Vedaaranya Heritage Arts and Healing Festival 2016

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Ms. Dilmit Singh

Granada Hills Charter High School
10535 Zelzah Avenue
Granada Hills, CA 91344, USA

Building Capacity

The days of a “hero leader” are fast dissipating.  Collaboration and team work are key to the success of any organization – education or other.  Ironically, but not surprisingly, even though the knowledgeable lead the world, shifting paradigms in the education world is a monumental task.  As the “institution” of education struggles to embrace the concept of teamwork for student achievement, leaders must change their mental models and understand the importance of building capacity within their structural organizations. Fullan (2005) proposes that “capacity building means constantly developing leadership for the future.”

It is important to distinguish between perceptions of leaders and the workforce. Understand how leaders define “leaders and leadership” and how the work force defines the terms.  The “flat world” concept refutes the idea that leaders are the primary vessels of knowledge.  The virtual world gives each one of us an opportunity to access information, practice discernment, and become an active contributor to the ideal/objective in question.   If leaders, principals or administrators do not empower their employees and teachers much of the talent will be lost. Recognizing capabilities, fostering growth, and providing opportunities for the work force are non traditional ways of looking at leadership; and even though much of building capacity has been conceptually embraced by the business world, education leadership is stuck in the traditional model.  Balancing power using a “tight loose model” or “loose coupling” are important for growth and progress.

There are many questions leaders must ask themselves.  How can they empower and encourage teachers to actively engage in not only the delivery of content but also in the determination of curriculum?  Using concepts of backward planning, how can the K-12 education model prepare students to become citizens of the world?  The audience will be invited to participate in a discussion of how paradigms can be shifted by moving from a traditional to a progressive model of leadership.