Monday, 31 December 2012

Her Inspiration




DR. HOWARD GARDNER
 The father of Multiple                         
   Intelligence. (MI)



She has represented India in various International leadership conferences  around the world including World Academy for Art and Science. She has also had the pleasure of meeting world renowned personalities.






ERIC JENSEN - Author                  
Teaching with the brain in mind. 
Brain Compatible Strategies.




                                                                                                             



                                                           


                                                                                                     
STEPHEN COVEY - Author
Seven Habits of Highly Effective People.



Yi Young Indians


Anjum is the Former Education Chairperson of Young Indians (Yi), of the Hyderabad Chapter of CII (Confederation of Indian Industries) and, was responsible in setting up Young Indians (Yi) Club Akshara for the first time in Hyderabad.

Young Indians (Yi) is an integral part of the confederation of Indian Industry (CII), India’s premier business association. Yi is engaged in identifying vision ambassadors who can ‘think globally and act locally’ in a passionate and earnest way so that this vision is shared by others to progress towards a better India.

Saturday, 29 December 2012

Anjum Babukhan talks with You & I




Increasing Leadership Density


Increasing Leadership Density




 I received a lovely quote on Children’s Day in an SMS which said, “it is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.” This is thought-provoking indeed.  The future literally in the hands of how we raise and educate our children. How we cultivate the youth today, will harvest our future. What is of concern, is that when we look at other professions, the requirement for licensing or earning qualifications is a very rigorous and long process compared to that of teachers in India.  While we give much lip service to how noble the profession is, steps need to be taken for increasing the seriousness of the teaching profession. I would like to share discussions in the international circuit of increasing teacher leadership from the Cambridge Conference of 2012.

A paradigm shift is required in education; we need to strengthen teachers’ professionalism by enabling them to feel that leadership is part of their work. It is about teachers taking responsibility for leading change and making a difference to professional practice and to the development of professional knowledge. The Department of Education and Early Childhood Development in Australia suggests the idea of a “teacher-researchers ” who support their practices with research of not just content but how it is delivered.  “If teachers want to be treated as real professionals, shouldn't they act more like doctors and base their practice on hard evidence rather than personal preference or unexamined belief?” quoted Andy Heargreaves (2009). 

Anyone can be a leader because teacher leadership is not about hierarchical position. It requires teachers to understand their own potential, be aspirational and open to change.They need encouragement, inspiration and practical support to help them realize this potential by being allowed to take initiative and being provided with support from headteachers and from the system.We see teacher leadership as being a fundamental part of a democratic way of life - social democracy – in which people express their human agency and feel a sense of empowerment to innovate! (Cambridge, 2012)

Leadership is defined as intentional influence over other people to guide, structure and facilitate activities and relationships in a group or organization (Yuki, 2010).
The challenge of transforming our educational institutions to face the increasing global and local demands of educational change are many. Where do we start? In trying for a “quick-fix,” the folly of policy borrowing in an era of global competition may sometimes result in a “lack of cultural fit.”  How we proceed, needs to be tailor-made to suit our requirements while, “thinking globally and acting locally.”  There are perhaps many myths in the market. However, fact is that the narrow conceptions of leadership seem to constrict growth in our schools. Heroic Leadership dominates the education scene where there is single person authority runs the institution unilaterally. Perhaps our ingrained respect culture, for those at the top, allow the heroic leadership paradigm to live on.  However, the changing trend in leadership is moving away from the heroic leadership model to increase leadership density throughout institutions if we want to see education transformed .

With the exception of a few, most schools throughout the country have a long way to meet global standards .The main problem of heroic leadership model is that it remains a herculean task to achieve joined-up thinking for teacher development, school improvement and innovation. There have been many charismatic leaders no doubt but you may be wondering what is wrong with the heroic leadership paradigm? According to OECD(Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development -2007) the entire work of leadership, cannot be done by one person – it is not practical. Moreover, heroic leadership does not build leadership capacity in the system (Hargreaves and Fink, 2004). The benefit of increasing leadership density is to build a strong a professional learning community. In a thriving institution, leadership practices serve to build its strength and success of individuals to benefit the institution.


Changing Definition of Leadership
We need to think of leadership as a practice and not leadership as role, position, status or power. Leadership practice involve activities such as: influencing and inspiring others, taking the initiative and setting direction, offering support/service, holding others to account, modeling learning behavior, valuing/encouraging helpful behavior. On the contrary, a bureaucratic approach within a heroic leadership paradigm consists of: delegation rather than empowerment, hierarchy and special roles, and no special focus on collaboration or shared moral purpose.

Leadership density – An alternative concept
The result of increased leadership density is that more individuals have a stake in the success of the institution while carrying the school’s institutional memory of shared values with a sense of belonging. This alternative concept of high leadership density is many people: influencing work of others, knowing what is going on, being involved with decision making, being exposed to new ideas, and generating new ideas. A school should be thought of as a learning community. “Individuals feel a deep sense of empowerment and autonomy and a deep personal commitment to the work of the school. This implies that people in the school form not just a community of learners but also a community of leaders.” (‘Profound School Improvement,’ Mitchell and Sackney, 2000)


Supportive structures & strategies to build leadership density:
1. Well designed programs of support for reflection, planning and sharing.
3. Professional cultures which encourage innovation and positive change for progress.
4. Working in an atmosphere where leadership is distributed.
5. Capitalize on opportunities for networking beyond immediate contexts.


Using effective strategies to:

  •         illustrate and exemplify best teaching practices
  •         identify areas of concern and prioritize in improving teaching/learning
  •          provideteachers a scaffold for reflection
  •           provide a structure for discussion & consultation
  •           analyze what difference can be made by effort
  •           provide guidance for planning & implementation
  •           provideresource guidance and information
  •           arm practices with researched evidence



Writer is theDirector-Education Glendale Academy and Lead Consultant for Edvantage Teacher Leadership Institute. For more information or articles on education, please visit glendaleacademy.net

Friday, 28 December 2012

Educational and Professional Experience


         1994 -1995  University of Illinois, Chicago, IL, USA   
M.Ed. Educational Administration & Instructional Leadership
 v  Conducted extensive on “Education in India”
 v  Devised school projects on various topic (human resource development, evaluation, multi-culturalism, curriculum / instruction)

     1992 -1994       Loyola University of Chicago, IL, USA
     B.A. Psychology- Honors
 v  President of Psi Chi- International Honor Society in Psychology
 v  Worked in various Research Team under Psychology Professors
 v  Honors Thesis - “Savoring the Positive”

  1990 -1991       Elgin Community College, Elgin, IL, USA
     A.A.(Associate in Arts) Honors Program- Elgin Community   
     College, Elgin, IL, USA
v  President of ECC Honors Society
v  Vice-President of Phi Theta Kappa (International Honor Society)
v  Selected as the only ”All-American Academic Nominee” from college
v  Selected in “Who’s Who Among American Junior Colleges”
v  Graduated with high Honors distinction

                                                          PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
                                      2003 - Present Glendale Academy for Learning & Enrichment
   Director-Education/ Principal
 v  Planned and designed complete school and its programs
 v  Head the curriculum. Interior design, recruitment and  
        teacher – training
 v  Editor-in-Chief of school newsletter

1995 - 2002 Springfields School- Masab Tank, Hyderabad
 Director- Education
v  Involved in planning and organizing of academic,  co-curricular  
                 and extra-curricular activities of the school
   v  Plan and implement evaluations, projects and HRD  
               programs.

     1995 - Present Consultant – Psychometrics, Hyderabad
v  Administer various psychometric & psychological assessments
v  Plan & conduct staff development program for institutions
v  Facilitate workshops for education, parenting & personal skills

                                    College Preparatory School of America, Chicago, IL, USA
                                     Administrative manager
v  Handled all administrative duties under Principal including accounts, student records planning of school events, public relations, and coordination / organization of daily activities

                                                      PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS
v  Psi Chi- The national Honor Society in Psychology, USA
v  Young Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce Ladies Organization, (FICCI) Vice-Chairperson
v  Young Indians (Confederation of Indian Industries), Hyderabad Chapter Yi – CII Education - Chairperson
v  Golden Key National Honor Society, USA
v  National Panel for Multiple Intelligence, New Delhi (Executive Council Member)

                                                                                                             




                   COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES
  v  Volunteer at United Economic Porum (1995-present)
  v  Community Service Coordinator- Hyderabad Area                  
             Ladies Circle #67 (1999-2004)
  v  Conduct teacher-training for village school & urban poor          
             schools
v  Active in Women’s-Welfare Programs through Babukhan Craft Center
v  Arranged medical/ food relief for Bosnia 1993
v  Was a Peer Counselor and Training Leader in High School (1987-1990)
v  Volunteer- Doyle School for Emotionally Disturbed Children, Chicago, IL (1993-1994)
v  Kakhatiya Ladies Club member (2005-Present)
v  All India Representative - MLT

                                                  COURSES TAKEN IN PSYCHOLOGY
Introduction to psychology, Social Psychology, Child Psychology, Developmental Psychology, Educational Psychology, Abnormal Psychology, Psychology of Human Sexuality, Organizational and Industrial Psychology, Psychology of Personality, Psychology of Women, Research Methods in Social Science, Cognitive Psychology, Interpersonal Relations, Group Dynamic and Honors Thesis

                                            COURSES TAKEN IN EDUCATION
Curriculum and Instruction, Improving Leaning Environments, Teacher Evaluation, Independent Study on Education in India, Foundation of School Administration, Education in the Classroom, Strategies for Effective Teaching, and The Development Child

                                            COURSES TAKEN IN SOCIOLOGY
Introduction to Sociology, Social Problems, Social and the Human Condition and  Introduction to Social Work

                                                     AWARDS RECEIVED
Distinction of Cum Laude (Honors) in the attainment of Honors Baccalaureate Degree at  
       Loyola University of Chicago 1994
v      Psychology Honors Award, Loyola University of Chicago 1994
v     Outstanding Academic Achievement Award in the Presidential  Academic Fitness Awards  
       Program signed by President Reagan in 1987 and President Bush in 1990 
v       Hyderabad Foundation of Chicago presented an “Academic  &  Leadership Excellence” 
       Award in 1990 and 1992
v      Primary Plus Outstanding Award - Multiple Intelligence (2006)

                                                  OTHER         
v  Certified Facilitator for STEP (Systematic Training for  Effective Parenting)
v  Write weekly articles on Parenting, Education and Multiple Intelligence for Times of India, 
     Hyderabad Supplement
v  Received Certified Nursing Assistant Training -1990
v  Hobbies: Ike ban, Yoga, Reading & other Creative pursuits

International Seminars/Workshops


Cambridge Educators Conference 2012, Cambridge, UK
'Confident learners, confident teachers: new ways of looking at leadership'
·  The Teacher as a Leader - Conrad Hughes
·   Transforming education through teacher leadership - David Frost
·   THE FUTURE OF SCHOOL LEADERSHIP: Where We Are and What Next? -Professor Geoff Southworth
    ·   What is leadership? - Dr Karen Edge
    ·     Been there – bought the tee-shirt - Neil Richards
    ·    Students as Leaders  - Susan Douglas and Twalib Ebrahim

XSEED School Leadership Rewards Program, Dubai, UAE
     ·   Martian conclusions
     ·   Syllabus of the Leader
     ·    Leader insight – Professional Development
     ·   The 4 ORBITS of GOOD TEACHING


Harvard Learning Lab:
                                   Systemic Change for Student Success
                                 (Harvard Graduate School of Education)
  •   Main Focus: Improving Teaching Learning Environment
  •  Building a Teaching – Learning community
  •  ‘Spot Light Protocol’ – “No shame, No blame, No excuses”
  •  Being ‘Data- Wise’ – “What one can not measure, one can not manage” 





  • International School Leadership Summit (ISLS)
The University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa, USA

     

·       field visits to top quality schools (primary, junior high, and high schools in the vicinity of the campus, there are 20-25 schools)
·         assisted/rehab methods and technologies for children with special needs   
·        state-of-the-art technological and research facilities
·        state-of-the-art classroom facilities and digital libraries
·        modern research laboratories
·        exposure to current findings from educational research leaders
·        breakout discussion groups with other principals from the US and India
·  networking opportunities with educational leaders, principals, professors, publishers, researchers, entrepreneurs, and directors of philanthropic foundations 


Motivated by the love of learning

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Noted educationist Anjum Babukhan believes that lifelong learning and knowledge-sharing is the key to a progressive future.

You’re well known for pioneering multiple intelligence and brain-compatible learning strategies for children. What motivated you to get into the field of education?
After completing my Honours in psy­chology from Loyola University of Ch­i­cago, Illinois, USA, I moved to India in the mid ‘90s. I had initially pl­anned on pursuing a PhD in coun­selling psychology before deciding on education. By then, I realised the scope and opportunities in the field of education in India were far gre­at­er than counselling. Also, at that ti­me, my father-in-law, Bashiruddin Ba­b­ukhan, had a school, Spring­fi­e­lds, and I felt I could work and apply my skills there. While counselling in­volves one-to-one interaction, in education you’re working with people, but in bigger groups. It’s still people-related.
As the director of education at Glendale Academy, what were some of the challenges you faced in setting up the school in 2003?
That could fill a whole book! Everything was important all at once! I was in charge of recruitment, resource planning, curriculum development, procurement of school materials, uniforms, advertising and interiors all at the same time. I had a staff of two to help me. I think at that time my western upbringing really helped me in terms of having gained an early exposure to great schools with excellent facilities and infrastructure. I tried to replicate those standards as best as I could.
We’ve grown into a secular truly international school with a global, pluralistic and cosmopolitan outlook. From just over 40 students in the first year, our current strength lies in nurturing 1,300 impressionable minds and talents.
Why the need to launch the Edvantage Teacher Leadership Institute last year?
Teacher training has always been one of my key focus areas. I believe the best and only way to develop a good school is to develop its teachers. The institute trains educators on education pedagogy and methodology and offers a six-month Global Teacher Certification programme for Indian teachers.
In India, I’ve noticed people don’t like to share what they do; they’re a little possessive. I feel that you’re living in the knowledge age and anything you need to know is available at the click of a button. It only makes you and your school stronger when you share because that’s something you’re good at, and sharing that empowers you for your own good.
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What are some of the life lessons you’ve learnt from your husband and in-laws, and vice versa?
It’s been a wonderful synergistic relationship where each of us has our strengths that support each other. My father-in-law had the vision to build a world-class institution and I helped materialise that. My husband Salman’s domain was his involvement in the school’s physical infrastructure. I think I breathed soul and spirit into it. My father-in-law likes to joke and say, “I’m the founder but (pointing to me) I found her”. And Salman adds, “He didn’t find you, I did”. I take that as a compliment.
My in-laws are very supportive and progressive in their outlook. Th­ey believe that women need to be us­eful in society and make a difference. They’ve always appreciated my ideas and the personal touch th­at I bring into the things I do. They­’ve provided me the fertile ground to blossom; it’s a big blessing.
How do you keep abreast of new developments in the field of education?
I absolutely love learning. I’m intrinsically motivated by new learning and exploring the world. When I feel good about what I’ve learnt, I share that with my staff, my students and other people within my circle of influence.
I’ve attended the Learning Brain Expo in San Francisco. In April this year, I visited the Harvard Graduate School of Education for a three-day learning lab on Systemic Change for Student Success. It taught me ways to improve teaching and learning environments. Next month, I am off to Cambridge, UK. Whenever I visit my family in Chicago, I enrol myself in different workshops and visit institutions to take a leaf out of their book and better my learning as well as teaching experiences.
What inspires you?
Any and everyone who has some differentiating quality. I get inspired by a multitude of people, ideas, and experiences. Howard Gardner talks about the five minds for the future in his latest book. I think I have a bit of each in me…especially the “Synthesizing Mind”. I love and appreciate the many different aspects of different people. I’m like a busy bee that collects pollen from various flowers and synthesises all that to create sweetness and spread it around.
According to you, what’s vital for a progressive intellectual community?
Unity in diversity and communal harmony. It’s imperative to uphold secular values in a pluralistic society. We need to recognise that our similarities are far greater than the differences that divide us. That’s something very important for the future of India. And human values are of utmost importance. Only then will we be global citizens.

The 8th Habit Moving from Effectiveness to Greatness





The 8th Habit Moving from Effectiveness to Greatness By Anjum Babukhan

Anjum Babukhan, M.Ed Education Administration and Instructional Leadership, B.A Psychology
Honors Program (USA)
Stephen Covey is an internationally respected leadership authority, family expert, teacher, organizational consultant, He has made principle-centered living and leadership his life’s work. His wisdom, based on timeless truths evident in all the major religions of the world, and is meant for the citizens of the “knowledge-worker” world today whether applied at home or in the workplace. I read his books several years ago and found myself quoting him on a variety of occasions, be it inspiring teachers in my workshops, preparing teens to face “life,” or chatting with friends over life’s quibbles. The essence of his books to have become such an essential part of who I am. The “universal truths” as core principles, have fully integrated into my life’s work in education, training and social service. The fact is that any person can apply them in their own “circle of influence” whether they are a corporate scion, social worker or home maker. The Seven Habits offer a holistic approach to help cultivate personal character which is the foundation of effectiveness. These first three habits constitute a “private victory” and develop self-mastery. One needs to start inside out, first with oneself before one can be effective with others. The next three habits help one achieve “public victory” for interpersonal effectiveness. The last two tie in your whole being that is your very core essence. Habit 1- Be proactive. Recognize that although things may influence us, we are free to exercise ability to choose one’s response. This is opposite of being reactive and subscribing to be a victim of circumstance. Habit 2- Begin with the end in mind. All things are created twice, there is first a mental creation, then a physical manifestation. Habit 3- Put First Things First. Act on priorities and never let the things that matter the least be act the mercy of those that matter the most. Habit 4- Think Win-Win. Be willing to search for a solution that is better than what either one of you (us) have proposed. Habit 5- Seek to First Understand, then be Understood. A skill for listening deeply for complete understanding. A simple ground rule should be that no one can make his or her point until they have restated the other person’s point to his or her satisfaction. Habit 6 –Synergize. Discover and experience a creativity and strength that people share when they explore differences and work together. Habit 7- Sharpen the Saw. Is the habit of self-renewal through daily sharpening of our personal cutting edge in body, mind, heart and spirit. And now finally, the 8th Habit moves one from effectiveness to greatness as it explains how we should use the whole-person paradigm and “find our voice and inspire others to find theirs.” He left us with the analogy that this concept has enormous potentiality such as that of a match stick. If wrongly used, can wreak havoc and if used rightly, can enlighten our entire surrounding if we use the whole person approach. Applying the whole person approach to a “whole job,” an individual would desire to be utilized creatively, paid fairly, treated kindly, and serve human needs in principled ways respectively. In being a proactive person, one needs optimally use the space between stimulus and response with imagination (mind), independent will (body), self-awareness (heart) and conscience (spirit). Outdated is the old paradigm of the industrial age model of control and transaction. Move over now to the age of transformation and empowerment!

      Anjum Babukhan, M.Ed Education Administration and Instructional Leadership, B.A Psychology
      Honors Program (USA)



Thursday, 27 December 2012



A perfect blend of excellence, leadership and intellectual accomplishments, Anjum Babukhan has to her educational credit, an honors in Psychology from Loyola University of Chicago, Illinois, USA. She then worked under various research teams and moved on with a distinction to complete her M.Ed. in Educational Administration and Instructional Leadership from the University of Illinois at Chicago. While at college, Anjum"s positive and vibrant attitude had its roots in the honor’s thesis ‘Savoring the Positive’ that won her the Psychology Award. During this period, she became the President of Psi Chi-International Honors Society in Psychology and this enhanced her determination to be proactive with humanistic initiatives. This success was not new, as Anjum had already been selected in the ‘Who’s Who Among American Junior Colleges’. Her research in ‘Education in India’ carried a sublime prophecy of this dynamic student who was devising school projects then and is now planning and designing the teaching methodology at Glendale Academy.

Glendale Academy is the school that believes in ‘Learning Every day, Loving Every Minute’ and this motto is the result of various educational courses Anjum took in ‘Strategies for Effective Teaching’. At Glendale, she has been handling academic, administrative, co-curricular and extra-curricular activities. She is the Editor-in-Chief of the school Newsletter. This dynamic yet simple lady of substance has made Glendale an abode of learning.

Professionally, Anjum is the Education Chairperson of Young Indians (Yi), Hyderabad Chapter of CII (Confederation of Indian Industries) and was responsible in setting up the Young Indians (Yi) Club Akshara in Hyderabad. Under her guidance Glendale Academy International bagged a national award at the 6th Yi National Summit for ‘The Best New Yi Net School’. On behalf of the CII -Young Indians (Yi) - Hyderabad Chapter, Anjum facilitated the Yi Forum for Educators of Hyderabad which was held at the prestigious ISB (Indian School of Business). She is the former Chairperson of the young women’s wing of FICCI (Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industries) (YFLO). She has represented India at various International leadership conferences abroad including World Academy for Art and Science “The Anthropocene Crisis-Perils and of the 21st Century”, MLT and WISE.

Her Systematic Training for Effective Parenting (STEP) workshops on Parenting, Education and Personal Skills are a must for all. She is an empowering Teacher Trainer and has to her credit many a teacher orientation workshop on Multiple Intelligences, Brain Compatible Learning and Early Childhood Education.

Under her mentorship, she equips teachers with all the teaching tools required to enhance their skills and expertise in teaching. She was a Panelist at the “School of Tomorrow” Conference and shared her experience in setting up an in house teacher training unit. She also gave her suggestions on “Innovation in Schools: How to develop teachers as professionals and make schools a learning organization?”

She is respected for her high level of professional integrity, articulation and commitment to the cause of Education, Enrichment and Empowerment.