India School Leadership Institute (ISLI) aims to create a pipeline of exceptional school leaders to direct high-quality schools for children from underserved communities. ISLI trains existing and aspiring school leaders through two fellowships offered at the national and local or city levels.
The National Fellowship was launched in 2013. It has been designed for leaders who have comprehension of basic school and management structures but want to undergo an intensive program to further enhance their skills and develop their schools into models where low-income students achieve exemplary learning outcomes and character values. The National Fellowship aims to establish the benchmark for school leadership training in India. The curriculum draws from international research and the best practices and includes elements of theoretical and experiential learning.
Experiential learning will take place at the residences, where fellows are hosted at high-performing schools and have the opportunity to shadow their principals and observe best practices in school management firsthand. Residences will be followed by intersessions where fellows can synthesize their learnings into concrete plans that will be implemented in their schools. Finally, as the program is implemented in conjunction with the school year, fellows are able to implement their learning in their schools while receiving real-time feedback and coaching from ISLI faculty. Fellows are trained in six key leadership competencies, including personal leadership, operational leadership, instructional leadership, leadership for equity, leadership for results, and people leadership.
In 2014, ISLI will launch its first City Fellowship for existing school leaders of affordable private schools in Delhi. The curriculum and programming for the City Fellowships will be modeled on the National Fellowship. All sessions will be conducted locally and in the local language.
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CEI approaches in action
ISLI's exclusive focus is on low-income schools that serve the urban poor. In order to recruit School Leaders from these schools, ISLI uses multiple approaches-- partnering with other budget private school service providers (such as local book sellers), sharing databases with other NGO's working in these schools, and conducting door to door school visits in areas that have a high population of budget private schools.
30,000 students. ISLI trains School Leaders, leading schools for 30,000 students across the country.
ISLI's first National cohort (2013-14) consisted of 6 school leaders, overseeing 20 schools in Delhi, Hyderabad, Bombay, and Pune. These school leaders lead private and public- private partner schools that serve approximately 77000 students from low-income communities.
ISLI's second National cohort (2014-15) consists of 10 School Leaders, seven of whom are existing school leaders of private, public-private partnership or government schools. The cohort also includes 3 aspiring school leaders who plan to open schools of their own or advance into the position of principal after the fellowship year. In 2014, ISLI also launched it's pilot City Fellowship in Delhi, with 14 School Leaders from 11 schools.
By the end of 2014, ISLI has worked with 30 School Leaders, leading schools for 30,000 students across the country.
In 2015, ISLI plans to replicate the City Fellowship in Hyberabad, Mumbai, Delhi, and Pune, with cohorts of 50 school leaders in each city, including Delhi.
ISLI's National Fellowship will continue to work with cohorts of 10-15 of the country's most promising school leaders.
Monitoring & Evaluation
ISLI monitors its results using 3 determinants:
a) Personal growth of the school leader: measured using an internal rubric that tracks growth along key leadership competencies.
b) Student Learning outcomes: measured using tests created by Indus Action, EI, and Grey Matters India, through a baseline survey, and follow up surveys for five successive years after the end of the Fellowship.
c) Improvement in their schools and teaching practices: measured using assessments created by Adhyayan Quality Services and Grey Matters India, done prior to the Fellowship and after the Fellowship year.