Leadership Program for Education Authorities (LPEA): Improving Learning Outcomes AT the School Level Post-Pandemic
This five-day course will strengthen capacity of senior education officials at the federal and provincial levels in countries in South Asia and East Africa. The objective of the course will be to build their leadership capacity to better understand the new reality; revisit and reevaluate their existing plans and develop new strategic directions; set newly calibrated vision and goals; build capacity to collect and analyze data, prioritize and assess and plan to overcome implementation challenges, including political economy challenges; and monitor and evaluate their performance towards set goals. The program
is designed for both policy makers and officials involved in the day to day implementation of education programs at the federal and provincial levels. Exchanges between these two critical groups will not only engender greater learning of the challenges but also help generate new and innovative ideas. The LPEA will:
- help leaders envision, develop and implement measures to enhance the performance of the education ecosystem they are responsible for
- help build groups of drivers and change agents with innovative ideas with in the education ecosystems in the participating countries
- build new and supportive alliances among policy makers and implementers, and generate ideasfor creating networks across countries to share ideas and capacity asneeded.
The course 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 knowledge base and skills and identify opportunities to apply course learning to their unique national and school contexts.
Day 1: Setting Goals and Strategy for the Post-Pandemic Context
Participants will learn about how education systems in different countries and communities have been coping with the pandemic and learn frameworks and typologies that will help them to set realistic goals, prioritize cost-effective interventions, and craft appropriate strategies that meet student and teacher needs and parental aspirations. They will also learn to mobilize and manage human and financial resources in the community to strengthen schools within their jurisdictions to meet the learning and socio- emotional, and developmental needs of students.
Day 2: Innovations in Curriculum, Teaching and Learning
Participants will learn about innovations in curriculum, teaching and pedagogy, and learning environments with a special focus on the use of technology for students at various levels of education. 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) and elsewhere, this presentation will showcase multiple options available for improving the teaching and learning for students post-pandemic. The session will also 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 3: Incentivizing Teachers, Staff, Parents and Students
In the post-pandemic context, incentives and accountability structures will remain critical pillars for improving system performance and outcomes. In this class, participants will learn about the numerous findings from randomized control trials and evaluations from around of the world on ‘what works’ for improving learning outcomes of students through the provision of various forms of incentives and accountability measures.
Understanding incentive structures that work in other country contexts will help the participants to better assess gaps in their own education ecosystems and where their incentives and accountability frameworks need tweaking post-pandemic. Participants will also be introduced to more effective teacher and parentempowerment strategies.
Day 4: Decision Making with Data
This class will take a practical approach to solving challenges in the changing education landscape using data analytics. It will provide participants with practical experiences of undertaking data analytics to address common challenge they face in the education space. We have also witnessed a proliferation of mobile technology and social media. Recent advances in data science are now capable of coping with the technical challenges of collecting, managing and developing actionable insights from big data. Partnerships between academia, government and the private sector are at the heart of the revolution. The class will provide the introduction to applying machine learning techniques to large real-world datasets in order to facilitate knowledge discovery, predictive analytics and decision- support.
Day 5: Leading Oneself, Others and Teams
The post-pandemic period calls for leadership that utilizes effective strategies to drive educational excellence while also reviewing, developing and implementing a new vision and mission for the education sector. Participants will be introduced to effective leadership and management strategies, and ways to motivate and empower staff in order to drive the agreed reforms.
Program Date: 2nd - 6th August, 2021
Program Time: 9:15 AM -11:15 AM EDT (UTC -4)
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