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Empowering Students: Insights from “Principals Do Matter” Webinar

In a digital gathering that brought together educators, industry experts, and thought leaders, Edumate.TV and GenLeap collaborated to host yet another bi-weekly thought-provoking webinar titled “Principals Do Matter.” The webinar held recently, aimed to dissect the pivotal role of educators and parents in molding students’ futures. With a diverse panel of speakers, the webinar provided valuable insights into the strategies and approaches needed for “Making students the best versions of themselves.”

The session speakers were Shruti Shah Kathuria, Chief Strategic Alliance Officer, Genleap; Dr.Rajeshwari Sawant, Principal of Schools; Dr.Dhwan Kumar, Director Principal of SBRS Gurukul School; and Dr. Vaishali Biswas, Principal of Gurukul International School. Ms. Jyotsna Raghunathan, the eminent face of the education industry, moderated the webinar.

Principals Do Matter
Principals Do Matter

Ms. Shruti Shah Kathuria, Chief Strategic Alliance Officer, an esteemed industry expert, and a parent herself, set the stage by highlighting the crucial gap between traditional education systems and the dynamic demands of the job market. Kathuria emphasized the significance of recognizing and nurturing students’ strengths and passions. She stressed the need for a paradigm shift in mindset, urging parents and educators to guide students toward careers that align with their interests and aptitudes. Kathuria argued that by embracing students’ uniqueness, we can empower them to excel and thrive in their chosen paths.

Meanwhile, Dr. Abhishek Sharma, Principal Advisor at MD and Edify Schools, echoed Kathuria’s sentiments, advocating for a more holistic approach to education. Dr. Sharma emphasized the importance of moving away from a monotonous education system that solely prioritizes academic success. Instead, he proposed integrating technology, fostering critical thinking skills, and promoting student character development. Dr. Sharma asserted that by encouraging creativity, self-discovery, and lifelong learning, educators can equip students with the necessary skills to navigate the complexities of the modern world.

On the other hand, Principal Dhawan Kumar underlined the collective responsibility of schools, families, and society in fostering students’ growth and character development. Kumar stressed the need for educators to instill a passion for learning and provide real-world experiences that prepare students for future challenges. By bridging the gap between theory and practice, Kumar argued, educators can empower students to excel academically and as responsible members of society.

Dr. Vaishali, a renowned educator and advocate for student empowerment, highlighted the importance of embracing students’ unique paths. From her extensive experience, Kumar emphasized that education should go beyond standardized curricula and testing. She stressed the need to instill a passion for lifelong learning and provide students with opportunities for real-world experiences. Kumar argued that by encouraging students to pursue their passions and interests, educators can unlock their full potential and prepare them for success in the ever-changing world.

In the subsequent session, Shruti Shah Kathuria from GenLeap impressed everyone by emphasizing the uniqueness of each child through a beautiful visual from GenLeap. She introduced a personalized approach using genomics, psychometrics, and cognitive astromancy to guide students toward their ideal career paths.

It garnered significant attention and appreciation; all education leaders labeled it an “eye-opener.”

The conversation also delved into the broader spectrum of nurturing student potential. Referring to the beautiful I am unique ad of Genleap, Dr. Vaishali underscored the significance of celebrating each child’s achievements, fostering a nurturing environment where personal growth is paramount.
Rajeshwari, another distinguished educator intrigued by GenLeap’s innovative approach, emphasized the interplay between nature and nurture in shaping a child’s trajectory. Drawing from psychological principles, she highlighted the pivotal role of both genetic predispositions and environmental influences in molding a student’s journey.

Dr. Abhishek Sharma further expounded on the multifaceted nature of student development, emphasizing the need to go beyond traditional paradigms. He stresses the importance of instilling a lifelong passion for learning and fostering critical thinking skills for navigating an increasingly complex world.

Principal Dhawan Kumar echoed similar sentiments, lamenting the overreliance on technology and advocating for a return to more personal interactions. His emphasis on bridging the gap between parents and children resonated deeply, underlining the importance of familial support in nurturing student potential.

In conclusion, the webinar served as a poignant reminder of the collective responsibility to empower students for success. From leveraging innovative platforms like GenLeap to fostering nurturing environments, the consensus was clear—each child possesses a unique journey, and educators and parents alike are incumbent upon to illuminate the path ahead.

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