Education Policy and Leadership At A Time of Crisis

13 July, 2020 Monday eLearning

A ‘new normal’ in education will have to be imagined taking into account three key shifts:

(a) changes in the educational experience of children,

(b) changes in the roles and responsibilities of teachers, head teachers, and parents as they accommodate with the new reality of ‘social distancing’ and

(c) changes in the educational inputs/ learning environments, learning assessments and capacity and resources to implement the new required changes among policy makers and implementers.

How is the loss of school- based learning due to school closures to be made up? How do we prepare students, teachers, leaders for a technology-driven pedagogy? How can teacher capacity to teach effectively in this new environment be best enhanced? How can leaders develop strategies and competencies to lead and support students, teachers and parents, and mobilize new resources in support of education?

This School Executives Leadership Program (SELP) will strengthen your capacity to better understand the new reality, revisit your plans, and set appropriate vision and goals for your institutions. The program is designed to include both policy makers and principals so that the exchanges between these two critical groups will not only engender greater learning of the  challenges but also help generate ideas for new education policies and programs that are forward looking. The SELP will:

This School Executives Leadership Program (SELP) will strengthen your capacity to better understand the new reality, revisit your plans, and set appropriate vision and goals for your institutions. The program is designed to include both policy makers and principals so that the exchanges between these two critical groups will not only engender greater learning of the  challenges but also help generate ideas for new education policies and programs that are forward looking. The SELP will:

  • help leaders envision, develop and implement measures to enhance teacher capacity to cope with new ways of providing and managing learning,
  • help build within schools and between schools a new spirit of sharing and collaboration to enhance system-wide capacity, and
  • build new and supportive alliances among policy makers, principals, and generate ideas for creating networks with parents, businesses and social organizations to enhance school level resources.

Attending SELP will empower you and help you excel as a policy maker and school leader. 


The School Executives Leadership Program (SELP) is designed to expose   and equip policy makers and school principals with the leadership and management skills they need to effectively handle the responsibilities noted above and continuously drive school reforms in changing and challenging environments. The program will provide participants with an opportunity to learn directly from experts, policy leads, and heads of schools/practitioners from Singapore and the United States. The thrust of the Program will be   on learning:

  • skills and competencies to lead, effectively manage and improve school performance,
  • evidence     based     decision     making    and     strategic    problem-solving methods, and
  • hands-on, pragmatic solutions, frameworks and tools that can help to drive school improvement (and ultimately) student learning outcomes.


The Program philosophy is based on the belief that the COVID-

19 pandemic  has  ushered  in  a  new  environment  learning  environment  that  impels  us to reimagine   schooling. The thrust of the Program will be on knowledge, skills and dispositions needed to  lead and  effectively  cope with issues of              schooling, both at school and system levels and develop resilience. It will address such questions as:

  1. What organizational changes are needed to better support students and teachers?
  2. What changes to curriculum, pedagogy and assessment will be required?
  3. How can schools best utilize and manage technology in education?
  4. Even as schools share teaching with homes, how can schools be strengthened as learning organizations? And how can homes organize better learning?
  5. How can teacher professionalism and autonomy, and a collaborative mindset be strengthened to better cope with emerging challenges?

Program Structure

The  Program   is   designed   to   take   advantage   of   diversity   and   varied experiences of presenters and participants. Emphasis will be placed on learning of and critiquing existing best practices. Participants will get opportunities to reflect on their practice, knowledge base and skills – and identify opportunities to apply course learning to their unique national and school contexts.

Day 1: School Vision, Goals and Strategy

Participants will be helped to better understand new education/ schooling contexts and acquire skills to craft an appropriate vision for new schooling and learning modes and devise strategies to meet student and teacher needs and aspirations. They will learn how to mobilize resources in the community to strengthen their school capacity to meet students learning and socio-emotional developmental needs.

Day 2: Leading Oneself, Others and Teams

These new times call for leadership that utilizes effective strategies to drive educational excellence while also reviewing, developing and implementing a new vision and mission for schooling. Participants will be introduced to new leadership and management strategies, and ways to motivate and empower teachers.

Day 3: Innovations in Curriculum, Teaching and Learning

Innovations in Curriculum Teaching and Pedagogy are urgently needed in this schooling and pedagogical environment. Drawing upon a number of pedagogical policies and practices in Singapore, e.g. Thinking Schools, Learning Nation, ICT Master Plans, Effective Teaching to Engaged Learning, this presentation will draw upon experiences as a classroom teacher and school leader. It will focus on strategies for enhancing teacher and student engagement with learning, building teacher capacities for engaged learning and professional collaboration and partnering with parents to enhance a wide range of learning outcomes.

Day 4: Motivating Teachers, Staff, and Students

Changes to established beliefs about schooling will need to occur for educators and parents to more effectively respond to newer and more demanding pedagogical challenges. Participants will be introduced to more effective teacher, and parent empowerment strategies.

Day 5: Navigating to Tackle New ChaIIenges

Principals and education executives will face both challenges and opportunities in the COVID-19 environment. Disruptions will cause uncertainty and anxiety, especially amongst students. In an era of home- based learning, technology prudently used will play a greater and more facilitative role. Participants will be exposed to useful frameworks and solutions to successfully meet these challenges.

Who should attend?

  • High-potential educational executives preparing to take on increasing  levels of responsibility and challenges as they move into more senior leadership/management roles,
  • Executives with a proven track record of success and seven to ten years of management experience — from any types of educational institutes such as schools, college and universities,
  • Policy makers and activists who are interested in education reform, and Students of Education Management.

Training Schedule

Participants have to complete all modules to receive their certificates of completion. All workshop sessions are scheduled at the times shown and will last for 90 minutes.

July 13, 2020  Module 1: School Vision, Goals and Strategy

July 14, 2020   Module 2: Leading Oneself, Others and Teams

July 15, 2020  Module 3: Innovations in Curriculum, Teaching and Learning

July 16, 2020   Module 4: Motivating Teacher, Staffs and Students

July 17 2020   Module 5: Navigating to Tackle Challenges

Time Zone

Washington DC, DC, USA* EDT (UTC -4) 8:00 AM-9:30 AM

Singapore, Singapore SGT (UTC +8) 8:00 PM- 9:30 PM

New Delhi, India IST (UTC +5:30) 5:30 PM- 7 :00 PM

Kathmandu, Nepal NPT (UTC +5:45) 5:45 PM-7:15 PM

Lagos, Nigeria WAT (UTC +1) 1:00 PM- 2:30 PM

Hanoi, Vietnam ICT (UTC +7) 7:00 PM-8:30 PM

Bangkok, Thailand ICT (UTC +7) 7:00 PM- 8:30 PM

Beijing, China CST (UTC +8) 8:00 PM- 9:30 PM

Jakarta, Indonesia WIB (UTC +7) 7:00 PM- 8:30 AM

Cost of Attendnace

The cost of to attend "Education Policy and Leadership at a Time of Crisis" E-learning Workshop organized by IDI and SECG is as follows:

  • $300 for single participant
  • $250 for two to five participants from the same institution
  • $200 for six or more participants from the same institution

Our Faculty

Prof S. Gopinathan has been extensively involved in Singapore’s education policy and practice planning for over four decades. He is a leading contributor to teacher education in Singapore and the region. He served as the Dean of the School of Education/ National Institute of Education, Singapore, from 1994 to 2000.

He presently serves as Academic Advisor to The HEAD Foundation. In 2003, he helped NIE establish a Centre for Research in Pedagogy and Practice.   He has served on numerous Ministry of education review committees, including the Thinking Schools, Learning Nation and Junior College-Upper Secondary Review Committee. Prof. Gopinathan was also involved in setting up the Singapore Centre for Teaching Thinking, the Principals Executive Centre and is also a founder member of the Educational  Research Association of Singapore. He has also served as a consultant for the World Bank, UNESCO, the Asian Development Bank and the Commonwealth of Learning. In 2000, he was awarded the Distinguished Alumnus Award by the State University of New York (SUNY), Buffalo and in 2001, the Singapore Government's Public Administration Medal (Silver) for services to education.

 Dr. Arun R. Joshi is Founder of Leadership Academy Nepal (LAN) and a Director of the Center for Human Assets at the lnstitute for Integrated Development Studies (llDS) in Kathmandu, Nepal. He is also an Adjunct Professor at George Washington University, Washington D.C. He worked at the World Bank, Washington D.C. for over two decades.

He is also a Senior Consultant at International Development Institute (IDI). His experience spans education policy reform and program development in a diverse range of countries in the Middle East, Africa, and South Asia. He   has   a   Master’s   degree   in   International   Education   Policy   and   a Doctorate in Human Development from Harvard University.

 Mrs. Belinda Charles has been working with the Academy of Principals (Singapore) especially in the area of mentoring. She is currently a part-time lecturer with the Psychological Studies Academic Group at the National Institute of Education, while also a trainer for Singapore’s Ministry of Education. Mrs. Charles has been a classroom teacher and a head of department before becoming a vice-principal.

After completing her Master in Education, Mrs. Charles was appointed as a principal  of  Bukit  Batok  Secondary  School  for  4  years,  then  St  Andrew’s Junior  College  for  12  years,  and  finally  St  Andrew’s  Secondary  School  for  9 years. On her retirement in 2010, she took up the post of Dean of the Academy of Principals.

 Ms. Tan Bin Eng is a former school Principal and holds  a  Master’s  Degree  in  Educational  Management. She led one of her schools to achieve the School Distinction Award. She was awarded the Most Outstanding Science Teacher Award in 1998 and received   the   Ruth   Wong   Medal   in   NIE’S   Leaders   in Education Program in 2003. On her retirement in December 2016, the Minister of Education specially mentioned her as “a strong people developer, who has mentored Principals, groomed many key personnel, and developed teachers through a structured and developmental approach. She enables teachers to engage in professional discussions through Professional Learning Teams. Teachers improved in their teaching pedagogies, and achieved more effective learning for their students.”

 Dr. Molly Teas is a leader in international education policy and programs. Currently an education consultant, Dr. Teas has served as Senior Education Advisor at the U.S. Department of State and has worked at organizations including the World Bank, the Millennium Challenge Corporation and the International Council for Science and has taught at the Harvard University Graduate School of Education and Johns Hopkins University. She received a B.A. from Lawrence University, an M.A. from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and an Ed.D. from Harvard University.

Dr. Teas also served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Nepal.

About Us

SELP is a joint program of the International Development Institute (lDl) and the Singapore Education Consulting Group (SECG).

International Development Institute (IDI) is a learning institute based in Washington, D.C. with the objective of promoting development and global understanding through knowledge transfer and exchanges. lDl provides capacity building and institutional strengthening Programs through short- term courses, projects, training, workshops, and study tours. At lDl, we believe that knowledge-sharing and exchanges are crucial for the development of community and country. lDl offers demand driven world class training and capacity building to help produce effective leaders around the world.

Singapore Education Consulting Group (SECG) is a Singapore-based group of highly experienced education policy-makers, practitioners and trainers who cover the whole spectrum from early- childhood education, primary, secondary, tertiary and TVET. Our associates have extensive practical experience in school-based curriculum development, as superintendents of school clusters, school principals, and as faculty at Singapore's National Institute of Education. We also have international consulting experience. ln particular, we have worked in Asia and the Middle East as consultants to the Asian Development Bank and the World Bank, in education reform, teacher preparation and professional development.

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Program Dates: July 13-17, 2020

Enrollment Deadline: July 8, 2020



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