Mr Prodipta Hore, Program Director, ABEA began the day’s proceeding by introducing the Aditya Birla Education Academy and its offerings to the audience. This presentation also included a collaborative discussion about the National Education Policy.
The proficient members of our panel discussed the topic ‘The School Leader: Developing Essential Professional Skills for Moving Ordinary Schools to Extraordinary’. The panel comprised of Ms Dolly Dsouza, HOD, DPS Indore; Ms Jayshree Patel, Principal, GD Goenka Public School; Dr Lalita Singh, Principal, The Shishukunj International School; Mr Neeraj Bedhotiya, Prinipal, Daly College; Mr Prakash Choudhary, Principal, Prestige Public School; Mrs Rupashree Sapru, Coordinator, Sri Sathya Sai Vidya Vihar; Mr Siddharth Singh, Director, The Emerald Heights International School; Ms Sonal Chourey, HOD, St Rapheal School; Ms Vineeta Singh, Principal, Indus World School; Mr Winston Gomez, Principal, New Digamber Public School and Ms Vineeta Bedhotiya, Dean Staff & Student Development, Daly College.
These school leaders discussed skills that were essential for schools to become extraordinary. Mr Siddharth Singh advised a mixture of experiential learning and artificial intelligence in the 21st century; teachers need to attend sessions to clearly understand these 21st century skills. Dr Lalita Singh advocated the importance of functional literacy as a basic skill that schools need to work on implementing. Ms Dolly D’souza insisted on creating more teachers to reduce the student teacher ratio. “Group learning will also help the students”, she added. Ms Jayshree Patel stressed on the importance of digital literacy skills. Mr Winston Gomez spoke about the unique talent that each teacher possesses and that schools need to identify and nurture this talent of their staff and use it in the best way to benefit students.
Mr Prakash Choudhary expressed that the qualities of confidence, collaborative spirit, patience should be instilled as these are important for teachers to make their classroom experience more effective. Mr Neeraj Kumar Bedhotiya stated that the attitude of teachers needs to be positive; they need to test student learning outcomes and engage them more to make the learning extraordinary. Ms Vineeta Bedhotiya said that personalised learning and adding human interaction is what can help make the school experience exceptional for a student.
The participants were also part of a session that was facilitated by Ms Parveen Shaikh, Head – Outreach & Collaborations, Mpower, who took them through the warning signs and management techniques for common mental health issues of depression, anxiety, self-harm and substance abuse. The session was interactive wherein the participants and facilitators shared personal experiences. The facilitator was able to explain all the different warning signs, treatments and barriers to seeking help effectively to the audience.
It was thoroughly a day dedicated towards matters that deeply affect the education community!