School leaders need training, too
School leaders are in a unique position. Their vision and strength of character is perhaps the most important factor in a school’s success.
It is for this reason that Summer Academy participants from the School of Managers Lyceum in Novomoskkovsk, Russia, decided to make school leaders their prime target for training in education for democracy and human rights. The topic they chose was democratic school governance – clearly, a whole-school issue.
A seminar for 25 school heads, called Civic Socialization under Democratization of Education, was held, using materials from the Summer Academy. This led to the creation of a network of six partner schools, the heads of which led training on this same topic in their own schools – under the guidance of the Lyceum team. This in turn led to specialist training for homeroom and social studies teachers, and, in due course, also for student groups from the partner schools