The Educational Leadership and Governance Model

Grace Saliendra By Grace Saliendra, 7th Nov 2014 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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:Every educational governance should adhere to the national vision and educational goals set by the government."

The Educational Leadership and Governance Model

Every educational governance should adhere to the national vision and educational goals set by the government.

The educational leadership/ governance consists of seven (7) elements: the students (the heart of the educational leadership and governance); the school administrator/ principal; the teachers; the parents; the community; the curriculum; and the educational facilities. All entities must go hand in hand in the development of the learners/students. Everything that they will do should address the interests and needs of every student. School administrator/principal and teachers as prime movers should take into consideration the curriculum and educational facilities that promote/advance learning - aspects that they should strengthen in order that products of learning would be desirable, productive and competitive.

The following are the elements of effective educational governance. These are:

a. School Administrator/Principal who is responsible in putting together the other elements. He is the one who will administer and supervise educational activities geared to the national vision and goals. As an administrator, he will see to it that everything – most specifically the curriculum and educational facilities - operates toward effective educational outcomes. He must give emphasis on what is happening in reality, on the challenges of the environment where the students live, on the demand of the economy – local and international.
School officials, including teachers, must be achievement/outcome – oriented, alert to social environment, assertive, cooperative, dependable, having the desire to influence others, energetic and persistent.
Furthermore, school administrators should elevate the performance of the school, teachers and students. Trainings, seminars, workshops and fora should be provided to the faculty members, staff and students. Likewise, the administrator must give importance to faculty development by having scholarship programs. He must also establish linkages.

b. Teachers who have the direct contact with the learners and therefore make influence through the curriculum and educational facilities. The teacher is the key player in improving the capabilities of the learners for the maximum development of their potentials, skills and talents so that they will become God – loving, law- abiding, environment – protector, value – laden and responsible citizens of the country. In this case, teachers ought to focus on how to produce functional literate learners who can respond to the increasing demands, challenges and opportunities of the changing environment.
Educators should plan and evaluate instruction in an individualized manner to accommodate each child’s unique strengths and weaknesses. In planning instruction, teachers should use methods known as ecological assessments to consider environmental factors that influence learning, such as school, home and community environments.
Teachers can advance their profession and performance by taking professional courses, attending seminars, trainings, etc and establishing linkages.

c. Students/Learners whom the educational community (school administrator/principal, teachers, parents and community) embraces and with whom has the direct responsibility and accountability. Every learner must be given a chance to build up his potentials, skills, talents. This will materialize if the school administrator, teachers and staff will govern the entire educational community with integrity and dignity.

d. Parents who entrust their children to the school personnel; believing in the mission of the school to mold the personality of every learner; to equip them with knowledge and skills so that they will become good citizens in the future. Parents must be organized and tapped so that they can participate in the development of the students and the school as well.

e. Community (LGUs, GOs, NGO, etc.) which is one of the stakeholders who will give different kinds of support for the attainment of good governance, educational goals and national vision mandated by the constitution. The community will serve as the outside force that can give assessment based on how the products of the school participate in activities of the community.

f. Curriculum which refers to anything that goes on within the school, including extra-class activities, guidance, and interpersonal relationships. Thus, every aspect that will forward the attainment of the national vision and goals must be carefully planned, implemented, monitored and evaluated by school personnel. The series of experiences undergone by learners in a school and that which an individual learner experiences as a result of schooling will be the nucleus of the curriculum.

g. Educational Facilities which include school site, school buildings, various facilities within the school ground and inside the school buildings are considered to be the support system of the school. In providing educational facilities, the age of the learner and the need for other related services must be given consideration. School must provide a full range of settings to meet individual needs of learners.

With these, we can infer that the absence of one element will greatly affect effective and good educational governance. Furthermore, lack of one of these elements will not generate outcome – oriented students.


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