Emerging Leaders Forum

ICP – Ideas and Suggestions

What have we learnt?

  1. School Leadership: Being a school leader is rewarding, but there are challenges that can diminish its appeal.
  2. Understanding Leadership: It’s essential to nurture individuals into leadership roles. Leadership styles vary based on individual personalities; it’s crucial to be authentic.
  3. Similarities and Differences: School leaders share more similarities than differences globally. However, the context in which they operate can influence their challenges and responses.
  4. Voice of Principals: Principals have a significant voice and should be heard. They play a pivotal role in fostering creativity in children and emphasizing skills over mere assessment.
  5. Health Concerns: There are health challenges faced by administrators. While there’s a need to better prepare them, it’s worth questioning if that’s the primary focus.
  6. Global Perspective: While challenges in school leadership are universal, the severity varies. For instance, the situation in The Netherlands is relatively better than in many other countries.
  7. Shared Challenges: School leaders worldwide face similar challenges, which have persisted over time. However, knowing that one isn’t alone in facing these challenges offers solace.
  8. Mentoring Emerging Leaders: There’s a need for intentional mentoring of upcoming leaders to guide them effectively.
  9. Community and Collaboration: Principals are remarkable individuals who collaborate with their school communities. They share practices, are responsive, and have a shared passion and commitment.
  10. Student Voice: Leveraging student perspectives can provide insights into areas school leaders might overlook.
  11. Seasonal Challenges: Every phase of school leadership presents its unique set of challenges.

What will we do differently in the future?

  1. Narrative Control: Actively shape the narrative by co-designing policies and ensuring their effective implementation.
  2. Data Utilization: Connect available data to the necessity for change and link workforce issues to their impact on students.
  3. Communication: Produce clear and decisive communiques.
  4. Student Well-being: Prioritize the happiness index to ensure students enjoy learning and adapt methods to enhance their happiness.
  5. Mentorship: Make mentoring programs mandatory and continuous for leaders, ensuring they aren’t placed in challenging schools prematurely.
  6. Attitude Shift: Embrace diverse perspectives, as inspired by Frans Johansson’s quote on the convergence of different viewpoints leading to the best ideas.
  7. Adaptation: Implement mentorship programs from other countries, survey leadership needs, and create programs to support school leaders.
  8. Networking: Leverage the networking opportunities provided by ICP, focusing on exchanging mentorship and leadership development ideas.
  9. Strengthened Connections: Enhance global connectedness, advocate for equitable education funding, and emphasize the importance of school leadership development.
  10. Diverse Representation: Ensure voices from diverse backgrounds, especially from marginalized communities, are heard within the organization. Promote gender equity in leadership roles.
  11. Resource Sharing: Share best practices to enhance leadership skills and effectiveness.
  12. Inclusivity: Listen more to students and consider incorporating parents’ voices. Also, focus on research and documentation.

What are the biggest challenges?

  1. Resource Allocation: There’s a need for job resources to align with job demands and for proper educational funding, as it’s an investment in the future.
  2. Occupational Violence: This is becoming a normalized challenge that school leaders are expected to manage.
  3. Diverse Skillset: The workforce should possess a range of skills to address various challenges.
  4. Personal Well-being: Leaders face challenges in creating personal time, preventing burnout, and managing difficult schools.
  5. Resource Limitations: There’s a struggle to secure adequate resources to meet student needs.
  6. Unified Voice: The need for a common global voice to advocate for educational priorities.
  7. Job Attractiveness: Questions arise about the appeal of the leadership role.
  8. Quality vs. Quantity: The dilemma of choosing between the best available candidate and the need to fill positions, even if it means losing a top teacher.
  9. Child Development: The challenge of tracking child development in various contexts and the recurring issue of starting efforts from

How can ICP build on the momentum of the forum?

  1. Information Sharing: Disseminate reports, data, and research to emphasize the global nature of educational challenges. Highlight successful solutions from regions like Singapore and share insights with various educational systems.
  2. Amplify ICP’s Voice: Ensure ICP speaks on behalf of principals worldwide. Members should continue to be ambassadors for their roles and share ICP statements within their regions.
  3. Collaborative Projects: Initiate projects that members can collaboratively work on, producing case studies and sharing them with other organizations.
  4. Expand Table Talks: The table talks at the forum were impactful. ICP should consider expanding this format and focus on finding sustainable solutions.
  5. Online Engagement: Introduce an online forum for emerging leaders and make better use of regional meetings for input. This can foster a community of like-minded professionals seeking guidance.
  6. Follow-up Meetings: Organize opportunities for attendees to meet online post-forum to delve deeper into discussed topics. Share initial steps taken in various regions and create cohorts of emerging leaders for regular interactions.
  7. Promote Global Interaction: Enhance ICP’s capacity to gather global delegations and share effective practices. Organize online “World Cafe” events for global participation.
  8. Raise Public Awareness: Increase public knowledge about ICP’s global initiatives and actions.
  9. Post-Conference Actions: Develop a clear “call to action” statement and enhance communication channels like Twitter, Instagram, and the website. Schedule debriefing sessions post-conference to share insights and align them with personal or organizational goals.
  10. Focus on Contemporary Issues: Share best practices related to sustainability, well-being, and climate change. Also, facilitate global visits and learning opportunities for members.