At the height of the COVID-19 crisis, 1.4 billion students saw themselves stuck at home as schools around the world closed their doors. No one knew when they could go back to school. Despite this, many school leaders have risen to the challenge and innovated to navigate these uncharted waters.
In this three-part webinar series, school leaders from Southeast Asia show how they have led school- and system-wide responses to the educational disruptions caused by COVID-19, while eminent educational leadership academics discuss how you can adapt these strategies and tips to your schools. This practice-focused series aims to share best practices and relevant, actionable strategies and tips with school leaders and educators in the region.
Part 1 | Mobilising Your Community
How have school leaders mobilised resources and engaged with various stakeholders in their scramble to make plans for remote learning? In the first session, we explore how school leaders, as figureheads of their schools and communities, can work with parents and community to create a holistic learning environment in these uncertain times.
Assistant Dean, Higher Degrees by Coursework at National Institute of Education, Singapore
Associate Professor Hairon Salleh received his Doctor of Philosophy in Education from the University of Bath, and Masters of Arts in School Effectiveness and School Improvement from the University of London, Institute of Education. He teaches in undergraduate, postgraduate and in-service courses relating to teacher and leadership education and preparation. Prior to his academic career, he taught in both primary and secondary schools in Singapore. His research interests and publications centre on school leadership and collective teacher learning comprising areas such as distributed leadership, teacher leadership, professional learning communities, teacher professional development and action research. He is currently Assistant Dean Higher Degrees (by Coursework) with the National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.
Schools Division Superintendent of Tarlac City at Department of Education (DepEd), the Philippines
Dr. Ronaldo A. Pozon is the Schools Division Superintendent of the DEPED Tarlac Province, overseeing 428 Elementary Schools, 74 Junior High schools and 69 Senior High Schools and more than 10,000 teaching and non-teaching staff.
After just ten months into his stewardship, he has already established 21 schools in far-flung areas of the province. Banking on mobilising the community and stakeholders, he acquired more than 10 hectares lot for the schools he established without any cost from the government.
Principal at Budi Luhur Senior High School, Indonesia
Prior to joining Budi Luhur Senior High School as a principal, Sofiandi served as a principal at various elementary schools for eight years. In 2017, he was awarded as the best principal for Elementary Level in the Tangerang Selatan region of Indonesia. Sofiandi is also a member of a private school principal association and spoke on G-Suite for Education at the Global Educational Supplies and Solution Indonesia 2018.
Associate Professor in Educational Leadership and Management at University of Nottingham
Dr. Vicente Chua Reyes, Jr. is Associate Professor in Educational Leadership and Management, at the Centre for Research in Educational Leadership and Management (CRELM), University of Nottingham.
He is also Hon Associate Professor, University of Queensland (UQ), Australia. Vicente has been Programme Director of The HEAD Foundation’s Transformational Educational Leadership in 21st Century Contexts (TransformLEAD@21) in Indonesia (2018) and the Philippines (2019). As a former Teaching/School Principal and trained as a political scientist, Vicente’s current research are in ICT in education, and in investigating corruption alongside educational reforms. His most recent book is “Networks of (Dis)Trust” (2019) with Lexington focusing on the political sociology of governance.
Vicente will moderate the webinar series Educational Leadership in a Crisis.
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Part 2 | Nurturing Your Staff
The Industrial Revolution model of schooling and teaching—or factory model schools—is outdated. How can school leaders regard and support teachers not just as cogs in a wheel, but as learning partners? In this session, we look at what school leaders can do to support, motivate and empower their teachers as they juggle remote teaching with their personal lives.
While each school and country has its own unique set of challenges and opportunities, our panellists are united by their unwavering commitment to ensure that essential education services, including mental and social support, are available to all students, especially the disadvantaged. In this final session, hear how school leaders can embrace technology to keep track of their students' learning and well-being.