOL program. For the past five years, Jahnavi has been conducting school visits, audits, and teacher trainings for a range of schools within and beyond India, and she regularly shares the best practices of Riverside. Jahnavi has been at Riverside since its inception seventeen years ago, teaching and leading in the early and middle school programs, and has a wealth of experience to bring as a trainer. Additionally, she is a graduate in Commerce and has a Bachelor’s degree in Education from IGNOU. During her spare time, Jahnavi likes listening to music in her spare time, and is a big fan of classic Bollywood movies!

  • Phoram Desai
    Phoram Desai

    Phoram is focusing on developing module content specifically for use in the early years context. She has been part of Riverside school since its inception, teaching and leading in Key Stage 1 for over 15 years, and thus brings a wealth of experience to the I CAN SCHOOL content creation team. Phoram is an Arts graduate from Mithibai College, has a Bachelor’s degree in Education from IGNOU, and has Postgraduate Diplomas in Early Childhood Education and Hotel and Hospitality Administration from SNDT University, Mumbai.

  • Namrata Jajoo
    Namrata Jajoo

    A keen observer and learner at heart, Namrata's role as ‘content creator’ for the I CAN SCHOOL aligns very well with her passion for contributing to the well-being and development of educators and students. Namrata has more than two decades of diverse work experience in the fields of corporate communications, marketing, and education. She is completing her Ph.D. thesis on ‘Quality Circles’ and has received training from Harvard Business School and IIM, as well as being a Gallup certified Clifton StrengthsFinder Coach. Namrata has a keen interest in the Indian art forms and deeply believes in human potential and its connectedness with nature.

  • Vibha Chhabra
    Vibha Chhabra

    Vibha is passionate about both education and writing, which perfectly aligns with her work as Content creator & prototyper for the I CAN SCHOOL platform. She had previously been part of the Riverside Learning Centre for more than 3 years.Alongside this, she works with an NGO based school for less privileged children in Gurgaon,where she takes language classes with adolescents and mentors new teachers. Academically, she holds a Postgraduate Diploma in Public Health Management and a Bachelor’s degree in Pharmacy and has spent more than a decade in the Public Health sector and the Pharmaceutical industry in Delhi, Gurgaon and Gujarat.Vibha loves to write, cook, watch good cinema and is an avid reader. By sharing and inviting insights on philosophy and education, she enjoys being in a dual state of learning & teaching.

  • Cheena Srinivasan
    Cheena Srinivasan

    Cheena is a part of the content creation team at the I CAN SCHOOL. Prior to joining the Riverside school as an educator in 2016, he worked with Teach For India for six years, first as a Fellow teaching in low-income primary schools, and then as a coach and supervisor. He holds a bachelor's degree in arts and laws, and loves riding his motorcycle Sadie to old and new places.

  • Nirav Modha
    Nirav Modha

    Nirav is the lead documenter for the I CAN SCHOOL, converting the Riverside processes into short films that simple to understand and easy to share. Nirav is a post graduate in Multimedia and International Trade, and has been working with Riverside in documentation for the past four years. He has specialised in Motion Graphics, Brand Solutions and Post production, and has 12 years experience working with leading media houses in India. He also runs his own creative agency, Talking cloud. Outside of the workplace, Nirav is passionate about both nature and yoga