Policy and Planning for Educators
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Philosophy of Education

Philosophy of Education | Policy and Planning for Educators | Scoop.it
In the 21st Century we need to reflect on the fundamental question of how are we to educate our children so they can adapt to the rapidly changing environmental and technological advancements.
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As Educators, What is our business?

As Educators, What is our business? | Policy and Planning for Educators | Scoop.it

To begin any planning for service organisations, which schools can be considered part
of, we must first examine what kind of business we are in.

What kind of citizen should we now be educating?

What kind of education is necessary to produce this citizen?'

How can we improve the Education system in order to provide this education?

What legal, constitutional and political framework are we operating within?

 

Decentralisation with power transferred to school boards or governing councils and management by the "Head" teacher presents opportunity for positive change and improved educational outcomes if the responsibility is genuinly accepted and participation by local authorities authentic.  In many cases Boards do not function in an authentic manner due to the systemic barriers between the school and the community'

 

What kind of business are we in?

The education of a child is a shared responsibility. It starts at home with the parents. If the parents are involved and interested in educational growth and the learning process then the child is off to a good start. The next input of importance is the school itself. Its human and physical resources.  The teacher must have appropriate education and training and must set a good example, be creative and have some vision of the purpose of education and participate in the development of the school.

 

All schools need to have processes in place to involve their community in determining, the framework within which the schools vision, mission and values are propogated. It should be a vision shared by the community in which the school operates. The process itself will help the school overcome barriers that may currently exist between the school and the community. The mission should be supported by the school goals or aims. Only when this has been determined can one develop appropriate policies and other plans to ensure the schools goals can be achieved.

 

As you can see answers are not discussed here, because each educational environment operates under its own set of constraints and cultural background and needs to provide the forum for its participants to examine the vision, mission and values that will drive the effective education of children.

 

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The 21st Century Principal: 5 Aspects of Social Media Leadership for School Administrators and Other Educators

The 21st Century Principal: 5 Aspects of Social Media Leadership for School Administrators and Other Educators | Policy and Planning for Educators | Scoop.it

Social  media is here to stay and Educational Leaders must value the opportunity to use social media to network with stakeholders.  Investment in the tools, policies and procedures to make the experience productive and successful for parents, teachers and students is essential.  School leaders ignore becoming masters of social media at their peril.

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The Hierarchy - Plans and Structures

The Hierarchy - Plans and Structures | Policy and Planning for Educators | Scoop.it

There are many types of plans, such as purposes and missions, objectives or goals, strategies, policies, procedures, rules, programs and budgets.

 

Having asked the first question of ‘What business are we in?’ We have established the mission, and this is why it appears at the top of the planning pyramid. Once aware of this a manager can plan rationally by establishing a clear set of objectives. The manager can then prepare supporting plans such as the Strategic Plan and develop policies which lead to procedures, programs, rules.  The necessary foundation or base of all resource planning, the budget can then be developed.

 

Although the budget appears at the bottom of the hierarchy it is of as much importance as the mission or top of the hierarchy and the mission would not be supported if this planning is not done. The need for such plans as programs, rules and procedures is more so optional and dependent upon decisions made to support strategic planning and policy development.

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