The day’s commenced with Ms Carol Sanil, ABEA’s Admissions and Communications Manager introducing the Aditya Birla Education Academy and its offerings to the audience. The upcoming ABEA – Johns Hopkins University, CTY Summer Program for middle school students was discussed with great enthusiasm.
The eclectic members of our roundtable presented their point of views while discussing the topic ‘The School Leader: Developing Essential Professional Skills for Moving Ordinary Schools to Extraordinary’. The panel comprised Mr Andrew Nelson, Ed Tech Speaker & Educator; Ms Gita Jagannathan , Managing Director, APL School; Ms Padmini Vetrivel , Academic Coordinator, GTA Vidhya Mandir; Mr Ratna Kumaran , Principal, Narayana e Techno School, Arumbakkam; Ms Shanthy Asokan , Principal, DAV Boys Senior Secondary School; Ms Syed Aliya , Principal, Narayana e Techno School Ambattur; Mr V Venkatachalam , Educationist & Former Dean, Vael’s School; Ms Vani Sastri, Director, Seed Academy and Ms Priya Dixit , Principal, Akshar Arbol School.
Some of the ideas put forth during this immersive session were that smart classes aren’t enough; balance needs to be created, educators need to play the roles of mentors and facilitators. Better student – teacher ratio needs to be maintained to maximise the productivity and quality within classes. Managements should provide their teachers with the impetus to take positive risks for the betterment of the students. Mr Andrew Nelson, Ed Tech Speaker & Educator said, “Smart classes with smart boards is not a smart class, smart teachers are what makes it a smart environment.” Also, excess of tech options which are constantly becoming obsolete is another major concern for educators trying to adapt to changing trends. Lastly, assessments through technology need to be facilitated and concrete systems must be put in place for this.
The second session for the day was conducted by Ms Rachna Muralidhar, Psychologist & Outreach Associate, Mpower who facilitated an interactive discussion about the mental health issues and ways in which to identify symptoms and manage these instances in the appropriate manner. The leaders put forth several situational queries that were conversed about collectively and suggestions were offered.
It was an enriching day for all!