“Education is education. We should learn everything and then choose which path to follow. Education is neither Eastern nor Western, it is human.”

The above quote is from Nobel Laureate Malala Yousafzai’s book ‘I Am Malala: The thought  validates the cause- learning cannot be compartmentalized. Real learning happens when both the educators and learners open themselves up to new learnings and   new skills. The pandemic ushered in dynamic changes in which study materials were delivered to the students across all age-groups through the digital format and learning objectives were attained through innovative techniques. Fundamentally, everything that one learns empowers the individual to add immense value to his or her professional endeavors. This is even more critical for teaching faculty in schools, school administrators, and skill-trainers who shoulder this great responsibility of fostering future leaders. 

Trends Driving School Education 

The year 2020 battled uncertainty and vulnerability of the highest order. There was a silver lining to the disruption,the key to survival was adapting to changes and usher in high level of innovation and out-of-the-box solutions to challenges. The education sector too had its challenges, especially the school education were very young learners had to be engaged via the digital medium. Some of the challenges of 2020 school education can be summed as :

  • Ensuring accessibility to technology
  • Ensuring delivery of lessons
  • Creating lesson plans as per limited digital time allocation
  • Coordinating and communicating with multiple stakeholders such as teachers, parents, students, and tech-support

The schools have come a long way in adapting to the new normal as quickly as possible but the challenges still remain. To be able to use these challenges as opportunities for furthering growth, it is important to learn two things- the trends that would drive education in the post-pandemic world in 2021 and the upskilling solutions required to work along with the necessities of the time. 

First, let's understand the trends that would drive school education in 2021 and these are:

  • There is a growing need for Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) for responding to unprecedented challenges and life changes.
  • Disruptive education will rule the roost with various learning platforms and collaborative tools being extensively used. 
  • Blended learning would continue to be the most preferred mechanism of knowledge transfer in terms of school education.

How Upskilling Can Help Educators by the catalyst of change 

Upskilling and opening to newer learnings will empower the millennial educators to create a conducive learning ecosystem powered by transparent communication and trust. One such upskilling opportunity solely for those engaged in school education in various capacities is currently being offered by IIM Calcutta in conjunction with Hughes Education. The program is known as Education Leaders Programme (EdLEAP). To transform school education and align it with the futuristic learning goals, this program offers a wonderful platform of training and knowledge sharing for school leaders. The program covers interesting areas such as:

Leadership Foundations learning about, Leadership Style and Vision: Theory & Practice, Financial Statement Analysis, Budgeting and Risk Management, Human Resource Management, Recruitment & Development, Project Management and Operations and Marketing Management

Education Leadership for Competitive Advantage, cover topics like-Strategic Thinking for Turbulent Times, Digital Marketing, Business Analytics for Growth, Communication, Persuasion and Networking and Conflict and Crisis Management

The Extra Edge for Creating World Class Institutions, with discussions on Leading Change and Innovation, Design Thinking for School Leaders, Managing Brand Identity, Image and Sustaining Reputation, Educational Leadership in times of Uncertainty & Complexity and Diversity Management in Education Sector 

Leadership Dialogue- with session on Entrepreneurship and Technology in Education, Business Values and Ethics for School Leaders, Behavioural Sciences and Decision Making,• Today’s Student as Tomorrow’s Citizen and more.

The program has been tailored made to enable new-age school educators and administrators to understand cross-functional domain knowledge that plays a critical role in responding to uncertain challenges and situations. This program covers behavioral science that would enable school educators in driving change and innovation in their respective schools.