Head of the Leadership Academy Appointed

TELLAL welcomes the newest member of the team: Shanti Clements, Head of the Leadership Academy…

Shanti Clements joins TELLAL from Sydney, Australia, with more than 24 years of experience working in the field of education, personal development and leadership research.

The daughter of a refugee who knows the challenges facing students from low socio-economic and multicultural backgrounds, Shanti has always been a strong advocate for social justice, equity and excellence for students and teachers. She spent eight years as Principal at Beauty Point Public School, and during this time she transformed the learning community and culture resulting in the school being recognised as one of the highest performing in Australia. In 2017, she was recipient of the Commonwealth Bank Australian Teaching Awards and made an inaugural Leadership Fellow.

Shanti believes in having a strong grasp and understanding of the changing national and international policy contexts within which teachers are delivering profound educational changes, and is particularly interested in programmes that value community consultation and school culture.

Leading from the Head

As Head of the Leadership Academy, Shanti brings an understanding of international leadership best practice, research and change theory to help grow and enhance TELLAL’s leadership programmes. One of her key priorities will be to extend the leadership pathways to develop programmes that cater to the leadership needs of high-level senior leaders and experienced principals. “By expanding the approach to include new research on vertical and horizontal ‘leader’ and ‘leadership’ development, we will embrace new thinking and global perspectives on ways to enhance leadership mindsets and capabilities for school and system improvement,” she explains.

Competence and Leadership

As teacher competence is rolled out across the UAE, Shanti sees a huge opportunity for TELLAL to support the nation’s schools and leaders: “Teacher and Principal Competence brings an exciting opportunity to embrace educational change and review the way schools and leaders operate. There is the potential to streamline how school leaders collectively drive educational improvement and build the capacity of their teams. At the same time, ensuring that we balance system reform with principal wellbeing, empowerment and self-regulation is an area in which I can provide leadership support.”

Fostering School-Centred Leadership Pathways

Joining the team at such a critical time in the evolution of the UAE’s education system, Shanti is keen to make the most of her newcomer’s eyes and ‘beginner’s mind’: “I’m very much looking forward to getting into schools at the earliest juncture, and understanding the opportunities and challenges principals and senior leaders currently face to develop programmes and leadership initiatives that support their learning needs and school contexts. I am passionate about supporting the learning and growth of aspiring, novice and experienced leaders so that they flourish and develop the necessary global, educational, organisational and strategic skillsets.”

Within its Leadership Academy, TELLAL offers a range of leadership development programmes for all levels of school leaders. Find out more.

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