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 3 | Caring for Your Students
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.
Associate Professor at National Institute of Education, Singapore
Dr. David Ng is Associate Dean, Academic Quality at the National Institute of Education (NIE), Singapore. He provides overall leadership, management and improvement in academic, student, and programs quality. David’s expertise is in complexity leadership learning. His work in designing and implementing complexity theory in leadership learning has helped to establish Singapore’s Leaders in Education Program as a cutting-edge principal preparation program in the world. His fifteen years in leadership development in Singapore has contributed to make Singapore one of the world’s highest-performing systems in PISA and other international standards.
Prinicipal at Batino Elementary School, the Philippines
Jaida Malonzo is currently Principal of Batino Elementary School. With nearly one-third of her students being Learners with Special Needs, the school also functions as a Special Education SPED Center. She previously served as school principals at two other elementary schools in the Philippines, and was a teacher and master teacher for 15 years. She is also a writer for Grades 3 and 4 Social Studies books under Bookman Publishing.
Secondary School Principal at Tzu Chi School, Indonesia
Caroline Widjanarko is an experienced School Principal with a demonstrated history of working in the education management industry ranging from preschool to high school. She obtained her undergraduate degree from Atmajaya University majoring in Psychology and completed her Masters Degree in Educational Leadership from De La Salle University, Manila. She is passionate in child development and well-being as well as moral education. Her view of education philosophy is to educate a learner holistically and to ensure they grow into well – rounded individuals who bring positive contribution to society.
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.