Positive School Culture in the New Normal – Part 2: Building a Culture of Relationships | Webinar Series
28 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.
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.
MEET THE PANELLISTS
Mr Tan Chor Pang has over two decades of school leadership experience. In his time as Principal, he has been known to be ahead of his time in innovative solutioning and strategic leadership. His most recent innovation, which garnered the MOE Innergy Gold Award 2019, is a novel approach to schooling – a family-oriented and Co- Curricular Activity-centric model.
Ms Sherly Kalatting is the Vice Principal of Students Affairs and Physics teacher at PENABUR Secondary Kelapa Gading in Indonesia. She has been teaching Physics for the past 20 years. Her passion for teaching has made developing students her ultimate goal. After years of being actively involved in the field, she realises that teaching is a privileged role as it provides a medium for her to nurture her students.
Mr Jean Francis V. Dela Cruz is Teacher-in-Charge at Santiago A. De Guzman Elementary School in the Philippines. He believes that by optimising the usage of ICT in improving access and quality of basic education services, internal and external stakeholders will take active part in monitoring and supervising teaching-learning activities as well as in providing technical assistance towards a better culture of practice and excellence.
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 1 | Building a Positive School Culture
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.
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.