Philosophy of Education and Leadership
As an educational leader, my role is to serve and assist others to enrich the lives of students and help students and teachers to learn and grow as individuals in a world that is rapidly changing and evolving. To acquire the skills necessary for success in the 21st Century and be life-long learners, teachers and students require support to develop their passions and engage in meaningful learning experiences because all children are capable of learning and, in pursuing their passions, developing the necessary skills to be successful. Through the combined efforts of parents, teachers and other support personnel, students must be provided the opportunity and guidance to challenge themselves, take risks and develop their own world-view.
Education is currently going through a global transformation. Technology is altering the way that teachers and students communicate and interact with each other and with the greater community. New developments are changing the way that people communicate and share learning. A transformation to using technology for learning is essential to providing students with the skills necessary to be successful participants in the 21st century. Educators need to recognize that technology has created new ways and new definitions of what it means to be literate in today’s world. But being literate is not enough, students must develop empathy, curiosity, creativity, communication skills and critical thinking in order to be active participants in the society. Educators, and educational leaders, must provide the vision and resources necessary for students to actively participate in society.
Educational leaders and teachers have a responsibility to be mentors and role models to students. We have a responsibility to cultivate a sense of community and belonging. The quote, “It takes a village to raise a child”, rings true for me. Education is a collaborative effort that needs leadership and a strong vision. Co-operation among all stakeholders is essential. Relationships between a school and its’ community, whether educational, entrepreneurial, co-operative or charitable, should not just be encouraged but pursued.
We must value and foster relationships with parents and family. The power of having all significant adults working together to raise a child cannot be underestimated. It is vital to keep parents, our partners, informed and actively engaged in their child’s education. All parents are cannot offer the same supports, so we also have a responsibility to educate and inspire good parenting within our community. For those children who do not have a significant adult role model, we have an obligation to create opportunities for our educators to provide caring guidance. Each child that cannot find an adult to connect with in a school is a child we have failed, and each child we have provided a meaningful relationship with is a success to be relished. Caring, compassion and empathy are cornerstones to a meaningful educational relationship.
Schools with a strong leadership team that encourage a meaningful, common vision, help students perceive learning as a lifelong journey. During this process, a school must encourage greatness. Educators must maintain high expectations and strive to see students excel. Students must be given the opportunity to maximize their potential and they should be inspired to do so. Every child has the potential to attain greatness!