A Celebration of New Leaders in Education. A Toast to Leaders in Education. A Tribute to Teacher Education

A Celebration of New Leaders in Education. A Toast to Leaders in Education. A Tribute to Teacher Education

Thursday, 07 October 2010

NIE Celebrates Leaders In Education Programme Graduation and 60 Years of Teacher Education

The Leaders in Education Programme (LEP) 2010 participants, comprising 43 local and foreign senior educators, will receive their certificates at a graduation dinner to be held on 7 October 2010 at The Regent Singapore Hotel. Dr Ng Eng Hen, Minister for Education and Second Minister for Defence will be gracing this event.

Conducted over a six-month period by the National Institute of Education (NIE), Singapore, the LEP is a full-time executive programme for talented educators selected by the Ministry of Education (MOE), Singapore for school leadership.

This year’s LEP graduation also coincides with NIE’s 60th anniversary celebrations and closing dinner of the International Alliance of Leading Education Institutes (IALEI) meeting.

NIE, Singapore will be hosting the 4th IALEI meeting in Singapore from 5 to 7 October 2010. Comprising ten leading education institutes from around the world, the IALEI is a think-tank that aims to raise the profile and quality of education with governments, international agencies and the public at large.

The IALEI international conference on 7 October 2010, themed “Multi-Cultural Education”, will explore best practices in a number of countries on multi-cultural education. The discussions at this conference will lead to a final report with recommendations for international organisations, governments and educational institutes.

The dinner will also see NIE celebrating 60 years of teacher education through the launch of a commemorative book, “Teacher Education In Singapore: 60 Years Of Transforming Teaching And Inspiring Learning (1950 – 2010)”. 

About the Leaders in Education Programme

The LEP focuses on innovation and the creation of new knowledge, provoking the participants' thinking through a series of challenging learning experiences. These include working on a value adding project in an attachment school, seminars with international experts and an overseas study trip. The exposure serves to raise the participants’ leadership skills to new levels and allow them to lead their schools in impactful ways.

In the ten years since it started, the LEP has attracted unparalleled international attention. NIE has welcomed government ministers and a host of overseas educators to observe this leadership programme. The Institute is now actively involved in offering other countries this platform to build and develop their leadership capabilities.

The parties involved in this collaborative effort include NIE academics, MOE staff, principal mentors and industry leaders.

The programme for the evening is at Annexe A. The list of prize winners is at Annexe B and synopses for the outstanding Creative Action Projects presented by the participants are at Annexe C.

Annexe A


 6.00pm  Cocktail Reception
 6.45pm  Guests to be seated
Arrival of Guest-of-Honour, Dr Ng Eng Hen, Minister for Education & Second Minister for Defence
Address by Guest-of-Honour
 7.30pm -

Cake cutting and Launch of NIE 60th Anniversary Commemorative Book “Teacher Education in Singapore: 60 years of    transforming teaching and inspiring learning (1950-2010)”

Photo taking

Dinner commences
Video presentation of LEP participants’ study trips
Presentation of Certificates to Graduands by Mrs Tan Ching Yee, Chairperson, NIE Council & Permanent Secretary, MOE
Presentation of Prizes to Award Winners by Guest-of-Honour
Presentation of Tokens of Appreciation to Principal Mentors by Prof Lee Sing Kong, Director, NIE
Presentation of token of appreciation (drawing) by LEP participants to NIE
10.30pm End of Dinner

 Annexe B




Dr Ruth Wong Medal Award

The Dr Ruth Wong Medal is awarded to the participant who exemplifies the highest performance in the Creative Action Project (CAP) in the Leaders in Education Programme

Ou En Tien Mathew
Email: ou.mathew@gmail.com

Academy of Principals Prize for Leadership Learning

This prize is awarded to the participant who exemplifies the highest level of learning through the journal in the Leaders in Education Programme

Kwok Siew Loong Kenneth
Email: kenneth.kwok@ri.edu.sg

Lim Yu Kee
Email: lim.yu.kee@gmail.com

The Lee Kuan Yew Award

This prize is awarded to the participant who demonstrates the best overall performance in the Leaders in Education Programme

Tay Siu Leng Lucy
Email: lucytay_sl@yahoo.com

Annexe C


A Quest for Leadership
By Ou En Tien Mathew
Email: ou.mathew@gmail.com
Winner of Dr Ruth Wong Medal Award
Attachment School: Si Ling Secondary School

How do you develop effective leadership among school management and teachers for leading a 21st century school? Drawing upon research on effective school leadership, exploring various leadership models and gaining insight on expert decision-makers and leadership wisdom, a practical framework was drawn up to aid leaders and potential leaders to develop capabilities in school leadership. The framework identified two major dimensions in leadership – leadership practice and leadership wisdom. Leadership practice encompasses the technical, human, educational, symbolic and cultural domains, while leadership wisdom encompasses insight, innovation and design as well as self-evaluation domains. The framework, intended for dialogue, self-diagnosis and development, was piloted among the key personnel of Si Ling Secondary and received positive feedback

Breaking Down Divides, Realising the Future
By Lim Yu Kee Email: lim.yu.kee@gmail.com
One of the winners of Academy of Principals Prize for Leadership Learning
Attachment School: Kheng Cheng School

The premise of the Creative Action Project (CAP) is on the future. Yet, it is very much a given that any attempt at futuring would produce results that are more wrong than right. Acknowledging this limitation, however, turns it into strength. In our rapidly changing and unpredictable world, rather than believing in the feasibility of coming to any firm and definite conclusion of the future, futuring instead focuses on the process of constantly looking forward. In the process, it prepares the mind, generates ideas, and shifts mindsets.

The theme of this project consists of two main strands, Breaking Down Divides and Realising the Future. The first is an acknowledgement that the history of schooling has been a process of compartmentalisation and division, between the school and the rest of the world, between disciplines, between the expert and learner, to name some. This is increasingly untenable, however, to develop students for the future, a future which is complex, trans-disciplinary and nebulous. Breaking Down Divides seeks to work towards removing such divides to create a school that is more authentic, more engaging, more inter-connected. In other words, the microcosm of the real world that schools must become to better equip our students.

The second strand is anchored on the word “realise”, which has two distinct definitions. The first more commonly one is “to see, to be aware, and to come to some understanding”. The second, however, is derived from its root word and that is “to make real”, i.e. to bring something to concrete existence. For the purpose of this project, both definitions are relevant. “Realising the Future” describes the underlying process that is required, i.e. for stakeholders to be aware of the future and what it could mean for education going forward. As the key stakeholders, this calls especially for teachers to have constant conversations and envisioning of the forces that shape the world and education, and how to constantly prepare the students and themselves. At the same time, “Realising the Future”, in its second meaning, is an affirmation of the final result – namely to create and concretise that desired future through these efforts.

Creative Action Project@Gsps
By Tan Sun Sun
Email: tan_sun_sun@moe.gov.sg
Attachment School: Gongshang Primary School

This Creative Action Project aims to project the future context in which Singapore schools will be situated and envision how Gongshang Primary School (GSPS) might look like in 15 years’ time. Global and local environments are scanned to identify major trends and driving forces which may shape education, in particular, schooling in Singapore in the future. With this background information, the future of GSPS is envisioned with considerations into how the school could transit into this future.

These considerations are presented in the form of major development milestones in the period 2011 to 2025. One of the significant implications drawn from this exercise is the accentuated importance of values and skills inculcation. Hence, one of the projected milestones, the structured infusion of soft skills into the schooling experience, is chosen to be prototyped. Conversations with teachers yielded the age-appropriate expectations of the 21st century skills and these are also rationalised with the Social-Emotional Learning skills and the GSPS baseline ICT standards to yield a megalist of soft skills. The teaching and assessment of two skills, namely (i) Self-Directed Learning and (ii) Interaction and Collaboration, is prototyped in two Primary 4 Science classes. How the prototype contributes to the desired future, as well as the future possibilities, are discussed. Finally, this write-up concludes with a brief reflection on the learning accrued from the attachment with GSPS and the experience working with the Principal and staff at GSPS.

CAP@Anglican High School – Students as Co-Designer of Education?
By Mdm Cassie Fan
Email: Cassie_FAN@moe.gov.sg
Attachment School: Anglican High School

The CAP@Anglican High School looks into what the school will be like 10 years from now and how they would transit into the future. The project also focuses on helping the school refine its Global Citizens Programme (GCP) which seeks to equip students with knowledge, skills, and dispositions as well as to imbibe in them values needed for the 21st century.

The idea of 'students as co-designer of education' concept was prototyped in a Secondary 1 GCP class with 20 students and supported by the School Leaders, School Staff Developer, HOD ICT, HOD Special Project (GCP) and the GCP department.

Knowing Students as Individuals
By Ng Siew Peng Irene
Email: Irene_Ng@moe.gov.sg
Attachment School: Bukit View Secondary School

The Teacher Student Contact Portal (TSCP) was conceived to move Bukit View Secondary towards customizing the curriculum and providing a holistic education for the learner. Currently, only students’ academic records are systematically captured and teachers interviewed spoke of not fully understanding each student as individuals.

Though the school has existing programmes and processes in place, monitoring students’ progress in the areas of their strengths, weaknesses and social and emotional competencies over time; and taking appropriate actions to provide them with the relevant learning opportunities and experiences has proven to be quite challenging. In addition, form teachers usually do not have contact with their students beyond their subject lessons. As a consequence, they do not know if their students possess leadership qualities, are enthusiastic or committed during their Co-Curricular Activities (CCAs) or while attending lessons with other teachers. Without the knowledge of each student’s competencies, it was difficult for the school to plan a comprehensive programme to cater to students’ individual needs and develop them holistically. The TSCP was developed specifically to address this gap.

Gan Eng Seng 2025
By Low Chun Meng
Email: Iowchunmeng@gmail.com
Attachment School: Gan Eng Seng Secondary School

This Creative Action Project bears Gan Eng Seng School 2025 as the goal. As a school with rich heritage, Gan Eng Seng School will be the lead cluster school in the revamped school cluster system.

The new school cluster system groups schools based on school type and students profile in addition to geographical considerations. Each cluster will comprise 6 to 8 schools for better collaboration. This is to address the current constraints facing small schools today, while allowing the Ministry to keep schools small and nimble.

In addition, the project proposes a reconsideration of citizenry education and curriculum in 2025 for global demographics changes and intense competition for talents would bring about necessary changes to Singapore’s education system.