“ Do not worry that the students do not listen to you. But please worry that they are always watching you.”
Elements of Quality Education
The objectives of Quality Education are directly impacted by three basic elements of the School viz.
One of the most important roles of Quality Management and School Leadership is to continuously develop and maintain the learning capacity of its Staff by engaging them in Quality Learning and Development Programs.
School Culture and Climate
‘School Culture is loosely defined as the collective sets of shared beliefs that underlie the operation of the school; and School Climate is thought of as the collective personality of the school, the prevailing atmosphere and a reflection of interpersonal relations and friendships’ (Webb & Norton)
Arguably, there is an underlying interaction that makes them inter-dependant, and one cannot stand alone with no impact from/on the other. Therefore, both need to be encouraged to grow in a positive direction.
Quality School Leadership is known to be concerned about School Culture and Climate owing to their accepted impact on the young adults and ultimately the impact on student achievement and instructional outcomes.
Quality School Culture & Climate supports a community of learners, by developing the attitude of a scholar who is equipped with the intellectual tools and the perspectives to make valid decisions. A Quality School Culture & Climate that supports lifelong learning will only grow from nurturing intellect and scholarship.
Therefore, it becomes incumbent that the Quality School Systems must necessarily design Staff Learning and Development that will provide learning opportunities and choices to as many as possible for as little cost as possible.
We make this happen by using Experiential Learning – In-School and Off-Campus - as an educational methodology of Experiential Learning
Experiential Learning is an educational process based on action and reflection. Experiences are intentionally designed, presented, and reflected upon to instill values and promote skill mastery.
In the developed world, experience-based learning education programs have a long history and programs such as LEAP Quality Education Practices Teacher Learning and Development Programs have been very successful. These programs were developed to inspire and train the Teachers in the requisite skills to impact their young students.
“Self-discovery is the end product of a great challenge mastered, when the mind commands the body to do the seemingly impossible, when strength and courage are summoned to extraordinary limits for the sake of something outside the self, a principle, an onerous task, another human life.”
F. Charles Froelicher