SEVEN DOMAINS OF SCHOOL LEADERSHIP

DOMAIN 1A

School Environment

Safe, secure, and comfortable environment has a direct impact on students' learning. 

 

School Environment

In the school students must feel safe, secure, and comfortable both physically and emotionally.

IMPACT ON LEARNING

Students' learning improves when they feel safe, secure and comfortable both physically and emotionally. In such an environment, students can freely engage in learning activities with increased focus and concentration.

ACTIONS

Improving the school environment is a continuous process that requires all stakeholders to work together. The major steps of the process are:

  • Conduct a thorough audit of the physical and emotional safety, security, and comfort parameters to identify the strengths and areas of improvement

  • Define SMART goals to improve the school environment

  • Create a Environment Committee comprising of representatives of each stakeholder to draft guidelines and lead the change process

  • Enable the EEC with resources required to bring about the change

  • Monitor and evaluate the improvement in school environment on a quarterly basis

RESOURCES

ICSL provides its members various resources and assistance to improve the school environment. 

 

Learning Culture

The schools must have a caring, collaborative, and inclusive school culture, which encourages excellence, curiosity, empathy, and equity.

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IMPACT ON LEARNING

A strong and positive learning culture is considered the 'hidden curriculum' of a school. The culture defines and drives students' learning through various norms, policies, beliefs, practices, procedures, and values. The school culture, rooted in the school's vision, determines the relationships between various stakeholders, the school curriculum, the pedagogical practices, the assessment, infrastructure, and organizational structure. 

ACTIONS

It takes a lot of time to develop a strong and positive learning culture that is effective. The time and effort spent in developing and nurturing the school's culture is justified because of the heavy impact it has on students' learning and achievement.

 

To develop a positive learning culture, school leaders should:

  • Conduct a thorough audit of the existing culture to identify the strengths and areas of improvement

  • Define SMART goals to improve the school culture

  • Create a Culture Committee comprising of representatives of each stakeholder to draft guidelines and lead the change process

  • Enable the CC with resources required to bring about the change

  • Nurture, monitor and evaluate the improvement in school culture on a quarterly basis

RESOURCES

ICSL provides its members various resources and assistance to improve the school culture. 

Customising Curriculum

The school curriculum must be relevant to the future needs of students.

IMPACT ON LEARNING

The school curriculum defines the learning outcomes as well as the activities that will help students achieve these learning outcomes. Every school has a different vision and students of different profiles. This makes it essential for each school to create its own curriculum that is customised to its vision and profile of students. The learning efficiencies and effectiveness of students will have a huge positive impact if the curriculum is designed for their needs. 

ACTIONS

The process of customising curriculum must be undertaken in phases. The phases can be defined as a combination of grades and/or subjects. For example you may want to start with mathematics and science for primary classes and then follow it up next year with other subjects of primary classes. You may then add other classes and subjects in subsequent years.

 

To customise the curriculum to meet the needs of the students, school leaders should:

  • Develop an in-depth understanding of the demographic variables of students and their families

  • Understand the 'every-day' lives and interests of their students

  • Define the learning outcomes that align with the vision of the school and the national/state curriculum framework

  • Design several learning activities and interventions for each learning outcome 

  • Define the metrics and methods to assess attainment of the learning outcomes.

RESOURCES

ICSL provides its members various resources and assistance to customise curriculum. 

 
 

Curating Content

Good content makes learning effortless, great content makes it enjoyable.

IMPACT ON LEARNING

Students need access to high-quality content to aid learning. The quality of content depends on five factors: correctness, clarity, comprehensionality, conciseness, and cognitive challenge.

 

The internet has made it possible for students to access loads of information using their desktops, laptops, tablets, or mobiles. Apart from prescribing textbooks, schools must build their own curated library of digital content that can aid learning.  

ACTIONS

School leaders must form a "Content Team" comprising of various stakeholders. This team should be given the mandate to:

  • Evaluate each textbook on the quality factors for content

  • Maintain a well-stocked library of high quality books

  • Create "digital libraries of resources"

RESOURCES