EXPERT: "CHILE SHOULD GIVE A LICENSE TO SERVE AS SCHOOL DIRECTOR"
AT THE LAUNCHING OF THE EDUCATIONAL LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT CENTER (CEDLE), FORMED BY THE UNIVERSITIES CATÓLICA OF TEMUCO, TALCA, ALBERTO HURTADO AND DIEGO PORTALES, IN COLLABORATION WITH UC BERKELEY AND THE GOVERNMENT’S DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION, THE FIRST CEDLE INTERNATIONAL SEMINAR: NEW TRENDS OF TEACHING LEADERSHIP, WAS HELD AT THE TALCA CAMPUS OF OUR ACADEMIC INSTITUTION.
May 11, 2016
More than 300 people arrived to the Main Hall of the Universidad de Talca to participate in the first CEDLE seminar, where the academic and Director of the UC Berkeley’s Executive Leadership Institute, Rebecca Cheung, gave a keynote talk. Various authorities on the matter also participated, such as the director of the new Educational Leadership Development Center and former State Secretary, José Weinstein, the Seremi of Education of the Maule Region, Rigoberto Espinoza, the Dean of the Department of Education of the UTALCA, Rossana Fiorentino and the Director of the Educational Research and Development Institute of the same institution, Sebastián Donoso, who also acted as the moderator.
About the creation of the Educational Leadership Development Center, its Director, José Weinstein, talked on the innovation offered by the institution. "This Center proposes a diverse and ambitious work program. We want to develop the knowledge that already exists on the subject of executive leadership, delivering new information that will be useful to improve education policies. It will implement training actions, receiving groups of executives who have not been sufficiently supported.
It will introduce innovations in the ways of working that executives can employ in their schools and networks among themselves. And enhance the work of promotion of managerial leadership in regions of the country where there is little training available," he said.
Likewise, Rebecca Cheung, who talked about "School Executives and the Use of Data for the Improvement of Their Establishment: The California Experience", said: "I think that in Chile does not exist some kind of program that delivers a license to teachers to become directors and that is what we are doing in California. I wonder if the people who make these policies will take into consideration that licenses should be given in order to be able to exercise as a school director".
Concerning what Cheung said, the Regional Deputy Secretary of Education, Rigoberto Espinoza, stressed the role of reform in the same view of the expert. "It is very important to have an international expert on the subject who considers the ongoing educational reform. It is necessary to regain the leadership and autonomy which the directors did have in the past, which was lost because of the dependency that the schools have on local and municipal authorities", he said.
Espinoza added about the coming modification of the teaching career that "now, with the law that establishes a system of professional development for teachers, so that the good professors, once they arrive to the stage three of their professional career, can decide if they want to continue as classroom teachers, or if they prefer to become school executives ".
On the creation of the Center and the talk of the expert, the Director of the Department of Education of the Universidad de Talca, Rossana Fiorentino, was emphatic in highlighting the importance of preparing leaders in the context the country is currently living. "The context and demands have changed. Now it requires the participation of the educational community, therefore a leader must know how to develop in his or her educational community. We do not have the image of a leader who dictates and which stands in front of the others to follow him, anymore, they must have the skills to connect with their environment, and events like this prepare the professionals to face these scenarios" she said.
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