SCHOOL LEADERSHIP IN 21ST CENTURY

Sahiljit Singh Sandhu attends five-day seminar for Indian school leaders at the National institute of education in
Singapore
 
Taking a serious note of the challenges he is likely to confront as a 21st century school leader, Mr Sahiljit Singh Sandhu, President, Spring Dale Educational Society (SDES), partook of a five-day seminar for Indian School leaders in Singapore. Titled ‘School Leadership in 21st Century’, the symposium was held at the National Institute of Education, Singapore Campus.
 
It aimed at acquainting the school leaders with the changes in academics and school administration in the 21st Century. Stating that 21stCentury leaders, who have to be outstanding instructional, visionary leaders, motivators and mentors, are required to run 21st Century schools, Mr Sandhu said that the colloquium provided him with valuable insights into the challenges confronting 21st century school leaders and the solutions to the same.
 
He said that in the present times it is absolutely mandatory for school leaders to learn how to cultivate change, work with others to create and fashion new realities. “This new paradigm is manifesting itself in the ‘new’ school and classroom, where the emphasis is not on teaching but on learning; not on parts but on whole; not on the teacher as the information giver but as a co-learner and facilitator,” Mr Sandhu said.
 
He added that school leaders (including departmental heads) are specifically trained to lead their schools to face the challenges of a knowledge-based economy. “Rather than mere managers, they are now regarded as chief executive officers (CEOs) of ‘knowledge organizations’ where they propagate the integration of knowledge rather than resources,” he added.
 “In short, the twenty-first century school is an organization that responds to change, stays relevant and has the ability to learn. In this seminar, using Singapore as a case-example, participants learnt the key principles and strategies to promote education excellence through the Ministry of Education (MOE) as a learning organization,” averred Mr Sandhu.
 
Terming Mr Sandhu as a ‘dynamic’ 21st Century school leader, Dr Kirat Sandhu Cheema, Director, Spring Dale Senior School, and Mr Rajiv Kumar Sharma, Principal, Spring Dale Senior School, said that the insights obtained by Mr Sandhu from the seminar would go a long way in equipping him to provide a highly effective school leadership.
 
 
Spring Dale Educational Society