From July 28th to August 3rd 2021, principals, school administrators and senior teachers from forty (40) schools in Saint Lucia were engaged in Digital Education Leadership Training courtesy of the Sir Arthur Lewis Community College.
The programme, Digital Leadership Training for Educational Administrators, was a collaboration between the Sir Arthur Lewis Community College’s eLearning Academy and The Taiwan International Cooperation and Development Fund (ICDF). The Taiwan ICDF is dedicated to boosting socio-economic development, enhancing human resources and promoting economic relations in a range of developing partner countries.
The workshop responded to the growing need for capacity in Technology Enabled Instruction among practitioners in Saint Lucia’s education system. The Digital Leadership Training forms part of a broader project which seeks to help educators and administrators respond to changes and innovation in education, explore context relevant tools and approaches in digital education, and develop and employ frameworks in which to implement digital education.
The workshop was designed to help participants understand Digital Education in the 21st century. Participants had the opportunity to discuss digital education and its impact on 21st century learners, utilize various technologies, and explain the roles of various stakeholders.
Most importantly, administrators also developed an implementation plan for technology integration and considered the appropriate strategies for monitoring and evaluating the aforementioned implementation process.
Another critical element of the Digital Education Leadership Training was helping administrators respond to data generated in the digital education context. When educational institutions realize the full value of their data, everyone is empowered.
At the end of the workshop, principals and other educational administrators were empowered to lead and manage change and innovation in education effectively, as well as to leverage relevant information in their decision making processes, and make decisions that optimize the impact of digital education on their institution.