Schools are under constant pressure as the rapid changes happening in the modern society are gigantic. Expectations for children are at zenith in modern India. Values and principles of the society are under serious check. School Leaders of tomorrow School Leaders of tomorrow
It is very difficult to prepare the children for the unpredictable and fast changing future world. The school leader’s role, in this context, is a herculean task to lead the school steadfastly and flawlessly.
School leaders of tomorrow need unique talents to lead the future generation.
Curriculum must evolve to reflect the skills that students will need in the future. Constant up-gradation of school curriculum makes the teaching and learning process very vibrant and robust. Educational leader must navigate through the advanced syllabus in all school subjects.
High expectation of academic excellence from all the children is necessary but not by force. School leader must establish Culture of Excellence with diverse programs in the school. Academic excellence is very important for the professional careers (but not for life). It is important for the successful development of young students in society. Students who do well in school are better able to make the transition into adulthood and to achieve occupational and economic success.
VARIED TEACHING TOOLS:
School leader must facilitate teachers to equip with new teaching tools and strategies for making the teaching and learning curious, effective and fast adaptive. Learning is more powerful and dynamic with tools that are already available and it’s up to educators to impress on students in the classroom. When you bring real things and authentic daily life situations into the classroom, listening becomes discovering, interest becomes wonder, and passive learning becomes active exploration. Lessons come to life with touch, motion, and sound. Teacher resources, insights from fellow educators and personalized support help you teach every subject.
CO-CURRICULAR & EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES:
Studies have shown that students who participate in co-curricular & extra-curricular activities have a marked improvement in the grades. Skills learnt in school clubs establish the children better for the future. The school leader must ensure that all the children should go through these activities with enthusiasm which makes the children strong in emotions and the 21st century skills.
SCHOOL CLIMATE AND CULTURE:
School culture refers to the way teachers and other staff members work together and the set of beliefs, values, and assumptions they share. A positive school climate and school culture promotes students’ ability to learn. School Climate is more relational; it is illustrated by the attitudes and behaviours of the school staff and is focused on the style of the school’s organizational system. The school culture is a deeper level of reflection of shared values, beliefs and traditions between staff members. School leaders play a vital role in developing and enhancing the school culture.
QUALITY PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT:
Effective teaching plays the role of a unique protective factor that may reduce and even close the achievement gap. As one driver of school improvement, teacher quality is especially pertinent for underperforming students, while school improvement is much more likely to emerge through collective capacity building. Capacity building programs ensures effective teaching & learning processes and the whole school improvement.
MEASURING PROGRESS AND SUCCESS:
Schools should track interim progress and ultimate outcomes related to both school environment and student performance. Assessment is an integral part of instruction which helps in increasing the progress and success of children. The methodical assessment provides diagnostic feedback, helps educators set standards, evaluates progress, relates to a student’s progress, and motivates ‘school performance’.
It is a critical skill for school leaders to build trust, increase staff engagement and create a culture where teaching and learning thrives. Our emotions drive our behaviours. Attitudes, Values and principles, which are utmost important must be inculcated through modern tools in the school. The school leaders of the future should have a strong social conscience and always keep the best interests of students in the decision-making.
When you bring real things and authentic daily life situations into the classroom, listening becomes discovering, interest becomes wonder, and passive learning becomes active exploration
Effective school leadership is one of the most significant factor of influence on school and student progress, wellbeing and success. Effective School leaders are very essential but a rare commodity in the modern India. Schools improve and children blossom magnificently under the effective school leadership. Just imagine lakhs of schools with potential and effective principals across India; the learning outcomes of children will be exuberant and ever-progressive. Let’s build strong community of school leaders across the country for the wellbeing of young India.