School Education Leadership Development

Content Framework:

Content Details – Course Modules (Curriculum of School Leadership Development Programmes)

Theme I –Mastering Leadership principles and strategies

  1. Fundamentals of strategic leadership: Meaning of strategic leadership (how it is different from operational leadership), How to develop vision, goal, objectives and strategy, Components of strategic leadership (understanding institutional performance and capacity of institution and its personnel, using performance data in decision making exploiting strengths and overcoming constraints, putting resources to best use,) How to develop and apply different leadership styles and approaches for different contexts and situations, Understanding organizational culture and leading strategically in the context of prevalent organizational culture, Systems thinking, and being able to see big picture and system as a whole
  2. Fundamentals of Transformational leadership: Meaning and components of transformational leadership, Understand role of leader in transforming of institution, ways of tapping new ideas for institutional transformation, Realistically understand obstacles to change including psychological obstacles, Communication for change – How to change attitudes of staff towards change, motivate and inspire staff and develop own and staff members’ capacity to cope with change, Changing workplace/ organizational culture.
  3. Different kinds of leadership – results-oriented leadership, creative leadership, leading for creative results
  4. Life cycle of a principal and leadership strategies relevant to different stages
  5. Measuring school leadership: Robert Marzano’s school leadership evaluation model

Theme II – Financial Management

  1. Understanding fund sources and better utilizing existing fund sources
  2. Strategic and innovative fund raising
  3. Financial planning and budgeting: How to make realistic budgets as well as institutionalize better monitoring and implementation practices
  4. Effective and timely fund utilization
  5. Basics of Accounting

Theme III – Managing, nurturing and motivating staff for quality improvement

  1. Fundamentals of managing people and interpersonal relations: the art and science of motivation, approaches and strategies to bring about sustainable improvements in staff performance, supporting and fostering staff autonomy, and balancing such autonomy with direction and accountability, Promoting and supporting productive collaboration and teamwork, building a sense of belonging, enabling and supporting the upgradation and learning of colleagues, anticipating and dealing with conflict and resistance, cultivating EQ, empathy and listening skills
  2. Thinking like a leader, dealing with challenges of leading erstwhile peers/colleagues, creating a culture of courageous conversations
  3. Delegation of responsibilities and decentralization of authority for effective school governance, and how to overcome challenges in delegation/decentralization
  4. Distributed leadership: Linda Lambert’s Leadership Capacity Model
  5. Group dynamics and collaboration, power of dialogue to resolve conflicts and power of persuasion, power of story (how to motivate people with stories), interest-based negotiation, collaborative ability
  6. Myers Briggs Personality Types
  7. Ensuring better grievance redressal mechanisms. How to institutionalize feedback mechanism?
  8. How to appoint good quality staff? How to nurture talent in an institutional structure and prepare them for leadership positions?
  9. Succession planning
  10. How to apply concepts of incentivization and disincentivization
  11. Accountability of teaching and non-teaching staff, evaluating teacher performance
  12. Addressing teacher needs and concerns
  13. Managing conflict, engaging conflict
  14. Managing alumni and involving alumni in improving school performance
  15. How to hire and retain good teachers
  16. Teacher training that is tangible, practical and operations related
  17. Setting up and supporting learning communities of teachers
  18. Building capacity of non-teaching staff

Theme IV – Effective communication strategies

  1. Strategies for effective internal communication
  2. Strategies for effective communication with external stakeholders
  3. How to build trust and confidence among various stakeholders?
  4. Art of negotiation
  5. Effective Communication – with staff, with parents, with students
  6. One to one, focus group and plenary communication with students, understanding student needs better, having difficult conversations with students
  7. Managing and catering to parent expectations
  8. Effective Public relations and managing the media
  9. Using social media
  10. How to build institutional brand
  11. Managing partnerships, business relationships (with service providers such as technology providers)
  12. Obtaining, analyzing and utilizing feedback from different stakeholders: parents, students, teachers, community
  13. Documentation

Theme V – Institutional research, data-based and rational decision making, Institutional Planning and governance

  1. How to prepare vision/mission document?
  2. How do define goals and objectives?
  3. Improvement, assessment and planning: How to assess/measure school performance in qualitative and quantitative terms
  4. Preparing school calendar and school plan of activities
  5. How to prepare strategic school plans?
  6. Importance of data and institutional research to define the course of action for institution.
  7. Collecting, analyzing and utilizing data on school performance and various aspects of school functioning, contextualizing data and translating data into actionable steps
  8. Needs assessment including participatory needs assessment
  9. Impact assessment (curricular/pedagogy and governance related) and its methodologies
  10. Technology as a tool for planning, management and decision making, development and utilization of school MIS
  11. Components of rational decision making: Problem identification, Information gathering, Developing alternatives, Evaluating alternatives (pros and cons) and scenario building, Selecting preferred alternative
  12. Challenges in rational decision making and how to overcome these
  13. Engaging various stakeholders (Management Committees/ trustees Parents, community, students, teachers etc.) in preparing Institutional Plans
  14. School governance: stakeholder management and managing autonomy and accountability of various actors, Principal as CEO?
  15. Developing School Manual and other Standard Operating Procedures
  16. Increasing effectiveness of School Management Committee (SMCs)
  17. School Management at the time of disaster/conflict
  18. Effective planning and management of school design and infrastructure

Theme VI –Laws, and Government Policies and Programmes relevant Child Rights and School Education

  1. National Policy on Education
  2. Right to Education
  3. Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan
  4. Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan
  5. Various committees and commissions on school education, including Kothari Commission
  6. Innovative policies and programmes in various states
  7. Latest Initiatives of MHRD for school education
  8. Policies, laws, rules and regulations of state and central govt relevant to child rights and school education
  9. Legal rights and legal immunities of school leader
  10. Negotiating/dealing with bureaucratic structures of government actors and bodies

Theme VII – Curriculum, teaching-learning processes, and student assessment: Innovating for excellence and joyful learning

  1. Preparing relevant, choice-based and stimulating curriculum
  2. Classroom management, timetabling and structuring of classroom time
  3. Innovation and experimentation in pedagogy, developing and executing effective, engaging pedagogy at low cost
  4. Child as active learner and teacher as facilitator
  5. Activity based learning
  6. Inculcating creativity in children; Moving away from focus on marks to focus on fostering creativity, and gaining stakeholder support (including parental support) through educational sessions for such transition
  7. Engaging with child on one-to-one, individual basis and improving teacher-student relations
  8. Student assessment: examinations and continuous assessment
  9. Improving student learning outcomes: utilizing results of assessment to customize instruction to learning needs, remedial teaching and other strategies
  10. Using technology for innovative and effective pedagogy and assessment and reducing dependence on books
  11. Building capacity of and changing mindset of school leaders and teachers to handle technology-based pedagogy
  12. School Leader’s role to observe classroom proceedings and give feedback for improvement (more from pedagogy than subject content point of view)
  13. Improving student competitiveness for national entrance tests through effective curriculum and pedagogy
  14. Incorporating moral values in curriculum, strengthening value-based education
  15. Nation building through curriculum and instruction
  16. Reducing, dealing with and relieving student stress

Theme VIII– Child Rights and Child Development

  1. Rights of Child
  2. Child development needs for different age groups and holistic child development
  3. Role of school, home and community in child development
  4. Basics of child psychology
  5. Planning and managing extracurricular activities for holistic child development
  6. Planning and enforcing discipline, including positive and alternative methods of discipline
  7. Assessing and understanding child happiness and well-being
  8. Child health and safety
  9. Dealing with sexual abuse
  10. Developing and implementing school level Child Protection Policy and Child Behaviour Policy

Theme IX –  Building and Managing Partnerships and collaborations

  1. Developing and sustaining effective partnerships with parents/guardians, improving effectiveness of Parent Teacher Associations (PTAs) and Parent-teacher meetings
  2. Developing and sustaining effective partnerships with government
  3. Developing and sustaining effective partnerships with community
  4. Collaborating with other actors (NGOs and Industry)

Theme X – Personal and professional development: Self and staff

  1. How to promote professional development of staff (teaching and non-teaching)
  2. Achieving alignment between personal and professional/institutional goals
  3. Work life balance, stress management and time management
  4. Promoting gender sensitivity

Theme XI – Equity and inclusion in school education, in the context of RTE

  1. Transforming attitudes of school leaders, teachers and students with respect to inclusion of children from less privileged sections
  2. Strategies for meaningfully catering to/accommodating and mainstreaming children from less privileged sections
  3. Special learning needs of children from less privileged sections
  4. Engaging parents of children from less privileged sections
  5. Mentoring and collaborating with rural schools, adoption and engagement with less-privileged schools as a means of social/academic/emotional growth for staff and students.
  6. Inclusive Education Model, catering to needs of disabled children

Theme XII– Vocational education, employability and the NSQF

  1. Enhancing relevance and employability through school education
  2. Integrating vocational education with school education
  3. Workforce and industry relevant skills: what these skills are and how to incorporate these into the curriculum

Theme XI – Coping with unique, fundamental challenges – I (municipal and rural/tribal schools only)

  1.      Understand cause of student absenteeism
  2. Strategies for reducing student absenteeism
  3. Understanding causes of student drop out and migration
  4. Strategies to reduce drop out and deal with migration
  5. Accommodating and mainstreaming dropped out children/child labour/unenrolled children
  6. Special needs (including learning needs) of girl child

Theme XII– Coping with unique, fundamental challenges – II (municipal and rural/tribal schools only)

  1. Understanding causes behind poor learning outcome – reading, writing, math
  2. Developing phased strategies for improving learning outcome
  3. Technology as a pedagogical tool
  4. Managing teaching-learning in multi-grade, single teacher/single room schools
  5. Giving individual attention for improving reading/writing/math abilities

Theme XIII– Coping with unique, fundamental challenges – III (municipal and rural/tribal schools only)

  1. Measuring and evaluating teacher performance (indicators/parameters)
  2. Understanding problems faced by teachers/reasons behind sub-optimal teacher performance
  3. Strategies for improving teacher performance
  4. Involving parents and community in improving teacher performance