Positive School Culture in the New Normal – Part 1: Building a Positive School Culture | Webinar Series
21 January, 2021
3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
After nearly a year of remote and hybrid learning, schools are looking to restart in-class instruction. Beyond responding to the immediate cognitive and social-emotional needs of learners, educators need to create school environments and communities where teachers and students can thrive in the new normal. While the challenges presented by the pandemic have been daunting, a positive school culture can smoothen the transition to the new normal.
This three-part webinar series will explore how educators can build and maintain a positive school culture in challenging circumstances. This practice-focused series aims to share best practices and relevant, actionable strategies and tips with school leaders and educators.
21 January 2021
Fundamental to the concept of a school culture is the idea of the learner—what kind of learners do we want our schools to produce? What steps do we need to take to nurture them, and how do we balance autonomy and control in the process? In the first session, we unpack what it means to build and maintain a positive school culture.
MEET THE PANELLISTS
Mdm Moliah Hashim is the Principal of Princess Elizabeth Primary School in Singapore. Prior to this, she was the Chief Executive Officer of Yayasan MENDAKI for a period of four years from December 2009 to December 2013. During the span of her career, she has held several key appointments, including Principal of Northland Primary School and Cluster Schools Superintendent, Schools Division South. To date, she has served the at Ministry of Education for 35 years.
Mr K Govindan is the former Principal of Peiying Primary School in Singapore. He has been an educator for 37 years, rising from a classroom teacher to Head of Department, Vice-Principal, Senior Quality Assessor, to become Principal. He believes the key to being an uplifting force in a child’s learning is using innovative strategies to bring joy to learning for every child.
Ms Shiarell Loida Cruz is Principal I at Ramon Magsaysay Elementary School in the Philippines. She was a teacher for 20 years before passing the Principal’s Examination in 2014. Her passion for education has taken her to different cities in the country as a trainer and Resource speaker.
HOST & MODERATOR
Mrs Belinda Charles works with the Academy of Principals (Singapore) in the area of mentoring and is currently a part-time lecturer with the Psychology and Child & Human Development Academic Group at the National Institute of Education. Before her retirement from the Education Service, Mrs Charles led different types of schools in Singapore as a school principal. On her retirement in 2010, she took up the post of Dean of the Academy of Principals for seven years.
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Part 2 | Building a Culture of Relationships
28 January 2021
Key to creating a positive culture is the need to build a sense of belonging and camaraderie. In difficult times, strong connections and relationships become our safety net. How do school leaders facilitate collaborative decision-making to ensure that teachers’ and students’ voices are heard and valued? In the second session, we take a look at how educators can support and encourage positive interactions and relationships.
4 February 2021
Building on the second session, the final session will explore how we can build a culture of learning and growth in our schools as well as the strong foundation of relationships and conversations needed for sharing and mentoring. How can we make learning and development an integral aspect of our school culture? How can we empower teacher collaboration and mentoring?
Certificate of Participation
As a token of our appreciation for taking part in this series, we will present a certificate of participation to attendees. To receive the certificate, attendees must:
- Register and complete all three sessions through Zoom only
- Indicate their wish to receive the certificate through a sign-up form that will be provided at the end of the last session on 4 February 2021.
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Disclaimer: The views expressed by the speakers in this webinar are their own and do not represent the opinions of The HEAD Foundation.