January 16, 2018

More Than 30 Alumni and Guests Attend Panel Discussion and Q&A at the Tanglin Club


Cultivating Leadership Among Students and Educators

Organized by Columbia’s Alumni of Singapore Vice President, Michael Novielli (CC’03, TC’09) and fellow TC alum and TC Representative, Wendy Goh (TC’08), the Columbia University Club of Singapore opened its first event of 2018 with an audience of more than 30 people to attend the Cultivating Leadership among Students and Educators event held at the Tanglin Club.

The event comprised of four guest speakers, educators, and alumni from Columbia’s Teachers College in which they addressed the question, “How can we as educators cultivate a culture of leadership in our schools and teach students how to lead?”

The evening kicked off with a short networking and mingling session, followed by a special buffet dinner paired with wine and then directly into the discussion from the special guest speakers. The speakers included: Hwee Yeang CHENG (TC'13): Principal, Cedar Girls' Secondary School; Christopher Deneen, Ed.D. (TC'04): Assistant Professor, Curriculum, Teaching & Learning, National Institute of Education; June Meng LOW (TC'13): Head, Leadership and Community Education, Raffles Institution; Geok Hwa KHOO (TC'09): Head of Curriculum, Dunman High School.

Parents, fellow educators, and school administrators learned more about different ways to foster leadership development through education. Among these were social innovation, community engagement, right policy making within HR and faculty and programs that teach our youth the leadership skills needed to be successful not only in the traditional educational sense, but also are challenged to question and innovate new means of leadership development.

"It was an interesting evening, and gave me some interesting insights from the perspective of school policy and planning," said Eleanor Tan, Actor/Director/Educator

Following the discussion, a short Q&A session was offered to the audience in which people were able to ask direct questions to the four guest speakers. Parents, students, and other teachers asked about current school policies, funding, student-teacher and parent relationship, as well as their perspective on what is the future of education for the youth growing up in such a fast-paced digital era.

"I loved the inspiration and the questions that set me thinking; it is very much of what I enjoyed in my experience at Teacher’s College, ” said Laverne Wee, (TC’09)

For more information on how to become a member, upcoming events, and news, please visit our Columbia University of Singapore Alumni Club website at: http://singapore.alumni.columbia.edu/

You can also follow us on our Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/ColumbiaUniversityClubSingapore

*Upcoming Events: Thursday, January 18th - Columbia-Oxbridge Mixer at the Warehouse Hotel http://singapore.alumni.columbia.edu/columbia_oxbridge_mixer https://www.facebook.com/events/392344001202068/

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  • Christian Zhang
    published this page in News 2018-01-16 10:06:39 +0800