Saturday, July 14, 2018

Waldorf - Steiner Method of Education

Dr. Rudolf Steiner (1861-1925), the founder of Anthroposophy, was approached by his friend Emil Molt, a factory owner, to conceptualise  a school that has a spiritual element also. This school would be for the children of his factory workers. Rudolf Steiner responded and the first Waldorf School,  was founded in September 1919 in the German city of Stuttgart. Today, there are over 900 Rudolf Steiner/Waldorf schools worldwide. In India also, they are there.

Why are Steiner schools so controversial?
Chris Cook
Policy editor, BBC Newsnight
4 August 2014

What is Steiner education?

Strategy and Leadership in Colleges and Universities

Morrill on Strategic Leadership
ACCA Presentation, 2017

To Make Better Decisions, Break Some Boundaries
By Richard L. Morrill NOVEMBER 26, 2012

Strategic Leadership: Integrating Strategy and Leadership in Colleges and Universities

Richard L. Morrill
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 16-Apr-2010 - Education - 318 pages

Strategic Leadership addresses deep and continuing issues relating to strategy, governance, management, and leadership in higher education during a period of rapid change. Each of these themes is at the heart of current debates about the capacity of universities to respond to new expectations, market realities, reduced state funding, globalization, technology, and a long list of other challenges. Dealing with these issues can immobilize colleges and universities, or it can cause them to become so market-driven that they will sacrifice their own legacy of academic values. This book places strategic planning in a new conceptual framework that is oriented to interactive leadership rooted in human agency and values. It will assist academic professionals, stakeholders such as trustees, and students of higher education to better understand and use strategic planning as an effective process and as a method of collaborative leadership.

The Art and Politics of Academic Governance: Relations among Boards, Presidents, and Faculty

Kenneth P. Mortimer, Colleen O'Brien Sathre
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 15-Feb-2010 - Education - 160 pages

Using case studies and relevant literature, this book illustrates the challenges to legitimate, Shared-governance domains when the routine of the academy is forced to deal with big issues, often brought on by external forces. Mortimer and Sathre have gone beyond a discussion of faculty/administrative behavior by focusing on what happens when the legitimate governance claims of faculty, trustees, and presidents clash. They place these relationships in the broader context of internal institutional governance and analyze the dynamics that unfold when advocacy trumps collegiality. The book closes with a defense of shared governance and offers observations and practical suggestions about how the academy can share authority effectively and further achieve its mission.

Managing the Big Picture in Colleges and Universities: From Tactics to Strategy

Richard L. Alfred
Greenwood Publishing Group, 2006 - Education - 275 pages

This book is intended to serve as a road map for strategy creation and execution for leaders and decision makers who, by choice or by necessity, are looking to use strategy to optimize the development of their institutions. It is the first book of its kind to focus exclusively on strategy as it applies to postsecondary education. As the authors explain, strategy is a systematic way of positioning an institution within a context of community stakeholders. In today's competitive environment, higher education leaders must become adept at differentiating their institutions from competitors to obtain the resources necessary for growth and sustainable advantage. The book begins by explaining the concept of strategy and its application. The authors describe the evolution of modern strategy and how it is has been applied and developed by strategy theorists and practitioners. The book also explores how strategy is shaped by critical factors related to the mission, control and culture of the institution. For example, strategy that is appropriate in a liberal arts college may be completely inappropriate for community college or a teaching university. Real-world cases are employed to illustrate the applications of strategy in three different settings: a private liberal arts college, a comprehensive public institution, and a special purpose institution. The last section moves to the hands-on world of strategy formulation and implementation inside the institution. The authors end with an outline of key concepts for building a plan for implementing strategy and provide a framework for evaluating its impact.

Updated 15 July 2018
First published 7 October 2016

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Alphabet Literacy, Numeracy - Digital Literacy is also Important

Technology has to drive education to create digital literacy along with alphabet literacy and numeracy. Teachers are still stuck to their talents in oral and textbook based teaching.

Global Professors of Excellence - Educating Billions in One-to-One Mode - New Internet Global Education Model

Saturday, March 5, 2016

SMART Classroom - Role of Teachers and Students

S  - Social
M - Mobile
A - Active
R - Responsive
T - Technology

SMART Classrooms are made possible by technology. But many teachers are yet to use them to their full power. I my self still do not know how to use mobiles and tablets fully. I am a very active blogger for ten years. But till recently, I did not use laptop much.  So in this SMART every socieity teacher has to learn first how to use mobiles and tablets and then how to use them for improving learning.

Excerpts from a paper

Today the concept of “bring your own device (BYOD)” makes any classroom a “smart classroom.”

As of 2014, 86% of undergraduate students own a smart device, and 47% own a tablet.

Make yourself available on social channels.