Leadership in Education
Leadership is about anticipating change and being prepared to embrace change. And it is the world of education that is perhaps going through unprecedented, accelerated change. Therefore Leadership in Education becomes critical for flourishing and thriving in the future. If success happens when preparation meets opportunity, then the hallmark of a successful leader in education is not authority, but ideas and collective leadership. With this view of leadership, Leadership in Education is no longer limited to the Principals and Senior Teachers alone
Great ideas for continuous improvement of the learning outcomes and enhancement of the learning experience may come from all stake-holders involved in the educational eco-system. Encouraging the inception of such ideas and facilitating their flow and interactions becomes a very important function of the top management.
Leadership in Education is moving away from a visionary led model to a collective harvesting of innovative ideas that prepares learners for an unknown and uncertain future. And emerging and easily accessible technologies such as mobiles, handhelds and tablets are allowing established pedagogical models to be actually implemented for teaching. One such innovation is Mastery Learning in the flipped classroom, a movement facilitated by the Khan Academy.
Flipped Learning is when educators actively transfer the responsibility and ownership of learning to their students. It happens when the teacher's lecture is delivered to students via video and other resources outside of the classroom. Then traditional class time is used for active problem solving and one-to-one or small group tutoring with the teacher. Mastery Learning occurs when students learn a series of objectives at their own pace instead of all students working on the same topic at the same time. The Flipped-Mastery Classroom marries that with modern technology to make a sustainable, reproducible and manageable environment for learning.
The deliberations of the 5th EDUConvEx are planned to be organised around the four themes of Technological Leadership, Innovation Leadership, Global Leadership and Leadership through Quality. These themes sometimes overlap, but they serve as good classifications for focussed discussions. The larger objective, of course, is to be able to set out the path ahead bearing in mind these dimensions of Leadership in Education
I warmly invite you and your organisation to be a part of the 5th EDUConvEx and look forward to seeing you there.