Leadership & Innovation, Argentina
Leadership & Innovation, Argentina
The Program on Leadership & Innovation in Education (PLIE) is an intensive six week program designed by the Varkey Foundation in conjunction with the Argentinian Department of Education for serving and aspiring school leaders. It consists of six modules, each of five days, and takes place in a specialized training center with a team of local experts trained by the Program’s international team.
In the course of the academic year, each Center, will serve a total of 900 school directors and aspirants, as well as supervisors of the Ministry of Education. The modules incorporate and develop the essential skills for school principals to become change managers within their own institutions.
The PLIE curriculum is designed to be practical, challenging and intellectually engaging. The six modules are outlined as following:
1) Educational Leadership for Organizational Development and School Reform
Effective leadership is about building teams. This module explores how teams are built and empowered in schools. In particular, the development of models of distributed leadership. The second part of the module addresses the issues of leadership through the challenges of the 21st Century.
2) Managing Technology Integration
Information Technology has the power to transform the efficiency and effectiveness of schools. The executive leaders will understand, through this module, how to plan, manage and sustain the IT implementations in their schools to optimize their management processes. It also addresses the risks that students face from technological inclusion.
3) Leading and Managing Learning, Creativity and Curriculum Innovation
Effective school leaders encourage the evolution of a climate where original thinking enhances the learning experience and leads to curriculum innovation. In this module, the different levels of concretion of the curriculum are analyzed. Participants will learn about innovative curricular practices such as Teaching for Understanding, while being able to analyze different proposals to implement in their institutions.
4) Leading Quality Assurance for Performance and Improve Performance in the Teaching and Learning Process
Effective quality leadership ensures that everyone is accountable for their own quality. Educational reforms must reach the classrooms. This module works specifically on the processes of teaching and learning that lead the teachers. Different topics are addressed such as the contributions of neuroscience, the impact of emotions in the learning process, the heterogeneity in the learning process and the education for inclusion.
5) Leading Teacher Professional Development
Lifelong learning is a philosophy and habit that should be part of the whole learning community. Executive and Instructional Leaders, as much as students, are in constant need of refreshing their knowledge and skills. In this module, the course members are challenged to discover their own leadership skills, their strengths and the areas for development. It also examines how to analyze and design new strategies for teacher training for the institution itself.
6) Leading and Developing Community Relations
Successful schools are at the heart of their local communities. School leaders are primarily responsible for creating a school culture that favors this. In this module, the different relationship levels of the members of the educational community are analyzed in order to improve the school climate. Both relationships within the school and relationships with families and the community at large are developed.
Each module has its own assessment tool, which aims to integrate theory with the reality of the institution itself. Each participant will create their portfolio, which is evaluated and receive feedback from the facilitators of the program.
School innovation project (SIP)
During the six weeks, participants must make a diagnosis of their institution and design an improvement project. Specific sessions will be dedicated to the accomplishment and socialization of the project. They must deliver a formal final project that will be evaluated by the program facilitators.