School Education Leadership Development
Resource Person and Delivery:
The Resource Persons of the school leadership training programmes will be reputed school leaders, educationists, and educational researchers and management experts both from India and abroad.
It would be desirable to give a pivotal role to school leaders themselves in conducting sessions. For example, school principals (current or retired) can be intensely involved in programmes for school principals.
On the request of participants of needs assessment sessions, involving professionals such as lawyers and architects (for infrastructure planning) as resource persons for specific topics would also be considered.
The programmes will be delivered through an integrated teaching and learning method involving case studies, group activities, use of audio-visual materials such as videos and films, field visits and online virtual sessions.
The participants of the needs assessments have also expressed the need for a corpus of engaging materials (relevant to the Indian context) on integrating creativity, civic values, innovation: such as case studies, documentaries of successful school models etc.
There will be due emphasis on sharing domestic and international best practices under all the content modules. In addition, immersion programmes and exposure visits will also form a part of the training.
A combination of online methods (such as webinars) with face-to-face element is most likely to be offered (face-to-face, followed by period of online instruction, followed by regrouping for face-to face, where learning and implementation experiences are shared).
Additionally, a Professional Experience Plan, developed by the participant and his/her mentor, is to be carried out in their homes or conveniently located campus.
The School Buddies Model has been proposed by TISS, which ASB would partner. The premise would be to pair a less privileged school with ASB and formulate a framework for mentorship and cross-learning between both school teams towards the capacity enhancement of the leaders and school systems, with a focus on good practices for governance and administration in addition to learning outcomes. ASB would be the lead partner in developing and executing the framework for this pilot.
Participants of the 6th needs assessment expressed some suggestions regarding the School Buddy Program: The participants stated that for the middle grade level, a lot of conceptual learning has to happen, and the focus has to be on how to make the abstract concrete; schools like ASB can thus guide on how to teach abstract content. It also emerged that innovative approaches to Teaching and learning are also relevant for the primary and pre-primary and not just the middle school level.