KEF adopts a unique training approach to facilitate developing leadership skills.
It has often been seen that while headmasters attend many training sessions on a regular basis, many of these have limited utility vis-à-vis school improvement; they do not necessarily cater to the actual challenges being faced on the ground. In the absence of an analysis of needs, the content of trainings remains irrelevant for the school improvement process. Additionally, the challenges faced in the actual implementation of strategies learnt during training sessions remain unresolved as there is no ‘actual’ support available. Keeping these factors in mind,
The SLDP employs a unique training approach which suits the needs of a headmaster and can be practically implemented on ground. In fact, the headmasters outline the actionable steps according to the individual needs of the school and get regular on-field support to facilitate sound implementation. Unlike the umpteen training sessions which have little relevance for headmasters in terms of practicability, efficacy and on-ground support, the
SLDP curriculum uses a combination of forum training, onsite coaching, written learning material and peer learning networks:
1. Forum Training or Workshops: Participatory and activity-based workshops that cater to headmasters’ needs and help them internalize the newly learnt techniques and ways of thinking.
2. Onsite Coaching and Field Support: Learning, generally, decays over time and the initial impact of training is not carried over to the field. Field support ensures that learning is implemented on the field and problems that crop up are solved. Participants are supported by fellows in their work to implement learning from the workshop in their schools. Their growth is tracked regularly, feedback is given, and corrective measures are undertaken for the successful delivery of the program.
3. Self-learning Material: Readings on various topics covered in the curriculum that headmasters can access according to need and interest for a deeper understanding of various aspects of the four levels of leadership. An effort is made to keep the readings light yet useful to help them gain deeper insights into all aspects of leadership
4. Peer-learning Networks: Participants share their learning with their peers through monthly joint review and reflection sessions. They discuss their projects, reflect on their successes and failures, and learn from the experiences of their peers.
This combination of customized training backed by a robust curriculum has been instrumental in facilitating the change process for over 1235 schools across the three states of Rajasthan, Maharashtra and Gujarat.