The Leaders in Education Programme (LEP) has truly been a great time of reflection, bonding, networking and intellectual stimulation for me.
Though it has been nine years since graduation, I still remember vividly the wonderful memories of learning from intellectual discourse with my syndicate leader Associate Professor Low Guat Tin and my fellow syndicate members.
In addition, through extensive readings, reflective journaling, rich discussions and sparring with NIE lecturers and former ministry officials that include Dr Joy Chew, Associate Professor David Ng, Associate Professor Ng Pak Tee, Dr Jonathan Goh, former Director-General of Education Ms Seah Jiak Choo and former Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Finance Mr Lim Siong Guan. They helped to broaden perspectives, challenge assumptions and create knowledge that put us in good stead as we venture forth as school leaders.
I still keep my LEP journal close to me as it has become a very useful reference for me whenever I revisit my learning and apply aspects of them in navigating the complexities of being a school leader. The thought processes and knowledge creation through quality conversations and immersion in varied learning experiences are particularly useful in my efforts to build a culture of innovation, collaboration and care within the school so as to have a positive impact on society at large.
My deepest appreciation to MOE, NIE and my fellow participants for this truly rich and invaluable learning experience, as the American entrepreneur Mr Malcolm Forbes once said ‘The best vision is insight’, LEP has certainly provided me with much insights and learning in my efforts to actualise the shared vision for my school, my staff and my pupils.
This article first appeared in NIE's quarterly publication NIE News in December 2015.