By Sandhya Awasthi, Jan 13, 2022 14:30
The role of a school is to create a citizenry for the future by building a group of young people who are passionate, ethical and with strong moral-social radar.
The youth must have a keen sense of justice and an ability to reinvent themselves, whatever challenges their lives demand. The aim is also to give a solid base for their future professional lives and the myriad responsibilities of being an adult.
The school’s commitment goes beyond curriculum transactions. It interfuses into co-parenting and being the proverbial friend, philosopher, and guide.
Schools must aim at ensuring that children achieve the best of their ability. The first step is to know the limits and extent of their capacity, areas of interest, inclinations, limitations, strengths, weaknesses,interests, and temperament.
It must be done with compassion and patience yet not to lose focus on the right path for every child. Schools must also consider the expectations and aspirations of parents.
Finally, upon this vast canvas of hopes and capacity, the school leadership must build a long-term sustainable and positive culture that serves the long term and short-term goals to meet expectations.
Unlike usual leadership pyramids, which get narrower on the top, a successful school leadership structure is like a carousel, with every layer of leadership in sync to create a comfortable ride.
Moreover, successful school hierarchies ensure that all stakeholders, most notably students, have an important place in its structure. Students’ thoughts, opinions, suggestions, needs and aspirations, and parents and teachers are at their apex, and all eyes are firmly set towards student achievements.
Every wagon in the school carousel has to work with equal efficiency. Hence building and using the capacity of every member of the staff is essential. Distributing responsibilities and embedding leadership capacity in all staff members is very important. All work towards the common goal of maximizing achievements.
The other most important collaboration is with the parents. School’s responsibilities extend to guiding young parents’ expectations to accept the limits and extent of their children’s capacity and work together toward maximum realization of potential. The path should be traded with patience and care as we tread on people’s dreams.
The building blocks of success lie in:
•Knowing children and accepting them.Embedding a sense of purpose among the young.
•As far as possible, tailoring plans according to needs.
•Transaction of knowledge and its assessment with deep professional strength yet patience so that no child is left behind.
•Enabling an environment where art, culture and sports become part of a child’s learning journey.
•Creating robust systems for identifying social-emotional needs and providing suitable interventions.
The same sense of purpose must pulsate throughout the entire teacher and student leadership chain for any institution to be a front-runner.
Sandhya Awasthi, Principal, DPS, Greater Noida. Views expressed are personal.