Monday, May 30, 2016

Investing in School Heads

Investing in School Heads (Day 19)

by Rey Laguda

(This is the 19th day of 50-day journey of DepEd Undersecretary Rey Laguda as being serialized here with his permission, culled from his Facebook account - Blogger/owner)

School Heads play a pivotal role in making sure that a school functions properly as a system to deliver on its education mandate. We have often discussed schools in terms of infrastructure and hardware, but we also know that there are teachers, school heads and other non-teaching personnel that help to make an excellent school.

The School Heads Development Program was envisioned to develop key actors in providing education programs and services at the school and community level and enable them to continually scan the environment, reframe DepEd strategies in accordance to the school’s changing context, and develop adaptive methods to effectively deliver DepEd outcomes.

This is an intensive and comprehensive training program which aims to develop the leadership and management competencies of school heads at various levels of their career anchored on the National Competency-Based Standards for School Heads and the 21st century skills requirement of the K to 12 Basic Education Program.

It consists of three courses – Foundational, Intermediate, and Specialized (for Senior High School Principals). The components of Leadership Effectiveness, Instructional Leadership and Organizational Leadership are covered in all courses. These courses are a result of a series of consultations, workshops, pilot testing and expert inputs that were initiated in 2015.

The Foundational Course is designed for:

• New school heads
• Current school heads or principals assessed to be needing training
• Principals’ test passers who may have been designated as school heads, and
• Teachers/personnel who have been assessed to have high potential to become a school leader

A little more than 20,000 participants from all regions are envisioned for this course to begin in July 2016. Meanwhile Senior High School principals have also been trained since last quarter of 2015 up to first quarter of 2016.

We often talk about the school being the second home. There are community expectations as to how it should function and its role in it. Indeed, it is a great challenge to be leading and managing a public school given the varied set of concerns it is faced with. School heads are challenged with limited resources and capacities and will need all the help they can get. Building the bureaucracy has to include investing in our people on a sustained basis – not just by the Department but even by local governments, partners and the very communities where the schools belong.



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