Thursday, November 19, 2009

1st Regional Conference on Educational Leadership and Management (RCELAM)

10 -12 Nov 2009; Institut Aminuddin Baki Northern Branch, Ministry of Education Malaysia, Jitra, Kedah, Malaysia

Welcoming Speech by Abdul Ghani Ishak, Director of Institut Aminuddin Baki Northern Branch, Jitra, Kedah, Malaysia

With keynote speaker, Prof. Dato' Dr. Ibrahim Ahmad Bajunid,Deputy President / Deputy Vice Chancellor INTI - UC Laureate International Universities, and Professor of Management, Education and the Social Sciences.

The topic delivered by Prof. Ibrahim was Heroic Leader, Toxic Leader, Wounded Leader, The DNA of Leadership and ALL That: The Fantasy of the Quest. 

Keynote speaker; Prof. Dr. Phillip Hallinger, Institute of Education Hong Kong.
He talked on "Leadership for 21st Century Schools: From Instructional Leadership to Leadership for Learning"

Hallinger's Abstract : A legacy of the effective schools movement has been the institutionalization of the term "instructional leadership" into the vocabulary of educational leadership and management. Instructional leadership came to prominence as a paradigm for school leadership and management in the 1980s in the USA before being eclipsed by transformational leadership in the 1990s. Instructional leadership has recently reincarnated as a global phenomenon in the form of “leadership for learning”. In this lecture, I will identify the defining characteristics of instructional leadership, elaborate on the predominant model in use, report on empirical evidence about its effects on teaching and learning, and reflect on the transformation of instructional leadership in its reincarnated form of “leadership for learning”.

Dr. Khair - Director, Teacher Education Division, Ministry of Education Malaysia delivering his keynote speech

Dr. Khair's topic,  Technology- abled Innovations for Future Educational Leaders, Administrators and Managers.

His interesting introduction, .....   John Smith started the day early having set his alarm clock ( MADE IN JAPAN ) for 6am. While his coffee pot ( MADE IN CHINA ) was perking, he shaved with his electric razor ( MADE IN HONG KONG .) He put on a shirt ( MADE IN SRI LANKA ), designer jeans ( MADE IN SINGAPORE ) and tennis shoes ( MADE IN KOREA ).
After cooking his breakfast in his new electric skillet ( MADE IN INDIA ) he sat down with his calculator ( MADE IN MEXICO ) to see how much he could spend today. After setting his watch ( MADE IN TAIWAN ) to the radio ( MADE IN INDIA ) he got in his car (MADE IN GERMANY ) filled it with GAS ( from SAUDI ARABIA ) and continued his search for a good paying AMERICAN JOB. At the end of yet another discouraging and fruitless day checking his Computer ( MADE IN MALAYSIA), John decided to relax for a while. He put on his sandals ( MADE IN BRAZIL ) poured himself a glass of wine ( MADE IN FRANCE ) and turned on his TV ( MADE IN INDONESIA ), and then wondered why he can't find a good paying job in AMERICA . AND LASTLY HE'S HOPING HE CAN GET HELP FROM THE PRESIDENT ( MADE IN KENYA ) and so the story goes.

That is the tremendous force of globalization and the technology as well is not less impacted. 

Dr. Sugiarto Joeseph, President South East Asia School Principal Forum - Invited keynote speaker


Excerpt from his speech - ...  There is no doubt the new millennium brings dramatic changes in all areas of life whether we are ready or not. Schools are at the edge of great democratic possibilities if educators are to play a major part in the reinvention of a fairer competitive-but-more inclusive society and it will be a time for true inspirational leadership not compliance management. The key to successful change is the improvement in relationships between all involved and not simply the imposition of top down reform. The new emphasis is educational change is based on creating the conditions to develop the 'capacity' of both organizations and individuals to learn. The focus moves away from an emphasis on structural change towards changing the culture of classrooms and schools, to an emphasis on relationships and values. The principal is the key player to develop this 'capacity' in each school. The challenge is how to share and sustain ideas about change so as to transform what is essentially a conservative system. There are at least 4 important issues need to be taken into account by school principals, namely: that leadership is for learning, leadership is for collaborative cultures, leadership is for continuous change, and leadership should be driven by vision.

Deputy Prime Minister cum Minister of Education Malaysia, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, officiating the closing ceremony


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