Educational leadership in a crisis

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Issue 31: 8 September 2020
Every week, HEADlines brings you the latest news, stories and commentaries
in education and healthcare. This week, get insights on the latest developments
in education.  
The guiding light in a crisis

With no playbook for pandemic-induced school closures, education and school leaders have been tirelessly innovating to keep education going.

The Philippines is taking this chance to reshape education. From bridging the digital divide to enhancing psychosocial support, dedicated education officials are constantly responding to current issues on the ground to build a strong foundation on which to build the schools of the future.

In the U.S., a principal has adopted an all-hands-on-deck approach to ensure that his most vulnerable students are meaningfully engaged—he constantly compares notes and ideas with other principals, sometimes well into midnight. Academics at Monash University lend weight to this practice of building positive and productive relationships in school communities, affirming that strong relationships and trust are key to helping schools move forward through this crisis.

In the past few months, we have seen many instances of school leaders’ determination and persistence to minimise disruptions to the education of their charges, despite school closures necessitated by COVID 19. Over the next few weeks, The HEAD Foundation will showcase the exemplary work of such school leaders in our free, three-part webinar series “Educational Leadership in a Crisis”. Sign up now.

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Education in the Spotlight
The first day of school is an annual rite of passage. This year, the first day looks very different for tens of millions of students returning to class.
Can an educational model, designed half a century ago for schools in rural Colombia and now used in 19 countries, be adapted to enhance remote learning?
As we prepare our children to take these exams, have we considered what it might be like for them to handle both exam pressures and the anxieties of coping with an existential crisis?
In 2016, a nationwide survey in America found that most science teachers have insufficient grasp of the science. But is it entirely their fault?
Researchers found that accounting for students' worldview is as important as a carefully-designed climate change science curriculum when it comes to educating teenagers about the topic.
Just like how America was fixated on the Harvard vs. Yale rivalry a century earlier, all eyes are now on how for-profit tech giants are battling.
Market-driven higher education has become a de facto endorsement of Britain's class-divided society, not the cure.

That's all for the week!
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